Summer brings to the garden bright and brilliant colors and textures. Summer flowers grow in nearly every color imaginable and often produce a fragrant scent that draws us into the garden and enhances the beauty of the space. Small or large, summer flowers help to accent the home and visually provide a focal point wherever grown. Tuck them into containers, borders and beds for a showy display.
Lance-leaved coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is a perennial flower that is adaptable to USDA Zones 4 to 9. Producing masses of yellow solitary petals with a toothed edge, coreopsis is a summer-blooming flower. It grows up to 3 feet with a 1- to 3-foot spread that is ideal for a wildflower garden or nestled within a flowerpot. The dissected green foliage creates the clumping growth habit that coreopsis is known for. They attract butterflies and bees to the garden and the bright flower heads make stunning fresh cut flowers. Coreopsis grows best in full sun or part shade and tolerates a wide range of soils. To promote a long flowering season, pinch off the dead blooms. Lance-leaved coreopsis has an aggressive growth rate to produce an abundant amount of blooms over the summer.
Masses of cheerful white blooms grow all summer on the Becky shasta daisy (Leucanthemum --- superbum "Becky"). A perennial flower with a clumping growth habit, shasta daisies grow in USDA Zones 5 to 8. A mainstay within a perennial bed or border, shastas spread 1 to 3 feet wide and grow 3 to 6 feet tall. Their erect, tall stems hold the flower heads that bloom all summer long. Deadhead all spent blooms to ensure the perennial continues a successful blooming season. Shasta daisies grow best in full sun or part shade and thrive in well-drained, nutrient-rich soils. Winged wildlife like butterflies especially love shasta daisies, so count on seeing these lovely creatures float in and out of the garden.
Hardy Ice Plant
Hardy ice plant (Delosperma cooperi) is a mat-forming perennial flower that works well as a ground cover or tucked along a front flowerbed, due to its low-growing habit. It is suitable in USDA Zones 6 to 9 and produces tiny blooms all summer long. Hardy ice plant grows 3 to 6 inches tall and produces a carpet of daisy-like flowers that are purple to pink. The fleshy, bright green leaves are soft and suitable for dry landscapes because they grow well in dry, sandy or rocky soils. They grow best in full sun and tolerate drought.