There are many perennial flowers that thrive in the heat of the summer, providing us with loads of color in sunny spots. Four of our favorites are Coreopsis, Echinacea, Rudbeckia and Verbena. They also attract birds and butterflies and make great long lasting cut flowers to bring indoors and enjoy.
Get ready: there’s a whole new clan of coreopsis invading garden centers. Breeders have taken the shy yellows we’ve known and super-sized them in amazing colors. And they’ll bloom all summer. Fine-textured foliage and tiny stems provide waves of daisy flowers in cranberry, bright yellow, cream with red centers, garnet red, butter yellow, bright pink, and scarlet. Some even have bright, golden foliage.
Coneflowers have undergone a remarkable change. Both the color and form of the flowers have been transformed. What were once simple, cone-topped daisy flowers in pink or purple have evolved to sensational, boss-topped, incredibly double (and large single) flowers in orange, yellow, wine, all sorts of pinks, white and red. Coneflowers are deer-resistant, low-water, low-care, vibrant, native American perennials. They are excellent cut flowers.
Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia)
Cheerful yellow daisy blooms with dark centers bloom summer into fall. They love the heat and are also pollinator friendly. Cut the blooms to bring indoors for long lasting cut flowers.
Spreading perennials that are waterwise, love the heat and are idea for containers, hanging baskets, and the front of garden beds.
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