Texas has summer flowers for all environments -- dry, moist or wet and boggy. Gardeners in all areas of Texas choose from the same flowers that keep the garden alive with color in between the early spring bloomers and the fall and winter varieties. Plan your landscape to incorporate some of each so there is a constantly changing color palette.
Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora) is a member of the aster family. The yellow or gold flowers resemble a daisy, measure 2-to-3 inches in diameter and grow from 1.5-to- 4 feet tall from June through September. Plant coreopsis in full or partial sun and a soil that is moist to dry. The flower will attract butterflies and is recommended for all of Texas.
Rain lily (Zephyranthes grandiflora) is also known as pink storm lily and rose-pink zephyr lily. The flower blooms from summer through fall, but only after a rain storm that follows a dry spell. Watering the flower will also stimulate growth. The rose-pink-colored flower grows at the top of stems 7 inches tall, blooms for a few days and closes up at night. The leaves resemble grass and grow from 10-to-12 inches long. Rain lily is a member of the amaryllis family and likes full sun or partial shade and a moist soil. The flower is recommended for all of Texas.
Goldsturm Orange Coneflower
Goldsturm orange coneflower (Rudbeckia x goldsturm) is a summer-blooming flower for all of Texas that grows from 18-to-30 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Golden-yellow petals measure 1-to-2 inches long and surround a central, black disc. Dark-green lance or ovate leaves grow from 3-to-6 inches long. Plant goldsturm orange coneflower in full sun or partial shade and a moist, well-drained soil.
Canna lily (Canna X generalis) is also known as Indian shot and is related to the banana and ginger plants, but it is not edible. The plant produces wide, furled leaves and cream, orange, yellow or red flowers that grow from 30 inches to 8 feet tall, depending on the variety. Give canna lilies full sun or partial shade and a most to wet soil. The plant is another one recommended for all of Texas.
Black Sampson (Echinacea angustifolia DC.) is a member of the aster family. The plant produces stems from 18-to-24 inches tall, each one with a single flower made up of a dark, cone-shaped center and pink-purple petals. The leaves are oblong and covered with stiff hairs. The flower is recommended for all of Texas, blooms in May, June and July and is attractive to butterflies and deer. Plant black Sampson in full sun or partial shade and a dry soil.
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