May Early Summer Flowers

Pink Bee Balm Flower

This is a new variety of Pink Monarda, aka Bee Balm I purchased this year. We have been getting more rain this spring with is wonderful for the plants, shrubs, gardens and to end the drought.  The red roses that were transplanted a couple of years ago from a dear friend are really taking off and blooming well.

Deep Red Roses

It has been cooler than usual, and this is good to get the plants established before the heat of summer hits. I always plant annual red saliva as it is a hummingbird favorite. Petunias have also proven to be popular among the bees and hummingbirds. Red colors are a natural draw for hummingbirds.

Red Annual Salvia, Petunias

Pentas are also known as star flowers. They are a wonderful flower to have for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. They perform well all summer in the heat and do well in containers or in flower beds. They are an annual here in Oklahoma in Zone 7. The Crossvine in the background has been covered in blooms this spring.

Penta's with Crossvine

I try to have most flowers and veggie plants in the ground by the end of April, but with late freezes, I had to cover plants a few times, and haul more back indoors. These annual snapdragons did well outside on our deck all winter and have flowered beautifully all spring. That is a new moonflower plant on the left.

Volunteer Snapdragons

These yellow snapdragons were so cheery I had to add them in this year.

Yellow Snapdragon

This is a new orange flowering tropical hibiscus. I have it in a large container as they have to be brought in every winter.

Orange Hibiscus in Pot

I love the multi colored flower blooms, they add interest. This is a ruffled petunia.

Pink and white Ruffled Petunia

Pink Angelonia is a new plant for me this year. I like the look and they are supposed to perform well in our heat. To the left is a yellow cuphea aka cigar plant.

Angelonia

The gaura is always a favorite for me. It is a good butterfly plant and I love the exotic looking blooms. It holds up well all summer. I plant these in our butterfly garden since they are a perennial.

Gaura

There are so many wonderful plants to choose from, it can be difficult deciding, but if it is a favorite of butterflies, birds, bees and a hardy or proven plant for our area, then I will certainly find a spot for it in our garden.

Spring and Summer Flowers – Container Gardening

Summer Annuals

It is already time for re-potting and planting those summer plants!! This is my favorite time of year. Vegetable gardening is very close behind. It is a yearly event, searching out those plants that will perform best in our climate, and bring benefits to God’s creatures, birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, even tree frogs!!

Yellow and Pink Snapdragons

I am always researching and I pick plants that are the most benefit to nature. I have many more established plants already in our butterfly and hummingbird gardens, these plants are all going into containers for the decks.

Petunia Wave Flowers

I picked up several wave petunias, they are a hummingbird attractor and do well in our summer heat. This year has been much more of a blessing and joy as we have had so much needed rain, our drought is almost ended. The temps have been moderate, with a few cold dips. We are expecting another cold snap this coming week, and that means covering plants already planted and bringing in the many plants still in flats.

Orange and yellow snapdragons

These are some orange snapdragons I picked up at our OSU Horticulture Center, during a plant sale. They have very healthy and reasonably priced plants, many grown by students. In the background are annual red salvia, a fav of hummingbirds.

Petunias

Hummingbirds here love our petunias, so I always include those in hanging baskets. Red colors will always be the draw for hummers but I enjoy other colors as well!!

Purple Wave Petunias

This is an unusual purple wave petunia purchased from the plant sale at OSU. Pink Dianthus is in the background.

Red Velvet Snapdragons

Bright red velvet blooms of the snapdragon are always a treat, and many of my snapdragons overwintered on our deck with no coverings, they are tough!!

Annuals in Flats

The first day I set out plants, I had delicate yellow butterflies sitting on the flowers, so the butterflies are already fluttering about. I try to purchase host as well as nectar plants for various butterflies of our area to give them a complete experience. I have a lot of work ahead of me getting these plants all in their pots and I will try to post pictures later in the season as the plants are established.