Summer in North Carolina is a time when your garden delivers an array of color and texture, not to mention attracting beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds. Whether you plant summer-blooming perennials or annuals that bloom all summer long, your yard can be a sea of color with some careful planning. When deciding on your garden landscape, you can choose from a variety of options, from tall flowering plants, small flowering shrubs, or gorgeous blooming ground cover plants. If you’re looking for the best flowers that offer a parade of color all summer long, check out these easy-to-care-for bright, colorful blooms that will be garden stunners for years to come.

  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)—A tall flowering plant with bright yellow flowers that last all summer.
  • Cosmos (Cosmos Bipinnatus)—True annual flowers that bloom from spring to fall. This plant has large, showy, colorful blooms that last from late spring until frost.
  • Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)—These flowering perennials have feathery foliage, fragrant showy flowers, and a long blooming time.
  • Ornamental Onions (Allium)—Producing purple globe-shaped flowers on the end of a long stem, these perennials are excellent for cut flower displays or for dried flower arrangements.
  • Ice Plant (Delosperma Cooperi)—Ice plants are ideal for providing colorful ground cover in hot, dry, sun-parched gardens. These evergreen succulents produce a plethora of purple-pink flowers.
  • Lantana (Lantana Camara)—These sun loving clusters of brightly colored blooms can be yellow, orange, white, red, pink, and purple. Growing as shrubs or as creeping groundcover, Lantana is a beautiful low maintenance perennial.
  • Dahlia—Perennial flowers that bloom from spring to fall. This plant has large, showy, colorful blooms that last from late spring until frost.
  • Coneflower (Echinacea)—The plant has large blossoms with a long flowering time from summer to fall.
  • Petunias—Colorful annual plants that grow in full sun and bloom continuously from spring until fall.
  • Lavender—A small flowering shrub that blooms all summer and comes back every year.
  • Hydrangeas—Large flowering perennial shrub with showy flowers that bloom year on year and last all summer long.
  • Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus Syriacus)—Low maintenance, sun-loving shrub that flowers relentlessly throughout summer.
  • Garden phlox (Phlox Paniculata)—Perennial flowering plant with dazzling fragrant blossoms that bloom all summer until fall.
  • Creeping thyme (Thymus Serpyllum)—Flowering groundcover plant for full sun that creates a carpet of purple from early summer.
  • Bee balm (Monarda)—One of the showiest summer-blooming perennials with spiky red flowers that last until the fall.

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