4 showstopping summer plants I can’t live without

To say that I am not the most patient person when it comes to planting in my yard is a bit of an understatement.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE planting, weeding and keeping it looking beautiful, but I tend to rely on plants and flowers during the warmer months that become showstoppers in virtually no time.  Fortunately, here in the South, there are quite a few that provide instant gratification for me and require very little care.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Boston fern – I have always had two of these babies flanking my front door and with a little water every few days and some afternoon sun, they make a fabulous first impression.  They are so inexpensive, but make such a dramatic impact!  I picked these two up at Home Depot three summers ago…they’ve weathered the winters well in my garage!

Sweet potato vine – These annuals come in bright lime green or gorgeous purple and grow like a weed!  They fill in empty spots in perennial beds, spill over from planters and pots and seem to double in size overnight!  The colors are just gorgeous and are a beautiful compliment to evergreens:

Purple queen –  these succulents have taken up residence in my whiskey barrels and have basically taken over!  I love the deep, purple/gray color and, because they are succulents, they require very little watering.  The best part is that they tend to come back the next year if we have a mild winter:

Knock out roses – If there’s anything better than a splash of hot pink in your perennial beds or borders, I don’t know what it is.  When each rose starts to lose its leaves and die, snip the head off right at the base – three more flowers grow back in its place!

What are some of your favorites?

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  1. Kate on August 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Ooh, one of my favorite topics!! I have most of your picks in my yard and love them as well. Just about any hydrangea variety tops my list. I'm in the middle of planning the landscape for my backyard, and I'm pretty sure i'm going to go overboard with lime lights and oak leaf hydrangeas. Last spring I planted some dwarf butterfly bushes in a bed in front of some mature boxwoods. They filled in very quickly and have been blooming for months. And true to their name – I often see butterflys on them! They are high on my list now.

    I'm going to be so sad in a few months when all the pretty stuff dies back.

  2. Kelly Stivers on August 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I LOVE hydrangeas, too, Kate! We had such a rainy, wet season this year that I didn't post pics of my sad purple coneflowers, black eyed Susans, crepe myrtles, maidengrass, and a few other perennials 🙁

  3. Kay @ redbirdvwordpress.com on August 31, 2013 at 11:07 am

    H O L A
    Sweet potato vine comes in a third — variegated — version that I love. The colors are a creamy white, pale green + pretty pink — delightful!

  4. Kelly Stivers on August 31, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Kay – I've never seen the variegated version – pale green and pink? Must find these STAT! Thanks for the recommendation!

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