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40 Best Summer Flowers For Any Home or Garden

Best Summer Flowers

Summer’s almost here, and although you might be postponing travel plans and spending more time alone, flowers can help brighten the day. That’s right, just because spring is over doesn’t mean an end to pops of color in the garden.

To help you find blooms that can handle the heat, we’ve put together a list of the top 40. We’ve included both the common and scientific names.

Summer Peonies

Peonies

Paeonia spp.

Ruffles on ruffles on ruffles! Just as you start to break out your summer wardrobe, these voluminous blooms begin to appear on farms and in gardens.

With feathery petals and bright hues, what’s not to love about peonies?

Summer Anthurium

Anthuriums

Anthurium spp.

Since you might be canceling your vacation this year, you might want to consider bringing home a taste of the tropics with anthurium!

With a nickname of flamingo flower, you’ll find yourself flocking to this lush plant.

Summer Coreopsis

Coreopsis

Coreopsis spp.

It’s no surprise that this plant goes by the name, “pot of gold.” Just look at its flowers!

The vibrant yellow blooms can add a bit of brightness to dark days… Even better? They can thrive in poor soil, so you can grow them in that rocky spot next to your patio. Just make sure to provide them with full sun.

Summer Lavander

Lavender

Lavandula spp.

Most of the previously mentioned flowers made the list because—let’s be real—they’re gorgeous. Lavender, on the other hand, has it all: the delicious summer look and an inviting scent that can help you relax.

So if you want a full sun flower with a next-level smell and eye-catching color, then lavender is the right summer flower for you. Just make sure to plant it in a location with well-drained soil.

Summer Morning Glory

Morning Glories

Ipomoea spp.

With bloom periods that are short yet sweet, morning glories remind us to take it one day at a time.

While they don’t thrive as cut flowers (we all have our flaws), they look stunning trailing up a fence or over an arbor.

 

Summer DaisyDaisies

Asteraceae family

Another seasonal flower that sings summer is the daisy — the epitome of cheerfulness! On a cute scale from 1-10, we’re giving daisies an 11!

The name “daisy” comes from the Old English word dægeseage, meaning “day’s eye.” They get this name from the fact that they close their petals over their central eye during the nighttime hours before opening them back up in the early morning. Who knew!

Summer Sunflower

Sunflowers

Helianthus spp.

What flower is synonymous with hot summer months? It’s sunflowers, duh. I mean, “sun” is right there in the name! Also, we’re going to give a shout-out to sunflower fields for being perhaps the most Instagram-worthy shot a girl can get. Eight feet tall flowers, anyone?

Unfortunately, you can’t spend every second of summer strolling through sunflower fields. But you can bring some sun to even cloudy days with a bunch of sunflowers.

Summer Dahlia

Dahlias

Dahlia spp.

Dahlias are perhaps the most versatile summer flower, considering they come in nearly every size and color.

Go ahead and plant some in your garden; just choose a location that has well-drained soil and bright sun.

 

Summer Hydrangea

Hydrangeas

Hydrangea spp.

Although hydrangeas bloom from early spring all the way until autumn, they’re considered one of summer’s most popular flowers.

Ever wonder about the differences between blue and pink flowers? It’s not a difference in variety, but rather soil chemistry!

Summer Marigold

Marigolds

Tagetes spp.

Marigolds’ luscious, orange-yellow color makes you feel like royalty on even the toughest days.

While we love them, insects don’t. No wonder they’re so popular in gardens with well-drained soil.

 

Summer Yarrow

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

With hundreds of flowers forming clusters that remind us of billowy clouds, yarrow is a summer must-have.

Want to create a tranquil vibe? White flowers have you covered. Want to liven things up? Choose bright pink or yellow flowers.

You’re not the only one in love with these blooms. Butterflies flock to the flowers to enjoy a sweet snack of nectar.

Summer Amaranth

Amaranth

Amaranthus spp.

You’ll feel like royalty with the tassel-like blooms of amaranth. So, if you want to feel like the queen you are, seek out some of these cascading blooms.

Fun fact: amaranth is closely related to quinoa. Slide that knowledge to your friend during your next phone call.

Sumer Zinnia

Zinnias

Zinnia spp.

With blooms in almost every color, zinnias know how to please. The plants quickly send up flowers in the garden, and they thrive as cut flowers.

 

 

Summer Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

When you’re stuck at home, hibiscus brings you a bit of the tranquil tropics. Their dramatic pink/red flowers wave gently in the summer breeze, reminding you to take a deep breath, sit back, and relax.

 

Summer Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susans

Rudbeckia spp.

You might mistake these cuties for a sunflower’s little sister. But as we know, siblings have their own unique personalities!

Unlike sunflowers, black-eyed Susans are perennials. So, if you plant them in a full sun spot with well-drained soil, you’ll get to enjoy their blooms year after year. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.

Summer Coneflower

Coneflowers

Echinacea spp.

Native plants are all the rage. After all, who doesn’t want to save the bees?

Coneflowers are some of the best flowers for bees and butterflies. Better yet, their gently drooping pink and purple petals are gorgeous! So add some to a full sun spot in your garden ASAP.

Summer Bee Balm

Bee Balm

Monarda spp.

Looking for another bloom that attracts flying critters? Then look no further than bee balm.

You’ll appreciate their distinctly shaped flowers and get lost watching the butterflies and hummingbirds each blooming flower attracts.

If you want to impress your gal pals, tell them that bee balm is related to mint — you can tell by the square stems.

Summer Bougainvillea

Bougainvilleas

Bougainvillea spp.

Bougainvillea is tough and beautiful — just like you. Its bright red/pink color is gorgeous. But, don’t mess with it or it’ll stick you with its thorns.

These plants hold a secret: their flowers aren’t actually flowers! Rather, they’re a type of leaf called a bract. No matter what they are, one thing’s for certain: you need them in your life.

Summer Celosia

Celosia

Celosia spp.

Looking to add some drama to your garden? Celosia has you covered.

Heat things up with spiky, flame-like plumes or add some flair with funky blooms that will remind you of the coral you saw on your Caribbean snorkeling trip.

Summer Cosmos

Cosmos

Cosmos spp.

We’re all a little bit stressed right now. The future is uncertain, travel plans have been canceled, and

Cosmos embrace that feel with graceful petals that flow in the wind. And their vivid pink and magenta hues keep your garden lively.

Summer Poppy

Poppies

Papaveraceae family

While thousands have flocked to see the super bloom of poppies in years past, this won’t be the case this year. However, you can see beautiful poppies.

To get your own taste of those California hillsides, sprinkle some poppy seeds in a full sun spot in your garden. When summer arrives, they’ll be hit with a vibrant display.

Summer Lantana

Lantana

Lantana spp.

Get ready to enjoy some floral fireworks with lantana. With each bloom exploding with different colors, this flower really puts on a show.

Like an orange/yellow hue? You got it. Prefer pink/red? Uh-huh, lantana provides that too.

Summer Petunia

Petunias

Petunia spp.

No garden? No problem. Petunias thrive in containers and bloom all summer long. So fill some planters or hanging baskets to become the talk of the neighborhood.

 

Summer Daylily

Daylilies

Hemerocallis spp.

A short-lived beauty, day lily flowers bloom for only one day. But don’t fear — each stem contains multiple flowers for continuous color.

 

Summer Astilbe

Astilbe

Astilbe spp.

Also known as false goat’s beard, astilbe might be the GOAT in the shady summer garden. If you’re looking for a companion to keep you company under your umbrella, astilbe is your friend.

Like all good friends, this plant will cheer you up. All you have to do is look at its bright, feathery plumes.

Summer Lisianthus

Lisianthus

Eustoma spp.

Looking for a splash of summer elegance? Then add some lisianthus to your life.

This plant is notoriously difficult to grow. Luckily for you, pro growers have mastered these summer-flowering beauties.

 

Summer Gomphrena

Gomphrena

Gomphrena spp.

Need a cheerleader? These bright pompom blooms have your back.

Plant some of these cuties in a full sun spot in your garden with well-drained soil. Before long, you’ll be able to add the perfect amount of spirit to fresh or dried arrangements.

Summer Strawflower

Strawflowers

Xerochrysum spp.

Don’t let the name fool you — these flowers are not one bit drab. What’s with the straw name then?

While strawflowers look a bit like vibrant daisies, their petals feel just like straw! Beauty and intrigue, now that’s what we’re talking about.

Summer Salvia

Salvias

Salvia spp.

Lacking a green thumb? Salvia to the rescue!

This group of summer flowers can survive some serious neglect…we’re a drought kind of neglect. And they can thrive in part shade.

Just because they’re tough doesn’t mean they aren’t beautiful. Their blooms come in colors ranging from red to purple to blue.

Summer Alstromeria

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria spp.

Al who? The name might be tricky, but you know this summer flower. It’s flashy colors, speckled petals, and long stem life make it a fave in the world of cut flowers.

 

Summer Larkspur

Larkspur

Delphinium spp.

Tall and full of bold color, larkspur knows how to make a statement. If you’re looking to add some oomph to your garden, plant some larkspur in a full sun or part sun spot.

If you plant it in your garden get ready to break out the high heels — the plant can get up to six feet tall!

 

Summer Sea Holly

Sea Holly

Eryngium spp.

Ready to mix things up? Cue sea holly.

You’ll be mesmerized by the beauty and mystique of its spiny, silvery-blue flowers.

 

Summer Geranium

Geraniums

Pelargonium spp.

A star in container gardens, geraniums add pops of red, pink, and white color to countless porches and patios.

Take a note from self-help columns and help this plant remove excess baggage. As long as you deadhead your plants, you’ll have fresh blooms all summer long.

Summer Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Digitalis spp.

Foxglove is sure to steal the show in your garden. With a tall spike of blooms dotted with cute freckles, how can it not?

With colorful blooms you can stick your finger into, this flower takes its name from the Latin word digitus, meaning finger.

Summer Portulaca

Portulaca

Portulaca grandiflora

Can’t decide between a succulent and a flower? No need to!

Portulaca gives you the sleek succulent look you crave while also throwing in flowers that resemble tiny roses. Add it to hanging baskets or try it out in one of your indoor rock gardens and for a natural chic look.

Summer Canna Lilies

Canna Lilies

Canna spp.

Want to feel like you’re at a posh tropical resort? Then add some canna lilies to your life. Their lush waxy leaves and bright color will instantly transport you to another world.

Need another reason to love this plant? It’s low maintenance and easy to grow.

Summer Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies

Zantedeschia spp.

With sleek, vase-like blooms we know and love, it’s no wonder callas are some of the most popular summer flowers.

What you may not know is that this plant isn’t a true lily. Surprise!

Summer Gladioli

Gladioli

Gladiolus spp.

With tall spikes filled with large, elegant blooms, you’ll be glad you decided to add some of these flowers to a full sun spot in your garden.

Don’t go looking like a fool by searching for gladiolus seeds; these beauties start off their lives as an underground plant stem called a corm.

Summer Bachelor Buttons

Bachelor Buttons

Centaurea cyanus

You’re bound to fall in love with this flower’s bright blue color.

Better yet? You can have a hands-off relationship yet still watch it thrive. Just throw some seeds and watch it grow (if only all relationships were that easy).

Summer Periwinkle

Periwinkle

Vinca minor

Looking for a groundcover plant that thrives in full sun or part shade? Then periwinkle is the plant of your dreams.

 

 

Celebrate with Blooms

So there you have it, a list of summer loving flowers. Choose some of your favorites and get ready to celebrate the arrival of summer!

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