As spring progresses and the summer heat increases, most gardeners find it quite tiring to work in the garden. That is why you should look for plants with flowers, both annual and perennial, that bloom abundantly throughout the season without being taken care of very much. Fortunately, you have a wide selection of summer bloomers to choose from.
Petunias grown as annuals have one of the longest flowering seasons, from mid-spring to late fall. Hybrid petunias with the final habit, commonly known as purple wave petunias, are extremely floriferous and versatile. Presented for the first time in purple, they are now available in various shades of pink, purple, blue and red, and also in creamy white.
Small seeds of petunias are a bit difficult to start indoors, so the best option is to buy young plants in nursery floors. Place them in well drained beds in a sunny place once all the danger of frost has passed, or grow them in containers. They are excellent for hanging pots. Keep them happy with regular watering and feeding.
Zinnias love the heat, so they are reliable summer flowers, which fill the garden with long-lasting flowers in jewel colors. You can choose between small daisy and single-flower zinnias and large types of pompoms, with everything in between. The hybrid variety Profusion Zinnias is an excellent option as they continue to bloom until the fall. Dwarf types make good bedding plants and borders.
Grow these annuals in a sunny place. They flower in warm climates, but appreciate regular watering and feeding.
Gaillardia is another summer flowering plant that never seems to tire of blooming throughout the season and beyond. These North American natives come in bright yellows, often adorned with centers of dark brown and deep rust.
They are ideal for filling less frequented areas in the yard Because the poor soil and abandonment seem to make them flourish even more. They continue to flourish, whether or not you die spent flowers, but this exercise keeps them clean. These short-lived perennials live longer if they divide every 2-3 years. There are also annual gaillardias, which can be easily started from seeds.
The compact amaranth globe mounds are usually covered with globular flower heads throughout the summer and fall, as they continue to persist in the plants. They serve as cut flowers that do not fade into vases and bouquets. They retain most of their color when dry, so bunches are often dried in the shade for arrangements of dried flowers and potpourri.
Grow these drought-resistant, deer-resistant annuals on beds or edges for a long display of brightly colored pompons. Purple is the most common and popular color, but you can also find it in light pink, lilac, white and red.
Nothing can beat these perennials when it comes to filling your garden with a profusion of long-lasting flowers starting in the spring. The large flower heads continue to arrive throughout the summer and continue to decorate the plants long after the flowering season ends. Choose between the different varieties, Bigleaf, Oakleaf, Panicle or Smooth, or take them all in different places.
Hydrangeas are propagated from cuttings, and should be carefully placed taking into account the amount of sun and water they would receive. They prefer the morning sun and the shadow of the afternoon in places with very warm summers, but they can sunbathe in full sun most of the day in the colder regions.
Rose of Sharon / Hardy hibiscus
Rose of Sharon is a perennial hibiscus for USDA zones 5-8. It blooms in various shades of pink, peach and red. The individual flowers may not be as large as those of tropical hibiscus, but this resistant relative compensates for the profusion of the flowers they produce. They keep coming from late spring until the touch of frost kills all, except the underground parts.
Grow hardy hibiscus in rich, well-drained soil in a sunny place. They appreciate the shadow of the afternoon in areas with hot summers. Keep the soil moist with regular irrigation and mulch. Give him an occasional feed to help the plant continue with flower production.
Commonly called Tickseed, the low growth coreopsis is one of the favorites of yesteryear. Actually, it is a perennial plant in the warmer regions, but more often it is grown as an annual elsewhere. The yellow and golden flowers are born in fine and long stems that hold them well above the foliage for a good effect. Once they begin to appear, towards the end of spring, they go on and on until summer turns into autumn. Deadheading ensures more flowers. Cultivate coreopsis in a sunny area. They are great as land covers and bedding plants.
Often grown in orchards to avoid pests, French marigolds are well known to gardeners. They are compact in size, with a thick and slightly extended habit. Its yellow-orange flowers, which often have varying amounts of red-brown, usually have a single or double layer of petals. Their African cousins are taller and grow upright, producing large pompoms in yellow, orange and cream. Both types, as well as the small calendulas & # 39; Signet & # 39 ;, love the warm weather and bloom continuously from spring to the first frost.
Marigolds are easily grown from seeds, but seeds collected from hybrids may not yield the expected results. Use them as bed plants in sunny areas. Regular watering is a necessity.
The common orchards with whitish or yellow flowers and the state of the weeds have undergone a transformation with several options of new colors in shades of pink, cream, peach and red. You can add color and variety to your summer garden with its long flowering season. Fern leaves are also an asset, not to mention the medicinal value of the herb.
Grow the yarrow in full sun, but make sure it stays within limits. Flat-surface flower heads look good in floral arrangements, so keep cutting them to reduce self-sowing.
These hard-working evergreen plants that hug the soil can illuminate any corner and corner of the garden with its clusters of tiny flowers that begin to appear in the spring. There is nothing to stop them after that; The green mounds expand as they are covered with white, purple or pink flowers, making them excellent as fillings anywhere in the garden or in containers. An additional attraction is that they retain their leaves throughout the winter in areas 5-9 of the USDA.
Candytuft can grow in full sun, as well as partial shade. Keep the soil moist by regular watering.
Coneflower purple / Echinacea
No garden should be without this native flower plant that produces large violet-pink flowers. The common name obviously comes from the prominent cones in the middle of a single layer of slightly reflexed petals. The new hybrids offer more options of colors and shapes now.
Purple coneflower is spread by root or group divisions. Plant this perennial carefully because he does not like to be disturbed later. It flowers throughout the summer and in autumn, its flowers can be harvested to make an herbal tea. In fact, all parts of the plant have medicinal properties.
Eryngium (sea holly)
Silver-blue and spiky, the flowers and foliage of the sea holly are surprisingly different from those of the usual garden plants. Consider adding it to your summer garden. Tolerant to negligence, drought, poor soil and salt sprays, they are an excellent option for xeriscapes. The spikes of the flowers last a long time and look great in arrangements of fresh and dried flowers. Grow as specimen plants or bed plants in sunny areas.
The delicate daisy-shaped flowers of asters in roses, purples, lavender and white bring joy to your garden from early summer to autumn. Its nature of cut and return keeps its vases full and its flower beds bright.
Asters can start from seeds, but buying young plants is the best option. Sow in the spring for a summer bloom that usually lasts until fall. Asters do well both in full sun and partial, but can not stand too hot. The rich and moist soil with good drainage brings out the best of these beauties.
The lilies bloom from spring to autumn. Each flower lasts only one day, but a succession of them opens day after day, ensuring that your garden looks cheerful at all times. The flowers are born in long stems that rise above the mound of leaves, so the lilies attract attention wherever they are. That makes them the best plants to light any remote corner of the garden.
The lilies of the divisions grow. The shorter Stella de Oro hybrid is ideal for small gardens. It also has the longest flowering season, which spans 5 months.
This is a wild flower that gained a legitimate place in our gardens because of its large flowers and profuse flowering habit. The contrast between the bright yellow petals and the dark brown central disc makes these large and striking flowers even more striking.
Rudbeckia is a perennial plant, but the smallest Rudbeckia hirta can be grown as an annual if it is started well in advance. In most areas they begin to bloom from the beginning of summer and continue until autumn. But flowering begins in autumn and extends into winter in areas with hot summers.
Whether you have cats or not, this aromatic plant is a good complement to your summer garden. The bluish-purple flowers are small, but they occur in abundance in spikes of long, thin, terminal flowers that protrude from the silvery-gray leaves. The flowering period is quite long, from mid-spring to autumn.
The plants are drought resistant and grow well in full sun and partial shade in USDA zones 4 through 8. They make great boundaries, requiring little attention once established. When the flower spikes almost wear out, a good shear usually produces a second discharge.
Another reliable annual with a long flowering season, the dragon dragons were the old favorites in the summer gardens. The pretty flowers, in almost every possible shade of rose, peach, yellow and red, open successively in terminal spikes. Their throats usually have a darker or contrasting color that adds to the variety. The higher varieties are ideal as a clean backdrop for other summer flowers, while the dwarf and medium-sized types make great boundaries and do well in beds.
Start the plants from seeds or cuttings, and plant them in spring. Pinch young plants to induce branching. You only get as many peaks as the number of branches they have.
Bee balm / Monarda
This North American native blooms from early summer through fall, producing piles of tubular flowers around the tip of each branch. Each spike can have two or more whorls arranged one on top of the other. The colors of the flowers include red and various shades of pink.
Being a perennial plant in USDA zones 4 through 9, bee balm can be planted in the fall and early spring. Choose a place with rich soil and good drainage. It does well in full sun, as well as in partial shade and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Flowers and leaves can be used to make an herbal tea.
These old favorites are returning in new avatars. Now you can choose from large dish dahlias for dinner to small dahlias with daisy flowers, with pompoms and frills in the middle. There is an infinite variety in solids, bi-colors and variety as well.
While dahlias are perennial in warmer areas, reliably leaving the ground in the spring, they have to start again from the tubers in most of the United States. They can only go to the ground when the temperature rises above 60 ° F, but when you start indoors a few weeks before spring, the flowers are secured in early summer.
This wildflower is a native of North America, which forms large perennial stands, displacing all competitors. Sometimes they are called bee flowers, but four-petalled flowers have more in common with butterflies. In a gentle breeze, the tall spikes that carry white flowers seem to be covered with butterflies fluttering.
Gaura spreads easily from seeds or division of rhizomes. In addition to the most common white gaura, you can find colors ranging from the lightest pink to the brightest and most striking pink.
Are perennials With bold foliage and bolder flowers. They begin to bloom from late spring or early summer depending on the area and continue during summer and autumn. The sunny location and the abundant moisture in the soil are ideal for lush growth and flowering.
Although the cannas are not real lilies, they are grown from their underground rhizomes. In USDA zones 8-11, they can be left on the ground all year round. But they must be unearthed and stored during the winter elsewhere. Cannas produce viable seeds, but making them germinate is a challenge.
Reference: https://www.naturallivingideas.com/21-plants-bloom-summer-long/, by Susan Patterson
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