Late-Summer Color for the Garden
Late summer can mean dog days in the garden as the bright color palettes of spring and early summer slowly fade. To lift your garden out of the doldrums, consider some of these saving graces.
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Colorful Garden Coleus
If you're lucky, you may be able to find them in containers at your garden center. If not — or if the weather or climate won't let you plant now — put these on your shopping list for the next growing season.
Alternanthera "Purple Knight"
Red Pineapple Sage
Pink Dwarf Crape Myrtle
The lovely woody shrubs and trees gardeners have come to depend on in August can also provide color close to the ground. The semi-dwarf and dwarf forms can easily be tucked into landscape beds.
Some of the smallest:
'Chickasaw' (2 to 3 feet, pink-lavender)
'Centennial' (3 to 5 feet, lavender)
'Victor' (3 to 5 feet, dark red)
'Monink' (3 feet, bright pink)
'Moned' (3 to 4 feet, rose red)
'Bourbon Street' (2 to 3 feet, watermelon red, weeping)
'New Orleans' (1 1/2 to 3 feet, lavender, weeping)
A welcome splash of color as summer comes to an end, these sunny perennials look great with ornamental grasses, and you'll also enjoy their ability to re-seed. USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9