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Are you looking for the “BEST” summer flowers?  A few words that should be helpful while shopping for the “BEST” summer flowers; thrives on heat, drought tolerant, perennials, reseeds easily, blooms freely, and flowers that are appropriate for Zones 6-8 (southeast).

The best summer flowers perform well throughout the summer so that you can stagger your flowers and enjoy colorful blooms all throughout the year.  They have good heat resistance so that they can keep their flowers vibrant.  While the best flowers are hardy, you’ll need to remove dead flowers to get the best performance.  North Raleigh Florist has listed below a few of our recommendations:

Summer Performers:

Black-eyed Susans are among the best summer flowers because of their love for sunny weather.  Although considered a wildflower, we often use black-eyed Susans in gardens for their bright color.  Because they efficiently reseed themselves, we treat them like perennials. Black-eyed Susans look much like daisies with flowers with brown or black centers and bright yellow petals.  They are heat tolerant and bloom during the hottest part of summer through autumn.  Texas Department of Horticultural Sciences advises that cut flowers, in water, will last six to ten days.  Black-eyed Susans attract butterflies.

Black-eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans

Coreopsis, or daisy, grows aggressively and is native to North America, so the flower has already adapted to the weather conditions.  It is one of the best summer flowers for beginners because the daisy is very hardy.  Clumps of coreopsis will grow nearly anywhere there is soil and sun.  Heat doesn’t bother it, and coreopsis self-sows prolifically, with new clumps appearing yearly, often in places far away from original plants.  These can be easily transplanted to different spots.  Flowering in late spring and continuing through early fall; coreopsis comes in orange, maroon, red and variegated types.

Coreopsis / Daisy

Coreopsis / Daisy

Salvia Splendens, this flower will not thrive well during mild summers.  Give them moderate water so that they can grow strong root systems.  This flower produces spikes with a red salmon color, and the Van Houttei variety produces maroon flowers mixed with scarlet-orange.

Salvia

Salvia

Daylilies, especially the Stella De Oro, can bloom for a very long period, from late May to the first frost, making them one of the best summer flowers based on their hardiness.  Daylilies can also take a beating during the summer without losing their flowers.

Daylilies

Daylilies

Calibrachoa Hybrids perform reliably during the summer so that you can plan your summer blooms.  Calibrachoa hybrids are like petunias, but hardier, producing small flowers that last a long time, including the entire summer.  If you have unusually hot summers, try planting the Tequila Sunrise, a flower with bright orange and streaks of yellow.

Calibrachoa

Calibrachoa

Mandevilla consists of about 100 species, mostly tropical and subtropical flowering vines.  Mandevilla is native to Central and South America and many Mandevilla comes originally from the Serra dos Orgaos forests in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The genus was named after Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), a British diplomat and gardener.

Mandevillas develop spectacular flowers in warm climates.  The flowers come in a variety of colors, including white, pink, yellow, and red.  As climbers, Mandevillas can be trained against a wall or trellis to provide a leafy green and often flowering picture of beauty.  Mandevilla is often grown as an attraction plant for wildlife.  Known animals and insects that frequent Mandevilla are butterfly, bees, beetles and hummingbirds.

Mandevilla

Mandevilla

Heat-Tolerant Flowers:

Portulaca (moss rose) is among the showiest and easiest of these types to grow.  Both single and double forms produce blooms of many brilliant hues.  Portulaca adapts to poor soil, and reseeds easily.  Portulaca is a succulent (holds water well) and great to put by a mailbox where you may not get out to water as often. 

Portulaca

Portulaca

Lantana thrives and flowers well in hot conditions, even growing in the narrow spaces between concrete and brick sidewalks.  Gazania blooms freely throughout summer, thriving on heat and drought.  It’s very effective in rock gardens.

Lantana

Lantana

Heat-Resistant Flowers That Multiply:

Yarrow is another field flower showing up in home gardens.  Also known as achillea, this plant spreads so prolifically that gardeners may find it a nuisance plant after a couple of years if it’s not contained.  It produces feathery, fern-like leaves and tall stalks with flower heads made up of tiny florets.  Yarrow is usually white or yellow but can also be found in pastel shades of pink and purple, and deep red or maroon.

Yarrow

Yarrow

Coneflower is a true prairie plant and welcomes all weathers and soil conditions.  It self-propagates well but stays more contained than other self-seeding plants.  Also known as Echinacea, this plant flowers in midsummer and continues through fall, sending out tall stalks with flower heads of drooping rosy purple petals surrounding bulbous orange-brown centers.  Coneflower can be found in additional colors of white, orange and maroon.  Dead flower heads attract finches, which favor their seeds. 

Coneflower

Coneflower

Statice, also called sea-lavender, statice has leathery, gray-green clumps of leaves at its base, with branching, almost leafless stems.  Its small, delicate flowers appear at the tops of these arm-like structures and are protected by a papery envelope.  Statice spreads easily and flourishes in hot, dry conditions and many types of soil.  It prefers full sun.  Flowers may be white, pink, purple, blue, lavender or rose.  We use cut statice often at North Raleigh Florist as a cut filler flower in floral arrangements.

Statice

Statice

Heat Tolerant Perennial Flowers:

Russian Sage, a woody plant, grows up to 4 feet tall, with spiky stems covered with blue-lavender flowers.  Foliage consists of tiny gray-green leaves.  It loves heat and needs very little water.  Russian sage blooms from early summer through autumn.  These do best if cut back to about 6 inches when dormant.

Russian Sage

Russian Sage

Verbena, grows about 10 inches tall and flowers may be many colors.  Use them as edging plants or in hanging baskets.  They do not need much care and over watering will damage them.  You will need to pick off dead blooms or they may stop flowering.  If that happens, clipping the top of the stems will promote new flowers. 

Verbena

Verbena

Veronicas, come in many colors and various sizes.  They have few problems and tolerate most climates.  Some varieties grow low and make good edges or borders; others grow in clumps up to 3 feet tall.  They bloom mid-summer through autumn.

Veronica

Veronica

 

Coneflower, described above, is also a heat tolerant perennial flower.

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Happy Father’s Day

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“Happy Father’s Day” means more than a happy day

Within those words lie lots of things we never get to say.

It means we love you first of all,

Then thanks to all you do.

It means you mean a lot to us,

And that we honor you.

But most of all, I guess it means that we are thinking of you…

Your happiness on this, your day, with pleasure and with love.

(Author Unknown)

Father’s Day is a day that brings many families together to celebrate the value and gifts of fathers.  This may be the first Father’s Day for a new dad, or it may be a yearly occasion of togetherness for a grandfather and his children and grandchildren.

Gifts for Dad are always a topic of conversation for families.  What to give Dad?  We have created a short list of a few ideas and suggest that you keep it simple.

          1.  Does Dad love to Barbecue?  Gourmet baskets for the barbecuing Dad; a collection of his favorite sauces and marinades, along with his favorite party snacks.

2.  Is Dad a Sports Lover?  A collection of gifts from his favorite team, such as a hat or sports jersey, or even sporting event tickets.

3.  Does Dad love to build?  Consider tools or gift certificates to local home improvement stores.

4. Does Dad love to garden?  Outdoor plants and blooming plants are always a favorite to the avid gardener.  Masculine-themed arrangements are great for Dad on Father’s Day as well.

Father’s can certainly be hard to shop for, but every dad has some passions that you can build a gift around. Rather than just giving another tie this year, lets commit ourselves to getting Dad something useful or memorable.

North Raleigh Florist can create the perfect collection of gifts to show your Dad you are thinking of him. Even is he is across the miles from you on Father’s Day. Just give us the wish list and we will take care of the delivery and all of your concerns.

Does your business utilize floral services? Have you ever wondered what benefit a florist could provide to you? Flowers speak volumes and they can be a great asset to many aspects of your business.

Business Handshake

Employee Relations
Need a way to say thank you to your employees for all the hard work they’ve put in? Say it with flowers! Many different occasions are fitting for flowers, ranging from celebrations of newborns and birthdays to comforting employees when they lose loved ones, even if the funeral is out of town.  When an employee completes a large project or gains the status of “Employee of the Month or Year,” flowers are a perfect way to thank them, celebrate their accomplishment and brighten up their office with a vase full of color!

Birthday Cake Flowers

Client Relations
Are you having trouble closing that big deal? Did you make a mistake that you need to remedy? Use flowers to help solve your problem. A delivered floral arrangement goes a long way towards building and maintaining relationships with clients. Sending flowers to a wavering customer can help to put them at ease and show you care about them on a personal level, potentially sealing the deal on an important purchase.

 Teleflora's Make a Wish

When you fall short of expectations, this can sometimes diminish the relationship you’ve built over days and years. Many people send flowers to help repair personal relationships, so why not follow the trend to use them to help fix business relationships? Flowers sent with a personal note can easily show the depth and truth behind your apology.

Teleflora's Basket of Light

Events
Is your company missing an important event? You truly can be there in some capacity just by sending a gift with a note that expresses your sentiment in your absence. Sometimes, this can actually be a useful gift for the event itself. A centerpiece for the food table or head table, perhaps? How about a basket of goodies for the attendees of a smaller event? The possibilities are endless.

Teleflora's Zen Artistry

Teleflora's Chocolate Lover's Basket

Forming a partnership with your local florist can help you build positive relationships with employees and clients both, and even help to network when you are unable to attend events. North Raleigh Florist already manages multiple corporate accounts and has many business-centered flower solutions. Give us a call at 919-847-3381 and we’ll be happy to help you craft a plan to strengthen your business with flowers.