When planning on how to design a garden, think about how to keep the flowers blooming all summer long. Here's a plant list and gardening advice from The Old Farmer's Almanac.
The ideal summer flower garden develops in waves, reaches crescendos of bloom, and depends on chronological succession.
- Choose flowers for their color, beauty, and fragrance, of course—but also consider the season in which they bloom.
- Avoid planting midsummer bloomers all in one spot; instead, distribute groups of them throughout the garden. This will draw the visitor's eyes through the whole area, creating the effect of a greater expanse of color.
What combinations of plants will keep your garden colorful all summer long? Here are some suggestions.
Early roses (Rosa hugonis; damask, eglantine, and gallica roses)
Daylilies (try 'Stella de Oro')
Early-blooming white phlox
Regal lily and Asian hybrids such as 'Enchantment'
Harrington's pink aster
Late lilies and daylilies
Pink and white phlox