Five Summer All-Stars

Plant these flowers for a garden that blooms during summer’s worst weather.

By Jeff Cox

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Pink jewel daisy fleabane is perfect for the summer garden ‘Pink Jewel’ Daisy Fleabane
Erigeron speciosus ‘Pink Jewel’
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9
Blooms: June to September
Height x Width: 2 X 2 feet
Flower color: Bright pink with yellow centers
Light requirements: Full sun

The durability of fleabanes reflects their origins in western North America, from the Pacific Northwest down to Mexico. They are truly garden workhorses, blooming from June right through the hot summer into September.

The flowers reach 2 inches across, with prominent centers that change from green to yellow. A profusion of slender ray petals, resembling finely cut fringe, surrounds the centers. The petal color is a bright, striking pink with a hint of blue in the hue.

This plant is tough enough for full, hot sun, but also tolerates light shade. ‘Pink Jewel’ is a true low-maintenance plant, with one caveat: Every couple of years, dig the clumps out in the fall, cut off the spent foliage and flowerstalks, and replant the divisions. This will keep ‘Pink Jewel’ at its peak of flower production and looking daisy fresh.

‘Pink Jewel’ is a first-class border plant. It looks good in front of stone walls, and has a definite place in the sunny perennial garden. The plants hold their flowers atop long stalks that lend themselves to cutting for arrangements in the house.

Photo: (cc) Ceasol/Flickr

 
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