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Hydrangea

by Rick Vuyst

The landscape celebrates July in its own way with floriferous fireworks that go “kabloom”! These bright flowers and colorful plantings attract a crowd of butterflies and hummingbirds. Flower gardens are full of passion; I heard once that a flower is simply a leaf mad in love, and the colorful blooms of flowers attract pollinators and nectar lovers!

For a garden filled with fluttering friends, consider planting bright, attention-grabbing blooms. The July landscape should be a playground for butterflies and hummingbirds, and it all starts by selecting the right plants to accent the yard, deck and patio. Remember, sunny spaces and water help attract these winged performers to put on a show. Often the next question is, “Rick, what are your favorites to do the job in the month of July?” I’m glad you asked! Many different plants will attract beauty, but I especially like these in the month of July:

Tithonia Mexican Flower
Tithonia Mexican Flower

Asclepias (Butterfly weed)
Agastache
Allium
Baptisia (False Indigo)
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
Cosmos
Crocosmia
Daylilies
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Heliopsis
Honeysuckle
Hydrangea
Joe Pye Weed
Lantana
Landscape Roses
Lychnis
Monarda (Bee Balm)
Nepeta
Petunias
Russian Sage
Salvia
Sedum
Tithonia Mexican Sunflower
Tickseed (Coreopsis)
Zinnias

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Allium
Lantana
Lantana
Zinnia
Zinnia

Rick Vuyst 090313

Rick Vuyst is CEO of Flowerland, host of the Flowerland Show on NewsRadio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM as well as Mr. Green Thumb on WZZM TV 13.

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