9 Best Summer Flowers

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When the heat of summer hits and everything seems to droop a bit, it’s nice to some color backup.

Summer flowers are few during the months for bloom and few plants can handle the heat. With the hot summer days just a few months away, it’s time to start analyzing the things to plant for the upcoming hot season.


We know it can be hectic for you to identify the best types of summer flowers that will always brighten your garden all the season long.

To make things a bit easier for you, we’ve selected the plants that require minimal watering; those that do not need a lot of attention, and plants that will bloom all the summer long with different types of soil.

Of course, proper care, fertilizer, and good, well-drained soil will make these beauties thrive better.

Here’s 9 of the best flowering plants from the start of the sunny season to late summer which you should be thinking about now.



Aster Amellus (Scientific name) means star in Latin and the name suits it perfectly. Asters bloom in striking flower colors making them a good plant for a butterfly garden and require low maintenance, making them the ideal summer flowers.

They will brighten the dark garden corners and can flower all the season long as long as you keep the dried flowers picked. Also check out the African Daisy.

There are various varieties of aster with the majority having shades of yellow, orange, pink, purple and white. Mix them with plants that have foliage for structure and texture.

Plant them in a spot that receives unfiltered sun and afternoon shade. They need to be watered well at planting time and before they get established.

Gloriosa Daisy – Rudbeckia Hirta


Commonly known as Black Eyed Susan, Gloria Daisy has bright orange to yellow petals with a black to deep brown center. This is an ideal flower to plant for the summer.

It can achieve a height of 3-1/2 feet tall and 1-1/2 feet wide, depending on the type of soil and care and can also thrive well in cool weather.

There are dwarf varieties for Gloriosa Daisy such as Toto and Goldilocks. They are loved by butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.



Coreopsis flowers are common and can grow in almost any type of soil. It is a perfect summer plant for any gardener as it calls for minimal maintenance and care.

This perennial comes in varieties with different colors as well, and it can last until fall. The most common coreopsis variety blooms golden, yellow flowers at the top of the tall stems.



Nowadays, Dahlia is arranged in a way that makes amazing symmetrical ball of striking colored petals and showy flowers that will definitely brighten your summer garden.

Different varieties achieve different sizes and heights, and also have different needs. Plant them at the appropriate time so that you can enjoy their beauty throughout the summer.

They bloom in a range of lively colors, and it grows from tuberous roots. If you are in a hot-temperate region, plant them in a spot that receives light shade. More on Dahila here!

Purple Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea


Purple coneflower blooms daisy-like flowers that have shades of purple with knotted orange-brown centers that resemble small beehives.

Clumps of coarse oblong leaves and can grow to a height of 4 feet. The coneflower is aggressive and might need some place to grow.

Once you allow it, you won’t regret. They grow incredibly fast and attract butterflies and birds to your garden.



Gaura is drought-tolerant plant with blooms flowers that cluster like butterflies. They have tall spikes and can achieve a height of 2-1/2 – 4 feet tall.

More on Gaura plant care

Purple Fountain Grass


They bloom feathery, rose-colored spirals that fade to beige at the top of the clumps and have brown foliage.  Grown as an annual plant in cold regions. These annuals incorporate well beside the Gloriosa daisy or the Purple coneflower.

‘Moonshine’ Yarrow – Achillea


Simply known as Yarrow, this can be the ideal flower to plant for the summer. It adapts well to the weather and requires minimal care.

It blooms generously with tight bunches of deep yellow flowers. This plant achieves a height of 2 feet. You can pair it with a plant that has blue flowers or foliage.



These partly cone or bell-shaped flowers is ordinarily known as beardtongues and is ideal for the summer season. Penstemons need space as they dislike being crowded together.

For those people who love to see hummingbirds tour their gardens, this is an ideal plant you can use to attract them. Plant them near a terrace or window as they can grow up to 3 feet tall.

Get Planting

We hope that the above list of summer flowers will provide some inspirations to add some sparkle to your garden this summer. These garden beauties thrive in summer heat and bloom nearly nonstop into fall.

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