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Grow These Hardy Plants for Flowers All Summer

Though it’s late spring, it’s not too late to plant flowers for mid- to late-summer blooms. We’ve rounded up a few that require little maintenance and will yield beautiful flowers to enjoy during the hot months ahead. With these varieties, add color to your outdoor space or cut them for an arrangement you can enjoy inside your home as well.

  • Zinnias. These hardy flowers are southern classics for a reason. With a variety of sizes and color options, the possibilities with zinnias are endless. They are perfect for a southern garden with lots of sun, since they thrive in hot conditions, but it’s important to make sure they receive enough moisture. They’re easy to plant from seed and will likely bloom until the first autumn frost. These cheery blooms will provide color for you to enjoy for months.
  • Cosmos. These beautiful and dainty flowers are often found in wildflower mixes because they are quite tolerant of hot sun and dry conditions. That said, it’s a good idea to make sure they receive water regularly to help them thrive. Cosmos are simple to grow from seed; bear in mind that they are capable of self-sowing. They come in a variety of vibrant colors including shades of white, yellow, orange, and pink.
  • Celosias. These flowers are striking! The cockscomb variety is sure to stand out among the other flowers in your garden. Its swirly bloom is often compared to a rooster’s head – hence its name. Other varieties like the plumosa look like bright feather plumes and make great filler for bright summertime arrangements. They love moist soil and hot, sunny spots.
  • Black-eyed Susans. Black-eyed Susans are the epitome of a southern summer flower. With their tolerance for hot temperatures and low maintenance routine, they are easy to plant and then enjoy. They’re versatile and will thrive in containers as well as in the ground. Like the others, they prefer full sun and well-drained soil. We love their cheerful, classic summertime look.
  • Lantanas. These tiny blooms are sure to brighten your landscape. Their pink and yellow blooms are a cinch to grow, and it doesn’t take long for them to gain in size. They look beautiful in cut arrangements, but their bright petals attract butterflies and hummingbirds, so you’re not the only one who will enjoy these flowers. They prefer full sun and warm soil in order to thrive.  

These flowering plants love hot temperatures and will thrive throughout our hot Atlanta summers. Combined with a healthy and flourishing lawn, you’re sure to enjoy the color they’ll bring to your space.