One of my favorite parts of Summer is how colorful my garden is! I have a few go-to flowers to plant in your garden so you can have summer flowers in bouquets throughout your home. These are also great to bring for a hostess gift or for any occasion! It's really nice to also have these readily available so you're not running to the grocery store for flowers if you want them. I love how colorful they make my garden all Summer long! These are also flowers that are so incredibly easy to grow. Make sure to save this post to reference when it's time to plant in the Spring!
Summer Flowers One: Zinnia
First up is the Zinnia. You can plant these from seed or starts. This year, I grabbed starts because they looked really great at the plant store. Zinnia is very hardy, the flowers multiply as you cut the stems, and they love lots of sun! They are one of the easiest flowers to grow and are really satisfying because they produce so many blooms!
Zinnia make for a great cut flower because they last a long time. Make sure to change the water every other day, and cut stems at a 45 degree angle. When in their vase, you'll want to ensure no leaves are touching the water to prevent bacteria growth. These should last you a couple of weeks!
There are many different varieties of zinnia's. I always look for the State Fair Series. They are the largest and tallest of all. They grow to 30 inches tall! I try to plant my zinnias up against a fence so they have something to lean against. You can also plant them all together in a bunch so they can lean on each other.
Zinnia are an annual, so they will just bloom for the year. You'll need to replant the following Spring.
Summer Flowers Two: Cosmos
Another really easy flower to grow is the Cosmo. They provide a ton of color to your garden and make for a great cut flower. My grandma always had these growing in her garden, so they remind me of her! You can plant these from seed or starts. I planted from starts this year and they've been great!
Cosmos can grow up to 6 feet tall, so I like to plant them up against a fence or trellis. They aren't picky on their soil, so they do well in most environments.
Cosmos make for a beautiful bouquet and add a great pop of color to your home. Cut them right after they bloom and strip the leaves off before putting them in water. They'll last around a week in your home!
Summer Flowers Three: Hydrangea
Of course you know we love our hydrangeas! See our full post about how to keep cut hydrangeas fresh for weeks here! These are fairly easy to grow as long as they are planted in well drained and fertile soil. They also like quite a bit of shade, so you'll want to keep that in mind when planting. There are so many different varieties that like different things, so I would check out this post for more detail!
When you are ready to cut your hydrangea for a bouquet, make sure to do so in the morning or evening. Cut at a 45 degree angle above a node. I have hydrangea bouquets that last for several weeks. Again, check out our post here for all our tips and tricks!
Summer Flowers Four: Sweet Peas
Sweet peas are another amazing flower to plant for Summer flower bouquets! They are incredibly easy to grow and so fun to watch. I had my girls help me plant the sweet pea seeds and they've loved watching them grow all summer long. Sweet peas climb, so you'll want to plant them against a trellis. They smell absolutely amazing! They are quite hardy, so you'll want to plant the seeds at the very start of Spring.
They make for great bouquets and will last about a week after cutting them. You'll want to pick the flowers often. This will encourage more flowers to bloom vs. creating seed pods. You can save the seed pods to plant the following year! Just dry them on a window sill and store in an envelope for next year.
Hopefully this post helped you in planning out your garden so you have Summer flower bouquets all season! Make sure to pin this post to reference back to in the late Winter before planting season is here. Please let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below or feel free to DM me on Instagram!
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