As the summer sun shines down and the temperatures soar, many July and August blooming flowers emerge to light up the garden. Grown in a wide range of colors, sizes and shapes, each with its own distinct growing needs, summer flowers are a garden staple. Oftentimes, summer-blooming flowers thrive in high humidity and heat, making them drought- and heat-tolerant. Tucked into a rock garden or lining a front path, summer flowers create a fiery garden design.
White coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan') is a perennial flower with a long-lasting blooming season and moderate growth rate. Beginning in early summer and lasting into early fall, the white, daisy-like blooms light up the garden. Drought-tolerant, white coneflowers attract birds and butterflies to the garden to create the quintessential garden feel. White coneflowers have large white petals that are each over 4 inches long to surround the copper to green cone. To promote a long blooming season, deadhead the white coneflowers as soon as they are spent. White coneflowers are striking tucked along a cottage garden or grow in a cutting garden for fresh cut blooms. They require full sun to part shade and well-drained, deep soils. Adaptable, they withstand heat, humidity and poor soils. The USDA Hardiness Zones for planting are 3 to 9.
Becky Shasta Daisy
Becky shasta daisy (Leucanthemum --- superbug 'Becky') is a perennial flower with a moderate growth rate and clumping habit. Growing 3 to 6 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide, Becky shasta daisies have large daisy-like flowerheads and bright yellow centers. The bright blooms emerge in midsummer to last into fall, making for a long-lasting perennial variety. A butterfly attractant, shasta daisies attract the colorful winged creatures to the garden. Creating a mass of vibrant blooms, shasta daisies are ideal planted in a mixed perennial flowerbed or border. Becky shasta daisies require full sun to light shade and well-drained, moist soil. Divided the daisies in early spring to late summer to grow in other areas of the landscape. The zones for planting are 5 to 8.
A striking perennial flower with an aggressive growth rate, false dragonhead (Physostegia virginiana) blooms from midsummer to early fall. The spikes hold the purple, pink or white blooms and grow 3 to 6 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide, ideal for growing in the back of a flowerbed for height and color. False dragonhead has a clump-like growth rate and toothed leaves that grow up to 4 feet tall. A hummingbird attractant, the showy flowers can be dividend in winter or early spring to grow in other areas of the garden. False dragonhead thrives in full sun to part shade and well-drained soil with a medium amount of moisture. Because of their rapid growth rate and height, false dragonheads might require staking. The zones for planting are 2 to 8.