How to Care for Flowers During the Summer

The summer months can be incredibly hot, especially if you live in the southern United States. These months are great for barbequing, swimming, and having a lot of fun outdoors, and these months are also a great time for flowers. Your flowerbeds will come alive with vibrant blooms that are simply exploding with color. However, as the hot months continue, especially if there’s very little rain, you’ll find that your vivacious flowers start to droop and fade away. If this is the case with your flowers, don’t despair. By following some of these tips for caring for your flowers during the hot summer months, you can keep your flowerbeds looking great even when the temperature hits the triple digits.

The first tip is obvious: make certain to keep your flowers watered! This is easiest if you have a sprinkler system installed in your yard. If you don’t, you’ll have to water them yourself with the hose or watering can. However, you don’t want to go out in the heat of the day to do your watering. Instead, water in the evening. This has two benefits: first, it’s cooler so you’re not so hot, and second, the water doesn’t evaporate in the afternoon sun, so more of it gets to your plants and flowers.

It’s also important to deadhead (cut off the dead blooms) your flowers after they are done blooming. This not only keeps your flowerbeds looking nice but it also helps the flowers themselves. In fact, if you have flowers that bloom a couple of times during the summer, such as rose bushes, deadheading them can make their second blooming much more spectacular.

Another tip is to cut back any of your blooming perennials. Like deadheading, this can make your flowerbeds look tidier, and it will also help encourage new growth in the flowers themselves.

Don’t forget the fertilizer. Fertilizing your plants during the summer will keep them healthy and blooming. Adding a layer of compost to your flowerbeds every now and then is also a great idea, especially since compost breaks down more quickly in the heat. This means the nutrients get into the ground (and, thus, the flowers) faster.

Of course, in some parts of the country, you’ve got more to worry about than just the heat. If you live in an area prone to storms, hurricanes, or tornadoes, your flowers can really take a beating. There’s not a lot you can do to protect them from hurricanes and tornadoes, but if you know a heavy storm is coming, you can at least bring in any potted plants. Those planted in your flowerbeds, however, may be at the mercy of the storm. You can cover your flowers with lightweight tarps or plastic covers weighed down with rocks, but even this may not work if the storm is really powerful.

Want to know more about growing summer flowers? The blogs below provide even more information.

The Unicaca Blog has some tips on planting summer flowers.

More tips on selecting flowers and preparing the soil for planting in the early summer can be found on the Indoor Wall Fountains blog.

Finally, the High Density Gardening Blog has a list of great flowers to plant in the summer plus more helpful tips.