In fall, we plant blubs for spring flowering, but in spring we plant for summer and fall flowers.
Many of us keep a journal of what we planted where. That way we don't accidentally dig up bulbs or perennial plants. Some blubs and plants are pretty forgiving and will simply bloom together or around each other. Others would be ruined by accidental invasion, so we plot and plan well in advance and then wait for the glorious presentation of beautiful blooms.
Flowers to Plant in Spring for Summer Blooming
When we plant our bulbs in the fall, it can seem like an eternity before the flowers bloom, but that is not the case with spring planting and summer flowers. Here are some examples of flowers we plant now that will reward us before we know it.
- Cornflower ~ Friend and gardener Beverly Owens recommends Coneflowers which not only have the benefit of beautiful blooms, but also attract butterflies and bees to our gardens.
- Calla Lily ~ One of my personal favorites is the Calla Lily. I have always planted a variety of colors, but Paula Atwell introduced me to the Black Star Calla Lily. I am very excited about adding the Black Star to my blooming collection.
- Nasturtiums ~ This is another flower that is available in a variety of colors including a black Nasturtium. These plants are fabulous for ground cover or as climbing flowers.
- Alliums ~ Gorgeous spiral blooms that are a unique treat in any garden. These flowers certainly don't look like your average garden bloom. On Diary of a Wild Country Garden, Jasmine features Alliums, Freesias and Oriental Lilies.
- Aster ~ Big and beautiful blooms for in summer and fall.
- Butterfly Bush ~ Attract additional beauty to your garden with a butterfly bush.
- Astilbe ~ A delicate looking perennial that is actually very strong and resilient with gorgeous flowers and fern like foliage.
- Delphiniums ~ The delphinium is lovely, but there is one concern, it can not tolerate extreme heat and hot temperature regions.
- Daylilies ~ If you live in the south, you can plant Daylilies in the spring for summer blooming, but northern region gardeners should wait until fall to plant Daylilies.
Late Summer / Early Fall Flowers
Depending on your region, some Mums will start to bloom in late summer. Many regions do not see Mum blooms until fall, but I wanted to include them here simply because they can and should be planted in the spring and you will want to select a place for them while planning your garden.
Planting mums in the spring also gives the plant time to acclimate to your soil and to deep root. Susan Deppner not only asks the question What to do With Mums in Spring, but provides answers from experts and fellow gardeners.
Summer Flowers with Side Benefits
Sunflowers are not only gorgeous summer blooms that are planted in the spring, but their seeds and tubers are edible.
Likewise, the beauty of the Nasturtium flowers is noted above, but did you know that Nasturtiums are edible and can be used for flavoring in food?
Our own contributor, Coletta Teske, not only writes for Review This, but she owns The Grocery Garden. In her article, 7 Easy Easy to Grow Edible Flowers, Coletta features flowers that are not only beautiful additions to our gardens, but are also edible. I am sure you will want to read all about these summer flowers that are also sources food and nutrition.
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