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6 Summer Flowers That Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

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Hydrangea | Adobe Stock, Photo by MIMOHE

Looking to revitalize your Hudson Valley garden? A gardening expert shares his picks for summer flowers to make your yard cheery and bright.

Which local plants can survive the hot and humid weather of Hudson Valley summers? Matthew Sabellico of Sabellico Greenhouse & Florist in Hopewell Junction shares his favorite flowers for the warmer months.

Hydrangea

“These come in so many shapes and growing habits, from small 2’x2’ to huge 12’x12’. Many are now bred to bloom all season, from your traditional blue to reds, pinks, and white. They are a great cutting plant for arrangements or vases.”

Nasturtium

“This is a really unique plant and flower. They are especially great for border planting and come with beautiful, delicate round foliage with flowers that float above the leaves. Bonus, the flowers are edible with a nice sweet taste, and the leaves have a peppery taste like arugula, which make them a great addition to salads and gardens.”

Zinnias for Summer Flowers

Zinnias | Adobe Stock, Photo by kasiap

Zinnias

“Zinnias come in many sizes. The petites are great for borders or container gardens; giants are perfect for cutting all summer. They are the perfect flowers for vase, jar, or arrangement. Zinnias also attract pollinators, and are the quintessential summer flower.”

Sunpatiens

“These are easy to grow, low maintenance, disease resistant, and have a showy color all season — blooming from spring until hard frost in fall. The sunpatiens work in sun or shade, and love heat and humidity.”

Asclepias (Butterfly Weed, Milkweed)

“Showy, rugged, sun-loving, good cut flower, and it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. This plant is essential to health and longevity during the monarch butterflies’ journey during the season. Planting this will help provide food to the monarchs as they migrate around North America.”

Nepeta (Catmint)

“This perennial features a silvery, scented foliage that brings a nice aroma to your planting area, and abundant trumpet-shaped flowers on arching spikes. It flowers for long periods during summer. Once blooms slow down, cut back and wait for more beautiful purple-blue summer flowers.”

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