Plants & Pets
The summer season in India is very extreme due to extremely high temperatures. In April this year, temperatures have soared to 42 degree Celsius in many places. Hence, growing flowering plants that can tolerate such extreme temperature is not easy. Yet we do have hardy shrubs, vines, trees and climbers that can keep your lawn lush and cool even in summers. Period from March to April is a good time for planting or sowing them.
Marigold: Marigold is one of the most often spotted flowers across the county. It is also popularly known for its application in religious and medicinal practices. Marigold is a natural bug repellent and it is also grown in vegetable gardens to attract bees and other pollinators cause of the aroma. Marigold is a perennial as well as an annual plant so it can be grown almost throughout the season. Marigold is a low maintenance plant and can be literally grown anywhere even with partial sunlight. But, with full sunlight and proper soil the flowers blossoms to the fullest. The fragrance from this flower is proven to uplift air quality and combats daily stress levels for humans.
Rose: The flower species which requires no introduction. Rose is a flower of love, compassion, and gratitude. No matter how big or small a garden is, it is always incomplete without the blissful soothing fragrance of roses. Rose flowers generally occur in three vibrant colors: Red, Yellow and white and they do bring the entire garden to life. Roses are high maintenance plants and require uttermost care. Due to their aroma and fragrance, they are prone to diseases and also attract pests. Growing Marigold along with roses will help prevent these bugs.
Hibiscus: Hibiscus flowers are abruptly denoted as the gorgeous cause of its flourishing and lush full bloom. These flowers are delicate and smooth in nature but yet they propel a sense of fulfillment when in your backyard. Hibiscus is a strong shrub and usually grow rampant and occupies great space. It is advisory to select a place where the shrub can grow to its fullest and have ample of sunlight and moist soil. Whenever the moisture in the soil increases or decreases abruptly then the leaves of the shrub will start turning yellow. Though hibiscus attracts bugs and pests, that wouldn’t affect the plant growth much.
Sunflower: Sunflower, the bright yellow flower which is recognized worldwide for its beauty. The flower which follows the sun which also makes it the best suitable plant for summers in India. These sunflowers lighten up your garden with their presence. Sunflowers can withstand extreme temperatures of India and can literally be grown anywhere. Sunflower plants do require a lot of sunlight, so make sure you plant it in a place with an abundance of sunlight. Make sure the soil is well drained. Overwatering or too wet soil can harm the plant’s growth.
Zinnia: Zinnia flowers are like a beauty spot for your garden. These flowers come in a wide variety of colours and also their soothing aroma does attract butterflies which only adds up to the landscape. These flowers usually blossom in the late summers of India and are quite low maintenance. They bloom quite heavily given perfect growing conditions. March and April are probably the best suitable months for growing these flowers. They require a minimum day time temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and can also withstand the summer heats of our country. Zinnia plants are quite low maintenance and they do not require much care. They directly germinate from the seeds and do not event require much of a time. They grow quite easily and also blossom with abundant sunlight.
Aparajita (Clitoria): Aparajita is found to be grown throughout India and one of the most common garden plants which grow vividly in very minute conditions. This is a great choice if you’re looking for a climber flowering plant. Availability of ample sunlight and well drained soil conditions will literally boost up the plant’s growth and also help the flowers bloom to the fullest. Make sure to water regularly and avoid dark places for the plant.
Mogra: Mogra or commonly known as Jasmine is India’s most popular flower and a woman’s favorite delicacy. Mogra or Jasmine flowers are bulky cultivated in huge margins for their attractive and saccharine fragrance and is also considered as the National flower of the Philippines and Indonesia. One of the most commonly spotted flowers in every event, functions, parties or even weddings. These plants would again require extreme temperatures and continuous watering. The plant would require a bit of maintenance and care initially. The average suitable temperature for the best growth of Jasmine flowers is 20- 30 degrees Celsius and would also require wet soil. Fertilizer can help boost the plants’ growth and help it bloom full of flowers.
Sadabahaar: Sadabahaar flowers also popularly known as Periwinkle is a native plant across India and Sri Lanka. These easily found to be grown in gardens of India and blossom with our climatic conditions. Sadabahaar flowers have applications in the modern medical industry and also used as an ornamental plant. Sadabahaar or Periwinkle flowers are low maintenance and perfect garden plants for summer. They grow mostly in the shade or little sunlight with good moisture. Too much extreme temperatures can cause serious damage to the plants so make sure to place these in shady areas.
Pentas: Common Garden Flowers found across the tropical and subtropical stretch of our Indian continents. Pentas flowers usually blossom in bunches and bring up a sense of completeness to your garden. These flowers are often a scenic spot to the gardens cause not only they add up to its beauty but also attract butterflies and hummingbirds which only doubles it up. Pentas hardly require any care and also need less quantity of water to blossom making it a totally low maintenance garden flower and also a gardener favorite. Pentas flowers need very little care and can even grow within any soil conditions. They would be requiring least moisture levels and can withstand hot to dry temperatures. These flowers require high exposure to the sunlight and at least need six to eight hours of sunlight per day to bloom at its best.
Tecoma: Tecoma flowers are again one of the most commonly spotted yellow flowers across different parts of India. Also, known as Yellow elder, these flowers are famous for its lush continuous bloom along the seasons. Though yellow is the most commonly spotted flowers, Tecoma flowers do blossom in four different colors: Orange, pink, red and yellow. These flowers are sun lovers and can grow in tropical regions of the country where the temperature is high. These flowers also attract butterflies and hummingbirds and other natural pollinators to your garden. Tecoma plants are pretty low maintenance and very easy to handle. They can withstand hot to extreme temperatures and also grow in any kind of soil even with lower levels of moisture. An abundance of sunlight is a must require growth factor for this plant.
Petunia: Petunia flowers are commonly spotted flowers in topical and high-temperature regions in India and just like Zinnia these do flowers bloom in a wide variety of colors. These flowers generally don’t require much space to grow and can easily be grown in containers. Petunias can withstand hot and harsh conditions but cannot survive in the frost. They also attract natural pollinators along with few pests which must be taken care of. Petunia plants are again the best summer garden plants as they require a continuous supply of sunlight and also, they consume up less of your garden space. They require moist soil and most commonly spotted growing in hanging pots in gardens. Planting alongside with Marigold can help to battle the pests.
Morning Glory: Morning Glories are known for its beautiful blossoming flowers and its heart-shaped leaves lightning up the garden in summers. As it comes from the name, these flowers bloom only in the morning whereas some species of Morning Glory bloom at night. Morning Glory flowers also do bloom in quite a few different colours and the common ones are pink, magenta, purple-blue and white. Morning glory flowers are very attractive in nature and they grow at a brisk rapid pace. Morning Glory plants take some time in germinating but do grow fast and bloom completely. They cannot survive transplanting and poor soil conditions. Too much moisture or too dry soil can literally break the plant’s growth. Also, make sure to place the plant in a place free of heavy winds.
Madhu Malti: Madhu Malti flowers through the summer and rainy season. A fitting reward to gardening enthusiasts, it climbs up electricity poles, rooftops, balconies and boundary walls with gay abandon. Hence it needs to be pruned.