Plant These Flowers That'll Bloom All Summer

While some gardeners enjoy spending time with and caring for their plants every day, others are looking for more of a hands-off approach. It’s one thing to take some time in the spring or early summer to plant some...

Plant These Flowers That'll Bloom All Summer

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While some gardeners enjoy spending time with and caring for their plants every day, others are looking for more of a hands-off approach. It’s one thing to take some time in the spring or early summer to plant some flowers, for example, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll have a consistent carpet of colorful buds all summer long.

But, there are some types of flowers that do bloom throughout all or most of the summer season—making your job a little easier. Here are a few examples of those varieties, courtesy of Jeanne Huber at ThisOldHouse.com.

Stella de Oro Daylily (Hermerocallis)

Requirements: Full-sun to light-shade, and regular water. Grows as a perennial in zones 3-9.

From Huber:

Tough and trouble-free, daylilies produce showy flowers above a mound of sword-shaped leaves. Whether in the garden or in a vase, each blossom lasts just one day; they are daylilies, after all. But each stem holds numerous buds that open on successive days. Low-growing Stella de Oro keeps churning out new stems with a profusion of golden-yellow blossoms for up to five months, far longer than most daylilies.

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Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)

Requirements: Full-sun to partial-shade, and moderate water. Grows as an annual in any zone.

From Huber:

For year-round enjoyment, these clover-like flower heads are hard to beat. The papery flowers last a long time in the garden and in fresh bouquets, and the blooms are easy to dry for use in wintertime arrangements. Depending on the variety, flowers are white, red, pink, lilac or purple. ‘Strawberry Fields,’ with bright red blossoms, and ‘All Around Purple’ are two standouts.

Purple Wave Petunia (Petunia F1 ‘Wave Purple’)

Requirements: Full sun and regular water. Grows as an annual in all zones.

From Huber:

Before 1995, when this hybrid was named an All-America Selection winner, gardeners thought of petunias as upright plants. Purple Wave petunias (and later Wave introductions in pinks and lilac) are more like vines—perfect for growing in hanging pots, along retaining walls or even as a ground cover.

Perennial Hibiscus (H. moscheutos)

Requirements: Full sun, and regular-to-abundant water. Grows as a perennial in zones 5-10.

From Huber:

Also known as rose-mallow and swamp hibiscus, this garden standout was bred from wildflowers native to the East and South. Huge red, pink or white flowers can be as much as a foot across on stems that range from 2 to 8 feet high, depending on the variety. Flowers bloom from late spring until frost. Stems die back to the ground each winter.

Profusion Zinnias (Z. hybrida)

Requirements: Full sun and regular water. Grows as an annual in all zones.

From Huber:

Grow zinnias if you want to be able to cut armloads of flowers for bouquets and still have a bright band of color alongside a path or a lawn. All zinnias thrive in hot weather, but Profusion zinnias keep on blooming well into fall, whatever the weather.

Profusion White, Orange and Cherry, which have daisy-like flowers, each have won multiple garden awards. If you want fluffy pom-poms, look for double Profusion varieties in cherry, gold, white and “fire,” an orange-red.

So there you have it: flowers that come with the most bloom for your buck during the summer.