Flowers


National Garden Bureau’s Annual of the Year 2014: Petunias

The National Garden Bureau selects one annual, one perennial and one edible as their "Year of the" crop. For 2014 for their annual plant, they are focusing their spotlight on petunias. These easy-to-grow, widely adaptable bedding plants are one of the most popular summer flowers. To learn more about these stunning flowers, read this article...

Popcorn Cassia, Senna (=Cassia) didymobotrya

Popcorn cassia is an unusual accent plant with bright yellow showy flowers contrasting with its striking black buds. This tender plant can provide seasonal vertical interest with its tall flower spikes and a tropical effect with its attractive foliage. To learn more about this small tree native to eastern Africa, read this article...

All-America Selections Winners for 2014

All-America Selections has announced several 2014 Winners, including a new designation of regional winners. Following a trial period where these never-before-sold varieties are "Tested Nationally and Proven Locally" the AAS judges have submitted their evaluations and selected only the best performers as AAS Winners. To learn more, read this article...

Variegated Shell Ginger, Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’

Vareigated leaves and large, tropical foliage adds drama to any garden. Variegated shell ginger combines these characteristics or striking color and bold texture in one plant. Try using this tender perennial as an annual or grow it as a houseplant. To learn more about Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata', read this article...

Four O’Clocks, Mirabilis jalapa

Most flowers open early in the day, but one species from the tropical Andes opens late in the day since its pollinators are evening-flying sphinx moths. With flowers in a variety of bright and pastel shades, this fast-growing tender perennial is grown as an annual in cool climates. To learn more about the plant commonly called four o'clocks, read this article...

Yellow Wax Bells, Kirengeshoma palmata

Mums, aster and goldenrod are the main players in the autumn garden, with few options for shade perennials that bloom late in the year. An unusual, late-blooming plant for the shade garden with striking foliageis yellow wax bells. Find out more about this plant that comes into its own as everything around it is starting to decline in this article...

Moss Rose, Portulaca grandiflora

In the heat of summer many flowering plants struggle, but Portulaca grandiflora loves those conditions. This semi-succulent annual native to South America has showy flowers that bloom all summer long. To learn more about this relative of the weedy purslane and its many cultivars and hybrids, read this article...

Flowering Tobacco, Nicotiana sylvestris

Looking to add fragrance to the garden? Flowering tobacco offers dramatic foliage and sweet-scented flowers in late summer. This annual plant with clusters of tubular white flowers atop huge, chartreuse to green leaves is easy to grow and combines well with many other annuals. To learn more about Nicotiana sylvestris, read this article...

Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’

Looking for a different annual to add some zing to your garden? ‘Fireworks’ gomphrena is a tough, low-maintenance plant with long-lasting, intense hot iridescent pink blossoms with tiny yellow flowers that together resemble exploding fireworks. To learn more about this relatively new cultivar that works well in masses or in containers, read this article...

Gaura, Gaura lindheimerii

If you're looking for an airy flowering plant with a long bloom period, gaura is a great choice as it starts flowering on long, wispy spikes in early summer and continues through a hard frost – making it useful as an annual where not hardy. There are also many compact cultivars. Learn more about this native North American perennial in this article...

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