Flowers


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...

Sage, Salvia officinalis

Sage may be best known as a flavoring for stuffing at Thanksgiving, but there's much more to this aromatic plant. With attractive foliage and interesting flowers, this short lived perennial is a great addition to herb gardens, perennial borders or containers. Read more about this useful culinary, medicinal and ornamental plant in this article... 

Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum

Geranium maculatum is a pretty flowering plant native to eastern North America. In addition to filling natural woodland openings, this herbaceous perennial works well in informal gardens as well, offering loose clusters of pink flowers in late spring to early summer. Learn more about wild geranium in this article...

Nicotiana langsdorffii

Here's a quick-growing annual that produces lots of pendant chartreuse flowers on branched flower stems at the top of the plant. This makes it a great filler among other herbaceous plants, and the soft green color makes it a perfect buffer between clashing colors. To learn more about Nicotiana langsdorffii, read this article...

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