August Plants of the Month!

August 1st, 2018

Looking to learn more about the various plants and trees we have here at Fossil Creek Nursery? We asked a few employees and here are their top choices for the month of August!

1. Goldsturm Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan)

The Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan grows best in hardiness zones 3-9 (hardy down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit). It needs full sun and can grow to 18”-24” tall and wide. This plant blooms in mid-to-late summer with a beautiful display of golden flowers. The Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan attracts butterflies and its seeds provide winter food for birds. The bright, daisy-like, flowers with green foliage compliment this hardy and tough plant. The Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan can stand up to heat, humidity, and clay soil. No wonder it was named the 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year!

black eyed susan

2. Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass grows well in zones 4-9 (hardy to -30 degrees Fahrenheit). This grass requires full sun and can grow up to 3’ tall and wide. The native Blue Grama Grass has blue-green foliage and eyelash-like flowers that appear in mid-summer. It is known for its hardiness with weather resistant stems and long lasting blonde seed heads that remain through winter. The Blue Grama Grass can grow in different soil types and is perfect for low maintenance landscaping. It was named 2011 Plant Select Plant of the Year!

blue grama grass

3. Plum Fantasy Rose Mallow (Hardy Hibiscus)

Hardy Hibiscus grows in hardiness zones 4-9 (hardy to -30 degrees Fahrenheit). It requires full sun and can grow 4’-5’ tall and wide. Rose Mallow is also known as a dinner plate hibiscus with large red buds that can bloom 8-9” wide. Plum Fantasy is noticeable for its magenta-red flowers and deep red eye. The texture of its petals is crinkled giving it a unique look compared to other species of hibiscus. Plum Fantasy rose mallow blooms more than many flowers of its kind. Rose Mallow is one of the last plants to break dormancy in the Spring, so don’t give up on it too soon. It blooms from late summer into the fall, so be patient!


All three of these plants are super hardy and are sure to bring excitement to your garden. If you have questions about maintenance, reach out to Fossil Creek Nursery at 970.226.4924.