In the Garden: What’s Hot Now

Flowering plants that thrive in the dog days of summer

It’s hard to believe we’re already into August. Keeping busy with my gardens has made the season fly by! But it’s not over yet, and there is still plenty to see here in the theme gardens at Snow’s.

What’s new in the garden

Our mid-summer blooming plants have come into their own, and the full spectrum of colors and shapes now on display is a must see for new ideas and inspiration. We also still have a good supply of annuals, perennials, evergreens, shrubs and roses at discount prices – so it’s a great time to enhance your gardens and save a bit of money while you’re at it.

summer plant sale

We have also extended the season for our Wednesday morning garden walks, so if you haven’t had the chance, please join us. Just stop in at 9:30, grab a cup of coffee and jump on board. Each week has something different to showcase and I guarantee you’ll learn something new and interesting. There is no charge for the tour (or the coffee) and everyone receives a bonus gift at the end of the tour. (Yes, some things in life are still free!).

theme gardens

Come see our theme gardens at their peak!

Take advantage of a flowering transformation

August is a a time of transformation in the garden world – perhaps you’ve seen it in your own landscape. Those spring bloomers are long gone, and though we still have some flowers to enjoy, many are fading and starting to lose their captivating beauty. In the past, this is always been a time when my own gardens begin to fall short of color and interest.

Fortunately, I’ve discovered a new class of flowering plants over the years. These are the plants that actually crave the dog days of summer and long hours of sunlight. They’re literally “what’s hot now” – the next phase of flowering plants that are ready to bring new life and colorful interest to your yard.

Here are some of my many favorites:



  • Agastache (Hummingbird Mint)
  • Asclepias (Milkweed, Butterfly Weed)
  • Clematis (Sweet Summer Love)
  • Crocosmia
  • Dahlias
  • Echinacea (Coneflowers)
  • Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)
  • Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
  • Gaura (Wandflower)
  • Hibiscus (Rose Mallow)
  • Lavender
  • Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)
  • Lilium (Asiatic & Oriental Lily)
  • Lobelia (Cardinal Flower)
  • Nipponanthemum (Montauk Daisy)
  • Perovskia (Russian Sage)
  • Phlox (tall garden varieties)
  • Physostegia (Obedient Plant)
  • Platycodon (Balloon Flower)
  • Rudbeckia (Black & Brown-Eyed Susan)
  • Solidago (Goldenrod)
  • Stokesia (Stokes Aster)
Montauk daisy

Nipponanthemum (Montauk Daisy). Photo from the


  • Abelia (Glossy Abelia)
  • Buddleja (Butterfly Bush)
  • Caryopteris (Bluebeard)
  • Clethra (Summersweet)
  • Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon)
  • Hydrangea (tree forms)
  • Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle)
  • Roses (knock outs and hybrid teas)
  • Vitex (Chaste Tree)



Caryopteris (Bluebeard)

Caryopteris (Bluebeard). Photo from proven

So don’t give up on your gardens yet! Come on in and see what’s new and blooming – our staff is eager to help you with any of your landscaping needs.