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Despite of hot summer, many flowers bloom in August. If you also want to add colors to your garden in late summer, you can have a number of options of beautiful and bright flowers that can bloom in sleepy and hot August. You can not only grow these flowers for garden beauty but also for making bouquets. Here are names of some flowers which bloom in August.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a hardy perennial which grows in variety of colors, sizes and fragrances. Actually they are tropical flowers which require ample sunlight and moisture to grow well. These flowers start blooming in late spring and continuously bloom through July and August.

Lilies

There are different types of lily flowers which bloom in August including water lilies, tiger lilies and gold band lilies. Tiger lilies generate orange flowers having black spots. This lily blooms in delayed July and beginning of August. Gold band lily produce exotic white blooms. All varieties of lilies need enough space to grow and protection from summer sun.

Turtlehead

Growing in humid areas, turtleheads are small flowers which bloom from July to September. They mostly produce flowers of white and pink color.

Hydrangea

These are ever green bushes which produce flowers in different colors including white, purple, blue and pink. They are easy to grow bushes and can grow 3 to 10 feet tall. They require morning sun to grow but they should be protected from noon and afternoon sun.

Dahlias

August proves to be the peak blooming season for dahlias. Dahlias come in colors like white, orange, yellow, red and purple. They can tolerate all types of soil and require full sun to grow.

These were some flowers which bloom in August. If you are interested in growing these flowers, plant them at proper time and watch them blooming beautifully in August.

Climbing roses are of different types. We all know climbing roses for their strong fragrance but there are some varieties of climbing roses which do not have smell but they bloom all summer. On the other hand, there are some climbing roses which have smell but they do not bloom all summer long. Here I have made a list of those climbing roses which you can bloom all summer to add beauty, color and height to your garden.

Golden Showers

Golden Showers are climate dependent and grow up to 15 feet tall. They generate masses of scented flowers having golden yellow color. Golden Showers are capable of tolerating poor soil conditions and shade so are somewhat easy to grow.

Climbing Blaze

Climbing blaze is also known as blaze rose. It is one of the most famous types of climbing roses which can grow 15 feet tall in a few numbers of years. Producing roses of scarlet color, they can bloom all season long.

Handel

It is a showy rose which produces clusters of big pink fragrant flowers. Its branches may grow up to 12 feet and have dark green and shiny foliage. Handel is not completely disease resistant plant but with proper garden hygiene, it can be protected.

William Baffin

William Baffin is also a type of climbing rose which produces pink colored double blossoms which continuously bloom throughout summer season. If proper care is taken of this rose, it can grow as much as 10 feet tall. This type of climbing rose is also resistant to common diseases of roses like dark spots and rust.

New Dawn

New Dawn produces soft and bright pink buds which later fade to ivory color since the rose blooms completely. This disease resistant rose grows as a climber but if it is pruned heavily, it starts growing like a shrub.

Darlow’s Enigma

This climbing rose has clusters of tiny and fragrant flowers. It can also be grown as a shrub and can grow up to 8 feet but if it is grown as a climber, it can grow mush larger.

Rhode Island Red

It is a hardy and disease resistant climbing rose which produces flowers of red color. This beautiful climbing rose can delight you with its striking flowers from earlier June until frost.

These were some climbing roses which you can grow in your garden. Remember that climbing roses need same care as needed by other types of roses. If you want them to produce blooms continuously, they will need to be watered and fertilized regularly.

You will find several flowering bushes and shrubs around you which produce blue flowers. Do you want to know names and details of such bushes? If yes then you are reading the right post because I have made a list of bushes which produce blue flowers.

Wedgewood Blue

Wedgewood blue is a flowering bush that is a variety of lilac bush. Although lilac refers to a color having a purple shade, blooms of this shrub are of blue color having a lavender margin on their boundaries. You need a sufficient space to grow this bush as it grows 6 feet in height 8 feet in width. Its leaves are thin and have a spade like shape. Flowers on this bush bloom in the month of May and at this time of year blooms are at their full swing.

Russian Sage

Russian sage is a perennial shrub that grows between 3 and 5 feet in height. This shrub produces light blue fragrant flowers. Found in central Asia and Russia, this flowering shrub is not only grown for its beautiful flowers but people also use these flowers as herbal remedy.

Nanho Blue

Most of the people know this shrub with the name of butterfly bush. Having more than 100 varieties, these bushes are rich in nectar so they are ideal to grow if you want to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. This bush can grow up to 10 feet and produce small flowers having indigo blue color. These flowers beautifully hang in bunches from the end of stems.

Nikko Blue Hydrangea

These bushes produce cluster of flowers with four petals. Growing up to a height of 10 feet, nikko blue produces deep azure flowers. This deep blue color depends on the acidity of soil in which this bush is grown. A highly acidic soil turns the flowers to blue color. These bushes start growing from late spring and continue growing until early fall.

That was a list of flowering shrubs which produce blue blooms. If you wish to see flowers in blue color in your garden, you can grow anyone of these.

Do you want to see monarch butterflies in your garden? If yes then you will have to grow those flowering plants in your garden which attract monarch butterflies. Do not you know about those flowering plants? Don’t worry. In this post, I am going to provide you with the names of those flowers which you can grow to attract monarch butterflies. These flowers include Purple Coneflowers, English Lavender and of course, Milkweed.

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower is a perennial plant which can grow to a height of 2 to 3 feet. As its name suggests, this flowering plant produces flowers of pink and purple color in months of June, July and August. You can plant purple coneflowers in either sunny or partial shaded area. These flowers require moist and fertile soil to grow. Although these are drought tolerant, they still required to be watered during hot summer months.

English Lavender

English Lavender is a flowering shrub and an evergreen perennial. It naturally grows on dry and rocky grassy hills and if you want to grow them in your garden, you will require a sunny location for this purpose. It can be grown easily as it can tolerate different types of soils and humidity levels. Growing up to 2 to 4 feet tall, this plant produces pink, purple or blue flowers throughout summer season.

Milkweed

These plants are necessary to grow in your garden if you want to attract monarch butterflies. The reason is quite obvious. Monarch butterflies lay eggs on milkweed and at the same time, these plants are a major source of nectar. Milkweed can be grown in all types of soils such as dry, moist or wet. It requires sunny or partially shaded area to grow well. It can also tolerate dry weather conditions but still it requires to be watered during hot months. There are different varieties of milkweed plant which you can grow in your garden such as:

Scarlet Milkweed: Scarlet milkweed produces red or orange flowers and can grow up to 3 to 4 feet high.

Common Milkweed: Common milkweed is a beautiful plant as it produces flowers in burgundy color. These plants can be naturally found in fields, along roadsides, waste grounds and woods.

Swamp Milkweed: They grow almost in the same areas in which common milkweed grows and they produce flowers in white or pink color.

 Butterfly Weed: Being shorter than other types of milkweed, it can reach to a height of just 18 to 24 inches. They produce yellow or white blooms and are found in those areas in which we find common milkweed.

Do you love to collect zinnias flowers seeds them in your garden? If yes then you will find my post interesting because I have come up with tips regarding collection of zinnia flowers seeds. Actually I love zinnia flowers and I have gathered a number of tips related to these beautiful flowers. Today I will share with you some tips to collect seeds from zinnia flowers:

  • First and foremost tip about collecting zinnia flower seeds is that you should not save seeds from hybrid varieties of zinnia flowers because these seeds are not right to be collected and stored.
  • Let the flowers flourish and fade naturally. This is a feature of zinnia flowers’ petals that they do not fall until seeds are ripe so let zinnia flowers remain with stem even when you see them becoming faded.
  • Stems of zinnia flowers need one to two weeks to dry after blooming. When petals of zinnia flowers become entirely dry, cut the stems and place flowers in a container. Now separate petals from flower heads by pulling them one at a time. You will see the seeds residing at the base of each petal. Mature and ready seeds will be either of green or brown color.
  • Next step is to holding a petal keeping it within the container. To get the seeds, all you need to do is to rub the petal base between your thumb and a finger.   Drop all seeds in container and repeat this process with each petal.
  • Keep the seeds in separate jars according to their different varieties. Don’t forget to label these jars with the description of year in which they were harvested. After placing seeds inside jar, seal it.
  • Remember to store zinnia flower seeds in cool and dry place. Do not store zinnia flower seeds at a place where there is threat of pests, mice and other insects because pests like to eat seeds.

This was a simple method to collect seeds from zinnia flowers. Follow this method and get ready to grow zinnias the following spring with your saved seeds.

Butterflies make a garden look vibrant and alive with their colors and elegance. Monarch butterflies are one of the butterflies gardeners want to see in their garden. How to attract them to your garden? Follow these simple tips and attract monarch butterflies to your garden and enjoy their grace:

  • Most of the adult monarch butterflies like nectar present in flowers so you can plant those flowers in garden. These flowers include lantana, daisies, coneflowers, daylilies and sedum. All these are perennials which bloom after year and year. If you have an herb garden, fill it with mints, verbena and bee-balm.
  • Female butterflies always fly here and there in search of plants where they can lay eggs. You can also grow those plants on which monarch butterflies lay their eggs. Monarch butterflies like to lay their eggs on milkweed. Milkweed has different species and you do not need many efforts to grow these plants. Some types of milkweed which you can grow include Showy Milkweed, Smooth Milkweed, White Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Green Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed and Sand Milkweed. After young caterpillars come out of eggs, you may don’t like them to be in your main garden. The solution to this problem is simple. You may plant milkweed away from main garden area that is near to nectar plants.
  • Male monarch butterflies also like to be gathered around damp sand and mud ponds. If you want to attract monarch butterflies to your garden, you should consider about making such a spot for them. For this, dig a spot and fill it with thin layer of sand and then cover it with dirt. Don’t forget to keep the sand and dirt moist throughout summer season. Again to save beauty of your main garden, make this puddle in your yard away from major garden area.
  • Monarch butterflies also need a shelter area to protect themselves from harsh weather conditions like strong winds. Make sure you have a shelter area in your garden. You can also buy attractive butterfly houses but they are just only for decoration because butterflies actually don’t like to stay in these butterfly houses.

Throughout summer season, monarch butterflies undergo four cycles so make sure that you are providing them with above mentioned requirements during all summer and especially in late summer.

Flowering plants which bloom fast are liked by every gardener because they bring beauty and fragrance to your garden in very short time. Are you also looking for some fast growing flowering plants? If yes then you are reading the right post as I have made a list of some fast growing flowering plants.

Yellow Flag

Yellow Flag is a perennial having, of course, yellow flowers and gray-green foliage. It is an easy-to-grow plant which requires full sun and damp soil to thrive properly.

Morning Glory

It is again a perennial vine which produces bright green leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers in different colors. Flowers of morning glory bloom only in morning. Most probably, this vine is so named because of this feature. These vines may grow up to 10 feet in length and require ample sunlight and well-drained damp soil to grow.

Forsythia

It is a flowering shrub producing yellow gold-like flowers. Growing up to 10 feet high, this shrub has a fountain-like beautiful look making it ideal for your garden. Lighting requirements of this shrub include either full sun or light shade and as far as soil is concerned, it should be well-drained and have additional water.

Lavatera

Lavatera is mostly grown for its ostentatious and cup-shaped beautiful flowers. They are also fast growing plants giving excellent look to your flowerbeds. Lavatera grows in rocky and sandy soil and can also tolerate drought. Growing requirements include well-drained soil with full or partial sun.

Common Sunflower

Common sunflowers are easy-to-grow annuals which are capable of capturing butterflies and songbirds to your garden. They have heart-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers. Growing up to 15 feet high, these plants need well-drained as well as acidic soil to grow. Other requirements include full sun and habitual watering.

That was a list of fast growing flowering plants with their growing requirements. Choose any one of these to add color to your garden quickly.

Summer season is at its peak these days so it is the best time to decorate and beautify your garden with hanging baskets. A summer hanging basket having trailing plants and vines is capable of brightening up a garden. Creating hanging baskets for summer is not difficult. You can use combination of different flowers and plants to create hanging baskets. All you need to do is to gather some information about summer hanging plants. For your convenience, I have also made a list of some summer hanging plants along with necessary information. This list is shared below.

Vinca

Vinca plants are best for summer hanging baskets because they like full sun to grow. You can purchase them in either trailing or compact varieties. They produce flowers having purple and pink color and bright green leaves. Another characteristic of these plants which makes them perfect for summer season is that they are drought tolerant.

Petunia

Another common summer plant used in hanging baskets is Petunias. Like other summer plants, they like full sun and warm temperatures. Petunias have bright colors and vining stems so they not only add color to hanging baskets but also give you a visual treat. Famous varieties of petunias include multiflora, milliflora, grandiflora and groundcover. These plants produce purple, white and pink blooms.

Lantana

Lantana needs warm temperatures and prefer sunshine so if they are planted in baskets in spring, they start flourishing in warm days of summer. Flowers of Lantana bloom in pinks, yellows and reds. Lantana stems are capable of trailing over edges of hanging baskets so plant them closer to sides of baskets so that they may adorn the baskets beautifully.

Geranium

Geraniums are popularly grown in summer baskets which produce pink, red, white and salmon flowers that bloom all summer. There are more than 200 species of this plant but the most common are ivy-leaved which trail over sides of baskets so are best for summer hanging baskets while some other varieties like Martha Washington and scented-leaf add height and richness.

These were most common varieties of hanging plants which you can grow in your summer baskets. These plants will give a brightened look to your garden in summer and fascinate your guests with their elegance.

Most of the garden flowers start losing their blooms by mid of July. But still there are some perennial flowers that bloom in hot weather of mid July. Here I am going to provide you a list of some perennials that bloom in mid-July. Plant these flowers in your garden and don’t let it stay bare until next spring season.

Rose Mallow

Also known as swamp mallow, this is a tall plant producing flowers. This plant can grow up to 2 to 4 feet tall and blooms from mid to late July. It produces flowers in different attractive and vibrant colors like white, red and pink. Growing conditions include full sun and fertile and moist soil.

Gladiolus

This plant begins to bloom in July and can continue to bloom until October. This plant produces tall spikes of colorful flowers which come in colors like purple, pink, yellow, red and green white. This flower can be grown in many ways. You can grow these in either flower beds or borders or they can also be grown to be used as cut flowers.

Rudbeckia

These flowers are commonly known as black-eyed susan and I have discussed these flowers earlier in some of my posts. This plant blooms from mid-July until October producing small and beautifully colored flowers having dark cone structure in mid of flowers. It grows well both in full sun and partial shade and needs proper drainage to grow healthily.

Globe Thistle

This plant can reach to a height of up to 3 to 4 feet and produces bristly and sphere-shaped flowers having steel blue color. Thistle-like bristling leaves surround these beautiful flowers. These flowers also require well-drained soil and full sun to grow properly.

This was a list of perennial flowers which you can plant in your garden in so that they can beautify your garden in hot and dry month of July.

When you make a decision to repot your orchid plant, the first thing you need to consider is that your orchid is going to require to be repotted biannually, annually or after every three years depending on the type of orchid you have. Younger orchid plants need to be repotted more frequently as compared to older ones. After purchasing orchid plant, repot it as soon as possible to prevent roots from being damaged. Repotting an orchid is a delicate task which needs special tips to be followed. These special tips are shared below:

  • First of all, you will have to choose a right kind of container. Orchids do not like one definite variety of containers. They grow as beautifully in plastic pots as they grow in terra cotta or clay pots. The decision is all yours. Repotting will not be done too often so choose a pot that goes well with your garden décor and theme.
  • Choose the container with the right size. If you will use very large pot then orchids will have to use their energy to produce new roots to fill pot. Similarly, if you will choose small pot, roots will become crowded. Select a container that can easily accommodate roots leaving 1 to 2 inches space around root section.
  • Most of flowering plants grow in traditional potting soil but orchids are somewhat different from other flowering plants. They require substances like peat moss, volcanic stone, certain tree barks, charcoal and tree-fern fibers. Moss and tree-fern fibers retain water as compared to other potting mixes so if you are using barks, charcoal and stones then you will have to continuously monitor the dampness conditions to make sure that plant is getting enough water.
  • Repotting orchids at right time is also very important. Orchids require to be repotted when there is new growth and roots have not filled the pot yet. Some species like Dendrobium and Phalaenopsis are potted annually. Oncidium, Cattleya and Odontoglossum are repotted every other year while Cymbidium and Vanda need to be repotted every third year.
  • After removing plant from pot, trim off dead roots with scissors or sharp knife. Make sure that you are using sterilized tools to cut the roots. To prevent diseases, sprinkle powdered cinnamon on wounds because it acts as a natural fungicide. When your plant is out of pot, also look for insects and bugs so that they cam be removed on time before they damage your orchid plant.

Repotting orchids is a complex task which may prove time consuming but this process is necessary for their survival and growth. If you don’t have much time and patience to take care of orchids then these plants should not be in your home. If you want this plant in your home but you don’t know how to care for it then ask a nursery for the necessary instructions as it is better than watching orchids dying.