You only get summer for a few months out of the year, so you might as well turn your home and garden into full-on flower mania while you can. These are the absolute best summer blooms you'll want to plant and display around your home—along with a few tips for keeping them as fresh and vibrant for as long as possible.
Once you've picked out your faves, you'll need somewhere to display them—check out these vases to complete the look.
You'll get your money's worth out of these pink blooms—they can last up to three weeks once cut and thrive under sunlight and rich soil. These lesser-known flowers are pretty affordable, too!
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Pro tip: These blooms are seriously delicate, so to extend their vase life, seal the cut end of the stem by quickly singeing it with an open flame.
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Get your vases—and your cameras—ready: Peonies are at their very best in June. They might not bloom the very first spring they're planted though, and you might have to wait a year to see their beautiful pink color.
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To make sure they last as long as possible, cut stems in a bath of warm water, then place in a container of cool water in the refrigerator for up to two hours.
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If you want a plant that summer's heat won't kill, these will be your savior. You can also keep succulents year-round indoors!
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No matter what your favorite color is, there's an orchid for you. Orchids love humid weather and keeping cool at night, but make sure it's out of the way from your air conditioner or fan.
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White football mums can withstand heat the best, but we don't blame you if you opt for one of the more colorful blooms.
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If your hydrangea starts to droop prematurely, remove it from the arrangement, submerge it into cool water for 10 minutes, give it a fresh cut, place it back in your vase, and watch it pop back to life.
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You won't believe the fragrance this hybrid rose has. This flower needs around 5 to 6 hours of sunlight per day, but any more and it may dry out. Keep it in a semi-shaded area for it to thrive.
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These multi-petaled beauties look even better when you give them a hydrating "bath" before arranging. Remove any foliage, then submerge the stems in cool water overnight.
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Before putting them in a vase, place the cut edge of the stem in boiling water for 20 seconds to help contain the nutrient-rich sap within the flower and make them last even longer.
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