Five Summer All-Stars

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

By Jeff Cox


English Lavender is perfect for the summer garden ‘Hidcote’ English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9
Blooms: June to August
Height x Width: 18 X 18 inches
Flower color: Deep blue-purple
Light requirements: Full sun

‘Hidcote’ has a compact form that grows 12 to 18 inches tall. Its slender flower spikes are tipped with a few inches of tightly bunched, dark blue-purple flowers.

Lavender is a tough plant that can withstand dry soil, but too much moisture is its enemy, especially in heavy soils where winters are cold and wet. Plant it where good drainage will keep it from rotting away during the winter months, and go easy on moisture-holding mulches. English lavender endures even the heat of the Deep South—but it is not so long lived there as it is in more temperate regions.

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Photo: (cc) Pressebereich Dehner Garten-Center/Flickr