A Garden Rainbow

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Add new colors and textures to your garden with our favorite annuals, perennials, shade plants and more. Discover gorgeous agave plants, the newest perennials and the best-blooming shrubs for your garden, and begin planting your perfect garden rainbow.
No rain? No problem. Check out Better Homes and Gardens’ list of drought-tolerant plants that can withstand the harshest weather conditions and still look beautiful in your garden.

The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

Yarrow Not only does yarrow tolerate heat and drought like a champion, but this easy-growing perennial is also a great cut flower -- and deer, rabbits, and most other pests won't touch it.

Give your garden a burst of life and color by planting these bright summer bulbs. Stick with one plant, such as the Dahlia, which comes in every color under the rainbow, or try planting an exotic climbing bulb like the Gloriosa Lily. View all of Better Home and Garden’s best summer bulbs and be inspired to design your own garden of colorful blooms.

The Best Summer Bulbs

Summer flowers electrify your garden. Summer-blooming flowers offer some of the most spectacular color of the entire year, whether they are late summer flowers, annual summer flowers, or perennial summer flowers.

Check out this gorgeous gallery of easy-to-grow roses. From Sweet Fragrance to Firecracker, BHG showcases the best low-maintenance roses for your garden.

The Easiest Roses You Can Grow

The Butterfly Bush can grow to 10 feet or taller and bloom longer than lilacs, making them a perfect summer-blooming shrub. Click through to see and read about 12 other summer-blooming shrubs from BHG.

The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Butterfly Bush -- Shrub-Don't let its common name fool you; hummingbirds love butterfly bush's fragrant flowers as much as butterflies do. Butterfly bush looks great paired with summer-blooming bee balm varieties.

Alliums are an easy way to make your garden pop with variety and color. BHG shares 16 top alliums for your garden, many of which have a long bloom season like the Millennium (seen above).

16 Top Alliums for Your Garden

'Millenium' alium- Allium 'Millenium' features lavender-rose flower spheres above clumping green foliage for several weeks in late summer. It grows 12 inches tall.

Add a robust array of color to your garden this year with any of these gorgeous new annuals picked by Better Homes and Gardens. Quickly brighten your tropical landscape with Hibiscus Hollywood or add a unique look to your garden with Gomphrena Budacious flowers. Click in to see the variety of flowers to plant in your backyard garden.

Amazing New Annuals for 2016

best and brightest annuals to fill your garden this summer! Annuals are great to use in potted plants. Spruce up your garden with a large variety of plants, and be sure to include our great selection of low maintenance annuals!

Zinnias are easy to grow and ideal for cutting. Plant these go-to annuals where they will get plenty of sun and watch your garden come alive with color. Learn more from Lowe’s.

One of my favorite flowers, Zinnias - Easy to grow and ideal for cutting, these go-to annuals soak up summer sun and burst into a fiesta of vivid blooms.

The Lenten Rose can bloom as early as February with elegant flowers in pink, purple and white. Click in to see what other flowers are early spring bloomers from the Garden Glove, and start planning your outdoor spring garden.

Early Spring Bloomers

Add a glow to your garden with these French hydrangea varieties. Southern Living suggests planting hydrangeas like 'Twist-N-Shout' and 'Bluebird' to brighten your garden.

Hydrangea Bloom Varieties

Whether you prefer mopheads or lacecaps—or both—these showy french hydrangea blooms are sure to brighten your summer border.

Spunky coneflowers in vibrant pink add both color and texture to your flower garden. Check out 14 other varieties to introduce to your yard from HGTV Gardens.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Double Delight’ Bring out the pompons! You’ll cheer when you add 'Pink Double Delight' coneflower to your garden. The cones feature a fluffy pink form skirted with pink petals

Plant the right flowers and create an environment for butterflies and bees. The Home Depot shares the best plants to attract pollinators to your garden that will ensure a stunning healthy garden.

How To Attract Pollinators To Your Garden

Garden Phlox 'Flame Purple' blooms in stunning magenta with fragrant flowers. Phlox can grow in a sunny border or a container and attracts pollinators like butterflies and bees. Learn more about pollinators and plants at The Home Depot's Garden Club.

Add an exotic tone to your garden by planting any of these 7 hibiscus flowers shared by HGTV. Each of them pops with a special color that will leave you feeling like you’re in paradise.

‘Woodbridge', also known as Rose of Sharon, is an old-time favorite found in informal borders and hedges. Exotic flowers are the main allure of this hibiscus. Late summer brings large, pink flowers with deep red centers.

Add big impact to your flower garden with easy-to-grow hardy geraniums called cranesbill. Garden Matter shares more about these beautiful, airy and colorful blooms.

Learn about easy to grow hardy geraniums. Perennials plants also called cranesbill. Beautiful, come in many colors and have an airy cottage garden feel.

A "shade garden" doesn't need to mean a "dark garden." Plant any of these 20 colorful plants picked by Sunset magazine to put some color in the shade. Mirror plant or Persian shield are perfect for a pop of color.

19 Colorful Plants for Shade Gardens

Mirror plant (Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunrise’) Glossy, jewel-like foliage blends lots of yummy colors on this amazing tender evergreen shrub.

Keep your garden looking colorful all summer long with late blooming plants! There are plenty of flowers and other greenery that you can plant in your garden to keep it looking bright and beautiful all season long. Click-in for the full list, courtesy of HGTV.

Late-Summer Color for the Garden

Late summer can mean dog days in the garden as the bright color palettes of spring and early summer slowly fade. To lift your garden out of the doldrums, consider some of these saving graces.