40 best summer flowers for a beautiful garden

40 best summer flowers for a beautiful garden

Delphinium

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These stunning perennials enjoy full or partial sun, along with well-drained soil. With more than 300 varieties of flowers, some of which can grow up to 6 feet tall, you can choose from beautiful shades of blue, purple, white and pink.

Coreopsis

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Delight with coreopsis, which prefers constant watering and fertile, well-drained soil. Place them in containers or beds and provide them with full sun or light shade. They tend to attract pollinators, such as bees, as well.

Globe Amaranth

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Brighten any garden with this bold annual that you can find in a range of shades, from purple to white. Native to Central America, the spherical-shaped flowers add visual appeal to garden beds, borders and even containers. They like full sun and a regular watering schedule.

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Lantana

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This hardy plant prefers full sun and water weekly once mature. You'll find them in a variety of colorful hues, including pink, yellow, red, and orange.

Morning glory

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Part of the Convolvulaceae family, morning glories are climbing vines that love full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Look no further than its bright, bold flowers to enhance the visual appeal of your garden.

Purslane

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With full sun and fertile, well-drained soil (water only when the soil is dry), this plant will thrive in your garden. They make beautiful ground covers and are also suitable for containers. The pests don't tend to bother the legs, but keep in mind that they are toxic to some pets, including cats and dogs.

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Alliums

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Add a splash of color to your garden with this drought-tolerant flower. You'll find them in beautiful shades of purple and white, making them the perfect addition to fresh flower bouquets. Aim for well-drained soil and full sun with this selection.

Arnica

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If you love daisies, look no further than arnica (HAutumn helenium) to add a unique touch to your garden. To keep them looking their best, give this low-maintenance product full sun and moist soil (moderate irrigation is ideal). It is known to attract butterflies and resist disease. Keep in mind that it is toxic to humans and animals.

Calamint

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Also known as CShake and shakeCalamint is ideal for those looking for an easy-to-care-for option. The aromatic plant enjoys light watering as well as full sun (if necessary, it can handle light shade as well).

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geranium

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Hang them in baskets or arrange them in beds or pots and enjoy their beauty. Count on fertile, well-drained soil (don't over-water) and full sun. This hardy cucumber is also great at keeping diseases and pests away.

Dahlias

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Grow the “dinner plate” type and the flowers can reach 12 inches in diameter. Miniature 'pom pom' dahlias, on the other hand, are just as cute as they look.

Backopas

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this Bacopa monnieri The plant, also known as brahmi, is incredibly versatile – just look at its wonderful edible properties and medicinal purposes. You'll find jewel-like flowers in white, blue and lavender. And if you're looking for a good option for a container garden, bacopa are great choices.

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Asters

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Here's a fast-growing perennial that prefers full sun or light shade. These flowers are native to North America and come in white, purple, blue, or pink. Make your asters happy in well-drained clay soil.

Infernal

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Bougainvillea are lively tropical vines that add character to the garden. They like sunny areas and well-drained soil. Grow them in hanging baskets or train them as a bushy addition to your pots.

Angelonia

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These gorgeous lavender and pink flowers, also called snapdragons, are beautiful choices for a sunny garden. Treat them well and watch them grow up to 18 inches tall. Better yet, they don't need deadheading to produce their flowers continuously.

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Clematis

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Jasmine is popular for filling vertical space in the garden. They thrive with at least six hours of full sun per day, but keep in mind that pruning varies by species.

Salvias

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These sun-loving plants come in a wide range of colors, from red to purple, and don't require a lot of fertilizer to grow beautifully.

Marigold

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You may know them as beautiful, vibrant yellow or orange, but marigolds can also bloom with maroon or even cream flowers. “Marigolds grow best in full sun, are known to survive hot summer days and have long been used as garden companion plants,” says Henriksen.

Related: How to Grow French Marigolds Like a Champion

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Common zinnia

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“Zinnias are a classic plant for pollinator gardens, they are easy to grow and require full sun,” says Henriksen. She recommends them for borders and container gardens, and for using cut flowers for indoor decor. They can grow anywhere from 4 inches to 4 feet tall and come in almost every color except blue.

Related: How to grow bright and beautiful zinnias

sunflower

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not everything Helianthus They are created equal. In the summer, try SunBelievable Brown Eyed Girl. “This award-winning, multi-branched, heat-tolerant, non-invasive flower produces more than 1,000 flowers in a single season, all summer long until the first frost,” Karam says. Try it in both borders and containers.

Related: The best way to grow beautiful sunflowers

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