The best flowers to plant in August are species that can survive the freezing winter temperatures and will be first to bloom in spring or will bloom during the entire summer – here is a short list:
– Iris – these beauties must be planted at the end of summer to have the time to develop strong roots before the winter. They are great survivors, able to stand up to harsh winters and they will start blooming among the first heralds of spring the following year;
– Crocuses – planted at the right time at the end of summer, crocuses may start blooming just about a month after being planted;
– Bulbs to be planted in August – tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are also best planted when the summer heat subsides a bit, in late August or during September;
– Summer-flowering plants to be sown in August – it might seem a bit early to prepare your garden for the following summer, but with annuals, such as calendulas, cornflowers, forget-me-nots, pot marigold, flax, bishop’s weed, poppy or baby blue eyes it is just the best thing to do – they will add bright colors to your garden and delight your eyes and your heart for months next year. As with all flowers and shrubs, be sure to give them good food apply an organic liquid fertilizer to flowers a couple of weeks after planting and before the first frost to help them endure the winter months.