Clematis Konigskind ‘Climador’. 5-inch-diameter, purple-blue, ruffled flowers that bloom for up to four months on vines that only grow 4 to 5 feet long. Hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9, although the container should be protected over the winter in cold areas. Prune in early spring to about 1 foot tall for best growth and flowering. ‘Climador’ is available from: Park Seed Company (www.parkseed.com)

Hydrangea, Star Gazer (macrophylla Star Gazer) Unique lacecap with blue or pink star insets, depending on soil pH, surrounded by white picotee edges. Compact habit. This reblooming shrub collection features fully double blooms supported by extra long stems. Blooming occurs throughout spring, summer, and fall with good mildew resistance 3-4 x 3-5

If you live in the northern half of the U.S., you may think caladiums are only suitable for southern gardens. Not so! The photo above was taken in a zone 6 garden in New Jersey, and we have customers from Pennsylvania to Iowa getting the same great results. During the summer, most of the country