20+ Best Summer Flowers to Plant in Your Garden

During summer it is common that your garden looks drab and wilted but it is not the way. There are many summer flowers that are perfect to be planted in the soaring temperature and are easy to grow. You can plant them in the garden in containers or Window boxes. It will attract pollinators to your garden such as hummingbirds butterflies etc. Seeing this flower will make you happy every time. You can grow both annual and perennial plants during summer having different color ranges.

There are many points you need to consider while buying a flower. For example, if you are buying a full Sun plant to grow it needs 6 or more than our Daylight similarly buying shade plants you need to provide them bright but indirect sunlight. If you are buying perennial plants then you should choose the flower according to your USDA hardiness zone. For growing summer flowers you also need to check the pot daily as the dry-out conditions are very common these days.

In this article I Becky Decker mentioned a list of Summer flowers that you can plant in your garden.

Let’s get started. 

20+ Best Summer Flowers to Plant

Not all plants are able to grow in summer so for summer flowers the below list have some best plants that you can grow during the summer. All the plants are easy to grow if you properly take care of them.. 

Iris

  • Iris is the summer plant which is the most popular Garden flower during summer. 
  • They are easy to grow and will add different colors to your garden. 
  • These plants are available in 250 to 300 species. 
  • They are available in different sizes from dwarf plant to tall.
  • The Purple Irises come in different colors such as blue white red pink. 
  • They are also available in semi-aquatic species which will add more beauty to water gardens such as true water irises. 
20+ Best Summer Flowers to Plant in Your Garden
Plant Name:Iris                       
Uses:Ornamental
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Bulbs
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate; some aquatic species available
Minimum Grow Zone:Depends on variety

Sedum:

  • Sedums are also called stonecrops. 
  • They are grown in spring or summer and if they do not get enough time to establish they cause root rot conditions. 
  • They are grown in hardiness zone 3 as they grow as perennials.
  • They come under the low maintenance category which does not require water.
  • They come under drought-resistant plants which require minimal care.
  • The flower used to Bloom from July through fall.
Plant Name:Depends on variety
Uses:Ornamental
How to Grow:Nursery starts
Lighting:Full sun to part shade
Water:Low
Minimum Grow Zone:Zone 3

Nigella:

  • They are also known as love in a mist. 
  • They are pretty and feminine plants having frilly foliage.
  • The flower used to Bloom in a Star shape in different colors pink, blue, purple, and white. 
  • They come under easy-to-care species that used to Bloom through spring, summer, and fall.
  • To grow the summer flower you need to begin seeding them indoors in Early Spring for about 6 to 8 weeks before.
Plant Name:Nigella
Uses:Ornamental, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun to part shade
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Annual

Hibiscus:

  • The hibiscus comes under the tropical category and can be grown in gardens in colder areas. 
  • The plants tend to grow large and reach upto 5 inches tall. 
  • The Hibiscus flower blooms in different colors such as Red pink lavender and white. 
  • They are able to attract pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies. 
  • You can plant these flowers in Spring through fall. 
  • Planting the flower below 55° Celsius will damage the plant’s beauty so you need to be sure about the soil and warm place. 
  • This summer flower is a beautiful flower but its flower and leaves can be eaten getting mixed in jam, tea, and lemonade. 
Plant Name:Hibiscus
Uses:Ornamental, Pollinator Favorite, Edible (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
How to Grow:Nursery starts
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Zone 10

Celosia:

  • This variety of Summer flower blooms in purple red orange and golden colors. 
  • The flower grows in the shape of either plume weight or cockscomb. 
  • The plant does love to grow in heat but you should not plant them outdoors.
  • This flower blooms from July to October. 
  • After showing the seed in the soil they need about 90 days to get mature. 
  • In case of seeding the plant, you need to start it about 4 to 6 weeks before the last Frost date.
Plant Name:Celosia
Uses:Ornamental, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate to high
Minimum Grow Zone:Zone 10

Marigolds:

  • Marigold is also another summer flower by which a garden is not completed.
  • The fragrance of the Marigold does put off the best so many gardeners plant them in their Gardens to keep the mosquitoes, cabbage loopers, rabbits, and other Garden pests away.
  • There is a variety called French Marigold which is best to plant for pest control.
  • They do Bloom in yellow, orange, and red colors. 
  • The plant is able to grow up to 3 inches tall. 
Plant Name:Marigolds
Uses:Ornamental, Pollinator Favorite, Natural Pest Control
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Annual

Scabiosa:

  • The scabiosa is also known as pincushion flowers. 
  • They bro best if you plant them in full send to partial shade. 
  • They come under succession planting which are able to Bloom all season long. 
  • You can plant them indoors before 6 to 8 weeks before the last Frost date and then transplant them outdoors. 
  • They grow best in hardiness zone 3.
Plant Name:Scabiosa
Uses:Ornamental, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Annual

Corncockle:

  • These summer flowers are also known as agrostemma. 
  • They are able to catch the eye of them as having long, gray cascading stems. 
  • This flower is native to Europe. 
  • If you want them to Bloom properly then you need to start sitting them indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before and then you can transplant the plant to the outdoors.
Plant Name:Corncockle
Uses:Ornamental, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun to part shade
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Annual

Canna Lilies:

  • These canna lies are the summer flowers having bright colors such as yellow, orange and blood red. 
  • They are native to North and South America. 
  • These flowers are not grown in cold weather. 
  • You need to plant it in late spring to early summer.
Plant Name:Canna Lilies
Uses:Ornamental, Cut Flowers
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Bulbs
Lighting:Full sun to part shade
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Zone 7

Clematis:

  • These summer flowers are excellent if you want to accentuate a wall, covered walkway, or mailbox.
  • They tend to climb all over it and the flower blooms with different colors such as purple pink red, and blue.
  • They grow best when you plant them in Spring or fall in warmer locations.
  • You need to water the plant thoroughly in case of a hot climate.
  • There are different varieties in which most of them prefer full sun.
Plant Name:Clematis
Uses:Ornamental
How to Grow:Nursery starts
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Zone 4

Zinnias:

  • This summer flower blooms in blue color. 
  • They are similar to dahlias. 
  • The plant grows from a petite draft plant to 4 inches tall. 
  • You can grow the zinnias by seeding or purchasing the plant from the nursery.
  • For growing the plant you need to show the seeds about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date.
  • After growing the roots you can transplant the plant in a container which will bloom all over the season.
Plant Name:Zinnias
Uses:Ornamental, Pollinator Favorite
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate to high
Minimum Grow Zone:Annual

Cynoglossum:

  • These summer flowers are also called Chinese Forget Me Not. 
  • They do have a tiny blue flower which we can use in container beds.
  • These plants can be planted as succession planting by which the flower blooms throughout the season.
Plant Name:Cynoglossum
Uses:Ornamental, Cut Flowers
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun to part shade
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Annual

Petunias:

  • Want to add some bright color to your garden then this summer flower is perfect as a border plant. 
  • They are perennial plants which grow in hardiness zone 9 and above.
  • The flower Bloom in Trumpet shape in white, yellow, purple, red, blue, pink, and multi-colored.
Plant Name:Petunias
Uses:Ornamental
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:High
Minimum Grow Zone:Zone 9

Sunflowers:

  • The sunflower is a show-stopper plant which is planted in almost every garden. 
  • The summer flowers come in all sizes and they grow up to 10 inches tall. 
  • They do have Golden yellow Petals that grow in different colors such as warm burgundy, Orange, cream, and bright white. 
  • They do attract large pollinators like birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies. 
Plant Name:Sunflowers
Uses:Ornamental, Pollinator Favorite, Edible
How to Grow:Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Annual

Hyacinth Beans:

  • The hyacinth beans Bloom from met too late summer. It has a pretty pink flower with rich purple bean pods that you can eat.
  • You can eat all parts of the plant and it is a common ingredient used in many Stir fries, rice dishes, and curries.
  • They don’t grow in cold climates, you need to plant them outdoors in late spring to early summer. 
  • The perfect time of planting will give you a lot of bloom.
  • To increase the production and blooming of the plant you need to harvest the beans frequently which will increase the growth of new shoots.
Plant Name:Hyacinth Beans
Uses:Ornamental, Edible
How to Grow:Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Annual

Verbena:

  • The summer flowers are great pollinators. 
  • The verbina are able to attract pollinators such as the base butterfly hummingbirds in your garden. 
  • They Bloom in clusters of flowers having white pink, blue, and purple colors. 
  • They’ll grow best if you plant them in Spring in warmer areas. 
  • To grow them you need to provide them full sun. 
  • If planted at the right time they Bloom for a long time that is from spring until autumn. 
  • You need to trim the plant frequently once or twice in a summer to make new production. 
lant Name:Verbena
Uses:Ornamental, Pollinator Favorite
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Depends on variety

Yarrow:

  • Yarrow summer flowers are native perennial flowers that grow best in ornamental beds.
  • You can also dry them to preserve the display. 
  • They do attract pollinators such as these butterflies and other insects. 
Plant Name:Yarrow
Uses:Ornamental, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Pollinator Favorite
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Low
Minimum Grow Zone:Zone 3

Ranunculus:

  • These summer flowers are planted in Spring or fall. 
  • It is best for planting in summer in cool areas. 
  • The flowers Bloom in bright colors which look delightful when grown in container beds. 
  • You need to pour a lot of water to the plant to protect them from the afternoon sun.
  • The summer flowers are native to the Mediterranean. 
  • The Flower blooms in white pink Orange red and purple. 
  • They are best to grow in hardiness zone 6.
Plant Name:Ranunculus
Uses:Ornamental, Cut Flowers
How to Grow:Nursery starts, Bulbs
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Zone 7

Scarlet Runner Beans:

  • The Scarlet runner beans are a good choice for those who want to grow ornamental beans like hyacinth beans. 
  • This plant does Bloom in Bold red flowers and does produce edible beans
  • You can also dry beans, rice dishes, soups, and other recipes.
  • You should plant the beans outdoors but not in the Frost condition.
Plant Name:Scarlet Runner Beans
Uses:Ornamental, Edible
How to Grow:Seeds
Lighting:Full sun
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Annual

Jasmine:

  • Jasmine is a summer flower that is loved for the fragrance of flowers that everybody wants in their Garden. 
  • The flowers are highly scented which adds sweet charms to the garden. 
  • The flower is able to attract pollinators such as base butterflies and other beneficial insects. 
  • The perfect timing for planting Jasmine is in summer to fall. And you need to place the flower in full sun to part shade. 
  • Providing a good amount of sun will give you more flowers. 
  • The flower tends to Bloom long into fall without flowers. 
  • The flower blooms in different ranges of color such as White to pale yellow. 
  • The Jasmine plant comes in 200 different types of Jasmine so you need to be sure what type of jasmine flower you want in your garden.
Plant Name:Jasmine
Uses:Ornamental, Pollinator Favorite
How to Grow:Nursery starts
Lighting:Full sun to part shade
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Zone 7

Geraniums:

  • These are the summer flowers that come under the most popular flowers to be grown during summer. 
  • The plant grows in Big clusters of colorful flowers such as red, pink, and white. 
  • You can even also plant them in hanging baskets, window boxes, and container gardens in-ground beds
  • The summer flowers come in 280 different types.
  • The geraniums are also known as citronella plants. 
  • Their smell will keep. Common pests away from your garden. 
Plant Name:Geraniums
Uses:Ornamental, Natural Pest Control (Citronella Geranium)
How to Grow:Nursery starts
Lighting:Full sun, except for ivy geranium
Water:Moderate
Minimum Grow Zone:Depends on variety

Conclusion:

After reading this article I am sure that you have got to know about the summer flowers and you can easily now decide which flower we will go with your garden while looking at the images. You need to follow basic requirements for getting a good result.

Becky Decker

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