Four O'Clocks, sometimes called 'Marvel of Peru', are low-growing, bushy plants with flowers that bloom in several colors on the same plant - often on the same trailing stem. Four O'Clocks tolerate average-to-poor soils beautifully, making them a favorite for sun and part-sun sites that haven't gotten much attention in the past. Blooms open every afternoon (around 4 o'clock) and have closed by the next morning. (Mirabilis jalapa)
The lush, rose-like blooms of 'Tecolote White' Ranunculus are absolutely perfect additions to summer wedding decor and bouquets. Each flawless flower is comprised of thousands of pure white, crêpe paper petals, and the tall, straight stems of this Persian buttercup make cutting and arranging as easy as can be. (Ranunculus)
Double Tuberose, also known as “The Pearl," is loved by gardeners for its pristine white flowers and heavenly scent. Makes an excellent cut flower. Hardy in zones 7-10 and considered an annual in all other zones. (Polianthes tuberosa)
The President Canna Lily is a classic variety with long-lasting red-orange blooms standing above lush foliage. This variety has graced the White House Garden for years. From mid-summer through frost, watch for visiting hummingbirds, which adore the nectar-rich flowers. Large, lance-shaped foliage makes a bold impact in the garden. Plant in masses at the back of borders, or in containers to enhance outdoor living spaces. (Canna indica)
Wyoming Canna Lily sparkles with brilliant orange blooms atop richly colored burgundy and green foliage. From mid-summer through frost, hummingbirds cannot resist these bright blooms, while gardeners adore Wyoming as much for its striking foliage as its cheerful flowers. Easy to grow in beds or containers for a taste of the tropics in any garden. (Canna indica)
Striking Atom Hardy Gladiolus effortlessly combines red accents with a silvery edge, for a new level of sophistication in sunny borders and cut flower arrangements. Atom Hardy Gladiolus are easy-to-grow summer bulbs with excellent hardiness. Bold red flowers open from the bottom up are sure to attract hummingbirds to your garden in mid-summer. (Gladiolus)
Nathalie Hardy Gladiolus combines excitement with elegance in a hardy, compact package. Tall spikes of Salmon-orange blossoms have accents of deeper orange and cream, creating an exciting effect that will heighten your border color schemes in summer. Nathalie Hardy Gladiolus makes an excellent cut flower, but is loved by pollinators and hummingbirds if you cant bear to bring armfuls indoors!
Enjoyed for its hardiness and smaller, more adaptable size than traditional Glads, ‘Elvira’ Hardy Gladiolus is not only great for the garden, but terrific as a strong accent in a cut flower bouquet! This charming flower will accent your containers, flower beds, and vases with elegant orchid-like blossoms in the softest pink – each one marked with rosy red on their lower petals. Sword-like foliage enhances the blossoms, which open slowly from the base of the spike, attracting pollinators and hummingbirds.
You may need to lift your bulbs and tubers in the Fall and replant next Spring. Shake off any soil and air dry for several days before storing in a cool, dry, well ventilated location. Do not store in plastic; plants need to breathe.