Nothing brings pleasure quite like an elegant perennial garden full of flowers that bloom throughout the summer. Whereas some perennials have a short flowering window at the end of the spring or the beginning of the summer, we’ve accumulated a list of 10 plants that flower all summer long. Fill your garden with beautiful colors with the following favorites!
No garden flower is quite so beloved as the dahlia. These tuberous spreading plants come in nearly all the colors of the rainbow. Dahlias are available in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and growing habits, so you can choose the type of dahlia that’s right for your garden.
Prize dahlias are impressive enough to win growing competitions at the state fair, though most gardeners grow these classic flowers simply because they’re lovely to behold. Dahlias make tremendous cut flowers for bouquets. The more you cut them, the more they’ll bloom.
Lavender is another garden favorite grown in front yards, on farms, and in fields around the country. There’s a big industry for lavender because of its soothing scent and unusual spear-shaped flowers. There are many varieties of lavender, and some of them bloom all summer long.
Choose your plant wisely to find one that offers continuous flowering. You can cut lavender and dry it by hanging it upside down in a dark space with good air circulation for two to four weeks. Once dried, lavender makes excellent interior decoration.
Daylilies are so named because they only bloom for one day. However, a mature daylily plant will produce so many buds that they have a reputation for continuous blooming throughout the summer. Daylilies come in shades of yellow, gold, and red. Some varieties bloom in late spring, while others bloom throughout the summer. For continuous blooming in your garden, choose your varieties carefully.
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Black-eyed Susans are easy-to-grow flowers that can forgive neglect in a variety of ways. Their tall, daisy-like blooms make excellent cut flowers that can bring cheer and color to any dining room or entryway table. Black-eyed Susans bloom from June through August. Deadheading can encourage the flowers to produce more buds.
Similar to Black-eyed Susans, coneflowers have a daisy-like appearance. They have a tall center circle shaped like a cone (hence the name) with petals that droop away from the cone for a distinctive look. Coneflowers come in colors ranging from yellow to purple, so you can choose the right colors for your garden. Like Black-eyed Susans, these flowers make excellent cut flowers that can dress up a room.
Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)
Shasta daisies are a summer favorite that produce short, pretty flowers with white petals and a yellow center. Shasta daisies look wonderful when combined with other flowers in the garden, or when planted on their own in homogenous mounds. The original Shasta daisies have been perfected over many decades and now there are many varieties available to gardeners. Shasta daisies attract butterflies and bees, which makes them an excellent addition to your garden.
Yarrow is made up of silvery-green leaves and delicate blossom clumps that can add beauty to any bouquet. Some types of yarrow can be invasive, so it’s important to pay attention to the variety you choose. Only pick flowers that are good for your environment.
Another daisy-like flower, coreopsis can produce yellow, orange, red, or pink blooms throughout the summer. It comes in many varieties and is an incredibly easy-to-grow flower. Coreopsis comes in clumps that will easily spread if given the chance. You don’t have to work hard to enjoy these cheerful flowers.
Hardy Ice Plants
Hardy ice plants are drought-resistant succulents that produce attractive purple blossoms throughout the summer. If you’re dedicated to growing a garden with low water needs, the hardy ice plant is an excellent option.
Hardy hibiscus produces large, tropical flower blossoms that draw the eye. You’ll “ooh” and “ahh” over the shape and color of these flowers. In many areas, hardy hibiscus dies back to the ground every winter, but then returns when the weather warms up in the spring.
Enjoy Beautiful Flowers All Year Round With a Flower Subscription
With a flower subscription from Bedford Village Flower Shoppe, you can enjoy beautiful flowers all year round without the work of keeping a garden. We deliver fresh-cut seasonal flowers to Bedford, NY and the surrounding areas. All our flower arrangements are made with a variety of different blooms like Brassica and Dahlias. See our delivery areas to find out whether we can deliver to your location, or give us a call!