July brings to the garden hot summer days and plenty of sunshine for July-loving flowers to enjoy while growing. Grown in dozens of varieties, each with its own distinct shape, size and bloom color, July-blooming flowers are a staple in the garden when moist other plants have died down for the season. Oftentimes July flowers are drought-tolerant and require limited moisture during the summer, creating a low maintenance unfussy plant to grow throughout the garden.
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) is a perennial flower with a moderate growth rate and upright, clumping habit. Growing 18 to 30 inches tall, black-eyed Susan flowers are a summer-blooming flower to plant in July for a long-lasting blooming season. Drought-tolerant, they withstand limited moisture and arid climates, creating one of the toughest summer perennials. The daisy-like blooms of black-eyed Susan surround the gold to black center that resembles a miniature beehive. To promote a long flowering season, deadhead the spent blooms as soon as they are visible. After flowering, cut back the black-eyed Susans to encourage a second round of bloom in late fall. Black-eyed Susans require full sun to part shade and well-drained soil to thrive. Plant black-eyed Susan in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zones 3 to 9.
Dahlberg Daisy (Thymophylla tenuiloba) is a perennial flower that blooms in July to last through the summer season. Growing 6 to 12 inches tall and wide, Dahlberg daisies have a moderate growth rate and clumping habit. The daisy-like blooms are bright yellow and sit atop the bright green, needle-like foliage. A butterfly attractant, Dahlberg daisies draw these winged beauties into the garden. Dahlberg daisies are ideal flowers to grow as a ground cover in low growing parts of the garden or nestled within containers among other perennials. Drought-tolerant, the fragrant blooms produce masses of flowers during the hot July climate. Dahlberg daisies require full sun only and well-drained soil. Once established, they require little water. Plant in USDA zone 11.
Sunray coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunray') is a perennial flower that blooms throughout the summer. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, sunray coreopsis has a moderate growth rate. The semi-double deep yellow blooms sit atop the bright green foliage for a showy garden display. Tucked into a flowerbed, sunray coreopsis provides a non-stop presence of bright blooms. To promote flowering, always deadhead the spent blooms. Sunray coreopsis requires full sun to part shade and well-drained soil that is nutrient-rich. Plant in USDA zones 4 to 9.