Summer is a wonderful season. We enjoy swimming, boating, playing outdoor sports, and being at the beach. It is a great time to travel and visit new places, read new books and enjoy life. It is a good time to try new things.

I also like to think of summer as a wonderful time to experiment with flower choices. Here are a few of my favorite summer flowers. I hope you’ll check them out at your local florist.

Ranunculuses are available in many colors including purple, orange, yellow, pink and white. They are lovely featured all by themselves as a monobotanical arrangement. They also play well with others, such as the case of these pink ranunculuses in a traditional round arrangement with green hydrangea and silvery dusty miller.

Pink ranunculuses in a traditional round arrangement with green hydrangea and silvery dusty miller.

Although snapdragons are available throughout the year, we see a lot more of them in the summer. They come in all sorts of colors — pink, yellow, white, and orange, as well as multicolored varieties. If you squeeze a floret, it literally opens and closes its “mouth” — like a dragon’s mouth. Many people overlook this flower, which you can’t miss in this arrangement. The pink snapdragons reach tall and wide with their linear form.

The pink snapdragons reach tall and wide with their linear form.

While we are talking about linear flowers, let’s look at the eremurus, also known as desert candles or foxtail lilies. If you have a sense of adventure, consider it. Eremurus is a spectacular linear flower that comes in fiery whites, yellows and oranges.

Eremurus is a spectacular linear flower that comes in fiery whites, yellows and oranges.

Allium is related to onions, garlic and shallots, and sometimes it even has a slightly oniony scent. This quirky flower comes in different varieties. Some are small like these royal purple blooms shooting out from the green hydrangea.

Some allium varieties are small like these royal purple blooms shooting out from the green hydrangea.

And some are much larger, like this light purple one.And some allium varieties are much larger, like this light purple one.

Berries are botanicals and there are a huge number of them available this time of year. They are vibrant and distinctive. I like displaying them by themselves in a monobotanical arrangement, like this one.

Berries in a monobotanical arrangement

Berries also make floral arrangements pop.

Berries also make floral arrangements pop.

I confess; I saved my favorite for last. The sunflower is probably the most optimistic flower. The bright yellow blossom simply makes you feel good. It is a wonderful flower to feature in your dining area to enjoy first thing in the morning. It comes in various sizes and varieties. Although we see it throughout the year, I consider the sunflower as the “must have summer flower.”

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What is your favorite summer flower?