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Plant a wonderful summer flower garden this season with tips from Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry

Summer Love

Summer Love

By Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry

When I go out in the blistering heat during the summers, I always wonder how flowers or plants survive in the summer heat. It seems absolutely impossible, almost like a miracle for anything living to survive under the torturous sun, so when I was searching for a ‘beautiful’ garden I found out that the gardens won’t be as colorful and pretty as I wanted them to be for the magazine. That is because there are very few flowers which bloom in summers so people don’t pay that much attention to their gardens. However, on a visit to a nursery I found out that there are many flowers that bloom during summers and you can make a wonderful garden during summers by planting evergreen plants, palms and even cactuses. Here is a list of the flowers and plants you can introduce in your garden to make your summer garden colorful and lovable.

Zinnia

Zinnia

Zinnia



I like these pretty pastel-colored flowers because they can cheer up your garden in the summers. They brave the hot weather and will sit and wait for the temperature to warm up before really starting to grow. They are very drought tolerant so they make the perfect flowers for the hot summers of Pakistan. Butterflies are particularly attracted to Zinnias. So, plant lots of Zinnias if you want many butterflies visiting your garden!!

Cosmos

Cosmos

Cosmos



The word Cosmos is derived from the Greek language, and means a ‘balanced universe’ a cute name for a pretty flower like this one. It has a variety of colors for you to choose from and it survives the heat just as well as Zinnia. Cosmos are herbaceous perennial flowering plants and can grow up to 3-4 feet.

Portulacas

Portulacas

Portulaca



This is one flowering plant that I have seen so much and absolutely love! The gardener at my place used to pronounce it as ‘Faata-laka’ and funnily almost all the gardeners, even those at nurseries pronounce it in  their own way, for example ‘Photolaka’ or ‘paatalaka’ and so on. Its myriad of bright reds, yellows, whites, oranges and every color in between can transform desolate looking garden beds overnight. Portulacas love it in the hot and dry weather which pretty much defines Lahore’s weather in summers. They make a great groundcover for hot, sunny areas. You can plant them in poor, even sandy, soil and they also adapt to average garden conditions. Just give them full sun and any well-drained soil.

Teddy Bear Sunflower

Teddy Bear Sunflower

Teddy Bear Sunflower



As sweet as its name, these flowers are dwarf sunflower plants with multiple yellow-golden double flowers. They need full exposure of sun and bloom from summer to mid-october, so they are a good choice for a summer garden and makes for a colorful garden border.

Day Lily

Day Lily

Day Lily



This is a very sensitive flower and has a life of only one day after which it withers and a new flower blooms the next day in its place. Most daylilies bloom for a single day, beginning in the early morning and lasting until the evening. To make up for this, there are many flower buds on each daylily flower stalk, and many stalks in each clump of plants, so, the flowering period of a clump is usually several weeks long. They are available in all colors except blue and white and can be enjoyed for up to four years after which they stop blooming.

MariGold

MariGold

Marigold



The perfect cheery sunshine for your summer garden are Marigold which come on different colors of which yellow and orange are most common. They are traditionally used on weddings and other ceremonious occasions. The flowers are globe-shaped and large with a lot of leafy foliage. Most of the marigolds have strong, pungent odor and can be planted near your vegetable garden because it is said to confuse harmful insects and keep them from finding host plants.

They blend well with yellow and orange daylilies, extending the color between daylily blooms and they also make nice border plants and mix well in containers.

Other than these flowers you can have a lot of options in indoor plants, palm trees, evergreen plants and creepers like Ivy and Bougainvillea.

This article was originally published in the print edition of Valuemag, issue 13, August 2009.

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

1 Comment

  1. Izhar says:

    The caption of “Portulacas” was given to a “Dahlia”, while caption of “Zinnia” was given to “Coleus” and the caption of “Marigold” was given to “Zinnias”

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