5 great summer flowers
Nothing says summer like beautiful, colorful flowers in the yard! Brighten up a tired corner with tough perennials that thrive through summer and bloom nearly nonstop into fall if you keep them pruned. Ask your landscaping professional plant some of these during their next visit! Find the plants at nurseries starting in June.
These daisylike flowers are available in lavender, pink, or white. Some favorite varieties include a. cordifolius ‘Cape Cod,’ A. c. ‘Little Carlow,’ and A. novi-belgii ‘Melody.’
Gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta)
This daisy breed has deep golden petals that radiate from dark brown centers on 2-4inch wide flowers. The plants reach 3 to 4 feet tall and 1 ½ feet wide, or shorter variations like ‘Goldilocks’ reach 10 inches tall.
Coreopsis (C. grandiflora)
These sunny golden yellow blooms sit atop tall stems. The ‘Sunray’ variety is a dense, compact flower with double and semidouble flowers.
Bold blooms in a range of vibrant colors grow from tuberous roots. Try pink and coral decorative dahlias mixed with a red-and-yellow, cactus-flowered variety.
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Daisy flowers of rosy purple with knobby orange-brown centers, which resemble small beehives, atop clumps of bristly oblong leaves. Grows to 4 feet tall.
Plant any of these blooms in your yard for a colorful summer!