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Summer Flowers for the Garden with photos.

Updated on November 7, 2012

Hollyhocks a statuesque beauty for your summer borders

Photo: white hollyhock flower
Photo: white hollyhock flower | Source

marguerite flowers can bring colour to the summer garden

photo:bright pink marguerite
photo:bright pink marguerite

Summer flowers and plants.

Summer flowers for your garden.

If you are looking for a way to add color to your garden for the summer months -

  • Summer bedding plants are a quick inexpensive answer
  • Summer flowering perennials will last for more than one year
  • Plants suitable for growing in containers can add an instant splash of color close to the house.

Tips for buying summer plants for your garden:

  • When buying plants for the garden select your supplier with care.
  • Buy your summer flowering plants from a place where the plants have been properly raised and cared for.
  • If you are buying your plants on-line then order from a reliable company that has experience of delivering plants direct to gardeners.

When you are buying plants for the garden.

  • If you are selecting the plants for yourself from a shop or garden centre/plant nursery then take the time to examine the plants.
  • Check the plants carefully for signs of good or bad health.

Is it best to have Annual or Perennial Plants in the Garden?

The best results for making a flower border in a garden usually come form a mix of perennial plants and annuals.

Annual plants are a great way of filling the gaps in a flower bed,cheaply and quickly. They are temporary as they only last one year. Unless of course they self-seed and then you will get plants next year for free.

  • You can grow annuals from seed and this will usually work out cheaper but may take more time if they need to be sown into seed trays and then potted on. There are annuals that can be grown from seed that are sown directly into the place you want them to grow in the garden.
  • The other alternative to growing annuals from seed is to buy them from a plant nursery ready started off as either plug plants or growing in seed trays.

Perennials will need a bit of time and care when planting them out as they will stay in that position in the garden in the years to come. However they will probably form the main 'structure' of the layout and as they grow, will spread out and earn their keep by being part of the garden in the future and for more than one year.

photo:pink marguerite flowers.
photo:pink marguerite flowers.

Verbena Bonariensis is popular with butterflies and insects.

Verbena Bonariensis is a tall flower that attracts insects to the summer garden.

This plant is the one you can see the butterfly on in the image. The beauty of this plant is the way it holds the flowers on elegant sturdy stems above the other flowers in the border. It is an easy to grow perennial plant that may self-seed in the right conditions.

On a breezily day the blooms of this plant move in an interesting way and the color of the flowers is vibrant and attractive.

The beautiful summer scent of lavender in flower

Photo: Lavender plant in flower
Photo: Lavender plant in flower

Growing Lavender, planting in your garden.

Flowers for the summer garden.

Some varieties of the following plants flower in different shades and heights . it is best to check the name and shade of colour as they will vary in the different varieties. Check also the suitability for the soil type, position - relating to sun and shade preferences and that they are safe to palnt in your garden if you have children or animals playing in it,

Aquiliega ( do not use these in a garden that children play in or visit.)

Cape daisy.

Carnations.

Clematis ( a climbing plant).

Foxgloves (do not use these in a garden that children play in or visit.)

Hollyhocks.

Roses.

Phlox.

Pinks.

Lavender.

Lupins.

Snapdragons.

Thrift.

Thyme.

Poppies.

Verbenas.

Summer Flowers. Osteospermum Flower. Perennial.

Photo: Osteospermum flower also called cape daisy.
Photo: Osteospermum flower also called cape daisy.

When buying plants, how to tell if plants are healthy


What are the signs to look for in plants?

Look for any problems in the plants and do not buy if they show signs of these -

  • Pests you do not want to import unwanted guests into your garden, on your new plants.
  • Diseases. - any sign of ill health in the plants - discoloured leaves, wilting leaves, powdery residues such as mildew.
  • Excessively root bound. Most plants will push a few tiny roots out through the base of the pot given time. However if the plant is truly root-bound it will probably have suffered from a lack of moisture as the compost will have dried out quicker once the roots 'over-filled the growing space. It will also need more attention when planting up and until it gets established than a plant that is not root bound.
  • Leggy- tall skinny plants have suffered from a lack of light. If they have been stored at the back of a display they will have stretched for the available light and although taller then plants which have a good light source this thin lanky growth is not as healthy as the more sturdy plants.


Photo of penstemon flowers in bloom.
Photo of penstemon flowers in bloom. | Source

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    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Chris I could not imagine not having a garden, my plants add color to the day.

    • Chris Achilleos profile image

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful hub 2uesday! Voted up

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      6 years ago

      Thank you it is easier to raise flowers like lavender from seed than I thought it would be. Sometimes it just needs a bit of luck with the weather being right in the spring to get the seeds started.

      I like to have plants in the garden that attract the bees and hoverflies and lavender is good for the pollinators.

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      Kingbell 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very nice to see colorful flowers and also useful flowering information. Thanks for information. It is very nice to note that you raised lavender from the seeds. Happy gardening! Keep writing!!

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      may018 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      yeah, that's true!

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      6 years ago

      Thank you may018, I think flowers make the world a better place.

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      may018 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Flowers are one of the nicest creation here on earth.

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      7 years ago

      Thank you kuldeep pleased you liked the summer flowers here.

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      kuldeep 

      7 years ago

      Flowers are beautiful.It is always nice to see beautiful flowers.

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Micky - that is a very nice comment, it is nice of you to read and leave a comment.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You have such insight with plants and all that you touch really!

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Wendy the Hollyhock was grown from seed. I was luck enough to get one a rich velvety crimson colour and this pure white one in the same packet of seeds. I also raised the lavender from seed. Growing flowers from seed is not as difficult as I thought it would be and I now have a nice lavender hedge along my vegetable plot. Thanks for visiting the page and leaving a comment here.

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      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      Those flowers are beautiful!

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

      2uesday 

      8 years ago

      Thank you I really do want to get thirty hubs finished in thirty days but it is going to be a close call. Thanks for visitng this page and leaving a comment here.

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      It is always nice to see beautiful flowers, and when you can learn about them at the same time, BONUS! Cool hub. Good-luck on your 30/30 challenge.

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