Make your summer extra colorful and memorable by planting flowers that can brighten your home and your mood all season long. Along with your planned trips and getaways, include a trip to your local gardening store to get started with your dream garden.
With that, here are the best and easiest types of beautiful flowers to plant and grow in the summer:
When planted properly, these beautiful perennials can thrive for 100 years even with little maintenance. Peonies are best planted during very late summer or early fall. However, peonies when grown in pots can be planted in late spring or early summer.
Peonies can be planted either in an area with full sun exposure or part shade. Peonies planted in full sun bloom earlier than those planted in part shade. However, they need to be watered more often. The colors of their blossom will fade more quickly too.
Peonies planted in part shade with >6 hours of continuous direct sunlight are more likely to last longer and unlikely to fade much.
Because they areone of the many annual flowers, Zinnias only grow for one season and don’t come back in the years after. They usually die with the first frost. But while they live, they can attract butterflies to your garden making it more beautiful.
Zinnias prefer to be planted from seed. They find it difficult to thrive when transplanted as nursery plants. For most zinnia varieties, seedlings start to appear as early as 4 to 7 days.
Among the common types of zinnia flowers are the dahlia-flowered ones that grow up to three feet and have bright, daisy-like flowerheads, and the cactus-flowered ones.
True to its name, a sunflower thrives best in an area with full sun exposure. Because of its high tolerance to dryness and heat, this bright yellow, daisy-like annual plant is considered as one of the perfect flowers to plant and grow in the summer season.
Most often, sunflowers can grow up to 16 feet in height. However, some varieties are developed for smaller containers and spaces. Because of this characteristic, sunflowers need to be fed heavily using nutrient-rich soil with manure, or granular fertilizer.
There are different height varieties of sunflowers to choose from: Mammoth, Autumn Beauty, Sunbeam, and Teddy Bear.
With its bright, golden flowers, a Black-eyed Susan surely knows how to liven up any garden or bouquet. Also referred to as Gloriosa Daisy, this great summer flower can also attract bees, butterflies, and sometimes, even hummingbirds.
As a member of the sunflower family, these “black-eyed” flowers also thrive well in fertile soil and under partial to full sun exposure. What’s also great with the Black-eyed Susan is that after their first season of growth, they can reseed themselves.
In planting Black-eyed Susans, beware of the presence of slugs, snails, rust, leaf spots, mildew, aphids, and smut.
No matter what the color or variety, the large blooms of a hibiscus flower can add a tropical vibe to your garden especially during summer. The three main types of hibiscus you can choose from are tropical, hardy perennial, and hardy shrub hibiscus.
A hibiscus flower, a true summer flower well known for its presence in tropical climates and countries, thrives well under full sun exposure when planted in rich and well-draining soil. It also benefits from regular feeding of organic, liquid fertilizers.
Hibiscus flowers don’t only do well in beautifying gardens. In some countries, they are also made into delicacies and teas.
You may be just a few flowers away from your dream garden. Paired with the best outdoor furniture, the above list of flowers are sure to make your home a colorful, Instagram-worthy one. So take out your gardening tools and your inner gardener and start planting your blooms as soon as you can.