Among the most popular flower types are daisies, gladiolus, hydrangeas, orchids, bellflowers, and roses. There are hundreds of varieties of these flowers to choose from. Some are annual, some are biennial, and some are perennial. You can choose from thousands of different color combinations and shapes.
Daisies are low maintenance flowers that add whimsy and fun to summer arrangements. They grow from 8 inches to 4 feet, so they can fit into most garden designs. The flower comes in a range of colors, making it easy to incorporate them into your flower arrangement.
A favorite for weddings, baby’s breath has tiny white or pink blossoms. It grows in mounds in gardens, creating a cloudlike effect. These flowers are native to Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Orchids symbolize thoughtfulness, love, and fertility. The flowers come in a wide range of colors, including pink, red, yellow, blue, purple, and white.
Gladiolus are popular for their long-lasting blooms. Their matchless fragrance makes them a popular choice in floral arrangements.
Yarrow is a herbaceous perennial. Originally from Asia and Europe, it can be found in North America. Yarrow flowers come in white, pink, and purple. It is highly toxic to humans, but it is attractive to pollinators.
Sweet peas are native to Crete and the eastern Mediterranean. They are very hardy and a popular plant for gardeners. Depending on the species, the flowers can grow to a height of about five feet.
Amaranths are a diverse group of 75 species. Some are edible, while others are ornamental.
By Cheryl Huckabee
We’ve all planted the tried-and-true pansies and Johnny Jump-Ups for winter color. Every now and then, it’s fun to try something new and different in the garden.
There are several cold-tolerant plants with colorful foliage you should give a try. They’ll improve your home’s curb appeal and can be planted in containers, beds, and borders. Some are even edible!
Ornamental Cabbage or Ornamental Kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala) are cool-season vegetables with a wide variety of foliage types and colors suitable for use in the landscape. Their leaves can be variegated in green, white, red, and purple combinations and interesting dissected and ruffled shapes. When the weather warms, they put out creamy white to pale yellow flowers on tall spikes. Ornamental cabbages and kales are suitable for bedding, accents, and containers.
Another good choice is Giant Mustard (Brassica juncea). Its coarsely textured rumpled foliage grows 1 to 2 feet tall. The striking dark purple-bronze leaves are sharply contrasted with lighter-colored veins. Giant mustard looks great in containers, mass plantings, and herb, kitchen, or cottage gardens.
The handsome coarse bold, colorful winter foliage of Ornamental Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla) is an eye-catcher in the garden. The bronze, blue-green, to dark green blades contrast with white, pink, purple, red, yellow, or orange stalks and veins. Plant a variety of seed blends to retain color and add diversity to your garden. Although it’s the same species as the edible Swiss Chard variety, the ornamental varieties are often not palatable.
Intermix edible Lettuces (Lactuca sativa) with cool-season flowering annuals. This dual-purpose plant is available in a variety of foliage shapes, textures, and colors with an ornamental appeal. Lettuces are rapid growers and work well as lush temporary fillers in containers, cottage gardens, and accent plantings. Lettuces are also effective for attracting wildlife to your garden.
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