10 Summer Flowers you should have in your garden
When we think of summer our minds drift lazily to thoughts of colourful gardens bathed in golden sunlight. Sitting in picturesque settings, sipping pimms looking out over the soft countryside that seems to sparkle with colourful fecundity.
Bringing this flowery based heaven to your own garden isn’t as hard as you might think. But anyone who knows anything about gardening knows that when you plant things is important. No point planting a flower that’s already reached its seasonal peak. So we have put together shortlist of flowers that you can plant in the height of summer and really enjoy the sensuous subtlety of nature’s bounty.
1. Gloriosa Daisy
As the name suggests the Gloriosa Daisy is pretty glorious, featuring bright orange petals with a black center. It grows up to 3.5 feet tall and generally outlast the summer season. A quick tip would be to plant them and have them grow as a backdrop to your low-lying plants, adding layers and depth to you garden.
Coreopsis means to be cheerful. Exactly the feeling evoked by these lovely blooms swaying in the summer breeze. Gardeners who want to attract butterflies to their garden can depend on coreopsis to do a good job at it. These are wildflowers so take less looking after than some other plant species, and they tolerate poor soil and dry hot weather well – which makes them perfect plants for a heatwave.
Instantly recognisable the Marigold is a mainstay for the green fingered. Relatively easy to grow and care for, they attract bees and butterflies and will help your garden flourish. These are beautiful summer flowers with a purpose.
Penstemon, otherwise known as beardtongue, prefer to grow en masse but not overcrowded in the same bed. Its interesting flower form makes it a favourite in summer garden landscaping. What it’s best at is attracting birds and butterflies. But it was once used by Native Americans as medicine for both man and animals. Spare a space in your garden for these lovely, curiously-shaped summer flowers.
5. Pineapple Lily
Pineapple lilies or Eucomis is another summer-flowering plant with a unique pineapple shape. It is a native of South Africa, growing in inferior soil and conditions. You can plant pineapple lilies in pots to add to your collection of uncommon plants for show. They’re very low-maintenance, a perfect choice for a busy lifestyle.
Oxalis is a common flowering plant growing all over the world. It boasts a variety of species with different flower and leaf forms. Though they grow and spread fast in the wild, they’re grown both as ornamental plants and for food. A wood sorrel is a type of oxalis with fleshy and juicy tubers consumed as food in certain areas around the world.
7. Gloriosa Lily
Gloriosa lily is a climbing or hanging flower variety with lovely blooms. They are great for vertical gardening in limited garden space. But they can spread fast when unchecked. Take care when growing this plant around animals and children. While it’s an amazing summer-flowering plant, it is poisonous when consumed.
8. Surprise Lily
When you think these plants died down after a season, they come popping out of the ground. Then they bring with them vibrant blooms. Such is the lovely surprise lily! They are also known as resurrection lilies and magic lilies. They grow with little to no care at all, perfect for summer flower gardening.
When you think of bougainvillea you picture the white walled red roofed houses overlooking the turquoise sea of the mediterranean. The bright blossoms of pink, purple and red are an iconic summery image. They blossom relatively briefly though. You will want to plant these with a trellis or perhaps an arbor for support.
No garden is really complete without the fragrant aromas of lavender wafting about. The purple flowers bloom in summer, the colour and scent becoming like a homing beacon for busy bees. However, the plant emits its aromas all year round, it is a hardy plant that, if left unchecked, can begin to overtake your garden. And its natural aroma has many uses and benefits, such as a perfect source for the fragrance for homemade soap.