If you want to give your home a little extra value, and curb appeal then go for plants that will flower at different times during the summer. Simple Landscaping Around Your Home will give you some tips you can work on.
Having a few evergreen trees around your house front will also give the place a good look year round, but just dont plant them too close to the house, or there root systems can cause you trouble with the foundation or any drains you might have.
Hanging Flower Pots
Flower baskets hanging around the place, or window boxes with flowers always look good, and will only require watering, so are not to difficult to take care of, and even a few flower pots on your porch or steps always gives a good look.
For flowers perennials are a great way to go, as they don’t require replanting each spring, nor do they require to much care.
The Coneflowers grow just about anywhere, and come in a variety of colors, from red, white, yellow, orange or purple flowers.
Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds seem to love this plant, and it will spread from year to year while growing up to 2 or 3 feet tall, and a herbal tea can be made from the dried leaves.
Bee Balm is another good plant to grow around your home, with it red,pink, or purple flowers it makes a good attraction for hummingbirds and bees, and also a herbal tea can be made from it, as well as a variety of medecinal salves.
The Black-Eyed Susan
This is another perennial plant that will look good with it yellow or orange blooms, and is best planted in a large group for a more fuller look.
It can grow up to 30 inches in height, and will withstand the heat and dry periods. growing just about any place you put them.
Another perennial that looks good around the home, and this plant does like the shade but can tolerate some sun also.
Once they are growing well for a few years, you can cut some off with a shovel, and planting some where else, which saves buying more.
They will flower in the later part of summer, and are an attracter for hummingbirds and bees.
Phlox is another perennial that blooms in later summer, and comes in colors of pink, purple, red and white, plus it will spread out over the years where ever it is planted.
It has a beautiful bloom of flowers that attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.
The Bleeding Heart
The Bleeding Heart plant will bloom early to mid summer, and will usually grow 10 to 15 inches tall, with the bees, and hummingbirds enjoying there flowers.
Having planted one in a small barrel planter it just keeps getting bigger each year.
The Astilibe is another perennial, that will give you flowers each year, while requiring very little care, and will spread out in your flower beds.
Its blooms come in pink, red, or white, and can be from 2 to 3 feet high, and this plant is not to fussy as to where you plant it.
The Iris is another plant that requires very little care, growing just about anywhere you put it, but it does prefer a moist place.
The flowers on this plant arrive in too early summer in a variety of colors from white, blue, yellow, and many bicolors.
Daffodils will be one of your earliest flowers to bloom, showing there colors in early or mid spring, and once planted will return each year.
There flowers come in yellow, orange, white, red, and a peach color, and look real good if planted in groups.
These are just a few of the perennials you can grow around your home, and that require very little maintenance as they will return each spring from there root systems that lay dormant during those cold winter months.
The annuals are a one season plant, so if your thinking about why to bother to plant annuals, well annuals will produce the most flowers for the longest time period. They need to produce a lot of seeds for there shorter life spans, and so more flowers are produced on the annuals.
Personally I usually buy a few hanging pots of annuals each year even if they do require more care.
Petunias grow very easy, and come in just about any color you can think of, but do require attention in order for them to have a continual bloom all summer.
Zinnias are another summer flower that requires lots of sunshine for there blooming, and also come in a variety of colors, along with dalias they make a great display in your flower beds.
Marigolds are also another summer flower, you can plant in your flower barrels or in the garden to keep away any pest that are making a meal of your vegetables.
Geraniums are an easy to grow plant that will last the summer outside, and you can bring them into the house for the winter, and they will keep blooming.
If they get to large the plant can be cut back, as they seem to be very hardy, and I have found a piece of the plant broken off, so just poked it into some soil, and in a couple of weeks it had rooted and was forming new leaves.
One other Geranium to have around the house is the Lemon Geranium, at it will hep to keep the mosquitoes away, so can usually be planted near the doors of your home, along with a few Lavender plants that mosquitoes do not have a liking for.
Pansies are also a flower that look good in your flower beds, or pots, and will like the full sun as they flower for most of the summer.
The Morning Glory
This is another summer blooming plant, and if planted early in the spring after frost they should bloom by mid or late summer.
They come in a variety of colors, and are popular with the hummingbirds and butterflies.Exposing them to the full sun will give the longest bloom time, and they prefer a soil that is not to rich in organic matter, and are able to grow just about anywhere.
If your choosing to plant evergreens around the front of your house, then its best to pick a variety that can be pruned and managed, growing to 5 to 10 feet in height.
Blue Weeping Colorado Spruce
An example is the Blue Weeping Colorado Spruce, that will only reach a height of 10 feet, loves the sunshine, and can survive at temperatures to -50F.
North Star Dwarf White Spruce
The North Star Dwarf White Spruce will grow in the shape of a pyramid, with the wider branches at the bottom.
It will reach a height of between 5 to 10 feet , and about 4 feet wide, preferring a sunny spot with almost no pruning involved to maintain it, so is very easy to grow.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Another tree s the Dwarf Alberta Spruce, which can reach a height of around 10 feet, and will withstand the colder climates.
Dwarf Japanese Black Pine
If your looking for something a little shorter then try out the Dwarf Japanese Black Pine. This evergreen only grows to about 4 feet in height, and 2 feet wide, and looks great in small gardens.
There are many more evergreens that stay small, and give a great look to the front of your home.
So in concluding evergreens or flowers will give a better look to your home even if some maintaining is required, and if ever deciding to sell the place, they will give you greater value.
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