Yards and gardens tend to get a little tired and drab during the heat of summer. The weather is
hot and humid, rainfall is scarce, and it seems as if nothing is in bloom. The wise gardener
can reverse this quickly. Most annuals are programmed to keep on blooming come heat or high
humidity. However, if neglected they will stop flowering. Remove all wilted flowers and pinch
back leggy plants especially impatiens and petunias. A dose of liquid fertilizer and plenty of
moisture will keep annuals going strong until frost.
Many perennials bloom in mid to late summer. Plant black-eyed Susans, golden-rod, purple
coneflower, hostas, chrysanthemums and asters for some welcome later season color.