Colorful getaway

Want to create a restful retreat but still be surrounded by beautiful flowers every summer? Try this simple combination. Click ahead to learn more about each plant.

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Eastern hemlock

Tsuga canadensis Golden Duke™

Type Tree

Blooms Gold foliage all year

Light Part to full shade

Size 6 to 10 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 8

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1

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Astilbe

Astilbe x arendsii ‘August Light’ (‘Augustleuchten’)

Type Perennial

Blooms Red flowers in mid- to late summer

Light Part to full shade

Size 24 to 28 in. tall and 15 to 24 in. wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1

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Hardy hibiscus

Hibiscus ‘Perfect Storm’

Type Perennial

Blooms Pink and white flowers in midsummer

Light Full sun to part shade

Size 30 to 36 in. tall and 54 to 60 in. wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1

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Panicle hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’ 

Type Shrub

Blooms 15-in. long white flowers age to dusty pink then brown in summer through winter

Light Full sun to part shade

Size 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1

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Garden phlox

Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’

Type Perennial

Blooms Blue-violet blooms in summer

Light Full sun to part shade

Size 36 to 48 in. tall and 18 to 24 in. wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 8

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1

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Garden phlox

Phlox paniculata ‘Bright Eyes’

Type Perennial

Blooms Pale pink flowers with dark eye in summer

Light Full sun to part shade

Size 18 to 24 in. tall and 12 to 18 in. wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 8

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1

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Chinese astilbe

Astilbe chinensis ‘Maggie Daley’

Type Perennial

Blooms Lavender-pink flowers in mid- to late summer

Light Part to full shade

Size 24 to 28 in. tall and 16 to 20 in. wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1

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