weather seesawed back and forth between hot, dry days and
torrential rain. Deer pressure in South Park was much higher
than in North Park. Roughly one-third of our plants were
destroyed there. Those plants are indicated below with a "DS."
performers are annuals that bloomed all summer with minimal
deadheading and no signs of insect or disease problems.
-- bloomed all summer without deadheading; good in containers as
well as beds and borders. More compact than older varieties. DS
butterfly weed (Asclepias
'Red Butterfly') -- trouble-free and long-blooming; attractive
to butterflies and pollinators. Best in beds and borders.
x 'Red Dragon Wing'
dark green, glossy foliage. Bloomed all summer with little or no
deadheading. Use in beds, borders and containers. DS
Pearl' ornamental peppers
-- fruits ripen from purple-black to red. Can be eaten -- VERY
hot. 2006 All-America Selections Winner. Problem-free, heat- and
drought-tolerant. Use in beds, borders or containers.
Chili' ornamental peppers
-- fruits are not hot and are safe around curious children and
pets. Problem free. Fruits showy even after they have dried on
'Sun Devil Extreme Mix' -- clean, glossy green
foliage and constant bloom. Vigorous plants that are good for
massing, edging and containers.
'Sparkler Mix') -- heat- and drought-tolerant, attractive to
butterflies. More compact than older varieties.
'Cornucopia') -- unusual double purple flowers and evening
fragrance. Use as an accent in beds, borders and large
'Viridis') -- dark green foliage shows off bright yellow,
daisy-type flowers nicely. Blooms late in the season, often
trained as a standard. Heat- and drought-tolerant.
-- very heat- and drought-tolerant. Long blooming and
problem-free. Excellent dried flower. Use in bed and borders.
'Dakota Gold') -- free-blooming, very compact relative of our
native sneezeweed. Problem-free. Use in beds, borders and
'Landmark Gold' and 'Peach Sunrise'
-- attracts butterflies and pollinators. Nonstop blooming with
little or no deadheading. Very heat and drought tolerant. Use in
beds, borders and large containers. DS
'Broken Colors' and 'Limelight Rose') -- Flowers open late
afternoon or early evening. Long-blooming heirloom that
tolerates hot, dry weather very well. Best in beds and borders.
'Jester') -- Foliage starts out chartreuse then hardens to deep
purple. Very heat- and drought-tolerant. Good accent in beds,
borders and large containers. Minor deer or groundhog damage in
South Park early on.
fountain grass (Pennisetum
'Rubrum') -- outstanding in all types of weather but not winter
hardy in our climate. Use in beds, borders and large containers.
Purple Fountain Grass
-- grown for colorful foliage. No maintenance
except for periodic watering. Good for beds, borders and large
Zealand flax (Phormuim
'Atropurpureum') -- Excellent foliage plants; foliage ranges
from bronze to red or green stripes. Problem-free, tolerates
hot, dry weather as well as torrential rain. Use in beds,
borders and large containers.
'Escapade Blue') -- Tender shrub grown as annual here; sky blue
color not found in most plants. Combines with almost any other
color. Heat- and drought-tolerant, problem-free. Use in beds,
borders and containers.
mealy cup sage (Salvia
-- good dried flower, 2006 All-America Selections Winner. Very
long-blooming, heat- and drought-tolerant. Use in beds, borders
-- attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and
pollinators. Very long-blooming and problem-free.
'New Wonder') -- Heat- and drought-tolerant, long-blooming and
problem-free. Use in beds, borders, containers and hanging
-- silver foliage useful to break up clashing colors and as foil
for bright flowers. Very heat- and drought-tolerant. Use in beds
-- colorful foliage, does well in hot, dry weather. Use in beds
and containers. DS
Aires verbena (Verbena
-- long-blooming, airy flower spikes; useful "see through"
plant. Self-sows enough to be a nuisance in some situations.
'Imagination' and 'Sterling Star') -- attractive to butterflies,
hummingbirds and pollinators. Long-blooming, heat- and
verbena 'Temari Patio Blue'
-- dark green, attractive foliage; long season of bloom. Very
heat- and drought-tolerant.
-- outstanding, compact grower; long- blooming,
large flowers. Disease-resistant foliage. Attractive to
butterflies and pollinators.
(cherry, orange and white) -- bloom all summer,
All-America Selection Gold Medal winners. Very heat- and
drought-tolerant, disease-resistant. Good in containers and beds.
Photos of annual flowers