If you think that it’s too late to add flowers to your commercial property, think again. Late summer flowers will bring color and life to your landscaping. The best part? You can plant them right now! These beauties will bloom in partial shade or full sunlight and offer a wide variety of colors from blues and pinks, to yellows and reds. Some can even bring butterflies and useful pollinators to your commercial property. Read on to discover Great Estates Landscaping’s Top Five Late Bloomers that you can plant in the summer.
Think fast! Vinca is the proper name for the periwinkle! Popular with Southern moms all over, these charming flowers make an excellent selection if you have little time to tend your landscape. Useful in borders, flowerbeds, rock gardens and containers, the vinca flower is usually abundant with blooms. The round, flat flowers are drought-tolerant and thrive in any soil type as long as it is fast draining and not overly fertile. Periwinkles incas thrive in full sun and require temperatures no colder than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have a hot, baked spot, lantana is your answer. This hardworking plant not only thrives with little moisture and in full, unyielding sun, it does so with ease. Lantana produces an abundance of brightly colored flowers all through summer and it’s a magnet for butterflies. It’s easy to grow and a great choice for containers. Lantana also comes in stunning yellow, orange, red, and pink hues.
Don’t be fooled. Calendula is just a fancy name for marigolds. And, we love marigolds. They have bright, cheerful yellow and orange blooms, they’re super easy to grow, and they thrive in full sunlight! Calendula is a truly multi-purpose flower and can grow in flower beds, hanging baskets, and containers. They’re also a natural mosquito repellant. Plant them around the border of your landscape for a cheerful entryway that will protect you and your employees from biting mosquitoes.
4. Begonia Wax Leaf
The begonia has some incredible features that can add color and texture to your landscape. That’s right. We said texture. The Wax Leaf Begonia’s flowers are usually coral to crimson in color and have waxy, dark green leaves. They love partial shade or a spot that allows filtered sunlight, but they aren’t prissy plants. Begonias can last from spring until late winter, in some areas. The plants usually grow to be 12- 14-inches tall, so we think begonias are best for mass plantings, filling in gaps around your commercial property, or in containers by entryways.
Nothing compares to the bright blue beauty of the lobelia. This flower comes in two varieties: The mounding type, called edging lobelia, is beautiful for planting in rows in the front of beds and borders. The cascading type is stunning, like a sapphire waterfall, spilling from window boxes or pots. Lobelia loves full sunlight, but in the high heat of Georgia, you may want to plant it near some shade. Not only is lobelia deer resistant, but also attracts butterflies.
These 5 flower varieties are our top picks for a colorful commercial landscape this summer. Call our expert team at Great Estates today to get a quote and schedule a time to brighten up your business!
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