Summer Flowering Plants and Trees – Birthday & Gift Ideas

There are many excellent choices of summer flowering plants & trees which put on a magnificent show in June, July and August. Whether for your own garden or giving as a special gift, you can choose specimens which will reliably bloom during the long balmy summer months! Clients often ask us what plants or trees are flowering on a particular date or month as they are thinking of birthday gifts for family or friends. In this post, we will focus on summer flowering plants and trees for the months of June, July and August.

There are many excellent choices of summer flowering plants & trees
Summer garden with summer flowering plants & trees

 

June
What would June be without roses? While there are thousands of roses to choose from you may not yet be familiar with the Climbing Rose Florentina. A stunning new cultivar the Florentina Rose features rich red, fully double blooms which will last up to two weeks, and will continue to bloom throughout the summer for a stunning show. Hardy and disease-resistant, this beauty will delight whether trained up a trellis or wall, or over a free-standing obelisk or arbour.

Another profuse bloomer through the summer months is Hydrangea serrata Blueberry Cheesecake, which features delicate lacecap heads in luscious shades of blue and purple, with tiny inner florets surrounded by larger outer florets. This small shrub grows to a mature size of 1.2 metres, making it a great choice for container planting on a terrace or patio, where its summer-long blooms and bright red autumn foliage will make it a stand-out specimen.

Philadelphus Lemoneii is a beautiful and fragrant garden classic which will give a long season of blooms starting in early June and lasting until July or August. The single, cup-shaped flowers grow in clusters of three to five, with their white petals set off by the distinctive yellow stamens. Very winter-hardy despite its delicate appearance, this shrub will reach 2 metres in height, but will respond well if pruned to a smaller size.

Italian Jasmine Revolutum will brighten your garden with its yellow, fragrant blossoms starting in June and into the summer months. It can be grown as a vine or a free-standing shrub, making it adaptable to a variety of planting schemes. Just make sure that this highly-scented evergreen is placed somewhere where the fragrance of its flowers can be enjoyed. Jasmine Revolutum is a perfect choice for a patio or roof terrace, or near a window where its perfume will waft into the house!

July
Buddleia White Profusion is a striking mid-summer blooming shrub, with large, showy panicles of scented, tiny white flowers atop arching branches. Drought resistant, tolerant of poor soils, and low maintenance, it will reliably provide a long season of blooms which will attract butterflies to the garden- hence its common name, Butterfly Bush.

Stewartia Pseudocamellia is a rare summer-flowering tree, making it a good choice for a specimen planting. It features striking large white flowers up to 8 cm across, with white petals and orange centres, similar in appearance to camellias. The foliage of this small tree turns a brilliant red or orange in autumn, and its flaking bark provides winter interest, making it even more desirable in a small garden where you want every plant to work hard all year.

Summer Flowering Plants – Lavender is adored by bees
Summer Flowering Plants – Lavender is adored by bees

 

Lavender is one of the classic small-sized early summer flowering plants. Whether grown as a specimen plant in a container on a terrace or patio, planted in a mixed border, or in a row serving as a low hedge, this evergreen shrub comes into its glory in July, when the tall spikes of deep purple, fragrant flowers reach to almost a metre in height, proving irresistible to bees and butterflies! Equally well-suited to a formal or informal setting, one or more intensely scented lavender plants are a welcome addition to any garden.

A late-blooming shrub that has much to recommend it is Escallonia Apple Blossom, a low-growing evergreen whose small, glossy green leaves are offset in July and August by small pink flowers resembling apple blossoms. Growing to a maximum height and spread of 1.2 meters, it’s ideal for small gardens, and even for container growing on a terrace or patio.

Summer Flowering Plants
Summer Flowering Plants – Hibiscus Syriacus Duc De Brabant (Rose Mallow)

 

August
Starting in July and taking off into August, Hibiscus Syriacus Duc De Brabant (Rose Mallow) can be depended upon for a stunning show of extravagant blossoms. Its deep pink double blossoms will cover the 3-metre tall bushes from late July into the autumn, adding an exotic air to the late summer garden. This plant is a heat lover, thriving in hot, sunny spots with some shelter, but well worth a little care in return for the luxuriant show of pink blooms.

Clerodendrum Trichotomum Purple Blaze are fascinating late summer flowering plants which will add a distinctly original touch to the August garden. Also known as the Glory Tree or Glory Bower, our specimens are grown as standard trees, making them perfect for growing in beds and borders. In August pink buds open to scented white flowers forming racemes 20 cm across. The flowers are followed by bright blue berries surrounded by cerise star-shaped calyxes, making for a breath-taking show in autumn!

Hydrangea Paniculata Grandiflora comes into its own in late summer, with its large, broad cones of small white flowers atop 3-metre high shrubs. The 20 cm panicles age to a pale pink shade as autumn arrives, and will remain as decorative accents in the garden throughout the winter before being pruned in early spring. These lush blooms of late summer can be enjoyed in a small garden if pruned to fit, which will result in larger blooms, or left to grow to their full size in a larger space.

Heptacodium Miconioides, also known as the Seven Sons Plant, is an interesting August-blooming tree, with small, fragrant white flowers produced at the ends of its branches. The flowers are followed by dark-red sepals and sometimes berries into the autumn. Grown as a spreading shrub or pruned to a standard tree shape, its dark green glossy leaves provide attractive foliage throughout the season.

From roses to hydrangeas to lavender and Rose Mallows, summer has its own beautiful blooming shrubs and trees. Exotic or familiar, these lovely and often fragrant flowers have much to add to the pleasure of the summer garden. Whether choosing new summer flowering plants for your own enjoyment, or as a gift to mark a special event in someone’s life, there are many options open to you from our large selection!

See also Spring Flowering Plants and Trees.

Spring Flowering Plants and Trees – Birthday Gift Ideas

It is always a delight when spring returns brightening our lives with spring flowering plants. As the days lengthen and the temperatures start to warm, many of the most beautiful flowering trees and shrubs spring to life. It is possible through judicious selection to have a blooming specimen at all times in your garden from late winter on.

Spring Flowering Plants - A fully grown mature Magnolia Soulangeana in bloom in Springtime
Spring Flowering Plants – A fully grown mature Magnolia Soulangeana in bloom in Springtime

 

Read more Spring Flowering Plants and Trees – Birthday Gift Ideas

Plants For A Silver Wedding Anniversary

Why Choose Plants For A Silver Wedding Anniversary Gift?
Giving plants as gifts is one of our most popular requests here at Paramount Plants and ‘Silver Weddings’ are up there in the popularity stakes for special occasions where plants, shrubs and trees provide the perfect expression of love and friendship. After all, when people have been married for twenty five years, giving them a living gift that will continually give pleasure, is a fabulous option.
Here we’ve compiled a selected list of some of our favourites with a Silver Wedding theme firmly in mind. Choosing white flowering and silver foliage plants, specimen trees and spectacular flowering shrubs, we have made our selection with something for most budgets. There is always the option of getting a few friends to pool together, to buy a single impressive specimen tree… Read more Plants For A Silver Wedding Anniversary

Mothers Day Plants for Presents 2017

Give your Mum a marvellous surprise this Mother’s Day and a gift for life by choosing a present from our beautiful mature plants range. To help you choose, we have put together a selection of our all-time favourite Mothers Day Plants for Presents.

Mothers Day Plants for Presents - Camellias in Flower
First 2 blooms on an early flowering Camellia emerging in early Spring

 

Camellias and Magnolias:
Most magnificent, stately and elegant Camellias and Magnolias are both just about to produce stunning showy flowers this spring. They also are wonderful shrubs throughout the year. Magnolias are just coming into bloom about now so the timing is ideal for mothers’ day. Camellias with their dazzling blooms (choose from many shades of whites, pinks or reds) and their lush evergreen foliage look attractive all year round. Read more Mothers Day Plants for Presents 2017

Topiary Spirals

There is something very enticing about a pair of topiary spirals standing sentinel by an entrance, marking a pathway in the garden or gracing a roof terrace. The ultimate architectural plants, topiary spirals add a decorative twist to your outside space wherever you may place them.

Contrary to their striking appearance, these living sculptures do not require a lot of maintenance. Here at Paramount Plants, we have many varieties of topiary spirals to choose from, from our own native yew spirals to the much in vogue conifer topiary. Our spirals come in a range of sizes from around 1 metre to over 3 metres tall. Read more Topiary Spirals