While spring is understandably the season that gets all the buzz, there are also plenty of summer flowering plants to boost the longevity of your blooms.
When it comes to taking care of our garden, there are generally a few basics to follow, such as ensuring that they have enough water, allowing the right amount of sun and keeping out any foreign invaders such as weeds and pests.
For gardeners who have graduated from growing herbs or cultivating a veggie patch, the next stop on their horticultural development is usually flowers. For some, their vision of the perfect garden is a swathe of colours. From a sea of purple lavender to the orange and yellow tones of marigolds, the downside of this type of floral explosion is often the maintenance and meticulous planting guide that usually comes with it.
While spring has a well earned reputation for being the season for fresh blooms, a growing number of green thumbs are instead turning to summer flowering plants as a way to capture the magic of their blooms for as long as possible – but what types of plant varieties are on offer?
Our Favourite Summer Flowering Plants To Try
Despite the potential exposure to heatwaves, flooding and even cyclones, summer is still a good time for certain plant species to showcase their blooms. From perennials to natives, gardeners are actually spoilt for choice when it comes to sourcing summer flowering plants to add to their properties.
While the ideal summer flowering plants will usually boil down to your personal style, local climate and how much maintenance you’re willing to commit to, a handful of our tried and true favourites include the following.
Gardenias – Although gardenias are famous for being heavy feeders and require a regular watering schedule, the payoff for gardeners who cultivate these summer flowering plants is the reward of fragrant floral blooms and lush green growth. Gardenias appear to grow best in humid areas, and they don’t tolerate drought or arid conditions very well.
Frangipanis – As a plant that’s almost synonymous with Australian summers, frangipanis come in over three hundred colours, but are also regarded as one of the most popular flowering trees in Australia. Mature frangipanis can grow to around six metres high and up to five metres wide, but only grow at a state of around twenty centimetres per year.
Grevillea – As an evergreen, medium sized shrub with fine, fern-like foliage, grevilleas are one of our most loved native flowering plants thanks to its large, pink, toothbrush-type blooms. Ideal for hedging and screening, it’s also suitable for shrubberies and general garden plantings, and is a sure-fire way to attract native bees, birds and other pollinators to your backyard.
Dahlias – With their flamboyant flowers coming in a dazzling array of shapes and colours, dahlias make a great choice for those looking for blooms all through summer and autumn – not just for a couple of weeks. With plenty of colours to choose from, they’re also available in many different sizes, ranging from dwarf 40cm to 1.5m to 2m giants.
Bougainvillea – For homeowners restricted to a vertical garden or daydream about having a climbing plant that cascades when in full bloom, there’s no better choice than bougainvillea. Known for their drought-tolerance and lavishly brilliant flowers, they do well in a wide range of settings, such as pots and more confined courtyard gardens.
Kangaroo Paw – Although they’re currently in the news for their rumoured medicinal properties and skincare benefits, the flowers of native Australian kangaroo paws sit high atop strappy foliage from spring to autumn, and make great summer flowering plants for gardeners who prefer local flora options and can provide them well drained soil.
As a general rule, the more you’re able to encourage a self-sufficient and sustainable ecosystem in your garden, the happier your summer flowering plants will be. Sometimes your flora friends may need a little extra help in fending off unwanted invaders, so opting for a chemical free plant probiotic is one of the most sustainable ways to do so – but where do you find one?
Unlock Your Garden’s Full Potential
Do your plants – and yourself – a favour and give them a head start by optimising your soil prior to planting. By adding chemical free plant food like Biotic Booster, this will help your garden to:
- Provide essential nutrients and microbes
- Act as a liquid fertiliser to unlock your soil’s potential
- Drought-proof your plants and lower water consumption
- Increase and speed up the germination process
- Assist in protecting your plants from pests and diseases
- Provide an organic solution that’s safe to use with herbs, fruit and veggies
If you’re ready to take the leap into improving the health of your plants while minimising the use of chemical based fertilisers and plant food this Spring, then it may be time to try a plant probiotic. Our Ultimate Garden Health Pack includes our Biotic Booster, FP-60 Probiotic Spray and RE-250 Soil Energiser plant probiotic products. In each concentrated bottle, millions of natural bacterias are waiting to find a new home in your garden.
Here at Bioweed, we specialise in environmentally friendly gardening products, including herbicides, plant probiotics, and natural alternatives to traditional gardening solutions. Should you have any questions about how to improve the sustainability of your garden or even what to plant in Spring, get in touch with us today.