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What to plant this Summer

Updated on September 28, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 37 years.

Ideas on what to plant this Summer in your Garden or landscaping

If you are looking for a bit of inspiration for your flower garden you have come to the right place.

Personally I love lots of color in my flower garden, since flowers bloom and grow at different times, it is nice to have a variation of different types of colors, sizes and types of flowers.

I also love flowers that are unique and will be a conversation piece when you have visitors.

Flowers bring pleasure in so many ways, It is very therapeutic to plant a flower garden. The give it care and nourishment, it satisfies the need to nurture. Planting flowers take you outdoors into the fresh air, the sunshine and the beauty of the outdoors. Once the flowers grow and bloom you can enjoy their beautful blossoms and scents. It is really hard not to have a smile on our lips when enjoying the beauty of flowers.

I have selected some of the prettiest flowers to share their beauty with you from my affiliates. I think you will enjoy them.

People from a planet without flowers

would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

3-N-1 Hydrangea

Are these not perfect for the 4th of July? A stunning red, white and blue display of the colors of Old Glory.

3-N-1 Hydrangea

Alstroemeria, Inca Ice

They call this Inca Ice, though to me it resembles more of a tiger or leopard in its color!

Alstroemeria, Inca Iceā„¢

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Are you a Gardener or just an admirer of flowers?

Arum, Dragon

Have you ever seen a Dragon Arum?

Me neither, but isn't it a cool look and very unique plant?

Arum, Dragon

Tips for your outside Flower Garden - How to care for outside flowers

  1. Early morning is the best time to water, before the sun gets too hot.
  2. Surround your flowers with mulch, this helps to hold the moisture in.
  3. Water deeply, if your plants have deep roots, don't just sprinkle. You can probably get away with watering them once a week, but it will depend on your soil, climate and heat.

    If your plants have shallow roots then you can water them lightly but do so every day. During the really hot days in the summer I like to water my flowers at least twice a day.

    A good sign you are overwatering is yellow leaves on your plant. You can test the soil outside much like you do inside, but sticking your finger into the soil and feeling for moistness. If you feel they are moist they are not ready to water.

  4. Weeds can drink too much water and steal valuable nutrients for your plants, keep them out of your lfower garden.
  5. Remove the dead flowers from your plants by squeezing right at the bottom of the bud, and pulling off the plant. This is often referred to as deadheading your plant.

Canna Collection, Tropical Flair Special

I would say I have yet to meet a Tropical Canna that I don't like, but honestly I have yet to meet a Canna in person. I fell in love with the look of this plant though and plan to order some for my own garden.

Canna Collection, Tropical Flair Special

I will be the gladdest thing

Under the sun!

I will touch a hundred flowers

And not pick one.

~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Afternoon on a Hill"

Cobweb Buttons

No that is not a spider web, but it sure looks like one! Talk about a conversation piece, this will have your guest talking.

It makes you wonder if the spiders like them too? Or do they think that someone else is already in that home?

Cobweb Buttons

Daisy, Red Painted

I am absolutely in love with these daisys. Aren't they just too perfect looking? Just gorgeous!

These daisys remind me of little buttons!

Daisy, Red Painted

Dahlia, Ball Betty Ann

Ah, the beauy of the Dahlia! This unique variety of Dahlia is just so pretty and perfect!

Dahlia, Ball Betty Ann

A morning-glory at my window

satisfies me more

than the metaphysics of books.

~Walt Whitman

Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl'

Unusual flower colors make this one of the most exciting Dianthus introductions!

Just looks like the colors should be on a creamy icecream popcycle, perfect for summer!

Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl'

This little knome and his bunny - are so darned cute!

Heuchera, Amethyst Myst

Okay, Amethyst is my birthstone, so does that make this my birth plant? It would make a lovely birthday gift for a pisces or any gardner on your gift list!

Heuchera, Amethyst Myst

I hope you enjoyed your walk through my summer garden idea lens.

Please share your thoughts and gardening ideas here!


Direct Gardening

A word about my affiliate, Direct Gardening. They were hand picked by me. I found this gardening company and knew I wanted to not only order some flowers shrubs and trees, but would come back again and again. I wanted to share them with you because I think they have quality plants, they seem to run an honest business and their prices are very reasonable. They ship when it is time to plant. If you do buy from them, please drop back and leave your reviews and advice here for other potential customers.

Thank you!

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      Sadly, I am a mini gardener. One day I will have a real grown up garden. Love your flowers!

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      Gorgeous! I do wish I had a garden and not a teeny tiny balcony...

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      Gerald McConway 5 years ago

      Some great ideas here and I will be using a few of them to add some color to my deck area, thanks!