Although some perennials will continue flowering all summer, it is the annuals that shine when it comes to continuous blooming. The flowers produce blossoms from the time they are planted out until frost. There are many to choose from and in a wide variety of habits, colors and flower types. Picking spent blooms ensures continuous growth and blooming throughout the summer and into fall.
Flowers in gold or yellow with rust and deep red highlights with heights ranging from four inches all the way to three feet. You can find these cheery plants in single and double blossoms for use as mass plantings, bedding and edging. They prefer full sun but tolerate part shade. Clip the spent blossoms to keep the plant growing and blooming all summer long.
Often the first flower people think of when choosing shade flowers, impatiens actually prefer part sun to full shade and in cooler regions they will do well in part shade. Single or double flowers in shades of pink, white, red and lavender adorn plants that usually don't exceed 10 inches in height or width.
This common annual prefers at least some sun during the day and half a days worth is best. They tolerate full shade poorly and grow very slowly in it. Flowers are red, white, yellow or pink and all have yellow centers. Use Annual Begonia for edging and bedding plants.
Few plants sport the true blue you get from lobelia. At just six to eight inches tall, this flower makes a good mass planting or edging plant. Use White Alyssum as a contrasting plant. Now available in lavender shades as well as blue, lobelia is a popular plant at home in any garden.
Few flowers are available in as wide an assortment as petunias. You can find nearly any color from near pure black to the brightest white and anything in between including bi-colors. Selection of habit makes choosing all the more fun as Petunia comes in clumping, trailing, upright and spreading habits. Definitely a full sun lover, Petunia is at home in hanging baskets, mass plantings or bedding plants.
Once available mostly in orange and yellow, new colors available for this flower are salmon, pink, red, and dark deep red. Usually with a vining, trailing habit, Nasturtium should be planted in place as it does not tolerate transplanting well. Some varieties are compact, reaching a height of just 12 inches. Once established, it seeds freely and spreads. The blossoms and leaves have a peppery taste and are often used in soups and salads.