Plants to Grow in Summer

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Tomatoes are popular for summer growing.
Tomatoes are popular for summer growing. (Image: tomato #2 image by Adam Borkowski from Fotolia.com)

For many garden enthusiasts, summer time is the best time of year. Plants that can be grown in the summer vary widely, from vegetables to herbs to flowers. Decide which plants will work best in your garden based on the climate, soil type and amount of sun the area receives each day.

Razzle Dazzle

The razzle dazzle is a small variety of crepe myrtle that blooms in the summer. It grows about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, and you can can plant it singly or in a group for a big splash of color. These shrubs flower in shades of red, pink or white. Plant razzle dazzle crepe myrtles where they will receive full or partial sun and in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Once they are full grown, these shrubs don't need much watering and are drought resistant.

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas have long been a summer garden favorite. Their large, colorful flower clusters can brighten any shrub. Many hydrangeas are white, but they also can be pink, purple, blue or red. These flowering shrubs are easy to grow in well-drained soil with lots of organic matter. Hydrangeas grow best in a partially shaded area and won't thrive in hot, exposed spots. They need plenty of water, so water them thoroughly at least once a week or more, depending on rainfall.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are an easy-to-grow summer plant. If properly cared for, they will produce cucumbers all summer long. Plant your cucumbers in rich, fertile soil and where they will receive full sun. They need to be watered at least an inch each week, so water them more or less depending on rainfall. Bush varieties of cucumbers will produce well, but vines are more prolific.

Tomatoes

You can choose from many varieties of tomatoes. Plant them where they receive six to eight hours of full sun. They thrive in most types of soil. Plant your tomato plants deep in the soil. About two-thirds of the stem should be planted so that the plant has strong roots and produces maximal fruits.

Basil

Basil is easily grown in a summer garden. Plant it in a container or in the ground using moist, well-drained soil. It needs full sun and will produce fragrant, sweet-tasting leaves. You can harvest leaves about six weeks after the plant is planted.

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