The Colorful Summer Garden


With over six acres of gardens, you will always find something in bloom at Viette’s!

viette daylily echinacea varietyAside from the millions of daylily blooms, there are many other colorful summer bloomers.

If you plan your perennial garden carefully, you can easily achieve color all season long – from spring through summer and well into fall. Even winter can be colorful with beautiful berried shrubs of Ilex verticillata (winterberry) and Callicarpa (Beauty Berry).

Invite Butterflies to Your Summer Garden

Colorful summer gardens can be specially planned to provide nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees. With honeybee populations on the decline across the country, this is especially important.

For the full sun garden, Crocosmia, Echinacea, Monarda, Nepeta, and Scabiosa are favorites of these wonderful summer visitors. Other hummingbird favorites, are the giant, long lasting blooms of the hardy hibiscus which create a stunning sight in midsummer. Just take a walk in André’s berm gardens to see how these awesome perennials brighten the garden!

Combine colorful summer blooming Phlox paniculata with the deep purple Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ and the bright colors of different Coreopsis cultivars to create an attractive butterfly magnet.

Add a vertical dimension to your colorful summer butterfly garden with the tall spiky blooms of Liatris, Kniphofia, Lavender, and Agastache. Perovskia (Russian Sage) also adds a unique vertical effect in the sunny summer garden with its aromatic silvery foliage and spikes of long-blooming lavender-blue flowers (also favorites of the butterflies). For the shady garden, Astilbe and Lobelia provide long-lasting color and nectar for the hummingbirds and butterflies.

The beautiful sedums, asters, and Helianthus provide color, texture, and sweet nectar for the butterflies and honeybees in the late summer and fall.

Viette Gardens Helianthus Sunflower with ButterflyButterfly Shrubs

There are also many beautiful summer blooming shrubs that provide long-lasting color. The butterfly bush, Buddleia, thrives in full sun, blooms from June-frost, and its fragrant trusses of colorful flowers are irresistible to both butterflies and hummingbirds. The long blooming shrub, Caryopteris has lovely fragrant silvery blue foliage and lovely flowers that are a favorite of butterflies and honeybees.

Don’t forget that color comes from foliage as well. Add splashes of continuous color from the silver leaved Artemisia and Stachys or the stunning reds, silvers, and peach colors of some of the “hot” new Heuchera cultivars. Hummingbirds love the flowers of Heuchera, too! For the shade, there are some fantastic new varieties of Pulmonaria with beautiful foliage that is spotted and slashed with varying degrees of white or silver making the plant sparkle even in the shadiest corner of the garden. And don't forget the glorious Hosta with their wide variety of foliage textures and colors!

See our extensive list of Butterfly and Hummingbird Plants.
This list includes the best shrubs, annuals, perennials, and bulbs to attract these wonderful creatures.

Long Blooming Perennials (blooming from 2-5 months)

Achillea, Agastache, Armeria, Buddleia, Caryopteris, Centaurea, Ceratostigma, Coreopsis, Delosperma, Echinacea purpurea, Gaillardia, Gaura lindheimeri, Geranium sanguineum, Helianthemum, Helianthus, Hemerocallis(everbloomers), Hypericum 'Hidcote', Kniphofia, Lavender spp., Leucanthemum, Lobelia cardinalis, Miscanthus, Monarda didyma, Nepeta, Perovskia, Phlox paniculata, Platycodon grandiflorus, Rudbeckia, Salvia nemerosa, Scabiosa columbaria, Sedum, Solidago 'Golden Fleece', Stokesia laevis, Tradescantia, Verbena 'Homestead Purple, Veronica spp.

Favorite Butterfly and Hummingbird Perennials

Gaillardia FanfareAchillea, Agastache, Aquilegia, Armeria maritima, Aster spp., Astilbe, Aurinia,  Buddleia spp. (butterfly bush), Caryopteris 'Dark Night' - shrub, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Coreopsis spp., Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Dianthus, Digitalis mertonensis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Helianthus salicifolius, Heuchera, Hibiscus (hardy hybrids), Lavendula, Liatris, Lobelia, Nepeta, Phlox paniculata, Rudbeckia, Salvia 'May Night', Scabiosa'Butterfly Blue', Sedum spp., Stokesia spp., Verbena 'Homestead Purple'