July 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM ET
Chalkboard Nails based this design on hibiscus—those almost-neon blossoms that dot the Hawaiian countryside. For extra dimension, she used two shades of green for the bursts of tropical foliage.
The key to this garden of nails from Love Maegan? Tiny real dried flowers, applied on a nude base and sealed with two topcoats—one glittery and one clear.
A gold background adds glamour to humble yellow flowers with chocolate brown centers, created by Chalkboard Nails.
A sparkly blue base coat grounds this manicure from Nails by Kayla Shevonne—and glittery brown centers smartly mimic the seed heads of real sunflowers.
Pixie Polish filmed a step-by-step video on how to paint these graphic tulips—we love how the colors pop against the sea blue background!
We love the smoldering, saturated look of this mani from Lucy’s Stash—the petals are so realistic, you can almost smell them!
Syl and Sam offset the romantic beauty of pink roses with an accent nail in zebra—flora and fauna together on one hand!
Love Maegan used a super-thin brush to paint these cherry blossom branches on an opaque white base. They make us want to book a ticket to see the sakura in Washington D.C.—or, better yet, Japan!
We’re already thinking about which summer dress will best complement these riotous daisies created by Nail Nerd.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.