7 Hardy Flowers for Summer Gardens

Hardy Hibiscus

Beautiful red bloom of a hardy hibiscus.
Beautiful red bloom of a hardy hibiscus. | Source

My Tribute to Earth Day

This will be my tribute to Earth Day. I love nature and all it gives us in natural beauty. The following flowers will be of some of the easiest to grow and most heat and drought tolerant flowers I have personally grown in my flower gardens. All but one are considered as perennials in zones 5 through 10. Flowers are one of the most beautiful gifts nature has to give us and I always appreciate their beauty! I hope you enjoy the following pictures as well as the information provided.


Daylily

Orange day lily and buds.
Orange day lily and buds. | Source

Daylilies

Daylilies are very easy to grow, hardy perennials. They prefer full sun, but will bloom with light shade. They establish quickly and need very little or no care. Each plant will produce several flowers over a period of a few weeks, but each flower will only last for one day. Daylilies are best planted in "stands" so you will have continous blooming flowers for a longer period of time. They come in a variety of different colors and will reproduce each year. Sometimes they will reproduce to the point of over taking your flower bed and you will want to dig some up and plant them in another sunny spot.

Four O'Clocks

Yellow and pink 4 o'clock flowers.
Yellow and pink 4 o'clock flowers. | Source

Four O'Clocks

Four O'Clocks have small trumpet shaped flowers that are beautifully scented. They get their name as the flowers will remain closed until mid-afternoon when the temperature starts to cool. They will remain open over night until the temperatures begin to warm up the following morning. They are perennials and are native to the tropical areas of North and South America and are sometimes called the "Marvel of Peru". They will grow up to 4 feet tall and will re-seed themselves in most warm climates. The bushy plants make attractive hedge or borders. Flower colors include white, red, pink, yellow, and some two-toned blooms.


Pink Cone Flower

Beautiful pink cone flower with a bee gathering pollen.
Beautiful pink cone flower with a bee gathering pollen. | Source

Pink Cone Flowers

Pink cone flowers are great flowers to attract butterflies and bees. They are very hardy perennials and do well in full sun gardens, although they will tolerate some light shade. They are very heat and drought tolerant and great to plant in your gardens "hot spot". They too, will re-seed and thrive on their own. I dig up my new little plants and move then to another flower garden to give it some great color in summer. They will bloom all summer with proper watering. I highly recommend cone flowers!

Hardy Hibiscus

Hardy hibiscus will add spectacular color all summer.
Hardy hibiscus will add spectacular color all summer. | Source

Hardy Hibiscus

The hardy hibiscus is an unusual plant as it gives us flowers that are huge and delicate! The flowers can get as big as your dinner plate and be just as delicate as your fine china. The hardy hibuscus is unlike the tropical hibuscus, as these are considered perennials. They do have woody stems but they die back to the ground in winter so are considered to be a perennial. They are native to the marshy areas of North America and sometimes go by the common name of mallow. They start blooming in late spring or early summer and will continue to bloom until the first frost. They do require at least 6 hours of sun daily and require a good watering at least once a week.


Sunflowers

Sunflowers are very hardy flowers for summer gardens.
Sunflowers are very hardy flowers for summer gardens. | Source

Sunflowers

Sunflowers have a hardy single stem, topped with one giant yellow flower. Sunflowers can grow as tall as 10 feet and have a bloom as large around as 6 inches in diameter. They are considered as annuals, but sometimes re-seed themselves. They are very heat and drought tolerant. They do best in full sun and well drained soil. They are great flowers to attract butterflies and bees. Once the flower opens, it will actually follow the sun throughout the day. What a wonderful flower to greet summer!

Morning Glory

Morning glories are beatiful climbers for a trellis.
Morning glories are beatiful climbers for a trellis. | Source

Morning Glory!

Morning glorys are wonderful addition to your flower garden. Depending on what planting zone you live in, they can be considered either annuals or perennials. I live in zone 6, but the morning glory is considered a perennial in zones 5 through 10. Started from seed, let them grow up a trellice of some type and in full sun, they will give you many, many beautiful blooms first thing of a morning. As the sun warms the air, they will curl up to protect their delicate blooms from the mid-day heat. They bloom best in full sun but can tolerate light shade. They will drop their seeds and you will have many little morning glory plants to re-plant in another location. They are heat tolerant with sufficient watering. I would recommend watering deeply about once a week.

Lantana

Lantana in yellow or orange/red is my favorite perennial for an abundance of color all summer.
Lantana in yellow or orange/red is my favorite perennial for an abundance of color all summer. | Source

Lantana

Lantana is a favorite flower of gardeners as it blooms continually all summer long. It comes in a variety of colors and is often two-toned. It will produce stems from the center of plant and they will extend out and downward from the center. It is extremely hardy and drought tolerant. However, it is best to water weekly, but don't let the roots stay wet. Lantana is a perennial in most southern regions of the US. The most common lantana will form a busy shrub that will grow up to 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Some cultivars will grow much larger. You can cut them back to keep them neater. They are also great flowers to attract birds and butterflies.


This is just a little information about some of my favorite flowers in my flower gardens. These are all easy to take care of and most will multiply on their own. Given a little care and love these flowers will continue to give you beauty year after year. I hope you have enjoyed my tribute to Earth Day this year. Have a beautiful day!

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida

Back again to look at these beauties once again..I love love summer flowers and am enjoying mine so much this summer. Many of these you have showcased are favs of mine.

I hope that the ones I do not have yet find their way to my yard.

In the mornings, before I walk, I sit on my carport which is really where I keep more delicate plants and flowers and drink a cup of coffee and enjoy my little oasis of lovelies for a bit. Flowers and plants are just plain good for the soul.

Sending you Angels once more... ps


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sgbrown 5 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Patricia! Yes, I love lots of flowers around the house, it just makes me happy! All is good with me and mine. I hope you and your family are doing well! Thank you for stopping by! :)


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sgbrown 5 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

My favorite thing about the hibiscus are those huge blooms! Mine are red and pink, but I would love to have some yellow ones. Thank you for stopping by! :)


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PegCole17 5 months ago from Dallas, Texas

The hibiscus is among my very favorite, although, each of these you've included are delightful flowers. We grew up in the south where the tropical blooms were ever present. We had hibiscus of all varieties in our yard, single, double, red, yellow, orange. Loved them!


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida

Gorgeous flowers here. There is just something so lovely about strolling in our yards and seeing beautiful blooms adorning this and that corner. I needed to see these beauties today...so glad I found this. Hoping all is good with you and yours. ps

Angels are on the way


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sgbrown 6 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Margie! What a sad world this would be without flowers! Thank you for stopping by Margie and have a beautiful day! :)


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Margie Lynn 6 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Love all these beautiful flowers! I love to cut all my flowers and put into vase! So much beauty in the. World, thanks for sharing!


Raimer Gel 2 years ago

I tried growing sunflowers. They bloomed but their seeds were not viable. The seeds were hollow.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Thelma! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind comment and share! Have a great day as well. :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Beautiful! I love the flowers you have. Thanks for sharing.Voted up and pinned to my garden board for later use;-) Have a great day!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Au fait! I am always experimenting with new flowers. These I have found to be extremely easy to grow and care for. These are all perennials and other than the day lilies, will bloom all summer long, with the proper watering. Thank you for your kind comment and share! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This is a great hub for people trying to decide what flowers to plant and it's time to start doing just that again.

Going to share this hub with my followers again. The photos are so pretty and it's packed with great info for planting and caring for these flowers.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! Yes, nature is wonderful! That's why my favorite things to photograph have to do with nature. Thank you for your kind words and votes! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Sheila,

Your photography of the flowers in your garden is simply beautiful. We have grown some, but not all of the ones you featured depending upon where we lived at the time. Isn't nature wonderful! Up and beautiful votes on this hub.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Mary! Thank you for your kind words. I also love flowers, them more the better! I will be looking for your flower hubs, I'm sure I will enjoy them. Thank you for stopping in, voting and sharing. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I really enjoyed looking at your beautiful flowers! I love flowers. My favorites are the Rose and Orchids. I've written Hubs on those. We grow Hibiscus here in F. Fl. too. I do love them, especially the reds.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share your beautiful flowers.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Nick Jones. I appreciate your kind comment. Have a beautiful day! :)


Nick Jones 4 years ago

A flower garden can be a peaceful and beautiful refuge of the world. Such a beautiful garden, Truly stunning!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Maggs! That is one of my favorite pictures too. I appreciate your wonderful comments and votes! Have a beautiful day!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

What pretty flowers you have in your garden, and what lovely photographs you have taken of them.

I think that my favourite one is the Purple cone flower with the busy little bee on it.

Thank you so much for sharing these delightful images voting up and hitting buttons as I leave


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Pollyannalana. I love the morning glorys. Not only are they very pretty, but they are so hardy and multiply. I transplant some new ones to a different place every year. Thank you for your kind comment. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

So pretty, I have some of the pink morning glories like you have up there just bloomed out! I love morning glories!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello seo2k8. Thank you for the nice compliment. Have a beautiful day! :)


seo2k8 4 years ago

really very beautiful garden http://flowerdelivery4u.in


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello rbm! Thank you so much for your kind comment. You made my day! :)


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rbm 4 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous pictures! You're a good gardener AND a great photographer!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Au fait. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind words and votes, it is very much appreciated! Have a beautiful day!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Excellent information and beautiful photos! Tried to choose my favorites but they're all so pretty I decided I just love them all.

Voted you up, useful, and beautiful!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Alex Jose. Thank you for your kind comment. I do love my garden and spend a lot of time in it. But I really enjoy it. Thank you for stopping in, reading and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)


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Alex Jose 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

It is a very beautiful hub with pretty pictures, i guess you might be totally in love with your garden and even spend loads of time on it as well to maintain it.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Ruth. Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Have a great day! :)


Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

Beautiful. Books and flowers are my favourite things!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Natashalh! Thank you so much for your kind comment. Have a great day! :)


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I really love the morning glories. So beautiful!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello snowdrops. I love watching my flowers grow and bloom in so many different colors. Thank you for taking time to read and comment. It is always appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

wow, so many beautiful flowers. i love watching them.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Cathleena. Thank you for your kind comment! I do love flower gardening. I really liked your iris hub. I would like to see you write some more flower gardening hubs! Thanks again for taking time to read and comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

Awesome hub with gorgeous garden photos. We share this wonderful hobby!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Faith Reaper. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I do love my flower gardens. I spend more time outside than I do inside. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Gorgeous flowers and your pictures are awesome. I have had all of these varieties before too, but not all at once. I am sure your garden is amazingly beautiful. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Derdriu. Thank you for such a wonderful comment. It is very greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


Derdriu 4 years ago

SGBrown, What a lively, lovely, loving tribute to Earth Day! These are among my favorite flowers, especially morning glories and purple cone and sun flowers. Additionally, I love the plucky, rustic, sunshiny look of day lilies in my garden.

Respectfully, and with many thanks for honoring Earth Day in such a colorful, floral way, Derdriu


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you lyricwriter! I enjoyed writing this hub. I wanted to do something for Earth Day and this just seemed appropriate. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading, and commenting. It is always appreciated. Have a beautiful day! :)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. Beautiful flowers and beautiful pictures. It really captures that "spring" feel. I have never heard of the Lantana before, such a beautiful flower. Well presented and a fun read and look on flowers. Take care.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello again CassyLu! :) My flower gardens are always an ongoing experiment! I do have certain flowers that come back every year, but I am always trying something new. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for the kind comments! Have a beautiful day! :)


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

Wow! What an incredible variety you have in your garden! Maybe one day I can get mine to look like yours. Voted up and useful :) Lots of great information on the flowers. Thanks for Sharing!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello moonlake. Thank you so much for stopping in and reading my hub. I am glad you enjoyed it. Just think, you have all this beauty just about to begin for you! Enjoy and send us some pictures! Thank you for your kind comment and vote up! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello rahul0324. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you stopping in and reading. Have a wonderful day!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

So many hubs with pretty Spring flowers. Ours are barely out of the ground. Beautiful flowers and pictures of them. Voted Up


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

A beautiful hub!

Beautifully captured images of some of natures marvelous flowers and invincible description of them!

Loved it

Rahul


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello brackenb. Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad you enjoyed my hub. :) Have a great day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello tillsontitan. I am surprized that we have some of the same flowers! I didn't think many of these would grow well up north, glad to see they do! Thank you for your kind comment and vote, it is always appreciated. I hope you enjoy your spring! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello greatstuff! Thank you for your kind comment and vote. I'm glad you stopped by. Have a wonderful day! :)


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brackenb 4 years ago

Beautiful!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Good morning Lesley! You would love the four o'clocks. The smell a lot like honey-suckle. If you get the chance, you should try them, not sure how they would do where you are, but definitely worth a try. Thank you so much for your kind comment, vote and sharing! I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a beautiful day yourself! :)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Amazing we have the same flowers in our gardens, you in Oklahoma and me in New York! Lovely hub and good idea. Voted up.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Jackie. If some consider morning glories weeds, I will just have to have weeds in my flower gardens. :) I don't have any moon glories, I will have to check those out. I have to admit that some of the pictures are from last year. Not everything is blooming here yet either. I just wanted to do something for Earth Day. I had been gone all week-end, with no internet, OMG, and came up with this last minute. Thank your for stopping in and commenting! Have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello harmony155. I do love my flower gardens. They just make me happy with all their color. Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. Have a beautiful day! :)


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

This is a beautiful idea as a tribute to Earth Day. Voted up


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Good morning Sheila, what a wonderful start to my day! these flowers are beautiful - I don't recognize the 4 o'clocks, they are so pretty!

Thank you for the lovely flowers and great information, voting up/awesome and sharing.

Have a great day, best wishes Lesley


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

So pretty and I love the morning glories! Hard to believe many consider them weeds! I have lots coming up and moon glories too, but it will be a couple months before I see any blooms.


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harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

What a beautiful garden you must have! Kudos to you

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