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Best Summer Flowers

May 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor

Many flower gardens look great in spring and early summer but begin to flag when summer heat hits and the sun beats down day in and day out. Sadly, by midsummer, many flower gardens look past their prime. By planting flowers that thrive in heat and bloom in mid to late summer, you can keep your flower garden looking fresh and full of vitality all season long. Here are some prime choices.
Annuals for Summer Color
Among annual flowers, look at cosmos, marigolds, sunflower, tithonia, salvia and flowering vinca for good performance in summer heat. More winners when it comes to tolerating and even thriving during the long hot days of summer include perilla, sun coleus, angelonia, and million bells. Also try some of the less common annuals such as snow in summer, globe amaranth, and coxcomb.
Summer Blooming Perennials
Among perennials, super summer performers with long bloom periods include Astilbe, daylilies (Hemerocallis), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Gaillardia, garden phlox, Monarda, Rudbeckia, and Perovskia. Verbena bonariensis is one of my favorite summer flowers. Some early blooming perennials will rebloom later in the season if cut back after the early bloom flush. Among these are yarrow (Achillea), Tradescantia, many cranesbills (perennial geraniums), veronicas and salvias.
Vines that Bloom in Summer
Don’t forget the wonderful vines that really take off and thrive when the weather turns hot: annuals such as morning glory, cardinal vine, purple hyacinth bean, black eyed Susie, and the night blooming moonflower vine along with the vibrant summer blooming and perennial Campsis radicans or trumpet vine. Certain clematis vines will also rebloom in mid to late summer.
Summer Bulbs and Tubers for All Season Color
Many bulbs and tubers thrive in hot weather and bloom prolifically in summer. Look for dahlias, cannas, gladiolus and tuberose for sunny spots. For shade, try some of the terrific foliage plants such as caladiums and taro along with tuberous begonias.

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