Beautiful Blooms: A Guide to August’s Stunning Flowers


August is a month when the garden is in full swing, with more flowers blooming now than at any other time of the year. Gardens and fields are bursting with color, from the vibrant pinks and purples of zinnias to the blooming heads of sedum. Some perennial favorites, like roses and clematis, are still going strong, while others, including love-in-a-mist and hydrangea, are just starting to show off their colorful blooms.

One of the highlights of the August garden is the rose. Whether it’s a German rose or a Chinese rose, these elegant blooms come in a wide range of colors and forms. From the upright and elegant form of the German rose to the cascading beauty of the Chinese rose, you’ll find a rose variety to suit any garden. They are a focal point in any garden and are a wonderful addition to any bouquet.

Another flower that deserves attention in August is the coneflower. With scarlet or blue blossoms atop tall, upright stems, these perennials are a must-have for any garden. They are easy to grow and are a favorite of butterflies and bees. Another popular perennial in August is the lisianthus. These flowers have delicate petals and come in a variety of colors, including purple and pink. They make a wonderful addition to any bouquet.

The garden in August is also filled with colorful shrubs and bushes. The Caryopteris, or blue mist shrub, is a favorite among gardeners for its long-lasting blooms. The Helenium, or sneezeweed, is another highlight of the August garden. With its scarlet and yellow blooms, it adds a pop of color to any garden. The Tithonia, or Mexican sunflower, is another August bloomer with its vibrant orange blossoms.

If you’re looking for a little bit more color in your garden, consider adding some annuals to the mix. Dahlias and alstroemeria are two flowers that are in their prime in August. These flowers come in a variety of colors, including red, purple, and yellow, and they make a stunning addition to any garden. Another annual that blooms in August is the anemone. With their delicate pink or white blossoms, they add a touch of elegance to any garden.

So, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, August is the time to enjoy the best of summer blooms. From the elegant roses to the vibrant coneflowers, there’s something for everyone. So get out there and enjoy the August garden in all its colorful glory!


Zinnias are in full bloom right now, starting in early August. These sun-loving annuals should be planted in full sun and will grow up to 2 feet tall. Their bright and colorful blooms are a favorite of butterflies and other pollinators.

Helenium is another flower that is blooming now. Also known as sneezeweed, these plants produce beautiful daisy-like flowers in shades of yellow, orange, and red.

Sedum is a popular late-summer bloomer. This hardy plant produces clusters of star-shaped flowers in shades of pink, purple, and white.

Rudbeckia, also known as black-eyed Susan, is a must-have in any garden. These cheerful plants produce bright yellow or orange flowers with a dark brown center.

Hibiscus is another flower that likes to show off its blooms in August. This shrub produces large, showy flowers in shades of red, pink, and white.

Mums, also known as chrysanthemums, are a classic fall flower. They come in a wide array of colors, including purple, white, yellow, and red.

Echinacea, or coneflower, is a popular perennial that blooms in late summer. These flowers attract butterflies and bees with their bright pink, purple, or white petals.

Hydrangea is a beloved shrub that produces large, round flower clusters in shades of pink, blue, and white. These flowers can be dried and used in winter arrangements.

Ageratum is a wonderful annual that blooms from summer to fall. Also known as “floss flower,” these plants produce fluffy clusters of tiny flowers in shades of blue, pink, and white.

Cosmos is a garden favorite that blooms from summer to fall. These flowers have delicate, daisy-like petals in shades of pink, purple, and white.

Winter anemone is a beautiful flower that blooms in late summer. These flowers have delicate, white or pink blossoms that add a touch of elegance to any garden.

Love-in-a-mist is a charming flower that blooms in late summer. These flowers have delicate, lacy foliage and produce unique blue or white blooms.

Caryopteris, also known as bluebeard, is a shrub that blooms in late summer. These flowers have clusters of small, blue blossoms that attract butterflies and bees.

Callas and alstroemeria are two more flowers that are blooming now. These flowers come in a range of colors and are a favorite of gardeners for their elegant and long-lasting blooms.

Clematis is a beautiful vine that produces large, showy flowers in a variety of colors. These flowers add a pop of color when grown up trellises or fences.

Russian sage is a perennial that blooms in late summer. These plants have tall spikes of purple or blue flowers that add a touch of elegance to any garden.

Pinks are a fragrant perennial that bloom from summer to fall. These flowers come in a range of colors and have a spicy, clove-like scent.

There are many more flowers that are blooming right now, offering a riot of colors in the garden. Whether you prefer the bright and showy blooms of zinnias or the delicate blossoms of cosmos, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Late summer is a wonderful time to visit the Garden Enjoy some highlights including hibiscus coneflowers roses and many more favorites

In late summer, when the sun is still shining brightly and the days are warm, the garden is a true delight. The vibrant colors of the flowers create a lively and inviting atmosphere. One cannot help but be captivated by the beautiful mallow in different shades of pink and purple, with delicate petals that open up like a blooming flower. The buds, so carefully formed, hold the promise of future beauty and attract pollinators, adding to the buzzing energy of the garden.

Walking through the well-drained soil, you will come across the most stunning hydrangeas, including the panicle hydrangea. Its large, cone-shaped blossoms showcase a variety of colors, from soft blue to vibrant pink. Their beauty is just mesmerizing, and you can’t help but stop and admire each one. The delicate petals highlight the sunny summer days, and their presence brings joy and warmth to the garden.

As you wander further, you might spot the stunning coneflower, standing tall and proud. It comes in various shades, from the vibrant orange of the Echinacea to the pure white of the Rudbeckia. Their bright colors contrast beautifully with the surrounding greenery, creating a truly eye-catching display.

Amongst the coneflowers, you will find the elegant rose bushes, with their lovely fragrance and romantic charm. These timeless flowers have been grown for centuries and continue to grace gardens with their beauty. The variety of colors and shapes available is astounding – from delicate pinks to bright yellows – offering a range of choices to suit any garden style.

Other favorites that bloom in late summer include the hibiscus, with its showy flowers resembling delicate tissue paper, and the caryopteris, also known as bluebeard. These colorful additions add a touch of whimsy and bring a sense of tranquility to the garden.

The garden’s beauty in August is enhanced by the presence of stunning Japanese anemones, with their delicate white petals that dance in the breeze. These perennials are known for their endurance and grace, and they make a perfect addition to any garden.

If you are looking to start your own late summer garden, consider planting some helenium. These sturdy perennials burst into bloom in late summer, adding a splash of color to your garden. Their yellow, red, and orange blossoms create a warm and inviting atmosphere, attracting both butterflies and bees.

As the summer starts to fade, the garden can still be a source of joy. The callas, with their elegant white flowers, continue to bloom and provide a delicate touch to any bouquet. And let’s not forget the charming little sage, whose purple flowers add a burst of color to the front of the garden.

So, if you are looking for a burst of color and a touch of magic in August, visit the garden. You will be rewarded with a vibrant display of flowers in full bloom, showcasing the beauty of late summer.

Rose Mallow

Rose Mallow is a beautiful perennial plant that blooms later in the summer, typically in August. It is known for its stunning flowers, which come in many colors including pinks, yellows, and purples. This shrub-like plant belongs to the hibiscus family and is also referred to as hibiscus or hibiscus moscheutos.

One of the highlights of Rose Mallow is its large, showy flowers that can reach up to five inches in diameter. The flowers are typically upright and have a panicle-like shape, creating a stunning display in the garden. The plant itself can grow up to three to six feet tall and prefers well-drained soil and a sunny location.

Rose Mallow is a perennial, meaning it will come back year after year, making it a beloved addition to many gardens. It is relatively hardy and can withstand colder temperatures. It also offers a long bloom period, with flowers appearing in late summer and often continuing until the first frost.

In addition to its beautiful flowers, Rose Mallow is also loved by butterflies and other pollinators. It is a favorite in butterfly gardens and helps attract these colorful creatures to your yard. Russian sage, tithonia, and echinacea are some other plants that pair well with Rose Mallow.

If you’re looking to add some late summer blooms to your garden, Rose Mallow is a great choice. Its vibrant colors and long-lasting flowers are sure to bring joy to any yard. Whether planted in a border, island, or as a focal point, this perennial will make a statement and add beauty to your landscape.

So, if you want to enjoy the beauty of this August-blooming flower, consider adding Rose Mallow to your garden. Its bright blooms, hardiness, and attractiveness to butterflies make it a must-have perennial. Plant it in a sunny spot with well-drained soil, and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning display for many years to come.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.