April showers may bring May flowers, but the summer sunshine always makes the warm soil appear golden and smell of wild, long-stemmed roses. With summertime just around the corner, you may be thinking that your chance to add more annuals and perennials to your flower garden has gone past. But thankfully, you're in luck! We've rounded up the best flowers to plant in June for an outstanding collection of late-season blooms for a lush, vibrant garden.

Cosmos

cosmos

Dainty, yet hardy, the cosmos flower can withstand growing in less than environments, making it tolerant towards beginner gardeners. The daisy-like flower with slender stems and bowl or cup-like vibrant faces, stand three to five inches in height. Although cosmos are summer bloomers, be mindful that when planted from seed it could take seven full weeks before you can fully enjoy your first blooms.

Hibiscus

hibiscus

You don't need to live in a tropical paradise to enjoy this sultry, exotic flower. The trumpet-shaped hibiscus thrives in the summer heat, producing brilliant, gorgeous flowers in shades of white, pink, or ruby red that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds, so get your hummingbird feeders ready! Take care to plant hibiscus in the early summer, and keep the soil moist, so your hibiscus continues to bloom endlessly, late into the end of summer.

Zinnias

zinnia

If your spring flower garden appears rather bare, look no further than the hardy summer bloom, the zinnia! Considered the hardest working flower in the summer flower garden, zinnias can certainly take the heat with drought tolerance making them ideal for those sizzling summer days. Zinnias being annuals, multiply from seed rapidly, providing a burst of rainbow like hues that will make anyone smile.

Sunflowers

sunflowers

Nothing quite says summer like the stunning sunflower. Beautifully, the title sunflower originates from its namesake, the sun itself. To incorporate these large daisy-like flowers into your summer garden, you should plan on planting seeds in the late spring or early summer. Allow the seeds enough time to mature, about 85 to 95 days. Your sunflowers will thrive in direct sunlight through the harvest season, in well-draining soil.

pink roses

Take a casual evening stroll down your neighborhood sidewalk, and you'll come across the sweet aroma of a blissfully scented garden brimming with lush, fragrant rose bushes. Roses are an excellent addition to your summer garden, providing plentiful blooms through summer into the fall season. Take care to plant your tender flowering beauties in an area where they will receive a minimum of five hours of full sun per day, with adequate drainage.

Dahlia

dahlia

Impressive, and sensationally vibrant the dahlia's lollipop-style pompom blooms will add a burst of color to your summer garden you didn't know it needed! Those wanting to add dahlias to their garden should be ready to plant late in the spring, or early in the summer to enjoy luscious blooms late into the fall. However, be aware that although dahilas love the summer sun, they do not fare well in sweltering climates, such as southern Florida and Texas.

Marigolds

marigolds

You may already have some of these impressive carnation-like pompoms growing in your garden from spring. But, it's never too late to grow more Marigold!

Incredibly, low maintenance, these deep orange golden blooms attract an array of desirable insects to your garden. Butterflies, bees, ladybugs, and other beneficial bugs could potentially help prevent pests from intruding on your summer vegetable gardens, making marigold not only beautiful but a handy helper.

Daylilies

daylilies

Carefree and hardy, daylilies with their long, flat strap-shaped blades drawn out from the crown of their flowering face provide an extraordinary addition to any flower bed or landscape. Daylilies are no-fuss flowers, and can be planted essentially at anytime, but do best when planted in the spring, and early summer. Daylilies can tolerate full sun with soil drainage but will retain their optimal color with some shade.

Gaillardia

gaillardia

Gaillardia or commonly known as Arizona sun blanket flower, will truly transform your garden by blanketing it with breathtakingly gorgeous desert sunset-like hues. Grown from seed in the early summer, the daisy-like flower will continue to blossom into the fall, provided with full sun and well-drained soil. The cheerful sun blanket flower is a low maintenance, hard-to-kill plant, and thrives in hot sunny conditions, making it the ideal flower for your summer garden.

Nasturtiums

nasturtiums

Fill your summer garden with easy-to-grow nasturtiums! Not only do these funnel-shaped flowers with water lily-like leaves provide vibrant ground cover, but their leaves and flowers are also edible. Don't let the size of these flowers fool you, although delicate; their flavor is quite the opposite with a peppery, zippy kick! Add some edible flowers to your next meal for an added touch of elegance and creative flair.

Nasturtiums are simple to grow and bloom rather quickly in full sun in moist, well-drained soil that does not require fertilizer.

Hyacinth Bean

hyacinth bean

Coupled with its iconic, awe-inspiring pinkish-purple blossoms and attractive reddish-purple pods on trailing vines, the purple hyacinth bean plant can provide beautiful flowering coverage to any summer garden.

The hyacinth bean plant will provide luscious deep purple blooms well into the fall, attracting swarms of butterflies and hummingbirds to its fast-growing colorful vines. If its privacy you're looking for, the hyacinth bean plant can provide plenty when grown in abundance over a fence, trellis, or arbor.

Keep in mind that the attractive reddish-purple pods produce dried beans that are toxic when mature. A serious drawback if you have curious young children often visiting your flowerbeds.

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