Garden in a Box

Shades of Summer – EXTRA


Part shade | 96 sqft | 28 starter plants


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Bring in those warm tones of summer to the shadier areas of your yard with the Shades of Summer garden! This garden boasts boldly-colored, xeric perennials that appreciate a break from the hot summer sun. Ranging in color from soft pinks to deep reds to blues and golden yellow, these brilliant show-stopping plants are not to be missed. Favorite varieties include Crimson Columbine, Plumbago, Red Coral Bells, and Sea Kale. The Shades of Summer fits into a 96 sq. ft. space and features 28 starter plants. This garden is adaptable, meaning the plants can handle sun or part shade sun exposure.

At times, we may have to substitute specific plants but we will always do our best to maintain the color and feel of this garden.

Product Details

  • Designed by: Kenton Seth of Paintbrush Gardens
  • Covers: 96 sqft
  • Includes:
    • 28 starter plants with 8 different varieties in 4-inch pots
    • 3 plant by number layout options (16' x 6' rectangle, 12' x 8' rectangle and 12' x 12' triangle with arc)
    • Printed educational materials with watering guidelines and plant maintenance suggestions
  • Exposure: Adaptable - sun to part shade (minimum of 4 hrs. of direct or indirect sun per day)
  • Mature Height Range: 6 in. to 6 ft.
  • Hardiness Max: 6,500 ft.
  • Bloom Time: Early spring to fall
  • Benefits:
    • Locally grown
    • Pollinator supporting
    • 1 of 8 plants are native to Colorado
    • 8 of 8 plants are deer resistant*
    • 5 of 8 plants are rabbit resistant*
*We cannot guarantee rabbit or deer resistance!
  • Crimson Star Columbine

    Crimson Star Columbine

    Quantity: 4

    Attracts: Butterflies

  • Korean Feather Reed Grass

    Korean Feather Reed Grass

    Quantity: 4

    Attracts: Birds

  • Lavender Cotton

    Lavender Cotton

    Quantity: 3

  • Plumbago


    Quantity: 3

    Attracts: Butterflies

  • Red Coral Bells

    Red Coral Bells

    Quantity: 6

    Attracts: Hummingbirds

  • Silver Beacon Nettle

    Silver Beacon Nettle

    Quantity: 5

    Attracts: Butterflies

  • Rock Soapwort

    Rock Soapwort

    Quantity: 2

    Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

  • Sea Kale

    Sea Kale

    Quantity: 1

    Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

What To Expect

  • Our xeric gardens feature anywhere from 6 to 51 starter plants in 4-inch pots. Upon pick up, plants will be small relative to their mature size and they may not be in full bloom.
  • Occasionally things don't grow as planned. At times, we may have to substitute specific plants but we will always do our best to maintain the color and feel of this garden.
  • "First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap!" During the first and second growing seasons, xeric plants will be in the establishment phase – requiring regular watering to encourage a deep taproot system, and not yet having reached their full size. On average, allow two to three years for your Xeriscape garden to reach full maturity!
  • Most gardens will easily fit in a small car  - yes, we're talking Mini Cooper small - unless you ordered multiple gardens (we're not judging). One garden will come in either one, two, or four 2 ft x 1 ft trays, (pictured left). For more information on the size of gardens, visit our FAQs page below.

What Customers Say

No More Trial and Error

"Great idea! I have tried to plant a water wise flower garden in the past with a lot of trial and error. The Garden In A Box gave me a variety of plants that all do well in our climate and soil conditions. My yard looks fantastic!"

City of Louisville Customer

Repeat Customer

"Our plants are doing so well! This is our second year purchasing a box and we have been so pleased. We recommend you to everyone we know!”

City of Thornton Customer

Great Overall Experience

"Great experience! High quality plants and pick up was very coordinated...we were in and out quickly! I will be removing more grass next spring and purchase again.”

Denver Water Customer