Summertime is the perfect time to plant beautiful flowers and watch them bloom in your garden. This is one of the many reasons summer is one of my favorite seasons! In this blog post, I will discuss the best summer flowers to plant in California and elsewhere.
Summer Flowers in California
Why plant summer flowers? Summer flowers are the perfect addition to any garden or landscape. They provide color, texture, and interest during the hot summer months.
Summer flowers come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. There are annuals and perennials that bloom in the summer. Some of my favorite summer flowers include marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, and sunflowers, just to name a few.
Summer Flowers to Plant
Here is a quick list of summer flowers to plant in Southern California and elsewhere!
Dahlias come in a wide range of colors, from vibrant reds and oranges to soft pinks and purples. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Water them regularly, especially during hot summer days.
Hydrangeas are another popular summer flower. They come in many colors, such as white, pink, purple, and blue. Hydrangeas prefer partial sun and moist, well-drained soil. They grow well in the ground and in containers.
Zinnias are another cheerful flower that blooms in a rainbow of colors. They’re easy to grow and require little maintenance. Plant these colorful flowers in full sun and water them on a regular basis.
Zinnias also make great additions to homegrown cutting gardens! They are my favorite cutting flower and last long displayed in a vase!
Marigolds are perfect for adding a splash of color to your garden. They bloom in various hues of red, yellow, and orange. Plant them in full sun and well-drained soil. Water them regularly during the hot summer months.
Poppies are beautiful flowers that come in many colors, including red, orange, yellow, and pink. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Water them regularly in the heat of the summer.
Who doesn’t love a big, beautiful sunflower? They bring happiness and cheer to any garden. Plant them in full sun and well-drained soil. Don’t let the soil dry out to enjoy these flowers all summer long.
Lantanas are heat-loving plants that bloom in a variety of colors, including orange, yellow, pink, and red. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Lantanas make great additions to container gardens since they don’t need much space to thrive.
Cosmos are delicate flowers that come in shades of pink, purple, and white. They like growing in full sun but can also handle partial shade areas of your garden. Make sure to also add cosmos to your cutting garden.
Hibiscus are tropical flowers that come in a variety of colors, including pink, red, and yellow. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Hibiscus are great additions to a tropical garden with palm trees and plumeria.
Roses are classic flowers that come in a wide range of colors. They prefer full sun but can also tolerate partial shade. Roses come in a variety of types and sizes to grow in a variety of gardens.
Bougainvillea is a tropical plant that blooms in shades of pink, purple, and red. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Water it regularly during those hot summer days.
Lavender is a fragrant herb that comes in shades of blue and purple. It prefers full sun but can also tolerate partial shade. Add to a herb garden or grow with companion plants, such as roses.
Fuchsias are unusual-looking, but beautiful flowers that come in many bright colors. They prefer partial shade and well-drained soil. Give them plenty of water.
There are many other flowers that grow well in the summer, which include impatiens, petunias, and snapdragons. Be sure to do your research before planting to ensure that you are providing the best care for your flowers!
Where to Plant Your Summer Flowers
Most of these flowers will grow well in the ground and in containers. If you’re planting in the ground, be sure to choose a spot that gets plenty of sun. If you’re planting in containers, make sure they are large enough to accommodate the roots of your plants.
Soil for Your Summer Flowers
Most of these flowers prefer well-drained soil. If your soil is heavy or clay-like, you can improve drainage by adding organic matter, such as compost or peat moss. You can also add sand to help loosen up the soil.
When to Plant Your Summer Flowers
It’s best to plant your flowers after the last frost date in your area. This will vary depending on where you live but typically falls between late March and early April.
How to Care for Your Summer Flowers
Once your flowers are planted, be sure to water them regularly. During hot summer days, they may need daily watering.
Check the soil before watering to make sure it is completely dry. You can do this by sticking your index finger a few inches in the soil, or purchase a soil moisture reader. Also, be sure to fertilize your plants every few weeks with a well-balanced fertilizer.
Watering Summer Flowers
To keep your summer flowers healthy and blooming, water them regularly. Water in the morning so the plants have time to dry out before nightfall. This will help prevent fungal diseases. If you’re not sure how much water your plants need, check the soil. The soil should be moist but not soggy.
Fertilizing Summer Flowers
Summer flowers will benefit from a monthly application of fertilizer. Use a general-purpose fertilizer or one specific for flowering plants. Follow the directions on the package to get plenty of blooms in your summer garden.
Questions about Growing Summer Flowers
Here are some common questions many gardeners have about growing summer flowers in California and elsewhere. I hope these answer some of your questions about summer flowers to plant in your yard!
What is the easiest summer flower to grow?
The easiest summer flower to grow is the marigold, among others. Marigolds are perfect for adding a splash of color to your garden.
They bloom in shades of yellow, orange, and red. Plant them in full sun and well-drained soil. Water them regularly during the hot summer months.
What flowers bloom all summer in sun?
Some flowers that bloom all summer in the sun include dahlias, zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers, and lantanas. Check out my other blog posts to read more about how to grow some of these flowers.
What are some popular summer flowers?
Some popular summer flowers include roses, hibiscus, bougainvillea, and lavender. Make sure to read my blog posts about how to grow some of these plants.
Summer Flowers to Plant
I hope this blog post has given you some inspiration for summer flowers to plant in your garden! Be sure to follow the care instructions for each plant to ensure that they thrive. Happy gardening!