While many plants are cherished for their ability to announce the end of winter by producing flowers in the spring, there are still others that are loved for their magnificent summer blooms. Cultivating plants that bloom in the summer is an easy way to keep spirits high throughout the long hot days.
Blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella), also commonly called Indian blanket, is a perennial native to the United States that produces beautiful summer blooms. The flowers of the plant resemble sunflowers, and bloom in a spectrum of hot yellow and red colors. The plant requires full sunlight and well drained soils--wet soils will cause root rot in this heat-loving plant. The flowers of the plant will last up to a week if cut and placed in water.
Blooming throughout summer and well into fall, the Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) is a favorite for gardeners who value low-maintenance plants. Shasta daisies produce large, cheery flowers with white petals and sun yellow centers. The plant also boasts attractive rich green foliage. Shasta daisies require little care, mainly just full sunlight and well-drained soil. The flowers often attract butterflies, and also make great cut flowers for bouquets.
Arizona poppies (Kallstroemia grandiflora) begin blooming in July, finishing their flowers in midfall. The herbaceous plant produces lovely silky orange flowers that are similar in appearance to the California poppy. The foliage of the Arizona poppy is a light green covered in fine hairs. A desert plant that grows naturally in the Sonoran Desert and the Southwest, Arizona poppies require hot, arid conditions: full sun and sandy, well-drained soil.