Part of 10 Perennial to extend summer's colors
If the dog days of summer have gotten the best of your garden blooms, there’s still time to create a fetching landscape. Sure, you could head to the local garden center for mums, but if you want something less predictable, check out these no-fuss perennials that bloom with abandon — often up to frost. You'll get color now, plus repeat performances for many autumns to come.
traditional landscape Toad lily, Photo by Shotaku
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Although petite (about the size of a walnut), the orchid-like blooms of this Asian beauty are plentiful, nestled atop the plant’s graceful stems. Plant near the front of borders or in containers where you can more easily admire the white, mauve or yellow blooms. Favorite varieties include ‘Miyazaki’, with its arching stems of purple-speckled flowers, and ‘White Towers’, which sports pure white blooms.
USDA zones: 4-9 (find your zone)
Sun requirement: Full to partial shade (requires more shade in Southern areas)
Water requirement: Plant performs best in humus-rich soil that retains moisture. Tolerates wet soil.
Mature size: 1 to 3 feet