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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.

Aster

Aster

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 8'
  • Spacing: 1'-3'
  • Blooming Season: Summer
Bee Balm

Bee Balm

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 3' - 4'
  • Spacing: 18" - 24"
  • Blooming Season: Summer
Blanketflower

Blanketflower

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 30
  • Spacing: 14
  • Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 6' - 12'
  • Spacing: 5' - 10'
  • Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Catmint

Catmint

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 24"
  • Spacing: 1' - 2'
  • Blooming Season: Summer
Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 10"
  • Spacing: 15" - 24"
  • Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Coneflower

Coneflower

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 2' - 4'
  • Spacing: 1' - 3'
  • Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Coral Bells

Coral Bells

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 24"
  • Spacing: 1' - 2'
  • Blooming Season: Summer
Coreopsis

Coreopsis

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 18"
  • Spacing: 24" - 30"
  • Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Daisy

Daisy

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 2' - 3'
  • Spacing: 1' - 2'
  • Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Daylily

Daylily

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 1' - 3'
  • Spacing: 12" - 18"
  • Blooming Season: Summer
Densi Yew

Densi Yew

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 5'
  • Spacing: 30" - 6'
  • Blooming Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
False Cypress

False Cypress

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 6'
  • Spacing: 5' - 20'
  • Blooming Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Hellebore / Lenton Rose

Hellebore / Lenton Rose

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 18" - 24"
  • Spacing: 15"
  • Blooming Season: Spring
Lavender

Lavender

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 24"
  • Spacing: 1' - 3'
  • Blooming Season: Summer
Lilac

Lilac

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 12'
  • Spacing: 2' - 4'
  • Blooming Season: Spring, Winter
Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae

Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 24"
  • Spacing: 18" - 20"
  • Blooming Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Penstemon

Penstemon

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 3'
  • Spacing: 1' - 3'
  • Blooming Season: Spring, Summer
Primrose

Primrose

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 12"
  • Spacing: 6" -12"
  • Blooming Season: Spring
Princess Holly Ann Crapemyrtle

Princess Holly Ann Crapemyrtle

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 5'
  • Spacing: 6' - 8'
  • Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Red Twig Dogwood

Red Twig Dogwood

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 8'
  • Spacing: 2' - 3'
  • Blooming Season: Fall, Winter
Roses

Roses

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 5'
  • Spacing: 3' - 5'
  • Blooming Season: Spring, Fall
Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 24"
  • Spacing: 18" - 24"
  • Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Russian Sage

Russian Sage

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 3'
  • Spacing: 2' - 3'
  • Blooming Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Sedum

Sedum

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 24"
  • Spacing: 6" - 24"
  • Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Weigela

Weigela

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 6' - 9'
  • Spacing: 3' - 6'
  • Blooming Season: Spring
Yarrow

Yarrow

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.

  • Lifespan: Perinneal
  • Mature Height: 2' - 4'
  • Spacing: 12" - 24"
  • Blooming Season: Spring, Summer, Fall