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58 Summer Flowers to Turn Your Garden into the Outdoor Space of Your Dreams

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There's nothing like a garden full of gorgeous flowers that can withstand the summer heat. From the captivating aromas to the arresting colors, this roundup of the best summer flowers is all you need to begin designing the perfect garden. Our list includes flowers for a large selection of locations and gardening styles, so you're to find some favorites. Think tall delphiniums, cheery yellow lantanas, perennial flowers and much, much more. But before you begin choosing the flowers you'd like to see in your own yard (or even an assortment of pots) this year, refer to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone to confirm that you're selecting long-lasting options for your particular region. And for those that are just starting off with their first garden, we have a helpful gardening guide for beginners that has everything you'll need.

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Delphinium

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With full or part sun and well-drained soil, you can enjoy the beauty of this striking perennial. There are more than 300 varieties of the flower, some of which can grow up to 7 feet tall. You can find them in pretty shades of blue, purple, white and pink.

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Bacopa

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When it comes to finding a versatile flower, look no further than the bacopa plant that originates from South Africa. Its jewel-like flowers can be found in white, blue and lavender. They're especially perfect if you're on the hunt for a good container garden option.

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Heirloom Roses

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Fill your garden with these fragrant roses, which are also known as "old garden" or "antique" roses. There are a slew of varieties, ranging from shrubs to cascading foliage. It's worth noting that patience is needed with this flower, as they're known for being difficult to care for.

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Gomphrena

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While this flower can be considered low-maintenance, as it likes just about any type of soil with good drainage, it does need breathing room to grow.

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Nemesia

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This vivid annual originates in South Africa and grows best with full sun or partial shade. Aim for moist soil that's rich in organic matter.

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Calibrachoa

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Also known as million bells, this popular annual tends to be easy to grow. Water this hardy plant regularly and give it full sun to see it flourish.

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Alium

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Go for well-drained soil and a sunny spot for aliums, which are also called ornamental onions. These unique purple plants grow from bulbs and have a garlic or onion-like odor.

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Mandevilla

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Brighten up your garden with this tropical vine that features bright pink blossoms. To grow, rely on at least six hours of sun daily as well as adequate water.

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Star Flower

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Also known as the pentas plant, star flowers can grow beautifully in a container or garden. The tropical perennial comes in an array of eye-catching shades, from lilac to red.

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Coleus

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Whether you choose to grow this plant in the ground or in containers, you're sure to be impressed by its beauty. Coleus come in an assortment of pretty colors, spanning shades of pink to yellow, and they're known to withstand tough growing conditions.

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Aster

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Native to North America, this fast-growing perennial has sturdy stems and responds well to full sun or light shade. Stick to loamy soil that's well-drained to keep aster happy.

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Lantana

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Grow these evergreen shrubs with small, cheerful flowers in containers or a larger garden.

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Bougainvillea

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Like Mandevilla, bougainvillea is a lively tropical vine that adds personality to a garden. When growing outdoors, remember that it's best suited to a very sunny area with rich, well-drained soil.

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Angelonia

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Add angelonias — often called summer snapdragons — to any sunny, well-cared-for garden and chances are they'll grow grow up to 18 inches tall. These striking flowers come in an assortment of lovely hues, like lavender and pink.

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Fuchsia

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From pretty shades of pink to white hues, fuchsias are a go-to summer flower that thrive in the shade. You can find an abundance of trailing and vining varieties to enhance your garden.

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Gerbera Daisies

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Often found in rainbow hues, these bold blooms are partial to full sun as well as afternoon shade. Aim for well-drained soil, as they can rot if it's too soggy.

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Limelight Hydrangeas

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These gorgeous bushes, which span from soft white to lively pastels, can grow quite large, making them perfect for vase arrangements. Give them partial to full sun and well-drained soil.

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Clematis

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Clematis are popular for filling vertical space in a garden. They thrive with at least six hours of full sun per day, but keep in mind that pruning varies by type.

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Rose of Sharon

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Want easy-to-care for statement flowers in your garden? Look no further than the Rose of Sharon. This large shrub blooms during the late summer, requires very little pruning, and loves the sun and well-drained soil.

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Salvia

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These sun-loving plants come in a wide range of colors, from red to purple, and don't require much fertilizer to grow beautifully.

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Yarrow

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Leave it to these dainty flowers to add a touch of elegance to your garden. While they can thrive under a bit of shade, they do best with loads of sunlight and well-drained soil.

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Foxgloves

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If you're looking for a statement flower to add to your garden, consider foxgloves, which can easily reach up to six feet. They bloom early on in the summer and come in a slew of colors, ranging from pink to white.

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Carnations

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A symbol of love and distinction, carnations are known for their bold hues and impressive range of varieties. Certain carnations can grow up to 24 inches, while others range between 9 to 12 inches.

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Hibiscus Flowers

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You can find these vibrant, trumpet-shaped blooms in a range of color combinations. Known to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, these flowers need tons of water and fertilizer during their blooming phase.

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Stargazer Lilies

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There's no denying the beauty of Stargazer Lilies, which are known for their alluring fragrance and large flowers. They're also low maintenance, requiring ample sunlight and moist soil.

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Gladiolus

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This popular summer flower needs well-drained soil, a moderate amount of moisture, and an abundance of sunlight to flourish. Keep in mind that wind can harm certain tall varieties.

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Rudbeckia

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Some Rudbeckia varieties bloom during the summer months. These cheerful flowers are considered to be low maintenance, needing lots of sunlight along with well-drained soil.

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Begonias

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When it comes to begonias, you can find more than 1,000 different types in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes. They like soil that's moist (rather than soaking wet), humidity, and partial shade.

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Amaranthus

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Also known as amaranth, this flower can grow from 18 inches to 6 feet tall in a variety of colors including red, orange, gold, green, and purple. This direct-sow annual does not tolerate wet soil, shade, or transplanting well.

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Canna Lilies

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Try planting these tropical-looking blooms for lush foliage and color later in the season. "Although these flowers do not bloom until the summer, spring planting will give them time to establish themselves and yield intense blooms," says Missy Henriksen, a spokeswoman for the National Association of Landscape Professionals. They're annuals in cool regions and perennials in warmer ones, she adds.

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