I have a lovely spring display of blooms with my dogwoods and redbud trees. I have some space for more woody plants. What suggestions do you have for summer flowers?
Good for you for your well-planned landscape! A garden with four seasons of interest is a wonderful goal.
May I suggest the following trees and shrubs for summer color in your garden, and where you can observe them at Laurelwood Arboretum?
Sun trees (at least 6-8 hours/day)
[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]Crape myrtle (along Fairway)
Golden rain tree – Koelreuteria
Japanese pagoda tree – Sophora[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/2″]Katsura – Cercidiphyllum
Linden – Tilia[/su_column][/su_row]
Azalea (swamp) – Rhododendron viscosum (the latest azalea to bloom in the area)
Bayberry – Myrica
Beautyberry – Callicarpa (located in the Native Plant Demonstration Garden)
Bluebeard – Caryopteris
Butterfly plant – Buddleia (on Hickory Hill)
Buttonbush – Cephalanthus (on Brook Road, near the stream and the Fairy Tree)
Clerodendron (see and smell them along Fairway)
Clethra (in the Native Plant Demonstration Garden)
Hydrangea (in a few areas of Laurelwood, namely Hickory Hill and Cedar Hill)
Itea (in the Native Plant Demonstration Garden)
New Jersey tea (in front of the KCE building)
Rhododendron (rosebay) – Rhododendron maximum (the latest rhododendron to bloom in the area)
Rose of Sharon – Hibiscus (along Brook Road)
Roses – many types — it is our national flower
Smokebush – Cotinus
Snowberry – Symphoricarpos (in the garden along Dorothy’s Way)
Vitex (in the Sensory Garden)
Laurel – Kalmia (in the Native Plant Demonstration Garden)
Best of luck. Happy Summer.
Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director