Gardeners’ Top Picks July 2020

Gardeners' Top Picks July 2020

You won’t want to miss these summertime stunners! Check out our garden team’s top plant picks for July.

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’)

Bloom Time: July – August

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds, butterflies, & hummingbirds

Tolerates: Clay soil, heat & humidity

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Great selection for rain gardens / makes an excellent cut flower

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Montbretia (Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’)

Bloom Time: June – August

Sun Requirement: Part sun – shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Hummingbirds

Tolerates: Clay soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Great plant for front borders / provides late season color

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Water Lily (Nelumbo ‘Drunken Cocubine’)

Bloom Time: June – August

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Wet

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Some shade

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Fragrant blooms / plant in rain gardens or ponds

Zones: 5 – 10

Location: Herb Study Garden: Fountain

Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantina ‘Big Ears’)

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – Medium

Wildlife: Bees use the plant for nesting material.

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Unique ground cover

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Burr Terrace Garden

Ruby Grass (Melinus nernviglumis)

Bloom Time: July – August

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Wind pollinated

Tolerates: Black walnut

Native to North America: No

Other: Great plant for mass plantings and containers

Zones: 8 – 10

Location: Bradford Robertson Color Garden

Bee Balm (Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’)

Bloom Time: July – August

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees, butterflies & birds

Tolerates: Deer, rabbit, wet soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Foliage has a pleasant, aromatic foliage / bee balm will naturalize

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Howe Garden: Tool Shed Bed

Mophead Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Penny Mac’)

Bloom Time: June – September

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: The flowers are sterile

Tolerates: Full sun if soil is consistently moist

Native to North America: No

Other: Makes a beautiful shrub border / the flowers dry well

Zones: 6 – 9

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Eastern Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

Bloom Time: July – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Dry – Medium

Wildlife: Birds

Tolerates: Drought, heavy shade, erosion

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Easy to grow and naturalize

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail: Hickory Loop


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