20 Summer Flowers That Can Boost Your Curb Appeal
Nothing says “home sweet home” like planters overflowing with gorgeous summer flowers. Whether you’re putting your house on the market or just want to make your entryway more welcoming, flowers add instant impact—plus, they attract and support pollinator populations such as butterflies and hummingbirds. You can plant flowers in beds or along walkways to the front door, or add a charming cottage feel with window boxes or hanging baskets. Planters that flank your doorway lend a more traditional flair.
When choosing which flowers to plant, pay attention to the amount of sunlight the area gets so you can pick blooms best suited to your conditions. Full sun means at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, while full shade means no direct sunlight or only a teeny bit of morning sun. And when it comes to containers, make sure they have drainage holes because no plant likes to stay soggy. Also, containers made from porous materials, such as terra cotta or ceramic, allow water to evaporate more quickly than materials such as plastic. Regardless of the type of container you choose, you’ll want to check pots daily during the hottest days of summer. One more thing: Containers, window boxes, and baskets should be fertilized regularly because regular watering causes nutrients to leach out. Got it? Great, now check out our favorite summer flowers to boost your home’s curb appeal.
These sturdy old-fashioned annuals have been popular for generations for a reason: You (almost) can’t kill them! Their bright flowers in shades of cream, orange and yellow really pop against other plantings. Marigolds like full sun.
2. New Guinea Impatiens
New Guinea impatiens bloom all summer in saturated shades of pink, red, salmon and white. They’re less susceptible to diseases than other types of impatiens, but keep them watered when it’s hot. New Guinea impatiens need part shade to shade.
3. Canna Lily
If you’re looking for drama, it’s hard to beat these striking flowers, which are grown from tubers planted in spring. In cold climates, dig them up in fall to save for next year. Canna lilies have striking leaves and bold blooms which hummingbirds adore. Give them full sun.
These sturdy annuals come in every color of the rainbow with single or double petals. Calibrachoa look amazing tumbling out of planters, window boxes or hanging baskets, and they’ll even take a light frost. Give them full sun.
These darling flowers look like tiny snapdragons. They bloom all summer without deadheading (removing spent flowers). They can get a little finicky if nighttime temps stay above 70 degrees, but just trim them back and they’ll revive with cooler weather. Give nemesia part to full sun.
Coleus are grown for their stunning red, burgundy, chartreuse or yellow foliage that contrasts nicely with the rest of your garden. There are so many varieties—tall, short, frilly or not—that it won’t be hard to find one you absolutely love. Coleus usually prefer shade, but some new varieties can tolerate sun. Read the plant tag to be sure what kind you’re buying.
As far as easy-care flowers go, it doesn’t get much better than begonias. Begonias come in an astonishing array of sizes, flower types and colors. The “winged” varieties are especially enchanting. Some take mostly shade, while others tolerate some sun, so be sure to read the plant tag before buying.
Caladium is another plant grown for its incredibly eye-catching foliage. With pretty heart-shaped leaves in pinks, reds, and various shades of green, these plants look incredible in planters or in ground. In hot climates, they benefit from some afternoon shade. Give them plenty of room to grow and full sun. You also can bring them indoors and place in a sunny window for the winter.
Fuchsia has exotic-looking blooms in purple, red or pink that drape dramatically from hanging baskets and planters. Hummingbirds especially love these plants. Give them full shade.
10. Sweet Alyssum
This charming annual boasts a gorgeous texture and sweetly-scented blooms that keep going and going all the way to a freeze. They look great in mixed planters but also shine on their own in window boxes, where they gracefully drape over the edges. Sweet alyssum likes full sun but will tolerate a little shade.
11. Fan Flower
Fan flower, also called scaevola, have pretty fans of pink, purple or white flowers that bloom all season long without deadheading. These beautiful blooms look best spilling over walkways or out of planters alongside more upright flowers. Give them full sun.
This perennial is a favorite for its lovely silver foliage and purple spikes that appear for weeks in mid-summer. Lavender does well in pots and beds, but read the tag to make sure it’s a variety that will survive winters in your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). Give lavender full sun.
Sometimes called summer snapdragon, this annual comes in several different heights and both upright and trailing forms. It blooms until a hard frost without deadheading, and it looks great by itself or as part of a mixed container. Give it full sun.
These old-fashioned favorites are charming spilling out of containers or beds. Look for newer hybrid types which don’t require deadheading to keep blooming. Give petunias full sun.
Tons of tiny flowers adorn this pretty trailing annual plant, which makes it ideal for containers. Bacopa comes in white, pink, lavender and purple, so it’s perfect to mingle with other plants in a mixed container.
16. Blanket Flower
Heat, humidity and even drought are no match for blanket flower once it gets established. This pretty annual comes in vibrant shades of orange and yellow and pollinators such as bees and butterflies love it. Give it full sun.
Large pink, red or white blossoms cover this this vigorous plant all summer long. Give it a trellis to climb in full sun. Mandevilla is treated as an annual in most climates but is evergreen in warmer parts of the country, or you can bring it indoors for the winter and place it in a bright window (though it tends to drop leaves in lower light levels).
Argyranthemum, also called marguerite daisy, offers cheery blooms all season long until the first frost. They tend to do better if you cut off spent blooms. Give these annuals full sun.
19. Star Flower
Yes, this plant does have graceful, starry flowers that bloom all season long until a frost. They come in shades of pink and purple and are a great low-maintenance flower for containers. Give star flower full sun.
If you have an area that gets baked by the afternoon sun, lantana is right at home. This low-maintenance flower comes in gorgeous colors including hot pink, yellow, white and multi-color, and pollinators love it. It’s treated as an annual in most of the country, but in warm climates, lantana may become a low-growing flowering shrub.
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