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What to Plant for Spring & Summer Flowers

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017

The wonderful growing seasons of spring and summer bring to mind colorful flowers emerging from winter’s dormancy. Peeping up from under the last frost and blanket of snow, the garden begins its journey of growth and colorful blooms. Begin your season by planting bulbs in different colors and heights around your flower bed and landscape. Add creeping vines and colorful bushes to the beds for a vibrant. balanced composition.

Spring Bulbs

Bulbs will begin their emergence in early spring and add bright bursts of color in the bed. Plant purple crocus and various shades of tulips. Tulips come in a myriad of colors and you can create designs with contrasting tulip shades like deep crimson and white. Both bulbs add texture and variety but don't take up a lot of space in the garden. Another spring essential is a daffodil. There are miniature bulbs that look stunning clustered together around the perimeter of a bed or large bulbs that could be planted along a walkway. Either way, their bright yellow teacup-shaped face adds a lovely addition to your space.

Annual Blooms

Annual flowers will die back at the end of the growing season, to be planted the following year. There are many types of annual flowers to add to your flower bed, containers, and hanging baskets that make for a stunning design. Plant nasturtium in a container or hanging basket to cascade over the pot. Their trailing blooms attracts butterflies, which love their nectar. Zinnia's, with their colorful faces are especially perfect for a summer garden because they are heat tolerant and have long-lasting blooms. Their fresh cut stems also make stunning bouquets. Cosmos are another prolific summer bloomer that attract butterflies and help fill out the space with their fuller composition. Their lacy green stems and bright flowers are vibrant and ideal for planting in cutting gardens.

Perennial Flowers

The magical thing about perennials is that once you plant them, they will come back each year, happier and healthier. Perennials are a must in all flower gardens and can have flowers that bloom the entire growing season. Their foliage and blooms add visual interest to your space. Tall perennials like iris and day lilies are just gorgeous. Their purple and orange blooms and bright green stems add height and beauty to the space. Both of these perennials do well when planted in clusters next to each other. For instance, to fill out the bed, plant a row of iris, side-by-side for a stunning backdrop. Another great addition to a space is to plant herbs. For a calming addition to your garden, plant lavender. When in bloom, the flowers turn a vibrant purple and can be dried to create sachets and essential oil.


About the Author


Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.