I love the royal Easter Lilly with it's trumpet like flowers. Next will come my favorite Summer bloomer; the majestic Gladiolas.
This interesting plant is a variegated tropical looking evergreen called Japanese Aucuba 'Gold Dust'. It will grow to be about 8 ft high by 6 ft wide. It doesn't even wilt during these hot and steamy days. I have been watering them regularly though, which helps.