Summer Blooms: Plants that love the sunshine
December doesn’t always mean thick layers of clothing in freezing temperatures. Not to us, Australians, anyway. While most countries have been preparing for the cold, snowy month, we here are already about to enter the hottest season of the year—summer. With that said, the weather within the country is warm. Warm enough for beautiful Summer Blooms to thrive! Read on as we tackle various sunshine-loving plants that are perfect for your next gardening project.
No other flower screams “Christmas!” as much as bright red poinsettias. Since it’s a tropical plant, it blooms just in time for the Yuletide season. They make for a great decoration whether you place them indoors or outdoors—just keep in mind that if you do keep them potted indoors, you’ll be positioning them in a sunny spot to keep them from withering. Furthermore, another good thing about going for poinsettias is that they are low maintenance when flowering. Just water them when the soil is dry, and you’re good to go.
- CHRISTMAS BUSH
If you’re from New South Wales, you’re certainly no stranger to the Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum), considering that it’s often used as a centrepiece for Christmas lunches. Similar to poinsettias, its sepals also blossom into a lovely red colour during summertime. It typically grows up to 10 metres and can last up to a whopping three weeks when cut!
Though the mentioned species is native to Australia, it is also exported to Japan and China, whose citizens have also grown fond of the tree’s profusion of bright scarlet flowers.
Coincidentally, frangipani and fragrant both start with fra-, making the flower’s distinctive quality easy to remember. The sweet-scented plant flowers from December to April, thriving in hot, frost-free weathers. It can reach up to 6 metres in height, so aside from beautifully adorning sidewalks and footpaths, it also serves as a natural shade from the sun. Frangipanis come in a lot of colours and varieties, and if you’re having a hard time, we can help you choose and plant the specific type that you would like to go for.
Want to add a pop of colour to your dull summer garden? Dahlias can do just that. Depending on your preference, they’ve got an extensive range of styles and shades to choose from. Whether you prefer lighter shades like yellow or deeper tones like burgundy, dahlias have got you covered. They bloom best under sunny conditions and are relatively easy to maintain, too.
Can’t get enough of this attractive flower? We come bearing good news: dahlias are great for cutting, meaning you can easily cut them to grow more in your garden!
There’s no rose without thorns, but there are several thorns without roses!”
And among those are bougainvilleas! These thorned beauties also share the same love for the sun, approximately needing 5-6 hours of sunlight every day. They can be maintained with minimal effort as they thrive not just in optimal conditions but can also tolerate drought and light frost. Similar to the previously-mentioned flowers, bougainvilleas also offer a lot of colour choices. Another thing is that they look excellent wherever you plant them—in an open space, on a pot, or even on a trellis. With the typical warm to hot Australian weather, you can even expect them to last all year-round. Don’t these summer blooms seem like a great addition to bring life to your yard or garden? Let’s get them planted, then! Reach out to us at 1300 916 767 to schedule an appointment.