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Summer, Summer Annuals, Summer Perennials, Summer Bulbs, Summer Flowers, Summer Borders, Summer Containers, Summer Plant Combinations, Summer Border Ideas, Plant Combination Ideas

Early Summer

Summer brings an explosion of flowering perennials, annuals and bulbs, offering a rich range of colors, heights, and flower shapes!

Early summer brings an explosion of flowering bulbs, annuals and perennials, offering a rich range of colors, heights, and flower shapes. Roses start to bloom, many continuing well into fall. Stars of the summer border, they are accompanied by a plethora of beautiful flowering shrubs, some sweetly scented, to create a colorful show and fill the garden with a spectacular palette of color and fragrance. Check out our list of heat-loving, drought tolerant flowers and browse our fabulous summer garden ideas. They will provide you with a wealth of inspiration and help you design a lovely summer garden that blooms from early season through late, and satisfies you for months on end.


Early Summer Guides


A Beautiful Duo with Agave 'Blue Flame' and 'Blue Glow'

Simple but stunning, this Mediterranean duo includes two spectacular Agave hybrids. Imagine how gorgeous this duo becomes when backlit by the sun in early morning or late afternoon! 

A Beautiful Fall Border Idea with Dahlias, Verbena and Grasses

Very attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and birds, this interesting planting combination reveals its splendor, season after season.

A Breathtaking Duo

Great for small gardens, borders, containers or in a vase!

A Brightly Colored Path

Awash with color, these terracota slab stones steps are closely adorned with Verbena 'Homestead Purple' (Verbena Canadensis), a vigorous, award-winning perennial that blooms its heart out in a profuse display of rich, bright purple blossoms from late spring

A Californian Retreat

Isn't this spectacular plant combination a real masterpiece with its staggering reddish rosettes of Paddle Plants (Kalanchoe Luciae) providing a strong architectural and exotic presence in this border?

A Casual and Impressionistic Planting Combination

A scenery that reminds of Monet's Poppy Field in Argenteuil, where colorful blobs of paint start from a sprinkling of poppies. This casual and impressionistic planting combination is fairly easy to re-create and requires little maintenance.

A Charming Border Idea with Allium, Nepeta & Grasses

Create stunning, easy care and long-lasting border combinations like this one. Inspired from prairie planting, this modern and natural planting combines the rich, cool purple flower spikes of Catmint 'Six Hills Giant' (Nepeta x faassenii) with the billowing blooms of Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima), providing an attractive contrast and airiness to this border.

A Charming Border Idea with Alliums, Garden Pinks & Wallflowers

Here is a charming plant combination that can be enjoyed for weeks and is fairly easy to replicate at home. It combines the cheerful and sometimes unusual blossoms of Alliums, Garden Pinks, Sage and Wallflowers for a color explosion from late spring to late summer. Add a few Stonecrops (Sedums) to extend the color fireworks into fall!

A Charming Duo

Two breathtaking beauties for a duo that is easy to re-create at home in borders, containers or in a vase!

A Charming Mediterranean Flagstone Pathway

Who wouldn't want to stroll along this beautiful flagstone pathway? Interspersed with a planned wilderness of Mediterranean plants, its palette of long-lasting pastel colors includes low maintenance and water wise evergreen perennials.

A Charming Mediterranean Stone Path

Who wouldn't want to stroll along this beautiful and fragrant pathway where clumps of Tulbaghia violacea spring up between the ornamental grass, Stipa tenuissima?

A Charming Plant Combination for Shady Gardens: Hydrangea, Japanese Maple and Boxwood

Easy on the eyes, this simple and elegant plant combination is a pleasure to live with. Perfect for the shade garden, its refreshing plant palette of green and white plants provides a cooling and pleasing effect. An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy from spring to fall. Most plants are rabbit resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. Enjoy!

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Achillea and Digitalis

Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, this summer border, awash with colors and shapes, is really fascinating. A few perennials were used to create this striking look

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Agastache and Echinacea

A simple and easy plant combination to create for a lovely and unforgettable spectacle! Easy to grow and fairly low care, most plants are attractive to butterflies or hummingbirds!

A Cheerful Summer Border Idea with Dahlias, Helenium and Heliopsis

Try tearing your eyes away! Fairly easy to recreate, this planting includes 3 gaily-colored Dahlias, a caramel and gold Helenium (Sneezeweed) and the profuse sunny, fluffy pompons of False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides).

A Cheerful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Perennials

The beauty and diversity of the plants selected for this informal garden will get you to gaze at them all summer long. Easy to grow, they will bloom in succession for a long-lasting floral show.

A Coastal Cottage garden

Isn't this a very desirable coastal cottage garden? Most impressionist painters would have surely fallen for it!

A Colorful and Low Maintenance Californian Garden

A glorious mix of colors, shapes and textures for a long-lasting impact. Blooming over a long season extending from late spring to fall, bright red and pink Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthus) cheerfully contrast with the evergreen ground-hugging Blue Chalk Stick (Senecio mandraliscae) and the incredibly elegant Agave demestiana 'Variegata'.

A Colorful and Low Maintenance Mediterranean Path

This stunning coastal garden path combines a mix of ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials, mostly drought tolerant, and providing weeks of colors. Created by Gardens by Gabriel, this low maintenance creation is a real delight!

A Colorful Front Walk

Add splashes of color and fragrance to your path!

A Colorful Garden Path

Create beautiful garden paths or walkways with these 3 outstanding mat-forming perennials, all of them with so profuse blooms that they completely obscure their handsome, semi-evergreen foliage!

A Colorful Mediterranean Stone Path

Awash with color, this walkway combines striking Mediterranean plants for a long-lasting floral display. All plants are evergreen and their pretty form and attractive foliage fill the garden year-round. Low maintenance, they are drought, tolerant and deer resistant.

A Colorful Succulent Garden

This tapestry garden weaves together succulents and other drought-tolerant plants for a long-lasting impact. Color and texture highlight this landscape creation, where the focus was laid on foliage, and blooms regarded as a bonus.

A Colorful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Plants

If you are looking for a colorful, low care and drought tolerant summer border idea, you may want to try this combination of hardy perennials and ornamental grasses. Wonderfully bold, it combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect.