Summer gardens are in full bloom during the months of July and August. Although some flowers begin to fade when the heat and sun exposure become more intense, there are flowers that thrive and flourish in the warmth of the hot summer sun and the moist, humid air. Add a few of these hardy plants to your garden every spring to ensure that it remains colorful and attractive during the hotter months of the year.
Daylillies (Hermerocallis) are prolific bloomers that flower from early spring until the late fall. They are low-maintenance plants and adapt well to any growing condition. Daylillies prefer full sun or light shade, although those plants with dark flowers should be protected from full afternoon sun which can cause blooms to fade. Plant Daylillies in the early fall or early spring and place them in slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Daylillies are drought tolerant, but consistent watering helps improve the quality of flowers. Plants reach heights ranging from 8 inches to 5 feet, Flowers are between 2 and 8 inches in size. Daylillies make excellent shrub borders, are good ground covers for hills and slopes and thrive in containers.
Scarlet Bee Balm
A perennial herb that is bright red in color, the scarlet bee balm blooms in July and August. Scarlet bee balm (Monarda didyma) grows to heights between 2 and 3 feet and prefers to be planted in partial shade to full sun exposure. Plants flourish in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Water scarlet bee balm well during dry periods. Flowers are fragrant and long-lasting and are a favorite of hummingbirds. The plant leaves are medium-sized, dark green in color and have a minty fragrance; they are used to make Earl Gray tea. Scarlet bee balm tolerates high heat and humidity and is deer resistant. Plant them in gardens or beds or in small pots as an addition to an indoor herb garden.
One of the most popular garden flowers, Petunias (Petunia x hybrida) are used in flower beds and as borders for gardens. They make an attractive display when used in window boxes, pots and hanging baskets. Petunias flower from spring until early fall. They can reach heights between 4 and 18 inches. The grandiflora petunias tend to spread and have the largest flowers, about 5 inches in diameter. Multiflora petunias are bushy and produce smaller flowers, about 2 to 3 inches wide. Multiflora are easier to grow and produce more flowers. Plant petunias in well-drained soil in a sunny spot and water plants regularly.
Popular gardening plants since the Victorian era, wax begonias (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum) come in a wide variety of colors. Plants form a mound shape that grows to be 6 to 18 inches high. Wax begonias prefer bright, full sun exposure but can tolerate some shade. They require regular watering, although they will survive periods of drought. Plant begonias when danger of frost has passed and place them in well-drained, rich, moist soil. Begonias are best used in gardens, in pots and in flower beds. Wax begonias will bloom continuously from early spring, throughout the hot summer months of July and August; flowers last until the first frost of the season.
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