Flowers for Full Summer Bloom - Knowledgebase Question

Detroit, MI
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Question by vincent_sess
September 5, 1998
What do I need to do or plant, inorder to have color in my flower garden all summer?


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Answer from NGA
September 5, 1998
Most annual flowers will bloom all season long if you keep the gone-by flower heads cut (this is called deadheading). If you want some perennials in the mix, here are some to consider: 'Stella d'Oro' daylily, Achillea (yarrow), coreopsis 'Sunbeam', Monarda, coneflower, blanket flower, rose campion, stokesia. For colorful foliage, try lamb's ears, painted fern, euphorbias, and caladium. If you order catalogs from nurseries that specialize (daylilies, iris, roses, etc.), they'll indicate when the different varieties are in bloom, so you can plan to have some plants, but not all, in bloom all season long. Enjoy!

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