DENVER — Visitors to my garden this time of year are astounded by how colorful it is. It's not accidental. It's planned.

Plan for more late summer color in your garden. It takes a combination of shrubs, perennials, summer bulbs and annuals. 

Recommended plants include:

  • Butterfly bush
  • Bumblebee daisy (Rudbeckia triloba)
  • Golden prairie coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)
  • Gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Perennial sunflower
  • Annual sunflower
  • Dahlias
  • Cannas
  • Flowering maple
  • Zinnias
  • Marigolds
  • Tall garden phlox

Late summer is also prime time to pick peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. Keep beans and cucumbers picked to keep them producing. Continue to water vegetables to keep them coming. 

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Mallory Davis, KUSA

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