Plant your garden for flowers all season long, a garden burgeoning with beautiful blooms from early Spring on through Fall. All it takes is some strategic plant choices!
Does your garden treat you to a glorious bounty of blooms early on in the season with many perennials and bulbs bounding into action then you are left struggling to get color in your garden for the rest of the Summer?
When you plant your garden for all season flowers you will never be short of blooms. Choosing plants with different bloom times is key.
Choices for All Season Flowers
There are numerous options of types of plants for all season flowers in your garden. Annuals you can start from seed or buy small starts at a local garden center.
Many flowering shrubs are wonderful additions to your garden and are a great way to build some structure into your design. Early blooming shrubs include azaleas, rhododendrons, lilacs, and daphne. Those are just a few of the options out there. You may find me repeating myself but tour some local gardens, neighbors or friends’ homes and find what really thrives in your area. The most beautiful plants are the ones that are hardy and robust in your environment.
Early Season Flowers
Here in my garden the color starts with my tulips and daffodils. I have a ton of these red perennial tulips that come back a few years in a row without replanting. Other tulips I grow I dig up once their foliage fades and store the bulbs in my cool basement for replanting next Fall but I must admit that is not always that successful, the perennial tulips are my go-to choice.
Update: Since I have been struggling with gophers eating my tulips bulbs I have been planting them in containers. In the garden beds, the planting of daffodils is a better choice. Gophers and other ground critters seem to avoid the daffodils. Another plus is the daffodils can naturalize which means more of them each year without replanting.
In my mountain garden the daffodils and tulips really get going in April, yet just half an hour down the road they get started in March, so when your Spring bulbs bloom will depend on your individual garden conditions.
Ordering your bulbs early is the key to getting some better choice options, for me that is in July.
Here the Lilacs are at their peak in late April to Mid May joining in on the fun. Click here if you want to know how to grow Lilacs from cuttings.
Hyacinths, Hellebores and Windflowers are also going strong.
Mid May to early June is when the Iris, Clematis, Forget Me Knots, Allium, Creeping Phlox, Foxgloves, Peonies, Icelandic and Oriental Poppies, and Violas begin their flowering. This is when my garden really starts to put on a flamboyant show.
I am sure there are many more that bloom alongside these in other gardens but this is what I have. I watch British garden shows and the blooms seem to overlap more, but I am sure that is due to their milder climate in summer.
The roses begin about the same time as the Iris are in mid-bloom and they take over the show as the Iris fade away. The roses put on a grand show at the beginning then settle back into continuous if less generous blooming for the rest of the Summer.
I grow primarily heirloom and David Austin English roses for their toughness, disease resistance, and gorgeous scent.
Later Season through to Frost
Late June, early July is when my Rudbeckias (aka: Black Eyed Susans), Daisies, Asiatic Lilies, Larkspur, Delphiniums, Hardy Geraniums, Echinaceas, Cosmos and Shirley Poppies all begin to start to open up.
Most will keep on blooming until frost as long as I keep them dead-headed. I just chop and drop as I walk through my gardens most mornings, which means I use my favorite garden snips to cut off the fading bloom so the plant puts energy into producing more buds. Let the clippings drop to the ground to compost in place, if you prefer you can carry along a bucket to put them in and haul them to your compost pile. . (for a list of my favorite garden tools click here)
Like the roses there is a first flush of blooms then they keep blooming but not quite as lush as at the beginning. The Oriental and Trumpet Lilies come on the scene in July.
Dahlias are a new favorite of mine, they bloom from early summer on through to the first frost, they are a fabulous cut flower too. The more you cut the more they bloom. Click Here to see how I get more by taking cuttings in Spring!
There are tons of annuals you can plant from seed or buy small six packs of at the garden center that will also continue to bloom through the hot part of Summer to add even more color. Petunias, Zinnia’s, Alyssums….the list goes on.
Later the Asters begin alongside the Autumn Sedums and Tall Phlox continues the show.
Of course, as I always say, what grows well in your region may well be something quite different than in mine. Find neighbors that garden, visit local greenhouse and garden centers to pick the brain of a trained expert. And don’t forget about bright colored foliage plants, they are as pretty as flowers!
I wish you gardening success and a bloomed-filled Summer!