During the hottest part of the season, more and more people are on the decks or patios entertaining. While some gardeners are focusing on just spring bulbs and flowers, you want a summer sensation of flowers. So think differently and go for a summer garden. Flowers that grow in the summer in nicely blooming garden plots and planters help beautify the surroundings and can keep the entertaining going until the fall.
Moss rose, or Portulaca grandiflora, is from the purslane family and is a drought-tolerant annual. It can be known as sun plant, portulaca, and rose moss. It will get 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide with thick green leaves and rose-like flowers in pink, red, white, orange, and blooms in summer. Plant this in poor sandy soils in full sun. Propagate via seed and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 11.
Lanceleaf tickseed, or Coreopsis lanceolata, is from the aster/daisy family and is an easy to grow perennial. It has 6-inch-long linear leaves and 1 ½ to 2 ½ inch wide flowerheads on 2 feet tall stems. Flowers are yellow and bloom in summer. Plant this in poor soil in full sun or partial shade. Propagate via root division, softwood basal cuttings, or seed and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 4 to 9.
Scrambling Sky Flower
Scrambling sky flower, or Thunbergia battiscombei, is from the acanthus family and is an evergreen vine perennial that is fast growing. Leaves are heart shaped and 5 to 7 inches long on a mount 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Flowers are trumpet-like, bloom in summer, and bluish purple. Plant this in any well drained soil in sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed, clump division, or layering and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 10 to 12.
Princess flower, or Tibouchina urvilleana, is from the meadow beauty family and is an easy to grow evergreen that is also fast growing. Vine like stems are 15 feet long on 10 to 12 feet tall mounds. Leaves are velvety and are 2 to 4 inches long. Flowers are in summer and 3 inches wide, in brilliant purple hues. Plant this one in rich fertile soil in sunny spots with afternoon shade. Propagate via clump division or softwood cuttings and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 8 to 12.