10 types of plants that are trending this summer
Updated: Feb 28
Best Summer Annuals For Texas
Begonia – One of the most popular bedding plants grown, Begonias flower from spring until frost. Colors range from white to pink to vivid red. Some varieties have bronze foliage and some green variegated with white. Some varieties are more sun tolerant than others.
Caladium – If strap leafed varieties are used in sunny locations and established before July 1; For shade areas use the Fancy Leaf type. Bright foliage, plant from tubers or transplants. Best heat -tolerant and sun tolerant Strap leafed varieties are White Wing, Pink Gem and Red Frill.
Coleus – An excellent choice for shady locations, although some varieties are sun tolerant. Heights range from one to three feet depending on variety and conditions. Coleus is grown for its colorful foliage; many varieties also have deeply lobed or cut margins. Flower spikes should be removed as they appear.
Copper Plant – Brilliant copper-colored foliage; Louisiana Red is broader-leaf, more intense red of the large-growing copper. Copper Red is an improved
Gaillardia – Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers moist, organically rich soils that drain well but tolerates some dry soils. Performs poorly in unamended heavy clay; so it is recommended that you till in compost & possibly expanded shale for gumbo soils.
Impatiens – Impatiens are one of the most popular bedding plants in America. They provide continuous flowering from spring until fall. Almost all colors except blue are available in varieties ranging in height from six inches to two or three feet. Impatiens generally do best in shade, but many varieties are sun tolerant if given adequate moisture.
Marigolds – French marigolds are smaller, bushier plants with flowers up to two inches across. Flower colors are yellow, orange and mahogany red. Many varieties have bi-colored flowers. Plant height ranges from 6 to 18 inches. These plants bloom from spring until frost and are excellent for bordering flower beds and in containers.
Periwinkle Vinca – It performs best in well-drained soils that receive partial to full sun. Excellent heat and drought tolerance, blooming continuously
Salvia is a garden staple. In addition to the familiar red, numerous other colors including cream, pink and violet purple are available, ranging in height from 10 to 30 inches. Blue Salvia, a perennial, is often used as an annual.
Zinnias – They are one of the easiest annuals to grow, grow quickly, and bloom heavily. They make a massive burst of color in your garden. Zinnias have bright, solitary, daisy-like flower-heads on a single, erect stem. The most common zinnia is “dahlia-flowered” and grows up to three feet. Other types are “cactus-flowered.”