July is often an in-between time in gardens, with early summer plants finishing their bloom. The flowers below begin their blossom in July or continue to blossom throughout the month. All make excellent fresh flower arrangements and offer bright color in home gardens.
Perennial daylilies bloom for four to seven weeks and can often be found in bloom in July. Typically orange, yellow or red in color, daylilies are shaped like trumpets. The flower leaves are long, thin and spring green in color. Daylily flower petals are edible and used in Chinese cuisine. Today's daylilies are derived from Asian origins; hybrid varieties that display variegated petals are common.
A member of the iris family native to the Middle East and South Africa, gladiolus grows on tall, reedy stalks. One stalk can have three to 28 blooms, depending on the type of plant. In July and August the stalks burst with brightly colored blossoms. Gladiolus are available in red, yellow, white, fuchsia or variegated patterns. Gladiolus prefer full sun and can grow in hardiness zones seven to 10.
Hydrangea shrubs bloom in summer months, including July. These shrubs can have blue or pink-tinted blooms depending on the acid content of the soil; hydrangea's natural color is a creamy white to pale green. Hydrangea flowers resemble pom poms with clusters of tiny blossoms. Native to Japan and Korea, hydrangea performs well as a hedge shrub and can grow in hardiness zones six to 10.
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a prairie perennial native to North America. This flower can grow in hardiness zones three to nine and is drought tolerant. Purple coneflower flowers feature a fuzzy orange-brown center and pale purple petals. The flowers are shaped like daisies. Coneflower plant stems are stiff and the petals are rough and dark green. The petals and roots of this plant can boost the immune system and are marketed as echinacea.