Flowering plants that bloom throughout the entire season without requiring much pampering are perfect, as it can be tiring to work out in the heat during the summer.
Long-blooming perennials are every gardener’s dream, as they make life easy and still provide color all summer.
Through careful selection and planning, a continuous sequence of bloom can be achieved using numerous plants which flower for a brief time, but perennial flowers which bloom all summer provide more room for error.
All you have to do is to plant them in a place where they will be happy and let them do much of the work for you. However, this does not mean that you will have no work in the garden, as they will still require weed control, deadheading, and dividing perennials.
Take a look at the following summer bloomers that can enrich your garden:
1. Globe Amaranth
They are usually purple in color, but can also be found in red, white, and lilac. They are deer resistant and drought tolerant.
It has bright yellow petals and a brownish black center disc. The plant is perennial, but the smaller Rudbeckia hirta can be grown as an annual if started early enough.
This aromatic plant has tiny bluish-purple flowers, borne on long, slender, terminal flower spikes that stand above the silver-gray leaves. It is drought resistant and does well in both full sun and partial shade.
You can enjoy their long-lasting blooms starting from spring. You can choose from different varieties––Bigleaf, Oakleaf, Panicle or Smooth, and are propagated from cuttings.
Water them regularly, and note that they prefer morning sun and afternoon shade in places with very warm summers but can take full sun for most of the day in cooler regions.
5. Rose of Sharon/Hardy hibiscus
This perennial hibiscus blooms in various shades of pink, peach, and red. It should be grown in rich, well-draining soil in a sunny location. Keep the soil moist with regular watering and mulching, and feed them occasionally.
These flowers love warmth, and have long-lasting flowers in jewel colors. Grow them in a sunny location, as they adore hot weather, and feed and water them regularly.
It has one of the longest flowering seasons, from mid-spring to late fall. They are usually purple, but are now also available in shades of pink, purple, blue and red, and also in creamy white.
You should buy young plants in nursery flats, and plant them in well-draining beds in a sunny location, and make sure you feed and water them regularly.
8. Coreopsis, or Tickseed
Is a perennial in warmer regions but is usually grown as an annual elsewhere. It has yellow and gold flowers that appear towards the end of spring, and last until fall. Grow them in a sunny area.
9. Marigold (Tagetes)
It has yellow-orange flowers, with a single or double layer of petals. They love warm weather and bloom continuously from spring until the first frost. You can grow them easily from seeds, in sunny areas, but do not forget to water them regularly.
Dahlias are perennials in warmer areas, coming up from the ground in spring. They can only go in the ground when the temperature rises above 60F, but if you start them indoors a few weeks ahead of spring, you will enjoy their early summer flowers.
The four-petalled flowers will enrich your garden from spring to fall. This plant is easily propagated from seeds or division of rhizomes. Apart from the most common white gaura, you can find colors ranging from light to bright pink.
12. Canna lilies
They start blooming from late spring or early summer depending on the zone, and they grow ideally in sunny locations and ample moisture in the soil.
It has fern-like leaves and off-white or yellow flowers, and despite adding color to your garden, it also offers numerous medicinal properties. It should be grown in full sun, and the flat-topped flower heads should be cut off to reduce self-seeding.
The green mounds expand as they get covered in white, purple or pink flowers, and their leaves remain throughout the winter. You can grow this plant in full sun as well as partial shade, and water it regularly.
15. Purple coneflower /Echinacea
Its large, purplish-pink flowers are an excellent decoration in the garden. It is propagated by root or clump divisions, and it will flower all through summer and into fall.
16. Eryngium (Sea holly)
Its flowers are silvery blue and spiky, and it is tolerant of neglect, drought, poor soil, and salt sprays.
It has pretty flowers, in all possible shades of pink, peach, yellow and red, open in succession on terminal spikes. You can start this plant from seeds or cuttings in spring, and pinch the young plants to stimulate branching.
18. Bee balm/Monarda
It blooms from early summer to fall, producing whorls of tubular flowers around the tips of the branches.
The flowers can be red or in various shades of pink. Plant them in rich, well-draining soil, in full sun as well as in partly shaded areas.
It has delicate daisy-like flowers in pink, purple, lavender, and white color. You can start it from seeds, and plant it out in rich and moist soil in spring for summer blooming that usually extends to fall.
Even though each flower lasts for just one day, a succession of them opens up day in and day out, so your garden will look beautifully from spring to fall. You can grow daylilies from divisions.
It blooms all through the season and beyond. They come in bright yellows, with deep maroon and rust-colored centers. They can flourish even more if grown in poor soil, and you can easily start them from seeds.
Additionally, take a look at the following summer gardening tips:
- Trim back the perennial plants that are done blooming to clean up dead flower spikes and eliminate seed pods
- Use deadhead annual flowers to give the plants a boost and encourage more blooms
- You should trim your herbs regularly so they can produce as long as possible
- Pinch the stems of spent blooms, such as petunias, all the back to the main stem
- Feed the annuals and container plantings with a foliar fertilizer to enhance summer blooming power
- Don’t be afraid to give plants a haircut and they will look much better
- Add a thick layer of mulch to try and keep weeds at bay
- There are many types of fertilizer on the market, so make sure to ask a gardening expert which fertilizer will be most suitable in your garden
- Insects and hummingbirds are essential for pollination of edibles and other plants, so make sure you include a selection of native plants that will bloom over the growing season to attract a diversity of wildlife. Some quick-growing options for new gardens or edible beds include sunflowers and zinnias, or specialty wildflower mixes
Therefore, make sure you follow these tips and make your garden colorful during the entire season, from early spring to fall!