It’s cold today, not the cold of the peak of winter, but a chill is in the air. It’s overcast. I’m dreaming of a lush early summer garden with blooms. The time is drawing near to plant containers and beds in the Northern Hemisphere and that is why I’m sharing this guide here today with you
Originally I published an article on bloom succession that covers all seasons so people can plan for endless blooms. In case you are learning about gardening and/or just want a handy visual guide we broke it down into bite-sized pieces so you can imagine how your garden might look as the seasons pass.
Early to mid-summer perennial blooms
16. Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp.)
18. Tickseed (Coreopsis
19. Gaillardia, Blanket Flower (Gaillardia x Grandiflora)
20. Lily (Lilium regale, l.
21. Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
22. Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia sp.)
23. Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia sp. aka Tritomia sp.)
24. Bee Balm (Monarda sp.)
25. Delphinium (Delphinium
26.Balloon Flower (Platycodon
27. Yarrow (Achillea sp.)
28.Bugloss, Alkanet (Anchusa sp.)
29. Evening Primrose (Oenothera sp.)
In some cases you’ll find a variety of colors that bloom at that time but we’ve limited the showcase of colors as not to overwhelm but inspire. This grouping of flowers consists of early to mid-summer perennial blooms to fill your garden with color. Mostly this guide is for zones from 3-7. Zones with 4 seasons essentially.
Daylilies or hermerocallis come in a variety of colors and bloom from 1-5 weeks. The most well-known are the orange day lilies and they are edible too. They’ve long been known as a staple in Chinese cuisine. Phlox have long-lasting flowers and they are tall. Tickseed is soft and whispy and grow quite well in almost any conditions.
Blanket flower aka Galliardia will continue to bloom from early summer to early fall and although you don’t have to deadhead them, your garden will look better. They are a perennial plant in the sunflower family. Lilies- not to be confused with the daylily come in a variety of colors and are fragrant and beautiful. There is also a variety that is a deep orange color. They also are available commonly in white and pink. Unlike daylilies which grow from rhizomes, lilies are bulb flowers and are fairly easy to grow. They will come back each year and will sometimes even create small bulbets along the flower stems which you can plant as well.
Shasta Daisy forms clumps of white flowers. Rudbeckia is also known as Black Eyed Susan and is native to North America and is in the sunflower family. This perennial is generally quite hardy and around the three year mark will require division. Tritoma or Red Hot Poker plants are a delightful variation from other plants, native to Africa there are several varieties and once established will thrive.
I think this group of Bee Balm, Delphinium and Balloon Flower shown here are some of my all time favorite plants. Bee Balm of course attracts bees. Bees LOVE them. So when you are planning a butterfly and bee garden, these are an absolute must. Besides bees need our help right now. Delphinium is stunning and these are some of the closest to blue colors you can find naturally. Although I’ve had some difficulty growing Balloon Flower it’s worth a try. Hopefully your soil conditions and planting area will bring you better luck than what I’ve had!
The last three in this grouping really are probably the most ‘wild’ looking of the bunches shown here. Yarrow commonly flowers from May through July and is sometimes used as a healing tonic (read everything you can before eating flowers or plants – some require more care than others.) Bugloss is a type of borage which is a bee and butterfly attractor as well. One of my favorites they provide a lot of interest in a garden. Evening primrose is naturalized and grows wild throughout North America. Primrose oil is produced from this plant and known to help with some skin disorders and to aid in some women’s health issues too.
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