If you’ve ever been given a bouquet of flowers or wandered a blooming garden, you might have noticed that looking at the colorful petals or breathing in their sweet scent brightened your mood.
You didn’t imagine that.
Flowers have been proven to not only boost our moods, but have also been proven to reduce anxiety and stress, improve our sleep, support good memory, and more.
Whether you’re looking to put together a summer flower bouquet for yourself or a loved one or are choosing blooms to plant in your garden, keep reading for a few of the best varieties to choose from this summer.
Whether you’re looking for blooms to add to a stunning bouquet or something to plant that will brighten up your flower beds, nothing says summer quite like sunflowers.
These summer plants are big and bold, with thick stalks and large petals. You can even dry them out and harvest the seeds for a fun summer treat.
Adding Sunflowers to Bouquets
Sunflowers make a great addition to a summer bouquet.
If you love the sunny blooms, make them the highlight of your bouquet by adding just a few simple other flowers. Baby’s breath and a few simple white roses are a great backdrop.
For larger bouquets, pair a few sunflowers with purple, red, or other yellow blooms, like carnations. daisies, or dahlias.
Of course, you also can’t go wrong with a sunflower bouquet featuring only the stunning flower on its own.
Sunflowers are a great choice for beginner gardeners because they grow quickly, are tolerant of heat, and are resistant to pests that plague other flowers.
Sunflowers don’t just get their name for their sunny color. Your plants will also need plenty of sunlight. Sunflowers are heliotropic. This means that the flowers will follow the movement of the sun throughout the day.
While less well-known than sunflowers, foxgloves are an equally stunning bloom for summertime.
Foxgloves are a tall plant with buds that bloom from the stem, with dozens of flowers blooming from each one. Foxgloves grow in a variety of colors, including purple, yellow, white, pink, and red. The most common are purple and red, especially for bouquets.
Adding Foxgloves to Bouquets
Foxgloves are great for adding height and a unique touch to any bouquet. Because they are available in a range of colors, they are easy to match to your chosen scheme.
But foxgloves also make a great bouquet all on their own. A few stems in a mason jar are a great rustic country touch perfect for decorating your kitchen or anywhere else in your home.
Foxgloves might be fairly rare in your average garden, but if you live in the right climate, they add plenty of bright blooms to your space.
While foxgloves can do well in hot climates, the warmer the weather, the more shade they need. They also need well-draining soil and regular water to thrive.
The word ‘daisies’ is actually a general term. There are actually tons of different types of daisies to choose from.
Perhaps the most recognizable is the English Daisy. These small flowers grow no wider than the palm of your hand, and most often sprout straight white petals from a round yellow center. English Daisies can also be found in shades of pink, red, and blue.
Another common type of daisy is the Gloriosa Daisy, also known as black-eyed Susans. The larger petals of this flower are white, with a dark center.
Adding Daisies to Bouquets
Thanks to their many colors and sizes, daisies are easy to add to any summer bouquet. You can even create a rainbow combination of different types of daisies.
Daisies are also one of the most affordable flower options for summertime. If you’re looking for bright wedding flowers or a special bouquet for a friend, this cheerful option won’t break the bank
Most daisy varieties are very easy to grow and care for in a garden. Unless you opt for dwarf daisies, most types will spread fairly large, so be sure to leave space for them in your plots.
Daisies are also the perfect flower to grow in pots on a patio or front porch.
While many daisy varieties can be planted and will bloom in the spring and summer, others are best planted in the fall.
4. Birds of Paradise
While this flower isn’t as widely known as most of the other summer blooms on this list, once you see it in person, you’ll understand exactly how it got its name.
The Birds of Paradise flower is a big, colorful bloom that’s perfect for summer. It should come as no surprise that this flower typically grows in hot, tropical climates.
With a mix of yellow, purple, and green, this flower will add tons of color to your garden and your bouquets.
Adding Birds of Paradise to Bouquets
Because of its exotic look, Birds of Paradise will look out of place with your typical summer flower bouquet. Instead, it’s best to allow to stand on its own with a backdrop of greenery.
To keep with the tropical feel, choose dark greenery with large leaves. If you do want to add other flowers to the mix, stick to other varieties with that same tropical feel, like ginger lilies.
Planting Birds of Paradise
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm tropical or semi-tropical region, Birds of Paradise will be difficult to grow in your outdoor garden.
However, you can plant them in pots that can be moved inside when temperatures drop.
This plant needs plenty of sunshine and well-draining soil. If you do place them inside, keep them away from southern-facing windows.
The combination of sunlight and the glass could burn your plants, causing them to wilt.
On the opposite spectrum of the bright, tropical Birds of Paradise is the gentle, soft Hydrangea.
These blooms are far more likely to evoke thoughts of a country home or English gardens than tropical rainforests. They come in several color varieties, including different shades of pink, purple, and blue.
Hydrangeas can also be found in crisp white or light green.
Adding Hydrangeas to Bouquets
Hydrangeas are a popular bloom to use on their own for bouquets, especially for weddings. Because of their shape and size, they are great for filling vases using just a few stems.
White or green hydrangeas are also a great addition to bouquets for this reason. You can add any other colors you’d like, and the hydrangeas will fade into the background while still giving your arrangement plenty of volume.
If you want to grow hydrangeas in your garden during the summer, you’ll need to plant them in the early spring. They require hearty, well-established roots to grow.
Hydrangeas need more shade to protect them from the harsh heat.
They also need plenty of water to thrive. You should try to water them in the cooler parts of the day, like early morning or in the late afternoon, to avoid heat-stressing them.
While Irises are most recognized as deep purple flowers, they can actually be found in a variety of colors.
Those purple variations are actually called Bearded Irises. Other varieties include Lousianna Irises, Siberian Irises, and Japanese Irises, in colors like yellow and shades of blue.
Adding Irises to Bouquets
Because they are thin with small blooms, building a bouquet of only Irises would be a challenge. However, if you’re looking to decorate your home, just a few stems with some greenery is a great minimalist look with plenty of rich colors.
Irises are also great for adding to bouquets. They look especially good with yellow flowers or other blooms in shades of purple.
Irises need plenty of sun to grow. At a minimum, the space where you want to plant them should get sun for at least half of the day.
While Bearded Irises need the most sun, you can also plant Siberian or Pacific Coast Irises in areas with more shade.
Some varieties of Iris will grow between 2 and 4 feet high, making them perfect for a back row of a flower garden. Dutch or dwarf varieties grow between 6 inches and 2 feet if you’re looking for a shorter bloom.
When it comes to fragrant blooms, nothing smells quite as good as lavender. Whether you’re adding it to your garden or a fresh bouquet, or drying it out, lavender is as useful as it is beautiful.
It’s even been used throughout history to boost mental health, lower anxiety, and even treat skin irritations.
While it is always purple, there are actually several types of lavender. Each of the varieties has its own unique bloom, though all are thin and tall, and grow in thick bunches of fragrant blooms.
Adding Lavender to Bouquets
Lavender is incredibly versatile in bouquets.
Because of its soft look and fresh scent, it is popular on its own in large and small bunches for decorating homes or even wedding tables.
While you can add lavender to bouquets with other flowers and greenery, because of its small size, it may quickly get buried among other flowers. You’ll need to use more lavender, and stick to other straight rather than flat blooms to prevent this.
You can also hang lavender to dry and then use it in bouquets. It will keep both its scent and color, and you won’t have to worry about it wilting.
One of the most popular varieties of lavender is called Lavadin. This hardy bloom is tolerant of cold winters and hot summers. It grows between 2 and 2.5 feet tall, and blooms in mid to late summer.
If you’re hoping to have your whole garden blooming at once, lavender might not be a great choice.
While it is hardy, when it will bloom depends entirely on the weather and temperature.
As far as summer flowering plants go, peonies are perhaps the most beautiful on this list.
With layer after layer of delicate petals, these flowers are a popular choice for wedding bouquets. While they can be expensive to purchase, they are also fairly easy to grow in your own backyard garden.
Peonies come in a wide variety of colors. Pink and white are popular choices for bouquets, especially for weddings. But if you’re planting them in your garden, you can also choose from shades of yellow, green, or red.
Adding Peonies to Bouquets
Peonies, with their wide blooms, are great on their own or with some greenery. Eucalyptus or baby’s breath makes for a great addition to a bouquet of peonies, adding to their romantic, classic look.
They can also be added to bouquets with English Garden Roses or ranunculuses for a polished, luxurious bouquet.
Unlike the other blooms on this list, the most popular varieties of peonies actually grow in a bush rather than in bunches or individual stalks.
You can plant the bushes from seeds, though you can purchase the plants already grown to enjoy their blooms sooner.
Peonies are very sensitive. You’ll need to choose a spot with plenty of sunshine and very rich soil. Because the roots grow large and thick, it will be very tough to move your plant once it is in the ground.
Some peony varieties require cold weather when not in bloom, also known as their dormancy period, in order to thrive.
Choosing the Perfect Summer Flower
Any of the blooms on this list are perfect for building your own summer flower bouquet or for planting in your backyard garden.
Looking for more ideas for decorating your home this summer? Check out the rest of our blog for more design tips and tricks.