Summer Is In Full Bloom
Summer will be here before you know it (you may be feeling it already) and this means long, hot days and bright, cheery flower gardens. You may think you should have already done this during our spring months BUT no need to worry, there are still flowers you can plant that will withstand the heat and thrive during this time of year. Read on for my favorite list of the best flowers to plant during the summer and how to keep them going all season long.
Michigan often has a cool spring, with June being the real start of the gardening season. Here is what to do in your garden in June:
• Add tender annual wildflowers and bulbs to the garden once the danger of frost has passed.
• Give your houseplants a much-needed dose of sunlight and bring them outdoors for the summer.
• Prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs as they finish blooming.
• Weed and add mulch to garden beds as needed.
• Deadhead any spent spring-flowering bulbs like Daffodils and Tulips, leaving most of the foliage in tact until they die back
Top Flower Picks
It’s hard to find a flower that’s more cheerful than the classic Marigold. Available in bright, warm yellows and oranges, Marigolds are a must for your summer garden. These flowers require lots of sunshine and very little maintenance. Second on the list is the Lantana. These low-maintenance flowers come in a wide array of colors, including red, yellow, orange, pink, and purple. They’ll bloom all season long and are extremely drought tolerant, making them the ideal summer flower to really make your garden pop. My personal favorite is the Black-Eyed Susan.These flowers are usually bright yellow with brown, fuzzy centers. They are especially fragrant and attract butterflies and birds, including hummingbirds. Growing up to 3.5 feet tall and being drought-tolerant, these are the perfect summer flower to plant in any garden.
Home Inspector Words of Wisdom
We can get caught up in beautifying our outdoor space, but there are some things we can’t forget when it comes to the exterior of our homes. In a nutshell, no vegetation should be allowed to touch the exterior cladding or foundation or to obstruct a window view. Ideally, a minimum of twelve inches of clearance should be maintained between shrubs and exterior cladding and windows to prevent moisture from being trapped against the building structure, which may promote rot on and beneath vulnerable exterior components.
The more you know.