To achieve summer-garden nirvana takes true inspiration and a detailed plan. And this is where the workhorses of the dog days truly earn their keep. You definitely need seemingly indestructible, bombproof shrubs. The following shrubs give it their all during the warmer months, providing fantastic flowers and, in some cases, interesting foliage or fruit, as well. These vibrant bloomers give even the showiest annuals and perennials a run for their money. Chaste tree, blue-mist shrub, Chinese buttonbush, Smoke bush, summer wine ninebark, false spirea, indigofera, ‘Rogers’ blottlebrush buckeye, swamp azalea, oakleaf hydrangea are right what you need to rock in the summertime. Head over here to find out how to care for them.