Summer in the United States is a time when several types of plants burst with pink flower blossoms. Some are perennials that grow in a manner that would make you think of bushes, such as showy tick trefoil. One thrives in moist ground and blooms most of the summer, while another is a shrub with a name that aptly describes its pink flowers---the steeplebush.
Showy Tick Trefoil
The showy tick trefoil grows throughout most of the eastern United States. The plant grows in the wild along the borders of meadows and fields and in damp places in open woodlands. Showy tick trefoil grows from 3 to 6 feet tall and is a bushy plant. The pink flowers, which mostly bloom in July and August, grow in clusters at the top of the plant and resemble those of the pea family. The flowers develop into a brown pod that contains seeds. This flower needs to be in the sun when grown in a wildflower garden and is indifferent when it comes to the acidity of the soil into which you plant it. It can spread and overwhelm a smaller garden if you let it, and one of its attractive features is that it invites butterflies and hummingbirds to it.
The meadow beauty has the catchy nickname "Handsome Harry" and is a flower that has many tropical relatives. It grows to 2 feet tall and has hairy stems and leaves. An inhabitant of wet places, the meadow beauty has a four-sided stem. Its four pink petals are somewhat heart-shaped and the pistils are yellow. This perennial blooms well into the summer throughout the East. It attracts insects such as bees, and, according to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center website, deer enjoy munching on the plant. Handsome Harry needs partial shade and wet conditions to take hold.
The densely packed tiny pink flowers of the steeplebush appear shaped like the top of a church, tapering to a point on top of the stalks. They are only about a quarter of an inch in diameter and emerge on stalks 3 to 4 inches in length. Steeplebush is common throughout the eastern half of the United States and takes the form of a shrub, growing in thickets in pastures, fields and meadows. The flowers last from July through September on the steeplebush, which can be from 6 to 12 feet tall, usually on the lesser side of that size range. Related to the rose, steeplebush needs full sun so as not to fade, and moist ground on which to grow. It also attracts both butterflies and birds to it and the leaves will turn from green to yellow in the fall.