Choosing the Best Summer Garden Plants


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Summertime is a time when planting any number of summer garden plants can add to the design flair and color of the area. Shady trees are an ideal shade for a garden, as long as they are not planted too close to buildings. While shaded trees provide the perfect screen in the sun from the glaring rays, not every gardens lives in a shady forest, especially if it is an urban dwelling place. Instead of shaded trees, try other options to make shade in your backyard garden.

Plant Maximum Flowers

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Planting flowers is also one way of making the most of the summer garden plants you choose. Spring flowers such as daffodils, dahlias, tulips, lilies and irises are an easy way to add a little color and whimsy to your summer garden. Daffodils and other spring flowers will provide bright, fresh colors throughout the summer. The bright colors of daffodils and other spring flowers can offset the hot weather by giving you a relaxed feeling and will help the flowers withstand the summer heat better than summer flowers that are left unattended.

Consider flowering plants that flower during the summer as well. Some easy choices include garden roses, garden corn, garden lavender, garden lily, garden marigold, and garden orchids. These flowering summer garden plants are easy to care for, and also bloom profusely. Because there is no frost on these plants, you do not have to wait for the first sign of cold in order to water them. You will notice that flowering plants do not bud until the morning of the fall, which means that you will have an abundant garden the next season.

Choose The Flowers According To The Area And Climate

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Not all flowering plants are suitable for your summer garden plants. You have to choose those that are best suited for your area and climate, since some flowers and plants bloom better in certain climates than others. If you live in an area with extreme cold temperatures, then you will want to consider dead flowers such as a Lobelia that bloom in the dead of winter. Other flowers that are best suited for your summer garden plants are those that do not have flowers that open at all, such as the Aster.

You should also consider the size of your summer garden because this can greatly affect the types and kinds of summer flowers that will be available to you. If you have an extremely large garden, you might not have room for all the flowers that you want to grow. In addition, plants that are too tall can make it difficult for you to keep them out of the hotter summer heat. Consider choosing shrubs, vines, and ground covers that are short. These types of plants will be able to survive the hot weather and still bloom.

 Think About The Microclimates Of Your Area

When considering which summer flowers and plants are best for your area, think about the microclimates of your area. Some microclimates are more temperate and require more care when caring for the plants. For example, many gardens need to be watered often in the hot summer heat. If you live in an area that experiences a lot of rain, you may find that your choice of plants does not work well. If your garden is in an area with very little rainfall, then you may find that drought tolerant plants work better.

Final Words

Shrubs are excellent for gardens that have a lot of shade, because they grow well in low-light conditions. Bushes and shrubs are more summer appropriate if you are trying to provide shade to your gardens. However, do not choose a shade tolerant bush if you are expecting heavy rainfall. Other options include drought-tolerant plants, which can tolerate some shade and do well in dry conditions. Summer gardens can be beautiful additions to your landscape if you know what type of shade and temperatures you will need to keep them healthy.

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