August Blooms-A Rainbow of Colors

August, and with good reason, is Jim Gibbs’ favorite month for summer color at the Gardens.  Undaunted by the heat, lush annuals and perennials spill over containers and weave together in planting beds, providing a continuous riot of color. It’s almost as if they have been waiting for just the right moment to take center stage. There are combinations that shine for sun and shade.

81159 Flower Bridge July 30, 2016 RC
Colorful annuals welcome visitors to the Gardens in summer.

Summer blooming trees and shrubs like rose-of-Sharon, crape myrtles and roses of various colors are top performers during our Summer Colorfest.

79815 Manor House border July 16, 2016 RC
The Manor House Borders overflow with color in August.

The ponds bloom with over 140 varieties of waterlilies. Both hardy and tropical selections, these exotic flowers glisten like jewels.

A real show stopper is Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanilla Strawberry’. The large blooms start out creamy white and turn pink, strawberry red and even burgundy, with cooler night temperatures. Like other PeeGee hydrangeas, this selection thrives in full sun.

Hydrangea 'Vanilla Strawberry' close up
Hydrangea ‘Vanilla Strawberry’

Annuals at Gibbs Gardens –Below is a list of many of the annuals (and their light requirements) growing in the Gardens, including those in the Manor House borders, in containers on the Flower Bridge and throughout the Gardens.  Included in this group are selections known to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Scaevola, a great annual for sun.

Angelonia ‘Carita Purple’- full sun

Begonia hybrid Dragon Wing Red- part shade, tolerates sun

Caladium ‘Aaron’ – sun or shade

Caladium 'Red Flash'
Caladium ‘Aaron’ and ‘Red Flash’

Caladium ‘Red Flash’ – sun or shade

Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ –sun or part shade

Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’ –sun

Coleus ‘Kong Rose’- part shade/shade

Crossandra 'Orange Marmalade' Sept. 14, 2012
Crossandra ‘Orange Marmalade’

Crossandra – sun

Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’-

Dracaena spike-sun to part shade

Duranta ‘Cuban Gold’-sun to part shade

Euphorbia ‘Hip Hop’-sun

Foxtail Fern-part shade or shade

Annual color July 11
Ipomea ‘Blackie’ and Ipomea ‘Margarita’ with begonia, Scaevola and Plectranthus

Ipomoea ‘Blackie’ and ‘Margarita’ sun or part shade

Lantana ‘Little Lucky Hot Pink,’ ‘New Gold,’ – sun

Mandevilla- red, white and pink- full sun

Penta ‘Graffiti Violet’-sun

Petunia ‘Bordeaux’ Supertunia

Portulaca Pazzaz Ultra Pink, Tangerine and Vivid Yellow –sun

Plumbago ‘Imperial Blue’-sun or part shade

Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’- sun, The biennial or short lived perennial a black-eyed Susan relative) is often grown as an annual.

Scaevola ‘Toppot Blue’ and ‘Toppot White’-sun

Strobilanthes (Persian Shield) – sun or part shade

Sunpatiens – Coral and Lilac- full sun or part shade

Swedish Ivy-part shade

Vinca ‘Cora Cascade Lilac’ and ‘Cascade Strawberry’

Perennial Favorites at Gibbs Gardens

Lambs ear, Acorus, Duranta and Kalimeris pinnatifida.
Lambs ear, Acorus, Duranta and Kalimeris pinnatifida.

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’-sun

Kalimeris pinnatifida (False Aster)-sun or part shade

Perovskia atrplicifolia (Russian sage)-sun

Stachys ‘Helen Von Stein’ (large leaf Lamb’s Ears)-sun

Visit the Gardens and get ideas for annuals and perennials to try in your own garden. Jim recommends that you plan your visit to the Gardens in August during the morning hours (until about 12 noon) when temperatures are cooler, in the 70 F range.