Many people have taken to gardening during the pandemic as a way to stay active and healthy. Now, with summer rolling around, many gardeners are looking to start their summer garden.
Some flowers to consider for your summer garden are zinnias, lantanas, and marigolds. Read on for more information about these 3 summer flowers.
Lantanas are great flowers that will provide gardens with bright colors throughout the entire growing season.
These plants love the heat. They will do best if planted during mid to late spring, when there are no more threats of another frost. Additionally, latanas will need full sun exposure for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day.
An important note: These flowers can be harmful to pets, children, and livestock. The entire plant is toxic, but the berries are the most dangerous and can prove fatal if they are ingested.
As one of the easiest annuals to grow, the zinnia flower is a great addition to any garden. Additionally, since these flowers grow fast, are reliable, and require little maintenance, they are a great choice for beginners.
The zinnia is best starting from a seed and grows best in the full sun. Also, it is best to make sure the zinnias get at least 6 hours of sunshine and are in well-draining soil.
For a pop of orange in the garden, make sure to take a look at marigolds. These flowers are a great, worry free annual that attract many beneficial insects. In addition, the marigold has a fast turnaround, making them a great choice for first time gardeners.
Marigolds are also great companion plants and natural pest deterrents. They can help protect vegetables from pests and predators.
To grow marigolds, be sure to keep them in the full sun, within well-draining soil. However, be sure to wait until the danger of frost has passed before planting.