Looking for ways to add color to the flower garden while it transitions from spring to summer? Plant these annuals and perennials.

During the spring to summer transition, the purple, pink and blue hues that were once dominant in the borders are changing to a silvery gray.

While those spring flowers fade, orange, yellow and red blooms arrive to welcome the heat of summer.

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Plant These Flowers for Spring to Summer Transition in the Garden

As gardens change from season to season, perennial start to fade while the next set of seasonal blooms take over.

In addition to planting summer annuals like marigolds, nasturtiums and geraniums, be sure to include some of the spring to summer transitional blooming flowers.

  • Butterfly Weed
  • Moonbeam Coreopsis
  • Daylillies
  • Echinacea
  • Black-Eyed Susans
  • Tall Phlox
  • Bee Balm

Garden Tour 2019

(During the 2019 growing season, I diaried and photographed my gardens on a weekly basis to share how it grew and changed all season long. This post is part of that weekly garden tour. And it’s amazing to see how much they’ve changed since then. To see what the look like now, CLICK HERE.)

With the start of summer and the increase in heat and humidity, I do much less work in the beds.

In fact, I pretty much focus only on watering, weeding, deadheading/cutting back plants and harvesting fruits and vegetables.

It’s just to hot to do anything else and I’m not a fan of sweltering in the heat.

Instead of working in the beds, I prefer to sit back and enjoy the work that I put in all spring.

Let’s see how the gardens are making the transition from spring to summer.

Front Yard Flower Garden Tour

After a week of rain, the front border is full of green growth from summer perennials.

Echinacea, Butterfly Weed and Moonbeam Coreopsis are just starting to bloom and the fading Catmint flowers are covered with pollinating bees.

Nothing to fear by the bees though.

They are not interested in us – just the blooms.

Perennial Garden
The front border is looking much less vibrant now as the spring blooms fade and summer perennials prepare to take over the show.
Perennial Garden
Moonbeam Coreopsis is just getting started!
Moonbeam Coreopsis
Moonbeam Coreopsis
Asiatic Lillies
Asiatic Lillies
Cleome is a beautiful tall annual that has a high deer-resistance rating and self sows yearly.
close up of catmint (nepeta) flowers
Close-up of one of the bees enjoying the Catmint.
Butterfly Weed
This beautiful Butterfly Weed is on the verge of bloom!
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Mailbox Flower Garden

The mailbox garden is full grown and the perennials are just starting to bloom.

My Jackmanii Clematis is growing better up the mailbox and blooming nicely.

But the latest addition to the mailbox garden is my daughter’s 8th grade graduation balloons.

I can’t believe she’s going to high school. Sigh.

high school graduation balloons in mailbox garden
Jackmanii Clematis is climbing up the mailbox so much better than a week ago.
Jackmanii Clematis
Jackmanii Clematis

Well Garden

This flower garden is going to be a sea of orange in a matter of days.

The Butterfly Weed is starting to bloom and the orange Daylillies are about ready to go.

I lost a few of the Daylilly flower heads to deer damage so I sprayed them with Deer Out before the rain hit.

Now, I can’t even tell they browsed.

Side Note: It is so important to walk the gardens daily, if possible, to see what’s happening. You’ll notice plant damage or disease so much quicker and can address the issues early.

flower garden in summer zone 6a
The Butterfly Weed is just starting to bloom and the orange Daylillies are not far behind. The Smoketree will be a nice contrast with the orange hues of these summer blooms.
butterfly weed close up
This Butterfly Weed will attract lots of butterflies in no time!
Daylillies before they bloom with purple smoke tree
The Daylillies are almost ready to bloom. I love the foliage on that Smoketree.
radio flyer tricycle in the garden
I thought the Moonbeam Coreopsis would be in full bloom by now, but I guess the week of rain set it back a few days.
Perennial Gardens
View of the well garden from the Crabapple Tree. I have to spray these Hostas with Deer Out or the deer will decimate them.

Backyard Gardens Tour

I really need to weed the backyard gardens and tidy up the borders.

It has been raining all week long and I have not had a chance to get out here.

This weekend – it’s on the list!!!

With every day, these are looking more and more like Blueberries!
raspberries before they ripen
The Raspberries are making progress as well. They will ripen shortly after the Blueberries.
I love the look of the large Horseradish foliage. They can be invasive, but I pull them where I don’t want them.
The Snowball Viburnum in the back border is in full bloom and smells wonderful.
plume poppies
These Plume Poppies are close to 10 feet tall now.
joe pye weed
Ornamental Grass, Joe Pye Weed and Burning Bush will make a stunning statement when the border transitions from summer to fall.
monarda before it blooms
Bee Balm is almost ready to bloom in the back border. This summer perennial is a hummingbird magnet!
hosta plant close up
Variegated Hostas and Willow.
hosta plant close up
I love how the sunlight hits the leaves of these Hostas after it rained for the last week. They look joyful for sunshine.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this week’s garden tour and appreciate you joining me.

If you missed a few tours or want to see how the garden has progressed, you can see them here:

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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

Stacy Ling

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  1. Beautiful! Does the Deer Out work well? The deer don’t touch plants near the foundation, but my rhododendrons and side yard hostas don’t stand a chance! Also, how do you keep the Plume Poppy contained (if you do)?!

    1. Hi Guerrina! Thank you! It works very well for me! It does not smell as bad to apply or clog like other repellents. If deer are really bad, I spray more often than recommended on the directions. I am currently having an issue this year and apply like every 4 weeks. I don’t contain the plume poppies but they do need a large area because they self sow! I have mine in the back of the backyard border – they’ve been there about 8 years maybe and take up about a 10×10 area. You can very easily pull what you don’t want…I’m so glad you stopped by and appreciate hearing from you! So nice to meet you! – Stacy