Flowers for your garden that do well in the summer sunshine

By Cindi Sullivan
WAVE 3 Garden Expert

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) -- A lot of plants struggle to survive during the summer months. WAVE 3 garden expert Cindi Sullivan reports about some beautiful flowers that seem to thrive in the summer sun.

Heucheras, or Coral Bells as they are commonly called, make great garden plants for a sunny or partly shady area in your garden. Coral bells have been the subject of much work by the nursery industry lately, resulting in some really interesting hybrid plants.

Midnight Rose is a cultivar with burgundy foliage. And what makes it a standout are the hot pink splotches of color on the leaves. The pink color will fade to cream as the season progresses.

Sparkling Burgundy produces a mound of foliage that ranges from deep burgundy to amber. It produces spikes of clean white flowers through the growing season.

Pistache is a cultivar from France. The chartreuse-colored foliage provides a nice accent in color for the garden.

Autumn Bride is another good choice because it will flower in late summer to early fall. It has light green leaves that will reach 5 inches across and white flowers. It tends to be more drought tolerant than most coral bells.

Make sure that Coral Bells receive adequate water during the summer months. They are shallow rooted and so tend to be susceptible to drought stress.

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Online Reporter:  Cindi Sullivan

Online Producer: Charles Gazaway