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Moss' Top Ten Blooming Plants for Summer

Plants that perform in the heat

These are some of the best plants for color throughout the summer. Plant them now for a spectacular show later.

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Butterflyweed & milkweeds (Asclepias)

North American wildflowers of prairies and wetlands. Food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Most species incredibly fragrant in flower.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates

purple clematis

Clematis (Clematis)

Flowering vine or perennial from Northern hemisphere. Cultivars have huge flowers. Species flowers are typically smaller but more numerous and fragrant.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates

yellow dahlia

Dahlia (Dahlia)

Tuberous rooted, tender perennials from western North America. Large, colorful flowers produced from mid summer til frost.

Mild winters. Subtropical climates

pineapple lily

Pineapple Lily (Eucomis)

Large, tender, bulbous perennials from Africa. Long lasting flower spikes

Mild winters. Subtropical climates

orange gladiola flower

Gladiola (Gladiolus)

Bulbous corms from southern Africa into Europe. Broad sword foliage with colorful spikes of flowers.

Mild winters. Subtropical climates.

sweet betsy under weeping hemlock

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Mounding perennial with strap-like leaves from Asia. Common landscape plant available in many colors and various heights. Individual flowers only last one day.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates.

golden hosta

Hosta (Hosta)

Mounding perennial from Asia with spikes of flowers in midsummer. Scores of cultivars in various leaf patterns, leaf colors, and size. Many are tolerant of sun and shade.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates.

annabelle hydrangea

Hydrangea (Hydrangea)

Spreading shrub from open woodlands of North America and Asia. Powder-puff or lacecap styles are available. Flowers throughout summer in royal blues, vibrant pinks, and luminous whites.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates.

martagon lily


Bulbous perennials found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The archetypal flower! Lilies are some of the brightest, largest, most fragrant flowers of the summer garden.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates

rio samba rose flower

Rose (Rosa)

Floweirng shrub found throughout Northern Hemisphere. Hundreds of cultivars have been developed for most climates and tastes.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates.

wemoss.org 2008, Last Updated April 4, 2008