This is a new selection of hybrid canna
(Canna X generalis). Unlike many of the cannas that are 4 or 5 feet tall this beauty is less than 2 feet in height. 'South Pacific Scarlet' is perfect for beds and containers and I want one (some). Download this and other images from the Hybrid Canna Wallpaper Gallery.
That perennial summertime garden favorite, the Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum X superbum) is in its full floral glory at this time of year. Download a large version to of these daisies to display on your desktop.
Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a North American native wildflower species that thrives in the heat and humidity of mid-summer. 'Paprika' is a particularly showy cultivar that is also attractive to butterflies. Download a large version to display on your desktop.
Here is a super showy hibiscus for gardeners who live cold climates. There are several cultivars of the swamp (aka "hardy") hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos). All produce scores of huge blossoms throughout the season and all are spectacular but 'Lord Baltimore' is my favorite and certainly the most colorful. Click to download a large version (800x600) to display on your computer desktop.
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Everyone knows what a weed is: it’s a plant growing in the wrong place. Whether it’s in an aquarium, in a potted plant, in a garden, or widespread in a field, it’s not supposed to be there. Weeds vary from the green algal slime on the walls of an untended fish tank, bind-weed (Convolvulus sp.) in a row of pole beans, dandelion or cat’s ear (Hypochaeris radiata) in a lawn, or silk oak (Grevillea robusta) colonizing a slope on Kaua`i. And, as those examples suggest, weeds can vary drastically in size from the unicellular alga to the 10 m tall tree. A single definition hardly fits such an array of organisms. Instead of a technical definition term to define weediness, it is most useful to look at some of the features of plants that enable them to be weeds. Comprehensive discussions of weediness can be found in two classic treatments of the subject by the late University of California, Berkeley botanist, Herbert G. Baker. Read article »
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Also known as althea, the rose-of-sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), is a summertime favorite that blooms throughout much of the season. Cultivars are available with both double and single flowers in a range of colors - best of all they are all very easy to grow. Download a large version of this image of 'Diana' and others from the Rose-of-sharon Wallpaper Gallery.
More summer-flowering ornamental woody species:
Aaron's beard (Hypericum calycinum)
blue daze (Evolvulus glomeratus)
false plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)
firebush (Hamelia patens)
glossy abelia (Abelia X grandiflora )
glossy privet (Ligustrum lucidum)
golden St. John's wort (Hypericum frondosum)
Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica)
Knockout rose (Rosa Radrazz)
oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia )
thyrallis (Galphimia glauca)
yellow elder (Tecoma stans)
is a woody shrub that is native to the southeastern United States. The cultivar 'Tardiva' blooms later in the season than the species
The regular summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) shrubs that grow around my pond are in bloom now. They're showy and fragrant and one of my favorite native shrubs. I saw these 'Pink Spire' summersweet at the nursery and quickly added it to my Wish List. Click to download a large version (800x600) for a closer look at a summersweet that is pretty in pink.