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While some gardeners enjoy spending time with and caring for their plants every day, others are more likely to look for a hands-off approach. It’s one thing to take some time out in spring or early summer to plant flowers, for example, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll have an even carpet of brightly colored buds all summer.

However, there are a few types of flowers that will bloom throughout or most of the summer season, which will make your job a little easier. Here are a few examples of these strains, courtesy of Jeanne Huber at ThisOldHouse.com.

Stella de Oro daylily (Hermerocallis)

requirement: Full sun to light shade and normal water. Grows as a perennial in Zones 3-9.

From Huber::

Robust and undisturbed daylilies produce showy flowers over a mound of sword-shaped leaves. Whether in the garden or in a vase, each flower only lasts for one day; they are daylilies, after all. But each stem contains numerous buds that open on consecutive days. The low-growing Stella de Oro produces new stems with an abundance of golden yellow flowers for up to five months, much longer than most daylilies.

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Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)

requirement: Full sun to partial shade and moderate water. Grows annually in each zone.

From Huber:

These clover-like flower heads are hard to beat for year-round enjoyment. The paper-like flowers last a long time in the garden and in fresh bouquets, and the flowers are easy to dry for use in winter. Depending on the variety, the flowers are white, red, pink, lavender or lavender. “Strawberry Fields” with bright red flowers and “All Around Purple” are two outstanding features.

Purple Wave Petunia (Petunia F1 ‘Wave Purple’)

requirement: Full sun and normal water. Grows annually in all zones.

From Huber::

Prior to 1995, when this hybrid was named the winner of the All-America Selection, gardeners viewed petunias as upright plants. Purple wave petunias (and later wave introductions in pink and lilac) are more like grapevines – great for growing in hanging pots, along retaining walls, or even as a ground cover.

Perennial hibiscus (H. moscheutos)

requirement: Full sun and regular to abundant water. Grows as a perennial in zones 5-10.

From Huber:

Also known as the rose mallow and swamp hibiscus, this garden was grown from wildflowers native to the east and south. Giant red, pink, or white flowers can be up to a foot wide on stems that are anywhere from 2 to 8 feet tall, depending on the variety. The flowers bloom from late spring to frost. The stems die on the ground every winter.

Abundance of Zinnias (Z. hybrida)

requirement: Full sun and normal water. Grows annually in all zones.

From Huber::

Grow zinnias if you want to be able to cut a ton of flowers for bouquets and still have a bright ribbon of color next to a path or meadow. All zinnias thrive in hot weather, but Profusion’s zinnias bloom well into fall in any weather.

Profusion White, Orange, and Cherry, which have daisy-like blooms, have each won several garden awards. If you want fluffy pompoms, look for double profusion varieties in cherry, gold, white, and “fire,” an orange-red.

So there you have it: flowers that bloom the most bang for your buck in summer.