Having a beautifully vibrant but low maintenance summer garden sounds too good to be true, right? Not if you know which plants to use. It’s possible to have it all- a garden with beautiful, durable flowers that last nearly all summer and add color from the entire spectrum. Here are 5 plants you want in your garden this summer to help it last all season long.
5 Plants You Want In Your Garden This Summer
The coneflower is the ideal flower. They resemble daisies and come in a variety of colors, including yellow, white, pink and purple. Coneflowers are large (can grow up to 3 ft), sturdy, and relatively drought resistant, making them very easy to care for. As an added bonus, they have a lovely fragrance and are known for attracting birds and butterflies. They grow best in zones 3-9 and love lots of sun.
Dahlia come in many colors and sizes. Bush and bedding dahlias can range from 1-7 ft and come with many large, deep green leaves. Modern dahlias have strong stems and long lasting blooms that will stay sturdy throughout the summer. They can grow in zones 1-24, require full to partial sun, and only moderate watering.
Asters are sturdy, bright little flowers that can often be counted on when little else is blooming in your garden. They come in blue, white, or pink and have starry flower heads that resemble sunflowers. Because they are so colorful and fragrant they often attract birds, bees and butterflies. Asters are very easy to grow, and often bloom in late summer and fall, although there are some breeds that begin to flower in May and June.
Chrysanthemums are the second most popular flowers in the word, behind only the rose. Flowers come in a very large variety and can range from small to large, or be button shaped or daisy like. They also come in multiple colors like yellow, white, purple or red. Although chrysanthemums aren’t season specific, vivid colors, long flowering period, and love of the sun make them perfect for summer.
The word “Iris” means rainbow, so naturally the Iris come in many different colors, like blue, purple, white, yellow, pink, orange and even black. Irises can grow in all sorts of habitats, and are very hardy, making them one of the most loved garden plants.