As we sit back and enjoy the early days of summer, Merrifield Garden Center is showcasing its dreamy floral looks for the season. Pops of periwinkle, fuchsia and faded yellow are sure to be a hit in any garden, and these flowers provide the perfect backyard backdrop for a breezy afternoon in the hammock, or an evening under the solstice. A community fixture, this garden center knows exactly what its customers want. The Virginia-based IGC was founded on April 9, 1971 and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over the years, it has expanded to three locations and currently employs more than 650 staff members. Take a peek at some of their sun-loving perennials and annuals.

Astilbes and hydrangeas arranged in a butterfly vase — perfect for pollinators!
PHOTOS BY BRYN WALLACE
A popular perennial climber, clematis stuns in shades of magenta.
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Periwinkle delphiniums can be an attractive option for gardeners looking for perennials.
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Clusters of butter-yellow coreopsis
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PHOTOS BY BRYN WALLACE
Blush-pink cleomes are a sunny sight in the summer garden.
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Heuchera, lamb’s ear and salvia arrangements are a great way to feature texture into any landscape or bouquet.
PHOTOS BY BRYN WALLACE
PHOTOS BY BRYN WALLACE
Hardy geraniums and salvia are welcome landing spots for bees and other pollinators.
PHOTOS BY BRYN WALLACE
Siberian iris is another popular ornamental variety at the garden center.
PHOTOS BY BRYN WALLACE