Most gardeners dream of year-round colour in the garden. In many climates, June and July are when the temperatures rise and summer truly begins. Many plants welcome spring with a riot of flowers that fade by June. Fortunately, many flowers thrive during the warm months of early and midsummer. These flowers many be perennial or annual and grow in many shapes and sizes to add colour to the garden in June and July.
Hardy hibiscus is a perennial shrub that can grow up to 15 feet tall in optimal conditions. According to the University of Florida, many varieties of hardy hibiscus are native to Florida and the southeastern United States. Hibiscus flowers grow up to 12 inches in diameter and resemble crepe paper. Blooming in shades of white, pink, red and orange, these flowers will bring a tropical flare to your garden in June and July. Hardy hibiscus grows best in full sun and well-drained but moist soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 10.
Purple coneflower is a perennial flower that will fill your garden with colour. Blooming on long single stalks, the petals of this flower are lavender or white and surround a reddish-orange 'eye'. Purple coneflowers will bloom from June through July and draw butterflies and bees to your garden. This perennial will reach a height of 3 feet tall in full sun and prefers well-drained soil. Once established, purple coneflower tolerates drought. These flowers make long-lasting additions to bouquets or beautiful accents to your flower bed.
Growing up to 4 feet high, coreopsis is a perennial plant that boasts an abundance of bright yellow flowers in June and July. Coreopsis flowers have multiple fringed petals reaching about 3 inches across and blooming on sturdy stems. These flowers make wonderful additions to your cut flower arrangements. According to Floridata, these flowers are native to the southeastern United States but will grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 through 10. Coreopsis grow in full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. Once this perennial is established, it is drought-tolerant. Coreopsis will self-seed and can become invasive. Remove the spent flowers immediately to prevent this.
Marigolds are annual flowers, meaning their life cycle lasts only one year. The flowers bloom in shades of yellow, orange and burgundy throughout June and July. Marigolds thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. Some marigolds can grow to 4 feet tall, but the most common varieties reach about 12 inches tall. The foliage of marigold is deeply divided and has a slightly pungent odour. According to West Virginia University, removing the spent flower heads will keep your marigold blooming longer.
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