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Want to add a burst of color to your yard over the summer? One of the best ways to do so is by choosing the right flowers. By growing plants that thrive during our humid summer months and knowing how to properly care for them, you can get the most from your garden.

Roll up those sleeves and put on those gardening boots – it’s time to get creative.

Wild Bergamot

Wild bergamot, also known as bee balm, is a fragrant native perennial in a mellow lavender hue. Hummingbirds and butterflies find wild bergamot attractive because of its nectar-rich blooms. Plant wild bergamot in sunny spots with well-draining soil, and deadhead regularly to encourage blooming. This plant prefers slightly drier conditions, so don’t overwater.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susans are some of the most colorful and iconic summer flowers in Minnesota. The “black eye” refers to the center of the flower, which is surrounded by bright, cheerful yellow petals. These perennials are low-maintenance and do well in full sun with well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant, but should still be watered regularly. Encourage blooming by deadheading these flowers when needed.

Purple Coneflowers

For a flower that flourishes in Minnesota’s summer climate, try purple coneflower. This popular perennial has a vibrant magenta hue that stands out against crisp green lawns.

Plant them in well-drained soil under full sun to partial shade, and water regularly to establish strong roots. Purple coneflowers attract pollinators, making them a great addition to any garden. Keep in mind that this plant does not do well with other plants, so clear weeds from the soil whenever possible.

Prairie Smoke

Prairie smoke, also known as Old Man’s Whiskers, is a wispy pink perennial that is just as amusing as it is beautiful. Plant this wildflower in well-drained soil under full sun or light shade. Prairie smoke is low-maintenance, but does need regular watering during dry spells to establish healthy growth.

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flowers are just as vibrant and red as the birds they are named after. They attract hummingbirds and butterflies and are sure to turn heads in your neighborhood this summer.

Plant them in moist, acidic soil in partial shade to full sun. Cardinal flowers need consistent moisture, so water regularly. Retain moisture and suppress weeds by mulching around the base.

Butterfly Weed

Add a striking burst of orange to your garden with butterfly weed. Like the name suggests, this is a host plant for monarch butterflies who want to lay their eggs. Plant these native perennials in full sun with well-drained soil, and water regularly so that they grow healthy.

Make Summer Colorful With Minnesota Equipment

It’s time to get creative and make the most of your Minnesota summer. By remembering the specific needs of each plant and using the right tools, your garden will thrive this year.

Minnesota Equipment has the mowers, tractors and property maintenance tools you need to get your garden looking great this summer. Even with the best flowers, a garden only looks as good as the earth that surrounds it. For more gardening tips or help finding the right equipment for your property, contact us today.