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3 Flowering Perennials for Early Summer

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In addition to brightening up the garden, camassia also provides wonderful cut flowers to display in your home.

In addition to brightening up the garden, camassia also provides wonderful cut flowers to display in your home.

3 Easy Flowers to Grow in Early Summer

If you're looking for a few plants to brighten your garden between spring and summer, here are three beautiful flowering perennials to brighten your garden. What's more, they're super easy to grow!

1. Camassia (Wild Hyacinth)

Camassia is a bulb that produces vibrant blue or creamy white spires of single star-shaped flowers. It really brightens up the garden, bridging that gap between when tulips fade and summer perennials begin.

Camassia also makes for wonderful cut flowers and is suitable for naturalizing in meadows.

Tips for Growing Camassia

  • Grow camassia in sun or part shade in well-drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardy to 23˚F or -5˚C, this plant usually requires little care except for removal of spent flower spikes.
Though bergenia is lovely year-round, it is particularly so in summer, when its blossoms attract legions of bees!

Though bergenia is lovely year-round, it is particularly so in summer, when its blossoms attract legions of bees!

2. Bergenia (Elephant's Ear)

Another early summer gem is bergenia, whose flowers are much loved by the bees. I class this plant as an early summer plant because that's when it flowers in shades of white, pink or red, but this evergreen plant is a real all-rounder; it provides interest in the garden even in winter, when its large leaves attain tinges of red.

Tips for Growing Bergenia

  • Grow in shade or full sun in rich or poor soil.
  • Bergenia is hardy to -35˚F or -37˚C.
  • Once established, this unfussy plant will need minimal care; remove spent flower spikes and any tatty leaves for 12 months of garden interest.
Though strikingly beautiful on the outside, euphorbia are filled with toxic sap. Keep that in mind when pulling out excess stems!

Though strikingly beautiful on the outside, euphorbia are filled with toxic sap. Keep that in mind when pulling out excess stems!

3. Euphorbia 'Fireglow'

Our final plant is a euphorbia called 'Fireglow'. This is a vigorous perennial that produces showy orange flowers on upright stems. Like the camassia, it's valuable for filling any border gaps between late spring and summer, as the red-tinged stems and leaves themselves provide interest when the plant is not in flower.

Tips for Growing Euphorbia 'Fireglow'

  • Grow this euphorbia in part shade in moist but well-drained soil.
  • This plant is very hardy, tolerating temperatures down to -4˚F or -20˚C.
  • In terms of plant care, you may wish to pull out excess stems when the 'Fireglow' spreads beyond where you want it to. Pay attention, however, to the irritant sap.

If you're looking for some easy and beautiful early summer flowers, why not check out these three? Happy growing!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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