Summer Flowers - The Atmosphere you never Forget
Summer Flowers this season is a wonderful time for flowers, yet many gardens
start to look bare of color or simply wilt when the summer heat strikes. That’s
because gardeners often plant for a spring flush. Those flowers that bloom in
spring fade off by summer because the extra heat does not suit them.
Yet there are many beautiful blooms that come into their own with that extra
summer heat, so adding these to your planting will keep your garden looking a
riot of color throughout summer. Both annuals and perennials bloom beautifully
in the summer heat so choose some of each.
Annuals must be planted every year as their name suggests. They are usually only
good for one season, so require a bit more work. But occasionally you will get
an annual to come up the second year. Sunflowers, cosmos, salvia and marigolds
are favorite annuals for summer flowers. Snow in summer; coxcomb and the globe
amaranth are three less common flowers that thrive in the heat of summer, while
Angelina, perilla and the sun coleus also make good choices.
Perennials are those plants that last for more than one season. Some last for
two years, while other types last for several years - or are permanent. If you
choose perennials with a long blooming season you will get more enjoyment out of
them. Not all perennials are as showy as annuals, but some, like azaleas are a
mass of bloom, albeit for a short period of a few weeks.
A short list of summer blooming perennials include Astilbe, purple coneflower,
Gaillardia, Rudbeckia and various daylilies - but there are many more. Many
times you can cut perennials back after the first bloom and they will bloom
again. Tradescantia, perennial geraniums, salvias and veronicas will do this.
If you have a fence or trellis to cover, you could add some of those fantastic
flowering vines for lush summer flowers. Black-eyed Susie with its cheerful
orange flowers and jet black eyes will brighten up any garden, while the
blue/mauve trumpets of the morning glory vine add a lovely blue haze. The night
blooming moonflower will fill your garden with a glorious fragrance - there are
many more to delight the heart of every gardener.
Bulbs need a whole book to describe their many delights. Dahlias come in all
shapes, sizes and colors, from tiny, neat-pedaled balls to huge, shaggy flower
heads and everything in between. They are hardy too; so don’t pass up a chance
to pop a dahlia tuber into your garden. Cannas, gladiolus and tuberose love