A favorite for sunny, water-scarce gardens, catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) toughs it out during hot summer weather and dry spells.
It's not the flower but the irresistible foliage of coleus that catches your eye.
The bright red of cardinal flower looks like someone pricked summer and made it bleed at the edges.
Carolina jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is an ornamental climber that will readily romp up and over arbors, trellises, and even bushes and tree trunks.
Carpet bugleweed is one of the most common and successful ground covers.
A tropical plant from South America.
You might have noticed candytuft sprawling over a retaining wall in early spring when the plants are covered with pure white flowers.
Count on cannas (Canna spp.) to bring tropical flamboyance to your garden.
In summer, the small, richly colored blooms of blackberry lilies (Belamcanda chinensis) appear on wiry stems in shades of deep yellow-orange and red.
Blooming for about 10 weeks in summer to early fall, blanket flower brings intense, showy color to sunny spots in the garden.