Blog / Landscape Design: 5 Best Summer Flowers for Your Garden

Now is the perfect time to start preparing and planting your summer garden. With so many plants to choose from, how do you narrow down the choices? Continue reading to learn our top recommendations for a garden that will offer colorful blooms all summer long.

The 5 Best Summer Flowers for Your Garden

Coneflowers | Echinacea

Named after the latin word for hedgehog, the coneflower has a unique, prickly center surrounded by a cascade of petals in shades like purple, orange, or white. These hardy perennials are not only drought- and deer-resistant, they will bring many bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your yard. Coneflowers thrive in well-drained soil and full sun.

Hydrangeas | Hydrangea

Hydrangeas will be the crowning jewel of any southern garden with their dark green foliage and huge plumes of richly colored blue, purple, pink, and white blooms. While most species of hydrangeas prefer partial shade, there are several species that prefer full light such as the limelight variety. Since they bloom from spring to early fall, you’ll be able to enjoy freshly cut hydrangea bouquets in your home all summer long.

Day Lilies | Hemerocallis

Day lilies offer a variety of benefits for your summer garden. Undeterred by pests or disease, these flowers essentially grow themselves and spread dramatically throughout the year with little to no maintenance. Each bloom opens in the morning and will die by nightfall, but with dozens of buds on each plant, there is no shortage of bright yellow or orange trumpet-shaped flowers to enjoy. In the spring, you can divide the larger plants and expand your garden or gift them to a friend or relative.

Daisies | Leucanthemum

There are few flowers more recognizable than the daisy. Like the day lilies, daisies require very little maintenance and will grow and spread throughout your garden from year to year. With a bright yellow center and soft, white petals, the daisy will provide a touch of simple elegance to your summer garden.

Bee Balm | Monarda

If you’re hoping to see more hummingbirds, honey bees, and butterflies in your garden, then bee balm is the obvious choice. Similar to the daisy in shape but with small, tubular petals extending out from the center, these flowers will add pops of purple, pink, white, or red to your summer garden. Most common varieties grow from 2.5-4 feet tall while the dwarf varieties stay about 10 inches from the ground.

Landscape Design in Raleigh, NC

For more tips and advice as you design your summer garden, contact Redwood Land Design. Our team specializes in plant installation and landscape design in Raleigh, NC. Schedule your first consultation today or give us a call to learn more.