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Top Plant Picks August 2021

As summer continues, celebrate the season by taking a stroll through our gardens! Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, shares her top plant picks for August.

Rosinweed (Silphium asteriscus)

Bloom Time: July – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Drought & Deer

Wildlife: Butterflies, bees & songbirds

Native to North America: Yes

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Zones: 4-8

Other:  Indigenous peoples used the sap of rosinweed to make a chewing gum.


Purple Top Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)

Bloom Time:  June – Frost

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Poor soils

Wildlife: Butterflies & Goldfinches

Native to North America: No

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Zones: 7-11

Other:  Will self-seed and naturalize in warmer climates.


Mexican Oak (Quercus greggii “La Siberia”)

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Clay, deer & drought

Wildlife: Birds & squirrels

Native to North America: Yes

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Zones: 7-11

Other:  New leaves are fuzzy and crinkly. ‘La Siberia’ is a town located near the High Mexican Valley.


Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra “Aureola”)

Bloom Time:  N/A

Sun Requirement: Part Shade-shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer & shade

Native to North America: No

Location: Burr Terrace Garden

Zones: 5-9

Other:  ‘Aureola’ is a gold-striped variety.


Pickerel Weed (Pontederia cordata)

Bloom Time:  July – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Wet

Tolerates: Low fertility

Wildlife: Dragonflies and fish

Native to North America: Yes

Location: Martin Boxwood Gardens Grotto & Robinson Family Water Garden

Zones: 3-8

Other: Seeds and leaves are edible.


Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

Bloom Time:  June-September

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Dry-medium

Tolerates: Drought

Wildlife: Butterflies & bees

Native to North America: Yes

Location: Howe Garden

Zones: 5-9

Other:  Plant host to swallowtail butterfly larvae.


Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Bloom Time: July – September

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium- wet

Tolerates: Drought

Wildlife: Butterflies & Bees

Native to North America: Yes

Location: Howe Garden, Herb Study Garden, and The Carell Trail

Zones: 3-9

Other:  Great for rain gardens and woodland edges.

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