- Growing Evergreen Shrubs In Zone 8 – Choosing Evergreen Shrubs For Zone 8 Gardens
- About Zone 8 Evergreen Shrubs
- Growing Evergreen Shrubs in Zone 8
- 10 Great Low-Maintenance, Dwarf Shrubs
- Dwarf Shrubs: Perfect Choices for Many Reasons
- Best Foundation Plants for Stellar Curb Appeal
- House Huggers
- Tallest in Back, Shortest in Front
- Evergreen Shrubs: Rhododendron
- Littleleaf Boxwood
- Japanese Pieris
- Japanese Yew
- Deciduous Flowering Shrubs: Slender Deutzia
- Smooth Hydrangea
- Japanese Dpirea
- Virginia Sweetspire
- Knockout Rose
- Flowering Perennials: True Geranium
- Shasta Daisy
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Growing Evergreen Shrubs In Zone 8 – Choosing Evergreen Shrubs For Zone 8 Gardens
Evergreen shrubs provide critical foundation planting for many gardens. If you live in zone 8 and seek evergreen shrubs for your yard, you are in luck. You’ll find many zone 8 evergreen shrub varieties. Read on for more information about growing evergreen shrubs in zone 8, including a selection of top evergreen shrubs for zone 8.
About Zone 8 Evergreen Shrubs
Zone 8 evergreen shrubs offer long-term structure and focal points for your backyard, as well as year-round color and texture. Shrubs also provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife.
It’s important to make careful selections. Pick evergreen shrub varieties that will grow happily and without too much maintenance in your landscape. You’ll find evergreen shrubs for zone 8 that are small, midsize or large, as well as conifer and broad-leaf evergreens.
Growing Evergreen Shrubs in Zone 8
It’s fairly easy to start growing evergreen shrubs in zone 8 if you pick appropriate plants and site them properly. Each type of shrub has different planting needs, so you’ll need to tailor sun exposure and soil type to the zone 8 evergreen shrubs you select.
One classic evergreen bush frequently used in hedges is Arborvitae (Thuja spp). This shrub thrives in zone 8, and prefers a full sun site. Arborvitae grows fast to 20 feet (6 m.) and is a perfect choice to create a quick privacy hedge. It can spread to 15 feet (4.5 m.) so it’s important to space the young plants appropriately.
Another very popular choice for zone 8 evergreen shrubs is Boxwood (Buxus spp.) It is so tolerant of pruning that it is a top choice for garden topiary. The leaves are small and fragrant. Although some species of boxwood can grow to 20 feet (6 m.), other species are suited for small graceful hedges.
Here are a couple other zone 8 evergreen shrub varieties to consider:
California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica) has aromatic blue-green foliage that is often used in cooking. The shrub can grow to 20 feet (6 m.) tall and equally wide.
Another one of the aromatic evergreen shrubs for zone 8 is coast rosemary (Westringia fruticose). This is a plant that works well along the coast since it puts up with wind, salt and drought. Its gray needle-like leaves are dense and the shrub can be sculpted. Grow this plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Despite its tolerance to drought, rosemary looks best if you water it from time to time in summer.
10 Great Low-Maintenance, Dwarf Shrubs
By Russell M. Gullo
One of the most common concerns we hear at the garden center is that shrubs will get too large and outgrow the
space they are planted in. While this is certainly true of some plants, there are many options that will stay small,
are low-maintenance, and provide years of beauty and curb appeal to your landscaping. Here are some of our
favorites that we often use in Gullo’s Professional Landscaping designs.
Franklin’s Gem Boxwood
Boxwood are the king of evergreens! These shrubs are low-maintenance, provide year-round color, are deer-resistant,
disease and insect resistant, and grow in a number of different shapes and sizes. Franklin’s Gem is one of the best
examples of boxwood. It is low-growing – typically in a rounded form, and only reaches about 2′ in height. When pruned,
Franklin’s Gem Boxwood adds a sophisticated, formal look to any landscape.
Magic Carpet Spirea
Magic Carpet Spirea is an excellent choice for adding curb appeal to your home. Its new foliage is red and matures to
a vibrant gold color. In beds with black mulch, these really pop from the street. While its beautiful foliage is reason
enough to include this plant in your landscape, it has the added bonus of pink flowers in late spring. Reaching only 18″-
24″ in height, Magic Carpet Spirea is sure to shine in your landscape.
Dwarf Norway Spruce
Gullo’s Professional Landscaping 3D Designer Tony Gullo is particularly fond of using these in his designs. “They grow in a
nice round shape and don’t get too big. “I like to use them as an accent piece in the front of beds. Nothing bothers them
either. They are a very hardy shrub” says Gullo. Reaching only 2′-3′ in height, slowly, Dwarf Norway Spruce is a great
evergreen option for year-round color and interest.
Pink Elf® French Hydrangea
This dwarf hydrangea is an excellent choice for adding color to shady places. Reaching only 18″ in height, its compact size
ensures a nice, neat appearance. The richly colored, rose-pink mophead blooms are long-lasting and beautiful. Because of its
compact size, Pink Elf® French Hydrangea requires less maintenance and pruning than other hydrangea. Great for use as cut
flowers as well!
This plant is one of Gullo’s Professional Landscaping’s favorites to use in the front of beds. It only reaches 10″-12″ in height, so
it will not block out or hide plants behind it, is very hardy, and provides season-long interest. Its rich burgundy foliage is beautiful
on its own, but the real show comes in late spring when beautiful pink flowers adorn it and contrast perfectly against the dark
foliage. It also requires very little, if any pruning, making it an excellent low-maintenance option.
My Monet Weigela
Another excellent dwarf weigela option, My Monet can be seen in many Gullo’s Professional Landscaping jobs. Its tricolor foliage
of white, pink, and green is sure to catch your eye, and when its pink blooms appear in late spring, it is one of the most
attractive plants available. This plant has won many awards and requires no pruning, reaching heights of only 12″-18″.
Emerald ‘N Gold Euonymus
With striking gold and green variegated foliage, this small shrub really pops against black mulch and creates striking curb
appeal. An evergreen, Emerald ‘N Gold Euonymus provides year-round color. Mounded in shape, they have a nice, tidy
appearance. Use in areas with partial to full sun for maximum gold coloring.
Fox Red Curly Sedge
One of the most unique plants we offer, Fox Red Curly Sedge is very polarizing. Some people love its one of a kind look,
while others think it looks dead. If you’re in the former camp, this plant is an excellent choice for times when you’re
looking for something other than the same old. Fox Red Curly Sedge looks particularly attractive in stone beds and only
reaches heights of 2′-3′.
Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
This low-growing juniper reaches only 6″ in height and forms an excellent ground cover. Its silvery, blue-green, evergreen
foliage provides year-round color. Requires no pruning.
Cityline® Paris Hydrangea
An even more compact hydrangea, the new Cityline® Paris Hydrangea reaches only 12″-18″ in height. It features one
of the reddest flowers in the hydrangea world and requires no pruning. Disease resistant and low maintenance, this
hydrangea is an excellent choice and represents the great strides that have been made in recent years in the field
of plant engineering.
Dwarf Shrubs: Perfect Choices for Many Reasons
(Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on March 16, 2009. Your comments are welcome, but please be aware that authors of previously published articles may not be able to promptly respond to new questions or comments.)
If you’ve never heard the term “bones of the garden,” it’s not as peculiar as it seems. Landscape designers use the term to describe the structure or “skeleton” of the garden–the plantings which draw the eye to lines and structures, allowing other elements to flow from those main elements. Large shrubs have specific functions, as do trees. But the smaller shrubs are the workhorses of the garden, tying together or dividing different planting areas to present a pleasing picture.
Small shrubs are defined as those reaching 5 feet or less at maturity. The true dwarf varieties seldom grow to more than 3 feet. These charming woody ornamentals can grace even the smallest yard or garden plot, as long as you take the time to choose the right plant for the right place.
Hardiness is very important; this includes not only the winter hardiness, but other seasonal factors such as drought, extreme heat, rainfall, and drying winds. Soil conditions, level of moisture, light requirements, and exposure also play an important part in how well a shrub will perform.
Another thing to consider is growth rate. Slow-growing specimens require less maintenance, so are better suited to areas where other plants with similar needs are located. This form of planning is called zones of maintenance.
When should you plant new shrubs?
Specimens that are known to be difficult to transplant or slow to become established should be planted in spring; this allows them a longer period of time to settle in. The majority of woody ornamentals and trees can be planted in the early fall as they enter a phase of growth slow-down in preparation for dormancy.
If you’re planning to re-landscape your yard, or are just looking for some new and interesting elements in the garden, take a good look at dwarf shrubs. They’re little, but they are mighty!
A List of Small or Dwarf Shrubs. (Drought-tolerant species are marked with **)
- Alberta spruce (Picea glauca albertinia ‘Conica’): 4 feet, popular dwarf evergreen. Zones 4 to 7
- Alpine currant (Ribes alpinum): 2 to 3 feet, yellow, orange or red foliage, pink, red or white summer flowers. Zones 2a to 7b
- Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Rheingold’): 3 feet, rich gold color becomes copper in fall. Zones 3 to 8
- Azaleas and rhododendron-dwarf species: 1 to 3 feet, many colors. Zones 6b to 11
- Balkan spike heath (Bruckenthalia spiculifolia): 10 inches, pale flowers mid-June, evergreen foliage. Zones 6 to 8
- Balsam fir (Abies balsamea ‘Hudsonia’): 1 foot, slow growing. Zones 3 to 7
- Bean’s broom (Cytisus x ‘Beanii’)** 18 inches, deep yellow flowers in early May, wide habit. Zones 6b to 9a
- Bearberry cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri)** 3 feet, pink flowers in mid-June, followed by bright red berries in fall. Zones 5b to 8b
- Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis)** 2 to 3 feet, blue flowers in late summer. Zones 6 to 9
- Bronx forsythia (forsythia viridissima ‘Bronxensis’): 2 feet, extreme dwarf habit, yellow flowers in spring. Zones 6 to 8
- Bumald spirea (Spirae x bumalda var)** 2 feet, pink to crimson flowers bloom extended period. Zones 3 to 8
- Bush cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa)** 2 to 4 feet, white to yellow flowers bloom over summer. Zones 2 to 6
- Canby paxistima (Paxistima canbyi): 12 inches, evergreen, fall color bronze. Zones 3 to 7
- Chenault coralberry (Symphoricarpos x chenaultii)** 3 feet, pink flowered spikes, red berries in fall. Zones 4 to 7
- Compact Oregon hollygrape (Mahonia aquifolium ‘Compactum’): 2 feet, bright yellow flowers in early May, fruit blue-black, evergreen foliage turns bronze in winter. Zones 5a to 9b
- Cranberry cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus)** 3 feet, pink flowers in mid-June, followed by bright red berries in fall. Zones 5b to 8b
- Creeping hollygrape (Mahonia repens): 12 inches, small yellow flowers, black fruit. Zones 5 to 8
- Creeping willow (Salix repens): 3 feet, Zone 4
- Dryland blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)** 3 feet, brilliant scarlet fall color. Zones unknown
- Dwarf Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii ‘Fletcheri’): 3 feet, blue green needles, furrowed bark. Zones 4 to 7
- Dwarf drooping leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Nana’): 2 feet, small white flowers in early June, evergreen foliage is bronze in fall, prefers shade. Zones 4 to 6
- Dwarf English boxwood (Suffruticosa): 3 feet, light green leaves. Zones 6 to 8
- Dwarf euonymus (Euonymus nanus var.): 3 feet, whorled leaves and pink fruit capules in fall. Zones 3 to 8
- Dwarf European cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’): 2 feet, seldom flowers. Zone 1
- Dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii): 3 feet, white flowers in mid-May, foliage brilliant in fall. Zones 5 to 8
- Dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’): 4 feet, lavender flowers in spring. Zones 4 to 7
- Dwarf Magellan barberry (Berberis buxifolia ‘pygmaea’): 18 inches, evergreen, foliage reddish-green. Zones 7 to 9
- Dwarf red-tipped dogwood (Cornus pumila): 4 feet, reddish foliage. Zones 4 to 8
- Elsholtzia stauntonii: 3’ lilac-purple flowers and aromatic foliage, maintenance free. Zones 4 to 8
- English/Japanese yew (Taxus spp.-dwarf cultivars): 3 feet. Zones 4 to 7
- False cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Minnima Aurea’): 2 feet. Zones 4 to 8
- February daphne (Daphne mezereum): 3 feet, lilac to rosy purple fragrant flowers appear in early April before the leaves emerge, followed by scarlet berries; plant is highly toxic. Southern Canada
- Flowering quince (Chaenomeles japonica)** 3 feet, red, pink, and orange flowers in early May. Zones 5a to 8b
- Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica): 2 feet, orange to purple fall foliage. Zones 3 to 9
- Genista pilosa** 1’, yellow flowers in May, silvery green stems, shade tolerant. Zones 5 to 7
- Glossy abelia (Abelia x grandiflora): 3 to 5 feet, semi-evergreen, pale pink to white bloom summer through fall. Zones 6 to 9
- Gold flower/Moser’s St. Johnswort (Hypericum x moseranum): 2’, yellow flowers July through October. Zones 4 to 8
- Heather (Calluna vulgaris)** 6 to 12 inches, white to red flowers in summer and early fall, evergreen foliage. Zones 4 to 7
- Irish heath (Daboecia cantabrica): 18 inches, purple to white flowers (depending on variety) bloom through summer, glossy evergreen foliage with white fuzzy underside. Zones 6 to 8
- Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii): dwarf cultivars ‘Aurea’ and ‘Kobold’, spectacular foliage in fall, with bright red berries. Zones 4 to 8
- Japanese holly (Ilex crenata var.): 1 to 3 feet, evergreen. Zones 6 to 8
- Japanese skimmia (Skimmia japonica): 18 inches, crimson red fruit, dark evergreen foliage. Zones 7 to 9
- Japanese spirea (Spirea japonica): 1 to 3 feet, pink, rose, or white flowers with blue-green or orange tinged foliage. Zones 4 to 8
- Japanese white spirea (Spiraea albiflora)** 2 feet, white flowers bloom in July. Zones 4 to 8
- Juniper (Juniperus communis ‘Compressa’): 3 feet, compact and creeping. Zones 2 to 6
- Juniper (Juniperus squamata ‘Meyeri’): 3 feet, drooping, cool blue color. Zones 5 to 8
- Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)** 3 feet, blue flowers in July, gray-green foliage. Zones 2 to 8
- Littleleaf boxwood (Buxus microphylla ‘Compacta’): 12 inches, dense evergreen foliage. Zones 6 to 8
- Mugo or mountain pine (Pinus mugo ‘Gnom’): 2 feet, almost bonsai form. Zones 3 to 7
- Norway spruce (Picea abies-dwarf varieties)** 1 to 3 feet
- Palesleaf barberry (Berberis candidula): 2 feet, evergreen, bright yellow flowers in May, followed by purple berries in fall. Zones 6 to 9
- Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa): 2 to 3 feet, yellow flowers through summer. Zones 3 to 7
- Provence broom (Cytisus purgans)** 3 feet, fragrant yellow flowers mid-May, dense upright habit. Zones 4a to 9b
- Purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma): 3 to 4 feet, flowers in July and August, metallic-looking purple berries in September and October, lime green leaves. Zones 5b to 8
- Pyracantha – dwarf varieties** 3 feet, glossy green leaves, small white flowers, orange berries. Zones 7 to 9
- Rock spray (Cotoneaster horizontalis)** 1 foot, small pink flowers in mid-June, followed by red berries in fall; semi-evergreen. Zones 5 to 7
- Rose daphne (Daphne cneorum)** 10 inches, bright pink fragrant flowers. Zones 4 to 9
- Sargent juniper (Juniperus chinensis var. sargentti)** 12 inches, lilac berries in fall, steel blue foliage, evergreen. Zones 3 to 9
- Sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia): 3 feet, rose red to crimson flowers in mid-June, evergreen foliage. Zones 1 to 9
- Shore juniper (Juniperus conferta)** 1 feet, evergreen. Zones 5 to 9
- Slender deutzia (Deutzia gracilis): white flowers in late May, dark green foliage. Zones 6 to 10
- Smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens): large balls of white flowers in July. Zones 3 to 9
- Spike broom (Cytisus nigricans)** 3 feet, profuse yellow flowers in early July. Zones 5 to 8
- Summersweet clethra (Clethra alnifolia): fragrant flowers in early to mid-summer. Zones 3 to 9
- Sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)** 18 inches, pleasantly scented fern-like foliage. Zones 2 to 7
- Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica): 3 feet, fragrant summer flowers, red foliage in fall. (pictured at top) Zones 5 to 9
- Wall germander (Teucrium chamaedrys): 3 feet, dwarf evergreen. Zones 5 to 9
- Weeping fir (Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’): 3 feet, weeping habit. Zones 3 to 7
- Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)** 3 to 5 feet, yellow blooms in February and March. Zones 6 to 9
- Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria): 18 inches. Zones 7 to 9
Best Foundation Plants for Stellar Curb Appeal
Photo by Judy White/Gardenphotos.com
There is something unsettlingly stark about the intersection where house meets land—it begs to be softened with greenery. But just hiding that juncture with a tight fringe of evergreens isn’t the answer. Neither is a one-scheme-fits-all formula. “Two conical things on either side of the front door with two tall things on either end of the house with lower things in the middle—that’s a dated approach,” says Anne F. Walters, a landscape architect in West Chester, Pennsylvania. “The right foundation planting for most houses is a nice mix of evergreen and deciduous material, with dwarf varieties in order to keep window views open, some repetition of plants for a unified look, and an overall casual, naturalistic feeling.”
Shown: Curved, asymmetrical beds hide open space under the porch and provide color and interest with a mix of flowering and evergreen plants. A mophead hydrangea greets visitors at the stairway with big orbs of color in the summer, while a blue juniper and a fine-leaved azalea anchor the bed in every season. Hanging baskets with trailing ivy soften the porch posts and frame the entry. Red flowers in the baskets echo the foundation planting’s blooms.
Tallest in Back, Shortest in Front
Photo by Chris Cohan, RLA
Put another way, a successful foundation planting starts with picking the right plants in the right proportion: evergreens to provide the structural bones of the beds year-round, deciduous and flowering shrubs to add texture, and perennials of varying heights that yield long-lasting color. Michigan-based landscape designer Jeremy Christianson offers this rule of thumb: About 50 percent of the foundation bed’s space should be evergreens, 25 percent deciduous and flowering shrubs, and 25 percent perennials. But even then, a good plant can be placed in a bad spot. When you see that beautiful, blooming rhododendron at the garden center in a 2-gallon pot, you have to consider how big it will get over time before you plant it a foot from your house. Plan for at least 1 foot of space between the house and any mature plant to allow room for maintenance. This pushes the bed farther from the house, which is what most designers want, with front-of-the-house beds 6 to 8 feet deep. “This helps improve the view from inside, too,” says Walters.
Lastly, designers agree that a restricted color palette helps give foundation plantings a considered, cohesive look. “Too many colors distract the eye,” says Christianson. “When in doubt, use more plants with the same color or bloom instead of adding additional colors.”
Read on for some top plant picks from our designers.
Shown: Spring-blooming shrubs brighten this scheme by land- scape architect Christopher J. Cohan, of Rye, New York. Tall rhododendrons are placed nearest the house, shorter azaleas in front, with perennials and bulbs staggered in the foreground. For summer-to-fall interest, hosta and catmint start to stretch out as daffodils begin to fade.
Evergreen Shrubs: Rhododendron
Photo by Jerry Pavia
These bones of a foundation planting provide structure to the flowering specimens around them. Slow-growing, dwarf, or compact varieties are a smart choice, especially under windows.
Rhododendron is a favorite for showy spring flowers and glossy green leaves; shorter varieties require less maintenance pruning to stay in check. ‘Yaku Prince’ blooms with funnel-shaped pink flowers and grows to 3 feet high and wide with olive-green leaves; Zones 4 to 8. Azalea ‘Delaware Valley White,’ a subspecies, has tubular white flowers and gets about a foot bigger; USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8.
Photo by Jerry Pavia
(Buxus microphylla) ‘Winter Gem’
Among the more compact boxwoods, ‘Green Velvet’ has pale green leaves and a mounding habit that can grow to 4 feet high and wide; zones 5 to 8. ‘Winter Gem’ reaches a similar size but with yellowish-green leaves; USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.
Photo by Jerry Pavia
(Pieris japonica) ‘Cavatine’
Dense habit with branches that reach to the ground. ‘Cavatine’ has leathery, dark green leaves with bell-like white flowers in spring. Can grow to 3 feet high and wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.
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(Ilex glabra) ‘Compacta’
Look for slow-growing ‘Compacta,’ which has dark green leaves and a rounded shape, and grows to 4 feet high and 6 feet wide; Zones 5 to 9. ‘Chamzin’ will reach 3 feet high and 4 feet wide in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.
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(Taxus cuspidata) ‘Densa’
These are the shorter, slower-growing cultivars that are easiest to keep in check. Female ‘Densa’ has dark needles with red berries in winter. Can reach 4 feet high and 8 feet wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8. Hybrid ‘Wardii’ is a slow grower that, in 20 years, can reach 6 feet high and 20 feet wide; Zones 4 to 7.
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs: Slender Deutzia
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(Deutzia gracilis) ‘Nikko’
Combine shrubs that bloom in early spring with those that continue to provide color into summer. Compact varieties stay neat in winter after their leaves have dropped.
Slender Deutzia is a mound of slender, flower-filled branches. ‘Nikko’ blooms in spring with white flowers and dark blue-green foliage. Can grow up to 2 feet high and 5 feet wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8.
Photo by Courtesy of Bailey Nurseries
(H. arborescens) Bella Anna
Place these showy, reliable bloomers under a window where you can enjoy them from inside. ‘Annabelle’ has white blooms in summer, while Bella Anna is covered in pink flowers until fall. Both grow up to 5 feet high and wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.
Photo by Paroli Galperti/Alamy
(Spiraea japonica) ‘Anthony Waterer’
These long bloomers grow in upright mounds with pink or red flowers from late spring to early summer. ‘Anthony Waterer’ has pinkish-red blooms and can grow up to 4 feet high and 6 feet wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.
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Its dark green leaves turn yellow-orange, reddish-purple, and crimson in the fall. ‘Henry’s Garnet’ has 6-inch-long spikes of fragrant white flowers and can grow up to 4 feet high and 6 feet wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.
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A compact shrub covered with red flowers from spring until frost. Can grow up to 4 feet high and wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 11. R. ‘Radtko’ has double flowers.
Flowering Perennials: True Geranium
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At the front of the border, these can provide spring-to-fall color, especially if you cluster varieties with an extended bloom time.
‘Rozanne’ is one of the longest-blooming varieties, with violet petals around a white center that continue all summer. Can grow to 18 inches high and 2 feet wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8.
Photo by Neil Holmes/Alamy
(Nepeta racemosa) ‘Walker’s Low’
Tall spikes of tiny blue or purple flowers that are best clumped together for a punch of color. ‘Walker’s Low’ has fragrant lavender-blue flowers on 24-inch-tall stems that can grow to 3 feet wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8. ‘Blue Wonder’ is more compact, with dark blue flowers; Zones 3 to 8.
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Daisy-like yellow flowers open in early summer on tall stalks with fine, green foliage. C. verticillata ‘Zagreb’ has golden flower heads, while ‘Grandiflora’ is a darker yellow. Both can grow to 18 inches high and wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.
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(S. nemorosa) ‘Ostfriesland’
Blooms with violet, pink, or white flowers and green leaves from summer to fall. ‘Ostfriesland’ is a smaller purple salvia, reaching 18 inches high and wide; USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.
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(Leucanthemum x superbum) ‘Becky’
These 4-inch-wide blooms of white petals with yellow centers appear from mid summer to early fall and need no staking, thanks to ridged stems. Can grow 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide; Zones USDA Hardiness Zones . Plant with shorter ‘Snow Lady,’ which flowers earlier, for extended color.