This year it feels like winter has lasted forever! But we have some good news for you. It’s almost that time of year again for barbeques, bike rides, garden parties, and just spending more time outdoors in general. It’s also almost time to begin planting flowers in our gardens for the impending summer season, but with so many vibrant choices out there, how do you decide what to grow?
These almost exotic flowers look similar to dahlias and attract butterflies. Planting them on Mother’s Day will guarantee they make an appearance by early July.
Planting Tip: Zinnias don’t do well after transplantation so make sure to place them where you want them based on height and color. Taller varieties should be spaced at least a foot apart.
These beautiful white flowers are a magical addition to any summer garden. They have a light fragrance when they bloom in late afternoon each day in July and August.
Planting Tip: Before planting, nick each seed with a sharp knife and soak them in water for at least 24 hours until a tiny growth appears. Plant the sprouted seeds six inches apart, cover lightly with soil, and water them liberally.
These tropical-looking blooms can be red, yellow, or orange and have lush foliage to add an exotic look to your garden. You can place them in mixed borders or group plantings to get the most dramatic effect.
Planting Tip: Planting them after the threat of frost has passed will give them time to establish themselves and yield the most intense blooms all season.
These beauties can grow from six to 15 inches and come in reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, and cream colors. The best time to sow these seeds is when a light frost is still possible, when the soil is still cool.
Planting Tip: These pretties don’t thrive well in rich or wet soil, nor can they tolerate transplantation. Once fully bloomed, deadhead them periodically to encourage continuous blooms all season.
This variety of sunflower can give your garden a more exotic look than the normal variety. They can grow from 30 inches to eight feet tall and are shrub-like so planting them in a row at the back of your garden can add a unique display.
Planting Tip: These flowers need a spot where they can get full sun most of the day and can’t tolerate too much rain or rich soil. Deadhead often for continuous growth.
These unique, multi-flowered stems can grow in all types of soil, require very little attention, and will grow for years and years. What gives them their unique quality, you ask? They bloom in the mornings and die again by nighttime.
Planting Tip: These beauties are best grown in full sunlight. Also, they are best for landscape planting in groups of three or five, or they can be mass planted along a fence line for a dramatic effect.
The buds of this beautiful flower are actually fragrant herbs that are a natural antiseptic. They can be useful for things like cuts, burns, insect bites, and other skin irritations. Not to mention that their fragrance can help to relax or destress and attracts butterflies and birds to your garden.
Planting Tip: Each plant can flower 300 – 400 stems during full bloom, but they need a dry and arid climate. Some hybrids like Sweet Lavender or Provence Lavender can tolerate humidity better.
These loud and proud flowers come in a wide spectrum of colors and are a beautiful addition to any yard; however, they do better in a bed of their own. Spreading them across a landscape gives the most dramatic effect.
Planting Tip: These flowers need at least six hours of sunlight per day with good soil drainage. Plant them in groups of three, at least one to two feet apart. In addition, dividing the bulbs every few years will reinvigorate growth.
These flowers can come in multi-colored fashion and look like a miniature sunset or they can come in solid shades of yellow, wine, red, orange, and peach give a long-lasting show of bright foliage all season long. They thrive in sunny, dry, and rocky conditions and need little to no care.
Planting Tip: This particular flower does not do well when fertilized. The average amount of rainfall each season is enough water for them to grow but may need watering in conditions of drought.
Also known as echinacea, the fiesta variety provides a riot of color with coral-pink flowers and attract birds, bees, and butterflies. The most common species of coneflowers bloom in purple and are most commonly sold as small plants but can bloom to be two to four feet in height with dark green foliage.
Planting Tip: These are trouble-free flowers, drought tolerant, and bloom best in the full sun with well-drained, rich soil. Be careful when picking them, though! Their stems can be quite prickly.