Grown in dozens of varieties, each with its own shape, color and size, garden flowers create a showy landscape presence. Many garden flowers bloom in late spring to early summer for a bright burst of color to the garden. Often, garden flowers prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soils. Nestled in a perennial bed or tucked into containers, spring- and summer-blooming flowers create a vibrant and classic display.
Tennessee coneflowers (chinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top') are perennial flowers with a moderate growth rate and upright, clumping habit. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, Tennessee coneflowers have showy blooms that emerge early summer to last through the fall. A butterfly and bird attractant, the pale pink petals surround the black to green cones. Similar to a sunflower, the petals on the Tennessee coneflower curl up towards the sun. Ideal along a garden flower border or used as a fresh-cut flower for bouquets, Tennessee coneflowers are classic, long-lasting garden flowers. Deadhead or remove spent blooms to promote flowering throughout the summer. Tennessee coneflowers require full sun to part shade and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil that is moist. The USDA Hardiness Zone for planting is 3 to 9.
Lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is a perennial flower with a rapid growth rate and clump-like growth habit. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, lanceleaf coreopsis flowers have bright yellow blooms that emerge in late spring to last through the summer. The petals on lanceleaf coreopsis have toothed edges to surround the yellow, flat center. Versatile lanceleaf coreopsis tolerates and thrives in poor soils and withstands drought and high heats, making for a tough perennial garden flower. To promote an extended blooming season, deadhead the spent blooms on the lanceleaf coreopsis as soon as they are visible. A butterfly attractant, lanceleaf coreopsis is striking planted as a ground cover or cutting garden flower. Lanceleaf coreopsis prefers full sun to part shade and a medium moisture content. This plant thrives in zones 4 to 9.
Yarrow (Achillea spp.), a perennial flower with an aggressive growth rate, has lace-like blooms that emerge in late spring to last into summer. Growing 24 to 36 inches tall, yarrow blooms grow in a wide range of colors including, pink, gold, white and red. The bright green, fern-like foliage holds the flat-topped flowerheads. Drought-tolerant yarrow flowers are hardy garden flowers to grow along a perennial flowerbed or line along a garden walkway. Yarrow prefers full sun and well-drained soil to thrive. Yarrow grows best in zones 3 to 9.