The great thing about a beautiful garden is that you can have one just about everywhere on earth, save, perhaps, Antarctica. This is because flowering plants grow in all kinds of climates and conditions, from the tundra to the tropics.
This not only makes a garden available to just about everyone with a bit of land, but allows gardens to be almost infinitely diverse. Here are six flowering plants for a beautiful garden.
6 Flowering Plants for Your Colored Garden
- Shrub Roses: There are some gardens that are perfectly beautiful without roses, but they’re rare. Roses have been shown to thrive in all but the coldest and hottest environments. Shrub roses are easy to grow and provide an abundance of often sweet smelling flowers over a long season. The foliage is also lovely, and the hips are not only colorful but edible. They are often used in teas and jellies. Shrub roses are divided into modern garden, old garden and wild.
- Lilacs: These beloved flowering plants are often placed near the front or back door so the homeowner and their family can enjoy the fragrance when they first step outside. Not only are the flowers lovely, but when they fade the heart-shaped, dark green leaves are of interest. Very old lilac bushes become gnarly and start to resemble trees. But that just makes them great supports for other climbing flowering plants such as honeysuckle or clematis. The flowers of the lilac range from purple to pink to white.
- Peonies: These flowering plants are prized for their spectacular, showy flowers that come in many brilliant colors. They have been grown for centuries in China and Japan and were imported into Europe during the Edwardian era.
- Morning Glories: These are vines that are just the thing for a trellis or an arbor. The flower is trumpet-shaped, sky blue or purple and opens in the morning. Moreover, they appear throughout the summer. The morning glory can grow up to 10 feet high and can be cultivated from seed.
- Sweet Pea: Sweet peas are flowering plants loved for their colorful and sweet-scented flowers. Furthermore, they can be climbers or come in bush forms that can grow as high as 10 feet.
Main Varieties of Flowering Plants
Main varieties of shrub roses are:
- Sweet Briar, whose leaves smell like apples;
- Rosa Mundi, with pink and white striped flowers;
- Dusky Maiden, which has wavy petals of deep, velvety red.
Main varieties of lilacs are:
- Decaisne, with purplish flowers;
- Madame Lemoine, with big, white, double-petaled flowers.
Main varieties of peonies include:
- Paeonia ludlowii, which is native to Tibet and has golden flowers;
- P. rockii, which is white with a maroon center.
Morning glory has:
- Moonflower is pure white and opens in the evening;
- One of the most popular varieties is the Heavenly Blue, a blue flower with a white eye.
There are annual and perennial varieties of sweet pea, including:
- Everlasting sweet pea. It produces an abundance of pink to purple flowers, but the flowers have no scent.
- Other sweet peas are White Pearl and Lathyrus sativus, which has small, blue flowers.
How to Grow Flowering Plants
- Shrub Roses: These splendid flowering plants can grow to 16 feet tall and have an indefinite spread. They prefer full sunshine and rich, fertile, loamy soil that’s moist but well drained. They can be cultivated from cuttings taken in the autumn, but roses can also be grown from seed.
- Lilacs prefer fertile, clayey soil in full sun or part shade. So it is best to prune a plant right after it flowers, and an old lilac bush can stand some hard pruning.
- Peonies can grow to seven feet tall and have a seven foot spread. They prefer full sun or part shade and are not fussy about soil as long as it’s fertile. Though they’re easy to grow from seed, peonies take years before they’re ready to flower.
- Morning glories like moderately fertile soil and full sun. The seed needs to be soaked overnight then sown one to a pot in the spring. They can be planted outside when all danger of frost is past, though they need protection from cold winds.
- Like the morning glory, the seeds of the sweet pea need to be soaked overnight to germinate. Then, they can be placed in pots then placed in a fertile, open, sunny area after the frost. The other great thing about the sweet pea is that its flowers need to be regularly picked in order for it to produce more flowers.
These beautiful, easy-to-grow flowers will make any garden the envy of the neighborhood. They’re guaranteed to bring great pleasure to the homeowner, their family and guests for many years.
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