Colorful Life in the Garden

For every spot in the garden, there is a flower that fits. Shady, sunny, dappled sun—each flower has its requirements. Some also need more water and attention than others. There are too many flowers to mention in a short article, but here is a quick guide to some of the most popular flowers for the home gardener.

Hellebore, or Lenten rose, is o­ne of the first flowers to bloom in many areas. They are perennials, and like shade. Verbena, dianthus, candytuft, and daylilies are some of the spring perennials that like sun, and will bring color to your garden, and continue to grow and bloom every year.

Bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and iris, love sunny spots, too, and will bloom for a few weeks each spring. Bulbs do need to be dug up and divided every few years for healthy and lush bloom to continue.

Annuals, such as pansies, begonias, impatiens, marigolds and petunias, die off in the cold weather, and must be purchased new and planted each year. Marigolds and petunias like hot sun, while begonias and impatiens prefer shade or dappled sun. Be sure to check the instructions before planting. Most annuals will continue to give a beautiful display of flowers all summer long.

English Daisy
Some flowers, such as the many varieties of daisies, are annual, and will die off in the winter, but they are self-seeding, and you should not have to replant. When the new plants grow from the dropped seeds the next summer, you may want to thin them out, so that they will have enough soil and water to grow healthily, and not be spindly.

Whether you have a sunny or shady yard, temperate or sub-tropical climate, there are many beautiful flowers you can plant and nejoy in your garden.