Summer flowers or summer-flowering plants signal a golden season of bright sunny weather and warm climate. But for homesteaders, planting flowers with both rhyme and reason is a priority. In short, you want to plant summer flowers with benefits. Whether you want annual flowers that bloom all summer or continuous blooming perennials, they’re right here. Check out this list for the best summer flowers perfect for your home and garden!
Summer Flowers For Lively Gardens And Homes
1. Gloriosa Daisy
Gloriosa daisy or black-eyed Susan features bright orange petals with a black center. It grows up to 3.5 ft tall, outlasting the season. They should be perfect as a backdrop for low-lying bedding plants in your front yard. Gloriosa daisy attracts beneficial insects and even hummingbirds, great for your vegetable garden.
Coreopsis means to be cheerful. Exactly the feeling evoked by these lovely blooms swaying in the summer breeze. Gardeners who want to attract butterflies to their garden can depend on coreopsis to do a good job at it. These summer flowers are common in North, Central, and South America. They’re wildflowers so you know they’re tolerant of different soil and dry weather.
Dahlias host a variety of different shapes and colors. But its distinct look is a ball-shaped flower head with clustered petals. Different types grow to different heights and sizes and even have different needs. Plant these flowers from seeds in front of taller varieties. Or, behind bedding plants for a cottage flower garden-inspired landscape!
A homesteader with companion planting in his bag of tricks has marigold on the top of his list. These are the reasons: First, they are easy to grow and care for. Next, they attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies. Then, they drive out harmful insects. This is why you will see marigolds lining the borders of vegetable plots. Don’t think marigold only makes veggie plots look nice. They are beautiful summer flowers with a special purpose.
You can say yarrow is one of the few flowers in the homesteader’s ultimate list. It is a drought-tolerant plant planted to prevent soil erosion. It can tolerate all kinds of soil and elevation and thrives in different kinds of weather. Yarrow is also a companion plant, attracting beneficial insects and repelling harmful ones. Best of all, yarrow is a known medicinal plant used in natural healing.
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Penstemon or beardtongue prefer to grow en masse, but not overcrowded in the same bed. Its interesting flower form makes it a favorite in summer garden landscaping. What it’s best at is attracting birds and butterflies. But it was once used by Native Americans as medicine for both man and animals. Spare a space in your garden for these lovely curiously-shaped summer flowers.
7. Pineapple Lily
Pineapple lilies or Eucomis is another summer-flowering plant with a unique pineapple shape. It is a native of South Africa, growing in inferior soil and conditions. You can plant pineapple lilies in pots to add to your collection of uncommon plants for show. They’re very low-maintenance, a perfect choice for a busy homesteader.
Oxalis is a common flowering plant growing all over the world. It boasts a variety of species with different flower and leaf forms. Though they grow and spread fast in the wild, they’re grown both as ornamental plants and for food. A wood sorrel is a type of oxalis with fleshy and juicy tubers consumed as food in certain areas around the world.
9. Gloriosa Lily
Gloriosa lily is a climbing or hanging flower variety with lovely blooms. They are great for vertical gardening in limited garden space. But they can spread fast when unchecked. Take care when growing this plant around animals and children. While it’s an amazing summer-flowering plant, it is poisonous when consumed.
10. Surprise Lily
When you think these plants died down after a season, they come popping out of the ground. Then they bring with them vibrant blooms. Such is the lovely surprise lily! They are also known as resurrection lilies and magic lilies. They grow with little to no care at all, perfect for summer flower gardening.
Gaillardia aristata or blanket flowers are from the sunflower or aster family. They’re called so because they can cover whole fields of fiery red and orange during the summer. It is an iconic summer-flowering plant indeed. Cover a few spots in your garden with these summer flowers. They will attract a modest swarm of butterflies and bees.
Peony is an important garden mainstay both for its beauty and fragrance. Many homesteads are never without these lovely blooms. They are either herbaceous or can grow as tall as a tree. Depending on your garden landscape, you can either plant peonies in pots or borders.
Daffodils are spring flowers. But they can also bloom way into the summer season. It also hosts a variety of lovely forms and colors. Some varieties are even fragrant. Grow daffodils in your garden once and they will come back every year for a flower show!
Daylilies aren’t lilies at all. The name come from the amazing way the flowers grow. While daylilies are perennial plants, its flower will only bloom for 24 hours. But they are lovely and famous among breeders. They also attract birds and butterflies, which is great for your garden.
Zinnia is a drought-tolerant plant grown for its vibrant display of colors. They come from the aster family known for great cut flowers. They add cheer to an otherwise dull landscape and they’re easy to grow. If you want a low-maintenance addition to your flower garden, include Zinnia.
Plumeria is a versatile flowering plant which can last seasons and generations. You wouldn’t think so with its soft branches but some trees can last for years. Like hibiscus, plumeria is a native of the tropics. It can also tolerate some of the driest landscapes.
Some of the most beautiful homesteads of the Meditteranean features bougainvilleas. They hang from the doorway or the windows like a lovely veil. The showy blossoms of pink, purple, and red are iconic of the bright and sunny summer season. Plant bougainvilleas in trellis and arbor or along a concrete wall for support.
Plant lavender next to your home entrance. Then, revel in the calming aroma emitted from these lovely purple flowers come summer. This herbaceous perennial with blue flowers is an important plant for homesteaders. It is a flowering herb with many uses and benefits. It’s a natural fragrance source for homemade soap and cleaning solutions. With lavender, you can never go wrong.
Sunflowers rank as one of the most important to homesteaders. It is also one of the most beautiful and iconic. You can say it is summer indeed with the tall sunflowers swaying in the summer breeze. Every homesteader knows the value of sunflower seeds as a food source both for man and livestock.
- For a summer flowering-plant, the periwinkle is an amazing contender. It tolerates almost all soil types, grows easily, yet blooms lovely flowers all summer long. Deadheading and trimming will only encourage more blooms. It can grow fast from cuttings and spreads when untrimmed. If you want a cottage-inspired flower garden, include periwinkle in your flower choice.
21. Shasta Daisy
These summer flowers are named after Mount Shasta for its snow-white petals. These daisy-like flowers are a gardener’s favorite. Shasta daisy will bloom all summer long. It is one of the loveliest seasonal flowers. They’re great for white floral arrangements and as wedding flowers. Shasta is also identified by its distinct smell some people find unpleasant.
22. Shrub Roses
Shrub roses are elegant and low maintenance, making them a summer favorite. They can withstand dryness but prefer moist weather. Remember to take great care when planting shrub roses, they do have thorns. They make great flower corsages or boutonnieres.
Few flowers have a blue color in the aster family. Aster, which means “star” in Latin, is a fitting star in your garden. Asters bloom in bright colors and attract butterflies. They are low maintenance, making them the perfect summer wildflower.
Grow hibiscus in your garden if you love the tropics. Hibiscus is a true blue summer-flowering plant. It’s well known for their presence in the tropics. Hibiscus host a collection of different flower colors and forms. Color ranges from red, yellow, purple, orange, white, peach, and pink. They are either in single or double petal flower form.
25. Scarlet Sage
Scarlet sage will add a beautiful pop of red to any seasonal garden. Salvia coccinea, also known as blood sage or scarlet sage, is a known wildflower. Its habitat allowed it to survive in harsh conditions so it’s an effective summer flower. Watering will bring out its bright colors, attracting birds and the bees.
Meadows all over the South are strewn with these lovely swaying flowers. They explode with colors from pink, fuschia to light and bright yellow. They’re important flowers for attracting bees and butterflies.
Cornflowers are in essence, the star of a summer flower garden. These star-shaped spring flowers display a rare indigo color which blooms all through summer. They are also one of the most beautiful blue flowers. They are edible and are even used for culinary displays.
28. Wishbone Flower
Wishbone flowers are low-lying flowering plants with dainty cup-like blooms. Colors range from yellow, pink, purple, and blue with yellow markings on the inside. Torenias are annuals perfect for filling spaces in flower beds especially the front. Keep the flower bed moist and not wet to keep the blooms fresh.
Gerbera is another herbaceous perennial with daisy-like flowers. Red gerberas are some of the most popular for their straight stem. They make a great flower arrangement for a bouquet or any occasion. They are summer plants and they grow best in well-drained soil.
These flowers feature stunning flowers looking like lilies. They boast a lovely color collection. But the orange alstroemeria is the most sought-after. They’re popular flower arrangements for Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day, or as wedding bouquet.
Hydrangeas are herbaceous perennials great for shady areas in your summer garden. They are also long-blooming perennials with blue flowers. But the flower colors can change depending on the acidy of the soil.
You can better appreciate celosia when planted en masse. The striking colors of red and yellow are a popular park landscape feature in the tropics. Its unusual flower form makes it stand out in a flower garden. The cockscomb flower belongs to this flower family.
Another curious-looking summer flower is the cleome. It has a wispy flower form compared to spiders. But its whole form is nothing like a spider. It has lovely color shades of light to deep pink.
Plant purslane from a few small cuttings in your garden. You’ll find them growing and spreading on the ground even with little care. You won’t regret growing these low-growing flowers. They have a wonderful flower display standing up to the heat of a summer sun.
This summer make sure you have petunias in your garden. For your Fourth of July decoration, red, blue, and white petunias will come handy. You can either grow them in hanging pots or pots sitting in the window.
Take a quick peek at the summer’s best flowers. See it in this video from WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore:
There you have it practical yet beauty-loving homesteaders! A list of summer flowers for you to choose from. Whether you want summer garden flowers for display, for home use, or for cut flowers indoors, these flowers deserve a spot in your garden. Plan your summer garden and spare the perfect spot for many of these gorgeous flowers on this list.
Which summer flowers are you planting this year? We love to know all about them in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2017 but has been updated for quality and relevancy!
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NYC Adds Nearly 4,000 People Who Never Tested Positive To Coronavirus Death Tolls
New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.
The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.
The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.
“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”
How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar
The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!
This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.
So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?
Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know
Why Make Sauerkraut?
Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.
So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.
- 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- mason jar
- smaller jar
- rubber band
Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients
Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.
You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.
Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.
Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips
Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.
Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt
Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.
TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.
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Step 4: Massage the Cabbage
Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.
TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.
Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar
Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.
IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.
Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar
You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.
Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.
Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band
Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.
Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily
Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.
Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures
After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.
NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.
You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.
Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut
- Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
- Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
- Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
- If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.
Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!
So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.
What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!
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9 SPRING VEGETABLES FOR YOUR GARDEN
Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!
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Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!
Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.
Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.
Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?
Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.
Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.
If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.
Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!
Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.
Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.
Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.
There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.
They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.
A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.
Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.
Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.
Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.
Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!
Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.
All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!
So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!
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