When the summer season approaches, Mother Nature brings forward bold colors and sweet fragrances in the form of summer flowers. The warmth and radiance of summer flowers provide a valuable contribution to any landscape. Choose summer flowers to bring brilliance to your home garden.
Blooming in late spring to mid summer, irises thrive in full sunlight. The plant gets its name from the Greek goddess of the rainbow and the flowers come in a variety of colors with three drooping outer petals and three upright inner petals. Rot, leaf spot, scorch, rust, aphids, weevils, thrips, nematodes and borers can infest irises.
Gardeners often grow these tender perennials as annuals. With full sunlight and moderately rich soil, these plants produce blooms in summer to early fall. Leaf spot, rust and root rot can befall amaranths, but they have few pest problems.
Another tender perennial that serves as an annual, these flowers bloom in summer with full sun and well-drained garden soil. Often used as cut or dried flowers, cockscombs have few pest problems but are still susceptible to root rot and leaf spot.
Hydrangeas showcase large, flashy clusters of big steril and small fertile flowers that grow from mid to late summer. These vines and shrubs grow best in moist, well-drained soil and full sun to light shade. Pest and disease problems include slugs, rose chafers, powdery mildew, rust, leaf spot and mold.
Tiny, spiky pink, red or white flower clusters enclosed by colorful sepals grow on these evergreen shrubs in the summer. The best growing conditions include full sunlight and humus-rich, acidic soil with good drainage.
Light shade to full sun and fertile garden soil allows these perennials to grow purple, deep blue, pink, red or white flowers in late summer to fall. You should beware of leaf spot, rust, wilt, mildew, nematodes, lace bugs and Japanese beetles infesting aster flowering plants.
For the summer, gardeners also like planting yarrows, monkshoods, African blue lilies, alkanets, yellow daisies, Lady's mantles, snapdragons, begonias, calendulas, poppy mallows, spider flowers and delphiniums.
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