About Popular Flower Types
Whether you’re choosing seeds for your garden or purchasing flowers for a bouquet, there are plenty of unique flowers to choose from. Different flowers bloom at different times of the year, making it important to know when they’re in season.
The stark differences between the size of the flowers of each plant are what visually makes them good candidates for planting next to each other. Because the large, fluffy flowers of a hydrangea dominate the plant with color while in full bloom, the small, understated flowers on a gardenia bush are the perfect way to balance it out and add an additional layer of beauty in a way that doesn’t compete or overwhelm. The dark green leaves of gardenias help break up some of the colors when planted next to hydrangeas, which keeps the overall landscape from looking busy.
“I love the cloud-like blooms of a white hydrangea paired with the fragrant white blossoms of gardenia,” says Kip McConnell, director of Southern Living Plant Collection (per Homes & Gardens). “The large, sculpted leaves of hydrangea meld seamlessly with the deep green foliage of gardenia, creating the perfect backdrop upon which the plants’ white blossoms pop.”