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Planning a Long-lasting, Colorful Garden
Snapdragons showcase summer’s ebullience.Photo by Maryeoriginals via Wikimedia Commons
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.
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
- 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.