Colorful Summer Garden Flowers

Inside: Get ready to embrace the vibrant beauty of summer garden flowers! Dive into the joy of tending your garden and watch nature bloom.

Summertime will soon be here and I can’t wait to feel the warm sun and work in my gardens. There’s just something about summer garden flowers that bring so much joy, don’t you agree? There are several different ways you can have a colorful flower garden, even if you don’t have a lot of land.

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Colorful Summer Garden Flowers

Colorful flowers are a great way to add life and beauty to your outdoor space this summer. There's no need to spend hours in the garden or nursery when you can find all of the perfect plants at your local grocery store, making it easy to grab them while you are out grocery shopping.

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Over the past couple of years, we have planted more flowers in our yard than I have previously done before. The only reason is that I want more bees and butterflies to help pollinate my garden. Bees need all the help they can get, right?

Plus flowers are beautiful and cheerful, and always help your property look amazing. Thankfully, my girls love flowers too, and help me out with growing flowers.

Getting Started with Summer Garden Flowers

Let’s start with the basic flower garden in a yard.

Choose an area that gets plenty of sunlight, for the most colorful garden. More flowers need a lot of sunlight, and then some flowers need shade. Pick your flowers based on where you are planting. Think about proximity to your vegetable garden too.

You want bees and butterflies pollinating your plants.

Where to Get Flowers for Your Garden

Ask friends, and neighbors, and even put a request on FaceBook Marketplace asking for perennial flowers that people may be “weeding” from their garden. Gardeners love sharing their bounty, and it is easy to thin out overgrown gardens in the spring or fall.

You can also divide your own flowers to encourage them to spread out more!

Get the names of what plants have been given and ask the gardener for basic care instructions if possible. With just the name you can search for more information online.


Plant your tallest flowers as the backdrop. Leave space to grow, and space to plant some annuals. Plant medium-sized flowers next, and short flowers in the front of your garden area.

Don't forget about the benefits of planting near your vegetable garden too!

Marigolds, for example, in your vegetable beds, their strong fragrance, and their ability to repel nematodes through their roots, are a long-standing pest deterrent in the vegetable garden. Your peppers in particular are going to grow beautifully without those pesky bugs.


Buying Plants You'll Enjoy Each Year

Now is the time to visit a garden center and buy annual flowers so that your summer flower garden can be colorful. The idea is, that you buy (and get from others) some perennials every year and in just a few years, you will have an awesomely vibrant flower bed.

Buy a few perennial flowers according to your budget, and make sure you like them, as they will grow back and multiply every year. Make sure you are getting perennial flowers, not annuals.

I like to choose flowers that are good for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The Purple Coneflower, Bee Balm, Phlox, and Alyssum are all attractants for our flying friends. As well as those that are supposed to help repel things like mosquitoes.

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Planting in Pots

Now, if you don't have a spot to dig a garden, but have room for pots, you can still make an attractive flower garden. The best part about planting flowers in containers is that they're mobile and versatile – so wherever the sun shines brightest or your favorite color dominates at any given moment – it's easy as pie!

Are you ready to start your colorful summer flower garden now? Don’t be afraid to try! A lot of successful gardening is trial and error, but it helps to be prepared by learning as much as you can beforehand. Flower gardening is a fun and satisfying hobby. 

I often wish that my grandmother and great-grandmother were still alive so that I could learn from them. My great-grandmother used to have the largest garden I've ever seen, I have a lot of memories of sitting in her garden eating sugar peas.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What flowers are best to plant in June? Planting later crops in June also applies to flowers! Plant more marigolds, sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, four o'clocks, nasturtiums, etc. – all of the annuals that usually burn out by late summer.

    What time of day is best to plant flowers in the summer? Ideally, transplant your flowers, ornamental grasses, and foliage plants on a cloudy, overcast day that isn't too windy. Planting early in the morning before the sun heats up the soil will produce the best results.

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