There are a lot of plants that can handle our harsh southwest Missouri summers. For your full-sun gardening areas, you can’t beat Knock Out Roses and their little sister Drift Roses for summer-long color. Bloomerang or Sense and Sensibility Lilacs bloom several times a season and provide some great aromas as well. And we always recommend planting a Butterfly Bush. Who doesn’t want butterflies fluttering around their yard? We suggest sticking with the dwarf types for easier maintenance.
As your summer garden starts to fade your bright colored daisy-like aster plant is in full bloom and will remain through Fall. Depending on variety and location you can have your Aster grow as short as 8" and as tall as 8 feet. Asters are often a purple variety.
In mid to late spring, single flowers are produced on wiry stems up to 10” tall above the foliage. Each 1” star-like flower is a bright but soft pink with fringed edges and a red band surrounding the white throat. The plant is generally completely covered with flowers, remaining in bloom for several weeks.
Bee balms are sun loving-flowering bush-like plants that are a part of the mint family which brings fragrance and attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Bee balms have a very fragrant foliage and come in many different shades of red, purple, white and pinks.
Big Blue Liriope is an evergreen perennial grown for its attractive foliage. This beautiful flowering ground cover blooms in late summer and is favored for its ability to thrive in dry shady areas.
These narrow leaves and long stems are perfect cut flowers to bring into your home. They come in shaeds of yellow, bronse and scarlet and often have a purple base. Blanketflower (Gailardia Aristata) is native to North America and is in the Aster family.
If your landscape tends to all bloom in the Spring, add a Butterfly Bush. Not only does it attract beautiful visitors in butterfly’s and honey bees, but it blooms throughout the summer into the fall, being one of the longest blooming shrubs you’ll find. Colors come in pink, purple, red, white and yellow varieties.
If you're a cat lover and want to be the hit of the neighborhood, this erect plant with small white flowers puts off a minty odor emitted from its leaves and stems. Commonly grown in the garden, catnip is an herb, from the mint family and is often used to dry and place in cat toys.
Chrysanthemums are beautiful golden flowers that produce a variety of flowers and will grow according to the space allowed. Often blooming in Fall, Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, are often potted and used for their boost of color in the fall.
Native to the eastern United States. The Coneflower is an upright flowering plant that is a part of the daisy family. They are fast growing, hardy, long-blooming and can grow 1 to 4 feet in height. They come in a variety of colors (green, orange, pink, purple, red, white, yellow) and are accompanied by dark green foliage. Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.
If you need a pop of color that is reliable and will take up some room, consider a Coral Bell. Coral Bells can also thrive on a shady boarder and be a great addition to your containers. You don’t have to rely on the flower for the color, the foliage comes in a variety of colors as well.
If you're needing summer color that is low maintance with multiple blooms, consider the coreopsis. Known as tickseed, this plant develops mass quantities of yellow, orange, rose, lavender, white and bi-colored flowers in early summer. Drought tollerant and attracts butterflys.
Bountiful cherry-red flowers from summer through fall amoungst rich green leaves give you longlasting color in a shrub that offers size to your landscape.
There are many different varieties of daisies, with blue, pink, purple, red and white varieties. Most common is white in color with a yellow center. Daisies attract butterflies and have a ‘wildflower’ appearance. They are great for splashes of color, are edible, medicinal and provide nectar for bees to make honey.
Daylilys are very attractive flowers that landscapers and gardening enthusiasts incorporate often due to their hardiness, ease of maintence and are typically disease and pest-free. Daylilies get their name due to their flower opening in the early morning and dying by night; leaving room for another stalks flower to follow. Though their blooms are short lived, the plant grows quickly and is long lived, continuing to offer vibrance to any garden or landscape. Daylilies come in a variety of colors.
A great bush for shaping, hedging, screen or border. It can be tall and slender or short and round, whatever your garden needs. This dark evergreen is dense spreading and can be used as your garden and landscape needs it. The Densi Yew is a staple in any landscaping project.
Very different from the traditional tall spiky Delphiniums, this strain forms a low, bushy mound of lacy green leaves. Plants bear loose sprays of single blooms all summer long, in a gorgeous electric blue shade featuring a purple spot on each petal.
The common elderberry is a deciduous shrub with bright white flowers and small, dark berries. Known by many different names, including black elderberry and American black elderberry, this shrub makes a lovely addition to any garden or landscape thanks to its lush green leaves, sprays of flowers, and edible fruits.
Can be utilized as a small plant or a large tree. Can be used as a low growing founding plant or a dense hedge your false cypress adds dimension and texture to your space.
Flamenco plants will flower the first year even though a perennial to zone 5. The flower spikes contain tubular blooms that are attractive to hummingbirds. The mature plants may grow three feet tall.
Fraser's Photinia is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree that blooms in mid-spring. New foliage is a colorful reddish-bronze, and reddish buds are visible most of the year. Produces red foliage that later turns dark green and will grow white flowers in the spring.
Excellent for brightening the edges of ponds or water gardens. Richly colored, golden yellow, grass-like leaves provide colorful accents, even in lightly shaded areas. Slowly naturalizes by spreading roots. Crushed foliage emits a delightful scent. Semi-evergreen.
An attractive grass highlighted by fluffy, buff-colored plumes that arch above the lush, green fountain of foliage. In the fall, the foliage turns a lovely golden russet color.
Heavy Metal Switch Grass, also known as Blue Switch Grass, has a striking metallic blue leaf color. It has a very upright, erect growth habit and will not topple over in heavy rain. Easy-care and very low maintenance has airy plumes in late summer.
A rich in color flowering plant that can thrive in full sun to shade, but does thrive in moist, yet well-drained soil. Great for four-season color, often taking bloom in late winter, early spring. There are many varieties of species, find the one that fits your garden’s personality and space.
Looking for a drought tolerant but lovely flower to fill in a troublesome dry area in your garden? You may want to try planting ice plants. Ice plant flowers add a bright splash of color to the drier parts of your garden and ice plant care is easy. The hardy ice plant is a succulent, perennial ground cover with daisy-like flowers. The ice plant is not called an ice plant because it is cold hardy, but rather because the flowers and leaves seem to shimmer as though covered in frost or ice crystals.
A slender, upright grass for the garden, landscape or at water's edge. Red-bronze flower spikes dry to a golden buff color, excellent as dried flowers or for winter interest. Forms neat clumps; ideal for small gardens.
Lavandula, part of the mint family is not only beautiful and aromic, but also an herb and medicinal. Plant for its beauty and take it from there.
Wisteria is a genus of deciduous vines whose lovely, fragrant flowers and almost overwhelming vigor make them useful in a wide variety of settings. Plants grow rapidly and completely bury any structure they are allowed to annex. This rampant growth is easily controlled (and flowering is encouraged) by regular pruning.
If you enjoy an intense spring bloom, have a large space to fill and want the fragrance of a floral shop, consider a lilac bush. They can grow with little care and can bring beauty (or privacy) to unsightly areas.
A shorter, upright selection that does not flop over in the landscape as is common with Russian Sage. Spikes of lavender-blue flowers add a sense of lightness to the garden. Use in a mass planting, border, or as an accent. Deciduous.
Stately plumes wave 5-7 ft. in the air. Dark green summer time foliage turns burnished copper in winter. Ornamental clumps, 3-4 ft. high, bloom in autumn. Adds height and texture to dried arrangements. Does well in full sun to partial shade.
Lustrous dark green foliage adorns this vigorous, upright grower. Highly valued for its huge masses of bright red-orange berries that create a spectacle of fall color. An early fruiting variety. An excellent evergreen hedge, screen or accent. Spring flowers, followed by bright fall berries.
A hardy evergreen that is naturally a rounded dwarf shrub with dense evergreen foliage. Perfect for year round color and a classy addition to any landscape.
Nandina is a species of flowering plant native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan. It is widely grown in gardens as an ornamental plant since it has a number of cultivars that display bright-red fall foliage in the cool months with attractive new foliage growth in spring. It blooms in the spring and has berries (poisonous) during the winter.
Ninebark are deciduous shrubs with alternately arranged leaves. The leaves are palmate with 3 to 7 lobes and often toothed edges. The inflorescence is a cluster of bell-shaped flowers with 5 rounded white or pink petals and many stamens. The common name ninebark refers to the peeling bark of mature branches, which comes away in strips.
Pampas grass can live almost anywhere. Its super hardy and impossible to kill. This grass reaches heights of up to 10-12 feet tall making it a perfect, privacy screen. This plant is also deer and drought tolerant and grows very fast!
Also known as beardtounges, these large stalks of flowering plants are easy to grow, will spread steadily and are great for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Beyond their beauty, they are also great to resist hungry deer. Perfect add for color and texture to your garden.
Great for gardens or containers, promirose flowers (primula polyantha) bloom in early spring and can also come indoors as a potted flower for winter blooming.
Known for their prominent fire-red stems, these plants also produce white flowers and green to white berries. They start out green in the summer and then turn to red in the Fall and stay red throughout winter into early spring.
Offering the unparallel beauty is the rose family. Some less maintenance than others, we tend to recommend the Knock Out Rose variety that gives you your vibrant color, needs very little pruning (often once in the Spring) and are great to mix in amongst your shrubs and perennials in your mixed beds.
Commonly known as coneflowers and black-eyed-susans, these prominantly raised central black disk, with bright green leaves and golden pedels give your garden both height and a wildflower esthetic, these yellow flowers will bloom for weeks in late-summer with little care.
Beautiful lavender-purple flowers atop silvery gray, fragrant foliage makes a bold statement to any garden. In full bloom during from late spring through autumn, these purple flowers are so prominent they almost completely abscure the leaves. Drought tolerant and low maintence.
Also called stoncrop, sedums have many varieties but are known for their succulent leaves, fleshy stems and bundle of flowers. Add to both spring and fall gardens and can also be used as ground cover.
An improved cultivar that blooms in dense terminal clusters of fragrant violet flowers over an extended season. Shrubby habit develops into a small tree over time with a wide open canopy and aromatic gray-green foliage. Thrives in heat. An exceptional patio tree or specimen tree for smaller landscapes.
Spireas are among the easiest flowering shrubs to grow. These attractive shrubs are fast growing and should be grown in full sun for best flowering. They can, however, tolerate partial shade. Plant sizes vary by species and cultivar, and they range from 1½ to 8 feet tall. There are 80+ species of spirea.
The Star Jasmine is famous for a sweet fragrance that fills up your backyard or patio plus its long-lasting, bright white blooms that deliver unmatched beauty. Even better? It couldn't be easier to grow. Shiny dark green leaves with fragrant star-shaped flowers.
The Tiger Eyes Sumac is a bright, eye-catching shrub that grows up to 6 feet tall and as much across. It has dramatic, bold, deeply divided leaves that are chartreuse green in spring, bright yellow in summer and orange and scarlet in fall, making a constant changing color display in any garden.
A genus of more than 150 evergreen, semi-evergreen, and deciduous woody plants. Many are native to North America, but their range extends to Southeast Asia and South America. They are admired for their foliage, flowers, and fruit.
Walker's Low Catmint is a robust variety with dark lavender-blue flowers in late spring and aromatic gray-green foliage.
Native to Asia there are many varieties of this romantic, ornamental plant that clusters and blooms in the spring. Available in many shapes and sizes.
Showy flower heads composed of many tiny, tightly packed flowers that can come in yellow, white, red or pink varieties. Perfect for boarders, ground covers and open spaces. An herb often used for its medicinal attributes, also adds a beautiful white small-flower boquet to your garden space.