Proctor: Star perennials shine in summer

KUSA - If your garden is devoid of color now, it's time to shop. Planting a variety of perennials with different flowering periods guarantees there's always something exciting in bloom. If you shop only in May and June, your garden will likely suffer from the midsummer doldrums.

Great summer perennials are approaching their peaks--and there are many from which to select.

My top recommendations include daylilies, purple coneflower, veronica, phlox, bee balm, hummingbird mint and balloon flower. The latter has buds that resemble tiny hot air balloons before they open into pretty purple or pink stars.

Before you select new plants, take a stroll through your garden to determine which colors might be needed. Can there ever be enough pink, yellow or blue? Or perhaps you'd like to add some fiery red and orange or contrasting purple. It's often easiest to make additions now; by next spring we'll have forgotten.

As always, take care with keeping the new plants moist until they've started to put out new roots into the garden soil.

Plants are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.

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