While many of us are itching to get back to everyday life as we knew it, sheltering in place has given us a unique opportunity, one that we may not have had otherwise—the chance to reconnect with nature.
Nature can play a serious role in supporting mental health. In fact, studies have shown that going on walks and being exposed to nature can decrease activity in the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain which is most active while ruminating on negative thoughts and emotions.
Rosebud was founded on helping others return their natural selves, and as a nod to our mission, we’ve rounded up 10 flowers to watch bloom this Summer to help you tune into the nature around you. Think of it like a scavenger hunt, but with some bonus mental health benefits.
As beautiful as they are fragrant, these flowers are here to lift spirits. Part of the perennial family, peony flowers are said to live the longest throughout the summer months. They go dormant in the fall, so sniff em’ while you can.
These plants love, love, love the heat and are alive and well during the summer months. Even better, they’re said to attract butterflies.
Even if you have no interest in horticulture, purple ice just sounds like something you’d want to know about. Purple ice plants are a bit unusual in that their flowering period is all summer long, but we’re cool with that.
There are several kinds of flowering onions, and their blooming periods range throughout the year. Summer alliums tend to bloom primarily in June, and they blossom pink, blue and dark purple flowers.
Always a crowd favorite, lavender loves the full summer sun and typically blooms in June and July. If you’re lucky enough to bring some home, their scent is a great addition to any space.
These flowers can get to be pretty tall, ranging anywhere from 3 to 7 feet. Lucky for us, they bloom with beautiful blue and purple flowers all summer long.
These vibrant flowers bloom in a few different colors, and are said to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Even better, they tuck themselves in at night while their petals close up shop for the evening, opening back up once the sun rises.
Cleome blossom clusters of flowers, each with long wispy stamens, giving them the nickname Spider Flowers. Cleomes begin to bloom in June, and they stick around until late fall.
The Annabelle Hydrangea bloom from June to September, and once they’ve fully blossomed, their flowers turn from green to white. We love a transformation!
This plant usually makes an appearance in late June, and goes dormant by November. The bloom colors range from pale blue to purple, and even black. These flowers are extremely fragrant, and will last quite a while in a vase once clipped.
Some of these flowers are quite common, and can be found just about anywhere, while others primarily live in conservatory gardens.
For our friends in the New York & New Jersey area, we’ve rounded up just a few places you can hit to check out some of these Summer blooms:
- The Central Park Conservancy Garden: A formal garden in the corner of Central Park, located between 104th and 106th Streets, west of 5th Ave. This garden has 3 parts: the Italian, English, and French gardens.
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Founded in 1910, this park is located in Mount Prospect Park, adjacent to Prospect Park and The Brooklyn Museum. You can even take a virtual visit through the Cherry Esplanade—thank us later.
- Fort Tyron Park: This public park is tucked away near Hudson Heights and Inwood. Inside is Heather Garden, spanning 3 acres, with 200 varieties of perennials and shrubs.
- Colonial Park Gardens: You’ll want to carve out an entire day to wander through the rose and perennial gardens. Oh yeah, there are also fragrance and sensory gardens (!!!!).
- Essex County Rose Garden: This garden houses over 700 rose bushes, with over 100 varieties of roses. AKA, this is RB heaven.
- Van Vleck Gardens: Home to the Italianate villa of Howard Van Vleck and his family, the former private estate is now a non-profit community garden in Montclair, New Jersey.
During a time where we feel so limited, it’s important that we make time for the things that help us recharge—nature being one of them.
Now brb, we’re on our way to The Essex Country Rose Garden, and we might just never come back. You’ll know where to find us, and maybe we’ll even see you there.
Kat Frey is a Brooklyn based writer, who originally hails from The Wing. Kat has historically worked with women-lead brands, and her writing spans from culture and cannabis, to overall health and wellness. When she’s not busy writing for Rosebud CBD, she spends her time thumbing through The Cut, Man Repeller, and T Magazine, or listening to Las Culturistas. Her favorite form of self care is adding our 350mg tincture to homemade face and hair masks!