Gardening is a relaxing and fun way to get outside, enjoy the sunshine and use your hands to cultivate something all on your own. And after a bit of effort and care, it’s rewarding when you get to look out at your beautiful landscape every day. If you’re searching for plants for your garden this summer, here are some of the best ones that are beautiful and fuss-free.
This vibrant and elegant perennial is one of the more popular selections for landscapers who love a low-maintenance bloom. It produces beautiful hues of purple and white flowers that attract butterflies. Since it’s super resilient to drought and doesn’t require much care to blossom, it is an excellent option for our Ottawa summers. It’s also better for the environment because it doesn’t require as much watering.
One of the easiest plants that can thrive in both the sunshine and shade is the hosta. This is an ideal plant for filling in areas along tree lines or adding some height to the garden. Once they are planted, it doesn’t take long for them to flourish and grow. All they need is a bit of watering each day and you’ll have vibrant shades of green that are minimalistic and beautiful.
There’s nothing cheerier than seeing bursts of yellow pop throughout a landscape during the warm summer days. And Black-Eyed Susans, also known as Rudbeckia, are perfect for this reason. They produce big yellow petals with a dark center that lures in the butterflies too. Bonus – they are disease-resistant and can tolerate drought.
The trumpet-shaped bright red blooms of coral honeysuckle are a show stopper in any garden, and their sweet fragrance is fresh and amazing. The twisting vines will grow high along fence lines in partial shade or full sun. If you prefer to keep the plant smaller, you can prune it back as you like. Aside from regular watering, it doesn’t need much care.
If you want to add a simple but eye-catching plant, you can’t go wrong with fountain grass. This perennial is an ideal accent piece that has fuzzy and feathery-like blooms in a light beige colour with rich green stalks. It’s best suited to drier soil but can easily adapt to varying conditions. These are also great for adding some height to planters.
Native Plants to Consider
Fringed Yellow Loosestrife
Looking for some striking yellow colour to place in your garden? Fringed Yellow Loosestrife is a great addition. This plant blooms in the summertime and prefers damp soil and shade to partial shade. If you have areas of your garden that are near a wetland or pond, these are great spots to place this.
If you’re looking to add some more height to your garden, the Foamflower is a beautiful plant that grows in clumps, reaching 6-12 inches high. It produces lots of white flowers during the spring and has attractive light green foliage that will enhance any space once the blossoms fade. This requires full to part shade, and average soil and moisture.
If you’re looking for a bold and vibrant plant to make your garden pop, consider adding in some Bottle Gentian. The flowers it produces are a spectacular, vibrant blue, and these plants generally spread quite easily. These gentians will bloom around late summer and prefer sun to part shade and damp areas.
Aside from the great name, Prairie Smoke plants are elegant, vibrant and easy to grow. They produce attractive, small, bright pink sepals and cream-coloured petals. They are particularly unique due to the feathery fruit that they produce as well. The best part about these flowers is that they are also easy to grow and do well in dry and average conditions. Therefore, these are a great choice to add throughout your front or back garden, or even along the patio where there’s full sun.
If you’d like to attract more butterflies to your area, then these Pearly Everlasting plants are a great addition to the garden. You can enjoy stunning yellow flowers surrounded by white bracts that produce nectar that butterflies love. These prefer sun to partial shade and average soil conditions. The white flowers also dry well to make stunning bouquets if you want to add some floral charm to your interior.Nothing spruces up your interior or exterior quite like flowers. Add some elegance and character to your home by creating a stunning wildflower garden this year. Are you searching for your forever home in Ottawa with plenty of space for a garden filled with these lovely plants and flowers? Contact our team for all your real estate needs.