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Try a Petite for Blooms in the Heat

Shrubs with vividly colored blooms during the heat of summer are just the ticket to brighten up fading gardens.

Crape Myrtle 'Red Imp' makes a great border.

Growing only to 5 feet, Petite Crape Myrtles love the sun and heat. They are perfect for the size challenged gardens many of us have. They look lovely planted in groupings or are vibrant enough as a stand alone shrub. Try one in a container. Choose a pot color to contrast or complement the crepe paper-like flowers. You are the stylist!

Easy to care for once establed, they do not require a lot of water. Just cut back the flower heads after blooming. This would also be the time to shape your bush as they bloom on new wood and should not be cut back in the spring.

Choose between blossoms of white to shades of pink, rose, red, or purple. These dwarf lagerstroemia have textured bark for winter interest and leaves that range   Crape Myrtle 'Petite Snow'                    from deep green to ones with red tinges that later give great fall color.

                     'Petite Orchid'                                                     'Petite Embers'

Enjoy the little bud balls as much as the papery blossoms which are attractive to butterflies.

What's Blooming 7.17.16

Dahlias are outstanding at this time of year. What color attracts you?

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What's Blooming 7.09.16

Just arrived! These mid-sized bloomers can create the centerpiece in large garden beds or be the tall background in smaller ones.

                  Foxglove 'Dalmatian Rose'                                 Phlox 'Laura'

            Foxglove 'Dalmation Creme'                         Canna 'South Pacific Scarlet'

            Foxglove 'Dalmation Peach'                             Dianthus 'Jolt Pink'

What's Blooming 7.03.16

Climbing rose 'Fourth of July'

Hydrangea 'Quickfire'

'Guardian Blue' delphineum

Happy Independence Day!