Flowering Plants for July/August

Echinacea purpurea 
Rudbeckia goldsturm

Two very dependable plants that flower in late July and August are Echinacea and Rudbeckia

Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower) is a flowering plant that blooms in the summer and into the fall, with peak flowering occurring in August in many parts of the world. The flowers are typically a vibrant purple color, although some varieties may have white or pink flowers. Echinacea purpurea is native to the central and eastern United States and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. It is also used medicinally, as it is believed to have immune-boosting properties.

Rudbeckia goldsturm (Black-Eyed Susan) is another flowering plant that blooms in the summer and into the fall, with peak flowering also occurring in August. It is native to the central and eastern United States and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. The flowers of Rudbeckia goldsturm are typically a bright yellow color with a brown or black center. They are often used in cut flower arrangements and are attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

For a modern wildflower look in the autumn Echinacea and Rudbeckia can be planted with grasses

Echinacea and Monarda growing with grasses

Here are a few more flowering plants that bloom in August in the UK:

  • Asters: These colorful, daisy-like flowers come in a range of shades, including pink, purple, blue, and white.
  • Dahlias: These showy, brightly colored flowers come in a range of shapes and sizes, including small, single flowers and large, full blooms.
  • Marigolds: These cheerful, bright yellow or orange flowers are a common sight in gardens in the summertime.
  • Sunflowers: These tall, bright flowers are a popular choice for gardens, with their large, yellow blooms and sturdy stems.
  • Zinnias: These brightly colored flowers come in shades of pink, red, purple, orange, and yellow, and are a favorite of butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – This aromatic plant is known for its purple flowers and sweet fragrance. It blooms in July and August and is often used in perfumes, soaps, and teas.
  • Crocosmia (Crocosmia spp.) – Also known as Montbretia, this plant produces bright orange or red flowers that bloom from July to August. It is often used in garden borders or as a cut flower.
  • Helenium (Helenium spp.) – This plant produces vibrant, daisy-like flowers in shades of red, orange, and yellow. It blooms from July to September and is often used in cottage gardens or wildflower meadows.
  • Phlox (Phlox spp.) – This plant produces clusters of fragrant flowers in shades of pink, purple, and white. It blooms from July to September and is often used in cottage gardens or as a ground cover.
  • Agapanthus (Agapanthus spp.) – This plant produces large, showy flowers in shades of blue, purple, and white. It blooms from July to August and is often used as a container plant or in Mediterranean-style gardens

Other flowering plants that may be in bloom in August in the UK include foxgloves, hollyhocks, petunias, and snapdragons.