Gardens are bursting with beautiful blooms in mid-summer. July is the time when plants are in full bloom and alive with color. Heat- and sun-loving plants thrive this time of year. Plant a few of these flowers to keep your garden ablaze with color and flair during the hot summer month.
Impatiens are extremely versatile plants. They usually are planted as annuals, but in reality they are tender perennials, meaning that they come back each year without replanting. Use them in flower beds, borders or containers to add a burst of color to your landscaping scheme. This plant is in full bloom during the month of July and is available in a wide variety of colors, including white, pink, salmon and orange. Impatiens are easy to grow and care for, even for beginners. Plant them in an area that receives morning sun. Give them shade the rest of the day. Mulch the impatiens and water them once a day, and these beautiful flowers will bloom reliably until the first frost. Impatiens thrive when planted within the USDA hardiness zones of 3 to 11.
There are more than 10,000 varieties of azalea. Sometimes called "the royalty of the garden," all North American varieties are deciduous plants that are available in a rainbow of colors, including pink, red, purple, white, yellow and orange. Some varieties have blooms with strikes or specks of color intermingled on the petals. Petal shapes can range from narrow to triangular or rounded with edges that are flat, wavy or ruffled. Azaleas are hardy perennials that are easy to grow and maintain. Plant them in a shady area and mulch around them to keep the soil moist. Azaleas are great for planting under pine or oak trees because they thrive in the acidic soil that these trees provide. Water azaleas once each week with a deep soaking; this is more effective than a traditional sprinkling. Azaleas grow best in the USDA hardiness zones of 4 to 9.
Hollyhocks are gorgeous plants with medium-size flowers ranging from white to pink and purple. Not to be confused with mallow, a shorter, similar-looking plant, hollyhocks are tall and can grow to be several feet tall. Plant these flowers in a sunny spot and water three times weekly to keep the soil moist. After blooming is finished for the year, cut down the flower stalks and sprinkle the seeds to reseed for next year. Hollyhocks grow best in the USDA hardiness zones of 2 to 10.