A while back I gave you some recommendations for plants you can enjoy in the early summer. When summer nears its end and fall approaches, it’s easy to believe that the time for plants to bloom beautifully has come and gone and won’t be back until spring. But there are many plants you can enjoy in the late summer as well.

Here are some of my favourite late-summer bloomers:


  • Black-eyed Susan: Good in heat and draught, with its long yellow petals, it’s similar to a sunflower, and in fact in the sunflower family.
  • Echinacea: A purple member of the daisy family, it’s also known as purple coneflower.
  • Aster: Another beautiful purple flower, its name comes from the Greek word for star, because of its shape.
  • Sedum: ‘Creeping sedums’ can grow almost anywhere, with almost no care at all.
  • Daylilies: Their gorgeous flowers come in many different colours, like red, purple, pink, orange and yellow.

Flowering shrubs

  • Hydrangea: Fun, easy to grow and resistant to most pests, you can’t go wrong with these.
  • Rosea: Choose from a number of types, like hollyhocks, periwinkles and roseroot.
  • Butterfly bush: Sprouting long shafts of colourful flowers, they get their name for a reason: they attract butterflies.
  • Hibiscus: Hibuscus also tend to attract butterflies, featuring flowers of red, peach, yellow and white.
  • Potentilla: Most common with yellow flowers, though there are other variations, it prefers an area with lots of sunlight and occasional shade.
  • Spirea: Though there’s also a spring-blooming spirea, the summer-blooming version boasts impressive shoots of white, pink or red flowers.

All of the plants I’ve discussed here are tolerant to our warm Southern Ontario summers. Plants like spirea, rosea, potentilla, Black-eyed Susan and daylilies are especially good choices if you plant them in an area that could be affected by road salt contamination – and they’re also fairly drought tolerant.

I hope these options help bring some colour and diversity to your late-summer garden!

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