The summer heat doesn’t cause all plants to dry up. In fact it brings to life a lot of different flowering plants that love basking in the sun — lilies, chrysanthemums, daisies and sunflowers to name a few.
Summer Flowering – Plant Varieties
Cosmos is a variety that can produce brightly colored flowers in hot summer days. It covers more than 25 annual and perennial species that can be found primarily in southern and Central America. Summer flowering cosmos plants come in white, red and pink colors and can grow as tall as two meters. Carnations are characterized by their greyish green or blue green leaves and flowers that bloom in singles or in groups of up to five blossoms in a cyme. A member of the Dianthus genus, summer flowering carnations thrive in full sun and well-drained alkaline soil. Similar to these vibrant flowers, exotic hibiscus plants also love the sun and heat. Their blossoms open wide to reveal inner shades of red, yellow, white, pink, purple and orange that usually contrast the outer petals’ colors.
Summer Bulbs – Several Species
A common ingredient for perfumes, lotions and soaps, freesias are best kept slightly moist at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. These frost-tender summer bulbs can mature to one and a half inches deep under full sunlight and in good soil. In the middle of summer, hymenocallis flowers can grow up to 18 to 20 inches as long as they are not buried too deep into the soil. Zephranthes should also be planted only an inch deep under full sun. In winter, the bulbs should be stored at a temperature of 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the classic summer bulbs is the lily, specifically the Lily of the Nile, Calla Lily and Casablanca Lily varieties.
Summer Wedding Flowers – Selection
Summer weddings usually go for sunny, friendly floral arrangements. And since contemporary weddings no longer stick to a pure white motif, colorful summer flowers are fit for decorations in weddings during this season. Delphiniums and gladioli are common summer wedding flowers, and can be combined with irises, snapdragons and columbine. Lilies are always in fashion in summer weddings, whether for bouquets or venue arrangements. Gerberas are also popular, especially for round bridal bouquets. Freesias, veronica and eryngium create a fresh summer morning look when combined with roses in a bouquet. More unusual options include cockscomb, which literally looks like a rooster’s comb, and love-in-a-mist, whose flower heads are encircled by feathery foliage.