Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree); this deciduous shrub has violet blue blooms from July to August; in zones 5-6, it has winter die back – often to the ground, but recovers well with up to five feet of new growth the following season
In the Show Garden:
Hydrangea paniculata Grandiflora (Panicle Hydrangea); this popular woody shrub can reach up to 25 feet, with white blooms aging to pink, prefers organically rich soil; one of the most cold- hardy hydrangeas
In the Perennial Border West;
Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore’ (Garden Phlox); a tall variety reaching two to four feet with bright deep pink flowers; known for its mildew resistance.
In the Perennial Border North:
In the Knot Garden:
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (White Coneflower); a white-flowered form of the purple coneflower, with drooping white petals surrounding a greenish-brown central cone, shown here with the native Purple Coneflower