Grow Summer Flowers for Your Front Yard
If you want to brighten up your front yard, try some summer flowers. There are wide different varieties to choose from. Canna lily, Geranium, Flowering tobacco, and Japanese Pieris are just a few. You can also try some warm weather annuals.
If you’d like to add a beautiful flowering plant to your front yard, you may want to consider adding a canna lily. This plant is a good choice for moist soils. However, it does not do well in soil that is too dry. This is because the plant roots need a certain amount of water daily to grow well. Ideally, you should water your canna lilies once a day.
However, you should be aware of pests that attack your canna lilies. Slugs and snails can cause damage to your plants. While the insects are unlikely to kill the plants, you can use insecticidal soap to control them. Another pest to be aware of is botrytis blight, a fungus disease that attacks canna lilies. This disease is common in areas with a lot of rain.
Geraniums thrive in cool climates with temperatures ranging from 10degF to 60degF (10degC). They are hardy to temperatures as low as 32degF (0degC). When the weather turns cold, they can be brought indoors. If you don’t have a greenhouse, you can buy geraniums in pots and grow them indoors in lightweight potting soil. In the spring, you can dig them up and transplant them outside.
Geraniums are low-maintenance, hardy plants with a wide range of colors and textures. Some varieties have even been recognized as “Award of Garden Merit” plants by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Japanese Pieris is a slow-growing, showy shrub for your front yard that produces various showy spring flowers. Its drooping racemes of beautiful blossoms are four or five-petalled and grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. The plant also goes by the name of Japanese andromeda. It can reach a height of nine to thirteen feet, although it typically grows to only eight feet.
Japanese Pieris is easy to grow and requires minimal maintenance. Its leaves are dark green, and flower clusters are white and drooping. It is also a very pollinator-friendly plant. It thrives in partial shade but can tolerate deep shade. It is deer-resistant, so it’s an ideal choice for a front yard or garden. Its natural growth habit is attractive and doesn’t require much pruning once it’s established.
To grow flowering tobacco in your front yard, start seeds in a one-quart pot. Start them at least five to six weeks before your average last frost date. Once they’ve started to grow, transplant them to a one-gallon pot. They can self-seed the following year.
Flowering tobacco plants need warm weather and moist soil to thrive. Planting them in too cold or wet soil will encourage root rot and other diseases. It’s best to start flowering tobacco seeds indoors eight to ten weeks before the last spring frost date. Once seedlings have grown a few days, move them outdoors after the danger of frost is gone.
To propagate Day Lilies, you can purchase seeds or harvest plants from your garden. However, you should note that most daylilies are hybrids and will not produce the parent plant. Seeds should be collected when the seed pods are brown and ready to burst. Store the seeds in a dark, cool place in a paper envelope.
Daylilies look best planted in groups of the same color or contrasting hues. They will also do best in areas with full sun, though the spotted shade is acceptable if they are planted close to trees and other plants. Daylilies can also be used as cut flowers.
Cosmos are a great choice for your summer flowering bed. These flowers can grow up to six feet tall and come in a variety of colors. You’ll find that they will blend in well with your other front yard plants and will make the most of your small space. These plants are also great for mixed borders and patios.
When planting Cosmos, remember that they prefer less fertile soil, with a pH between six and eight. They also require well-drained soil, so keep that in mind. They will also need a spot that receives direct sunlight.