July & August Summer Flowers

Angelonia

These Angelonia’s performed well all summer. The summer started off cooler with much more rain than normal, but for the past three weeks we have had no rain and above normal temps. The flowers have for the most part done well this year. The moon flowers were all volunteers this year and have done fabulous.

Moonflower

I love going out in the late evening or before sunrise to see these beautiful, fragrant flowers. These moon flowers came up right in the middle of our vegetable garden pathways but I walk around them, I’m not going to disturb such lovely and healthy plants. Buds on the moon flowers are interesting as well.

Moonflower Bud

I love the delicate blooms of the surprise lily, the Amaryllis belladonna is always gorgeous.

Amaryllis belladonna

We have lots of butterflies that spend the summers in our gardens.

Butterfly

The vibrant red of the hibiscus is always a favorite.

Red Hibiscus

Bees and butterflies love the liatris. This is the third year for it.

Liatris and Bee

The tropical blooms of the yellow hibiscus is beautiful also.

Yellow Hibiscus

The purple bee balm I planted this spring did well and bloomed most of the summer.

Purple Bee Balm

I’m looking forward to cooler weather, the changing of leaves and the gardens settle down into the fall and winter ~

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.