Bright and vibrant summer flowers make a perfect choice for gifts and displays in the form of flower arrangements. These flowers fill the entire atmosphere with a blissful, positive vibe. There are a number of tropical flowers that bloom in summer but here are the most popular ones used in bouquets.
Sunflowers bloom throughout summer and do not require much maintenance, except for protecting them from pests and diseases. They turn toward the sun no matter how hot the day is. A strong root system makes them highly tolerant to heat and drought. However, make sure you water the plants regularly for their healthy growth. Unless you are planting a single-stem sunflower, each plant will give you multiple flowers. If you would like to have a bushier growth, pinch back the stems before they start bearing flowers.
Calla Lilies are quite popular for Easter decoration and wedding bouquets. They are delicate beautiful flowers usually put on the upper part of flower arrangements. You can easily grow calla lilies at home since they do not require much attention. First of all, choose the right location. Plant them in a place that gets full sunlight. The soil should be loose and well-drained. You should plant them at least 4 inches deep into the ground with a minimum spacing of 1 foot between the plants. Keep the soil moist and consider adding nutrients once a month.
There are at least 15 different color varieties of these multi-petal beauties. Some of the popular choices include Bishop of Llandaff, Miss Rose Fletcher, Kidd’s Climax and Jersey’s Beauty. Dahlias are best planted in spring and they bloom from midsummer through first frost. Most of the varieties grow well in moderate climates and reach a height of 4 to 5 feet. Medium and low-height varieties can be grown in containers. Choose a site with well-drained soil and which gets about 6 to 8 hours of full sun. Start watering only after the plants are established.
Roses are a perfect combination of fragrance and beauty. However, not all varieties have fragrance. If you would like to have great smelling roses, go for the fragrant ones. Most of the modern roses are repeat bloomers. They bloom throughout the growing season, unlike some old varieties that bloom just once a year. Roses love slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.0 to 6.5) with a lot of water. Make sure they get about 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight.
Nothing can beat the beauty of bold-colored tuberous begonias blooming amidst lush attractive foliage. You can plant them in hanging baskets, window boxes or in the garden. Flower size and plant growth pattern vary with the variety. Superba Mix, Yellow Fimbriata and Roseform Scarlet are among the popular types that give big blooms of about 5 to 8 inches. The Golden Balcony variety, with much smaller flowers (almost half the size), are more suitable for hanging.