We like our gardens to be in full swing in the summer, full of colour and scent. One way to introduce colour is by adding bedding plants, sold every year by the garden centres, as annual plants and thrown away at the end of the season. Bedding plants are very showy but to create colour year after year, without the time and expense of annual plants, perennial plants provide a more permanent solution and a great display of summer flowering plants.
Perennial plants flower every year and are among our most showy of the summer flowering plants, many are easy to grow and maintain. Listed here are a range of summer flowering plants, with links to the individual pages where you will find growing tips and each plant is colour coded to help you select the most easy to grow and suitable plants for your garden.
On each page with the growing information and tips there is also colour coding represented by wheelbarrows: green wheelbarrow means easy to grow, amber wheelbarrow means medium difficulty with some maintenance required, and red wheelbarrow represents more of a gardening challenge
Choosing plants is totally individual, what I love, you may hate. One of the pleasures of gardening is to create a garden to your liking, just like decorating your house. This page illustrates different types of summer flowering plants, so you can pick and mix what you like. Herbaceous and Perennial plants are rewarding, showy, often scented, the fireworks in the border. Plants listed as "Herbaceous" plants die right back in winter to nothing at all, bare earth, which may not suit all gardeners and gardens. Some plants are very high maintenance, such as Delphinium, greedy feeders, and slug magnets which need staking, but the rewards are magnificent tall spires of purples, blues, pinks a garden favourite plant and very easily raised from seed.
For detailed advice on planting and growing summer flowering plants follow the links.
Summer planting combinations, plants for shade, scented plants and plants for bees and butterflies all have ideas for summer plants.