Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summertime in the Midwest

Finally, it’s summertime in the Midwest. There is something for everyone. Whatever the weather, it is a great time to get outside and enjoy your favorite pastime. Summer for me means baseball and lemonade, but I also enjoy the wonderful Midwest landscapes.

Here are a few plants that thrive and shine in the summer too:
Syringa reticulata - (Japanese Tree Lilac) - Awesome plumes of fragrant cream colored blooms. This small tree looks good even in the hottest of weather- with very few insect or disease issues.
Hydrangea paniculata - Take your pick: Limelight, Pinky Winky, Quickfire , Strawberry Vanilla. Either in shrub or tree form, these beauties will provide a nice bright spot in the summer landscape.  

Echinacea and Rudbeckia (Coneflower and Black-eyed Susan) - Butterflies! Butterflies! Butterflies! Need I say more?

Hibiscus hardy hybrids (Rose Mallow) - These beautiful perennials with huge flowers show off that Hawaiian tropical look and feel during warm, moist days.
Miscanthus and Calamagrostis
(Maiden and Feather Reed grass ) - Waving gracefully in the warm summer breeze, these grasses remind us of peaceful Midwest prairies.
So don’t forget to incorporate a wide variety of interesting summertime plants in your landscapes. Summer activities, summer weather and summer plants make the perfect combo for enjoying life in the Midwest.

- Jim Pifer, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery 

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