We’ve had a crazy summer of weather so far; from bushfires and smoke to torrential rain and possible flooding; which has made it much trickier for your garden maintenance in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.
However, let’s hope for a bigger and brighter summer still ahead!
Because, there are some lovely and beautiful flowers that bloom in the summertime. These can come in all different shapes, sizes, and can smell beautiful, whilst also attracting a rich vein of different wildlife. Here is a list of some of the best flowers that grow exclusively in the summer season:
Dahlias are a cheat entry, as they are a family subset including sunflowers, chrysanthemums, daisies, and zinnias. All of which are beautiful. They are a flower requiring full sun, and also come with a miniature version which is very suitable for outdoor pots in Sydney.
Frangipani flowers from December to April, in other words, throughout Summer to Autumn in Australia. They thrive in well drained soil and hate the frost! They also flourish in sandy- soil near beaches, great for your landscaping in the Eastern Suburbs.
These flowers can be smelt long before they can be seen. They love their food though, so keep the fertiliser all year and make sure to soak them in water. You need good garden irrigation for this one.
4. Kangaroo Paw
My mother swears by adding kangaroo paw in her garden. They love well drained soil and being pruned well at the end of their flowering season. My mother has 2 on either side of her front door, in large ceramic plant pots.
Banksias flower for months, and produce beautiful colours along with a good supply of nectar for wildlife.
6. Bottle Brush
Once they’ve grown, they require very little attention. Give it some fertiliser in spring once, and you will see great results! They attract birds too, so great for animal lovers.
Not only is Lavender a beautiful shade of violet, not only is it lovely smelling and bumblebee attractive, but it also grows well in a variety of conditions. It likes hot summers and dry winters; just don’t over water it.
They can do well in outdoor planter pots on a balcony or a patio, or if you have the room, give it a full flower bed and let them spread out.
If you had planted these in the springtime, you will have awesome results by summer. They like rich, moist soil like Gardenias. Let them have the full sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. If you choose to have more acidic soil, the hydrangeas will go blue, whereas neutral and alkaline soil will create mauve (shade of purple) and pink blooms.
These beautiful flowers are also real troopers. They can withstand a barrage of stormy weather, but also the full heat of a dry, hot summer too. They usually flower within around 3 months of planting. They grow outside typically, but they can grow indoors if needed.
Whether you end up going for just one of these flowers, or a combination of the above, you are sure to brighten up your balcony or garden in Australia during this summer. Plant some today, on your own, or if you need more helpful advice and tips for your garden, give us a call today to see how we can help you.