Flower Power – Plants for summer colour
To achieve flower all summer long, you can use a range of plants that flower at different times during the summer to ensure continuous flowering. There are a few plants, however, that can be relied on to flower all summer to provide
colour and food to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Here is our
Bedding & Basket Plants
The obvious choice for colour all summer are bedding and basket plants such as Pelargoniums, Petunias, Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) and Begonias – to name but a few. If you deadhead these, they will continue to bloom until the first frosts.
Geranium Rozanne (formerly ‘Jolly Bee’)
One of our favourites here (it’s part of our logo!) is this hardy Geranium that has a beautiful blue flower with a white centre. It flowers from June until well into the autumn and will grow in most soils in full sun or partial shade.
This variety of the compact shrub has masses of white flowers from April until October and is a fantastic addition to any garden border. It is fully hardy and reliable year after year.
Erigeron karvinskianus is a spreading perennial with white daisy flowers that bloom all summer and well into autumn. Good over walls or in garden borders, it does well in full sun or partial shade.
Coreopsis is a delightful herbaceous perennial that produces bright cheerful daisy-like flowers all through summer. The flowers are mostly yellow, red or orange depending on the variety. Excellent in borders or containers, they grow best in full sun to light shade.
Osteospermums have masses of intense vivid colours that last all through summer and into autumn. They make fantastic container plants and can also be planted in borders. Grow in well drained soil and in full sun for best flowering. Osteospermum are available as summer bedding plants or lower-growing hardy perennials.
Euryops pectinatus ‘Silver Star’ is a fabulous shrub that produces sunny yellow flowers that float above delicate grey-green foliage. Perfect for growing in a sunny sheltered border or container and for drawing in beneficial wildlife. In very mild regions or microclimates, they flower all year round.