The early spring bloomers are finished and now it is time for the tough summer blooming plants to be the stars in the garden.
If you love the vibrant hues of summer flora, check out these 15 no-fail flowering plants that will bloom all season long.
– Dahlias are among the lowest maintenance, highest production cut flowers and garden plants you can grow. In a good year, they’ll flower from late June to early December (particularly in a sheltered spot). Dahlias come in all shapes and sizes, and are available in most of the best flower colors.
– Marigold plants are a very prolific, easy to grow annual flower. Kids love ’em and adults love ’em. Marigold flowers are available in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, orange, red and mixed colors. Marigold Flowers will bloom from mid-summer all the way until frost. They can be used for indoor arrangements, but give off a pungent odor that is sometimes too strong indoors
– Nothing says summer like bright rows of brilliant Helianthus flowers, commonly known of as sunflowers. Easy to grow, this North American native is a fun plant to add to your vegetable or flower garden. You can choose sunflowers in many different colors featuring heights between 4 to 12 feet.
Often seen as a border plant to give height to the back of a flower bed, sunflowers are multipurpose. They provide beauty to your garden and are a food source for birds and squirrels.
Purple Wave Petunia
– Wave Purple Petunia is covered in stunning violet trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems in spring and again in fall. Its pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
– A tender, flowering annual that can be grown everywhere in the U.S., globe amaranth blooms in shades of pink, purple, and white. It’s a lovely addition in the garden where it provides continuous blooms from early summer on. Use it in a sunny border along with shorter, complementary-colored annuals. Hummingbirds and butterflies will thank you.
– If you want no-fail flowers that will give you beautiful color all summer up until frost, then I recommend planting profusion zinnias!
– This decorative sub-shrub produces a dense flush of white flowers twice a year. It’s an easy grower, looks fantastic in borders, and consistently produces blooms.
– Brown Eyed Susan is an herbaceous biennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
– This ornamental shrub is known for its thistle-like, pineapple-shaped flower that is surrounded in spiky, often silvery blue bracts (leaves immediately surrounding a flower).
Besides for the enjoyment of its unique beauty, there are other benefits to growing sea holly. The flowering shoots and roots of the plant are edible. The shoots are sometimes blanched and are compared to asparagus, while the roots, usually boiled or roasted, have a chestnut-like flavor. The sea holly also attracts beautiful and is not as likely to be eaten by animal because of its spiky leaves.
Gaura ‘Belleza White’
– This elegant white variety produces airy flowers and compact growth that is great for containers; attractive to butterflies; tolerant of heat, drought and humidity.
Joe Pye Weed
– These native perennials grow easily and well. It also makes a marvelous addition to a butterfly, hummingbird, and bee garden. The flowers smell sweet with a scent reminiscent of vanilla and extremely attractive to these beneficial pollinators.
– Looking for that rock-solid perennial to deliver color in the landscape year after year with little fuss? If so, consider adding hardy hibiscus to the planting. This plant delivers on all points. Bold flowers, nice foliage and easy care makes it shine in the summer.
– Purple Coneflower, (Echinacea Purpurea) one of the most popular flower for landscapes, wildflower gardens, and backyard micro-prairies, for good reason. This plant can thrive in any type of well draining soil, even clay. But, it probably won’t survive if it is semi-wetland, or just a general moist area that doesn’t drain. In fact, this plant is so adapted to clay it is almost unbelievable
– Only when most of the ornamental plants have already faded, the colorful white wood asters have their great appearance. On the small shrubs, numerous colorful and densely growing flowers open up between August and October, which make the plant with a sea of blossoms a real sight. Asters have a very good effect both in the plot, as well as in the stone garden or in buckets. They are also popular as cut flowers in autumn bouquets.
Stella de Oro Daylily
– Stella de Oro is a vigorous, free flowering, dormant daylily. It bears circular, bright yellow/gold flowers on erect scapes. This compact easy care plant is used as a border, in drifts or mass plantings, partnered with other perennials, great in small gardens or containers. This drought tolerant perennial is pest and rabbit resistant.