When you think of summer do you think of beautiful gardens, overflowing with flowers of all colors and varieties? If you do, then this list is for you. Today we will discuss the best flowers for the New Berlin and Brookfield area, as well as the entirety of the Midwest. Each of these flowers has a specific time that they bloom, so designing your garden with a variety of flowers will allow for beauty all season long.
Hardy Geraniums: Hardy Geraniums are larger than many other types of geraniums. These flowers are recognized by their scalloped leaves and pale pink petals. Their dense foliage and apple scented blooms make this a great plant for borders. These plants thrive in the sun, need little water, and will grow to about 6 inches high and 14 inches wide. Hardy geraniums will begin flowering in June.
Coneflowers: Coneflowers are known to bloom all summer, making it a great addition to any garden for a guaranteed pop of color. Blooms are typically pink-purple and white. However, there are new cultivars that come in a variety of colors, such as red and yellow. Plants can range in height from 16 inches to 4 feet high and will not get blown over by the wind or rain.
Black-Eyed Susans: Black-Eyed Susans will bloom for over a month, typically beginning in August. These flowers are known for being extremely low maintenance and flourish in full sun. Another great feature of Black-Eyed Susans is that the heads will offer food for birds during the cold Midwest winters.
Butterfly Weed: Butterfly Weed is also known as Milkweed. This plant is a known attraction for butterflies (particularly monarchs) and hummingbirds. Plus, the clusters of yellow, pink, orange or red flowers add a vibrant touch of color to any garden.
Hydrangeas: Hydrangeas are highly recommended for the Midwest, due to there tolerance for the cold. These hydrangeas are perfect for a focal point in your garden, hedges or border plants due to the fact that they reach between 6-8 feet tall.
Allium: Allium is a member of the onion family. There are different varieties of allium that can thrive in your garden in the Midwest. Purple allium has a unique pom-pom shape and a leafless stem and can add height to a flower bed, while the Lavender Globe Lily and Turkestan Onion varieties thrive in partial shade and are a perfect accompaniment to hostas (which also flourish in the shade)
Sedums: Sedums are popular in Midwest flower gardens due to how easy they are to grow and how little water they need. These plants grow masses of flowers that by midsummer are compared to broccoli buds, before they blossom into large, pink flower heads.
Russian Sage: Russian sage is a beautiful blend of gray and amethyst. Russian sage begins growing in late summer or early autumn and will grow to a height from 3 to 5 feet tall. These plants are a great accent to roses, sedums or other tall grasses. Russian sage does require good drainage, however, as long as this is provided these plants are extremely low maintenance.
Goldenrod: Goldenrod is great for extending the life and color in your garden, as it blooms in September & October. These plants are typically found in vibrant shades of yellow and gold and will grow up to 3 feet in full sun.
Aromatic Aster: Aster is great for growing in drier areas and it is a native plant to dry prairies. Aster is able to thrive in clay or rocky soil. These are another plant that is great for extending the life of your garden as they remain covered in blooms into the early fall. Asters are also a great complement to goldenrod.
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