Fireglow Japanese maple is one of the best upright Japanese maple trees for hot sun exposure. Its autumn foliage is always magnificent. Read more: www.finegardening… Follow us: Fine Gardening Magazine on Twitter | FineGardeningMagazine on Facebook

Fireglow Japanese maple is one of the best upright Japanese maple trees for hot sun exposure. Its autumn foliage is always magnificent. Read more: www.finegardening… Follow us: Fine Gardening Magazine on Twitter | FineGardeningMagazine on Facebook

Amsonia hubrichtii  Yellow fall foliage, light blue flowers  3'h x 3'w Tolerates dry soil.  Blooms in May in SW Mo, with light blue star shaped flowers.

Amsonia hubrichtii Yellow fall foliage, light blue flowers 3'h x 3'w Tolerates dry soil. Blooms in May in SW Mo, with light blue star shaped flowers.

Witch hazel. Zone 5. Excellent foliage throughout all 4 seasons. Perfect shrub for the shade!

Witch hazel. Zone 5. Excellent foliage throughout all 4 seasons. Perfect shrub for the shade!

Campanula portenschlagiana, Dalmation Bellflower. Wow. Why don't I see this in zone 7/8 garden centers? heat tolerant to USDA zone 8, cold hardy to zone 4, Blooms all summer June to frost. The Bellflower we know around here is an upright version and it's never been especially popular.

Campanula portenschlagiana, Dalmation Bellflower. Wow. Why don't I see this in zone 7/8 garden centers? heat tolerant to USDA zone 8, cold hardy to zone 4, Blooms all summer June to frost. The Bellflower we know around here is an upright version and it's never been especially popular.

Dianthus Tiny Rubies  Highly fragrant clove-scented fragrance      100's of charming pink flowers in early summer      Evergreen foliage stays attractive all season Sun ground cover that is ultra hardy to Zone 3 Shop All Fragrant Plants    Zone 3,4,5,6,7,8,9  Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer  4-5" X 12"Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant

Dianthus Tiny Rubies Highly fragrant clove-scented fragrance 100's of charming pink flowers in early summer Evergreen foliage stays attractive all season Sun ground cover that is ultra hardy to Zone 3 Shop All Fragrant Plants Zone 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer 4-5" X 12"Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant

Anchusa Dropmore. Deer resistant, blue :) blooms with Peonies

Anchusa Dropmore (Italian Bugloss, Alkanet)

Heliotrope, now this loves the weather in the Pacific Northwest, and it smells so good - just don't buy the short varieties, you get more flowers and cuttings stems out of the old fashioned tall ones. Liked by: Eden, Maegan

Heliotrope, now this loves the weather in the Pacific Northwest, and it smells so good - just don't buy the short varieties, you get more flowers and cuttings stems out of the old fashioned tall ones. Liked by: Eden, Maegan

Tons of Color from a Groundcover Rose - The Coral Drift Rose gives you incredible double-blooms without hardly any care.     It's a hardy plant that tolerates winter's cold and even mild drought with relative ease.  The deep coral blossoms may be petite but they are also plentiful from spring through fall, covering the low growing bush...

Tons of Color from a Groundcover Rose - The Coral Drift Rose gives you incredible double-blooms without hardly any care. It's a hardy plant that tolerates winter's cold and even mild drought with relative ease. The deep coral blossoms may be petite but they are also plentiful from spring through fall, covering the low growing bush...

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' - an all-black elderberry with pink flowers.

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' - an all-black elderberry with pink flowers.

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