We all know there are many flowers that you can plant in your flower beds, but here are a few of my favorites. So, let's begin:
There are tons of varieties of the Iris, the largest and most looked at in a flower garden bed would be the bearded Iris. Though these beauties bloom year after year, it is a good idea to divide them every four years in mid summer. The key to having a wonderful bed of Iris is the ventilation in the soil. Lots of water and sun and you will have a great bed of flowers.
From one garden lover to another, the Iris is one of my favorites of all flowers. There is something about this flower that holds a particular bond. It's almost second to a rose, in the delicacy and yet strong appearance. Once you plant an Iris perennial bulb all you have to do is sit back and watch the roots that are called, (rhizomes) grow and settle deep into the dirt, to know you have a strong plant that is sure to grow well. They are of very little maintenance. Sometimes, but not always an Iris may take till the next season to produce a flower. I have found that planting Iris in a semi shady area works best. That's not to say they don't like sun. As long as the sunny area is not for too long during the day. My iris are in two different locations, the South side of the house where there is full sun for about 7 hours during the day. Then a full row of Iris bed down along the West side of the house, getting the afternoon sunshine, but are shaded by aspen trees. Then a few are placed on the South East end near a fence, where they receive only a few hours of morning sun. They all are doing great, but I do admit that the Iris on the sunny side of the South yard are taller, guess they really reach for all the suns rays.
This flower was so popular in the 50's and has remained so even today. They are a beautiful flower that grows almost like a vine (only they are a bulb) straight up by early August. These flowers are used for beautiful flower arrangements. Weddings, funerals or any occasion, the Gladiolus (glads) are a show stopper with their tall beauty. Placing them in a row or as a bunch, they don't seem to mind the crowding of others. Trellis's are a welcomed cure to having the spikes bend or break. Just tie the stems to the trellis wall and watch them grow 3 to 4 feet high. Because they are a special variety all their own, they are very expensive to buy. If you plant these beauties, appreciate their growing season as they are among the finer of flowers to have in your flower garden area.
I got hooked on Glads from seeing them in my Grandma's garden.
Day lilies, Tiger lilies, whatever variety you choose to have in your flower garden bed will only bring bright colorful tall flowers of joy. You may wait a little longer to see your flowers while all the other flowers have bloomed and you may wonder when are they going to have a flower bud. They will, these bulb plants are like the Iris. Slow at first, need to be divided every 3-4 years, but the wait is well worth it. Some have been known to bloom late summer, early fall, just depends on where they are located and the soil. I have had Lilies grow beautifully nestled around an aspen tree. They like friends around them, so take time in the early Spring to decide where it is you want a grouping of lilies, as once you plant them, they are there to stay. If you have an area that needs covering up with foliage I recommend planting lilies as they will have lots of green leaves and will cover up any problem areas.
Chrysanthemum as they are more known, are a very hardy perennial that with stands many storms. Like the Lilie they are the last to bloom in a flower garden. Mums are in the Daisie family and too have many varieties. Lots of water and sun again for these hardy flowers. Like the crocus, the mum will still be standing with the fresh fall of snow. These beauties make great flower arrangements and add a special view to any flower box. Just adding them to a beautiful flower vase and setting them on a table is sure to please the eye of the viewer.
A very dear old friend shared some secrets about her award winning roses. Her husband brought in a truck load of manure for her flower bed area, each season. Then he took his small garden rototiller and made sure every part of the flower beds soil was turned over and mulched in with the manure. My dear friend began to place her rose bushes in a very sunny North area of the flower bed. She added the right amount of water and patted with her hands the dirt around each plant. Simple, right? Well, it may be because she had a green thumb or maybe it was the rich nutrients in the soil, but I think it was loving hands that made each rose bud become a flowering beauty all their own. She'd clip her special favorite roses and take them to the local county fair of which she seemed to always win the prize ribbons. People would drive by her house just to admire her wonderful colorful roses. I think the best part of a rose garden are the variety of roses one can plant.
A rainbow of colors is so much more inviting to a flower garden area, than just a few same color variations. In the late Fall, when all the roses have stopped blooming is when my friends husband sprinkled the flower bed with a heavy layer of hay, to protect the beds soil from the long cold winter ahead. Simple little tricks, but they work. You don't have to be a hortecologist to grow a nice flower area, go back and remember what your Grandmother or an old friend used to do in having a wonderful rose garden area and try it yourself. You'll be surprised how easy it is.There are tons of Gardening books out there with a mountain of information, but I like to go back to the basics of asking people what they did to have such great looking flowers. Just a little over the fence conversation does more than reading volumes of information and getting totally lost in it all. Gardens are fun and very therapeutic. Letting your hands plant something that brings you joy and a smile upon your face is what it is all about. My dear old friend is very old now and her days are numbered, but her prize winning roses go on blooming and blooming. A rose really won't let you down, they are pretty hardy and can weather most storms.
Okay, so go ahead and plant them wherever you want a full bush to be. They are great for privacy areas and useful as a fence idea. Deep to light purple or a beautiful white color lilac blossoms are a delight to any yard. Picking a few branches with the blooming flowers to have as a bouquet in your home or on a patio table is such a delight. You won't hurt the bush, it will still grow and have many more branches. Cutting back the branches in the Fall is a good idea so that the bush grows stronger and larger in size the next season. Lilacs are known to be great Butterfly havens. The sweet smelling scent of the lilac flowers are quit the allure to the butterfly. The Buddleiadavidii bush attract monarchs, swalltails and other species. Sitting beside a beautiful lilac bush sipping your afternoon mint tea and watching a brilliant colorful butterfly rest on a magenta red flower is priceless. If you want a particular color of a lilac flower, it is best to purchase the bush at a garden nursery. Like anything else, it won't begin to flourish until the next season. Lilac flowers can be dried and placed in potpourri.
Special little flowers like the pansies can be a welcome to any flower garden area. They are great flowers to stick in any small area, yet they grow strong and sure. Taking a starter plant of a pansy is the best for placing in hanging baskets or flower boxes. You grow these small plants from seeds inside your house or a greenhouse area, but for a fast effect, just buy the starter plants. Pansies are an annual and do better in shaded areas. They don't have any problem with disease or insects attacking them. They are great for pressing and making wonderful flower art creations like I use for my Garden art pieces.
The earliest of the Spring flowers to pop their buds and look up into the sky. Crocus are a bulb or corms as gardeners call them, which is a bulb like stem. They make great gifts, as a plant indoors.You plant crocus in the fall and then wait and watch the magic begin. There are tons of pictures showing crocus having snow all around them, yes they survive and are okay. Crocus can be great boarders for edges that need something special. If you have a rock garden area and want to add just one small flower grouping, then the crocus is ideal for that.
Like the Crocus the Daffodil is another first to appear in the Spring. Everywhere you look you will see Daffodils in yards and flower boxes when we want winter to be over and a nice spring flower to shine through. Daffodils are so easy to plant as they are a bulb and have really no care to them. Not too many animals like to nip on the flowers of a daffodil, so they withstand many a animal hunting for food. Great to add to any flower bouquet and place on a patio table for a sunny atmosphere. Clumps of daffodils to a long row are great to brighten up flower garden beds.
You just can't have a flower bed without adding a few daisies. What a happy little flower. These delights are always added to floral bouquets and decorations. Daisies are a perennial and there are many different varieties. They like a rich soil and lots of sunshine. Wild daisies along side a country road is quit a treat. Some grow very tall and give an almost swaying motion when the tiniest of a breeze blows in the air. Shasta Daisies are a favorite for many gardeners, but again there so many varieties, it is best to look at the seed packet picture or starter plant to decide which variety you want added in among your happy flower friends. It's not uncommon to see daisies in a flower bed all their own. If you are a gardener that wants low maintenance in your yard, then planting daisies are just right. Giving a planter box a fresh new look is to add miniature daisies around bright colored flowers.
Before the Iris, was a favorite of mine, the tulip. You see them everywhere. They stand up tall and with sureness that they are your flower gardens best flower. They don't stay around for long as their blooming time is short, but they do add bold and fun color to any flower area. Beautiful deep red to purple tulips are great eye catchers. Because these are bulbs, not grown as seeds, you have to plant them with a little more growing area. Rule of thumb, the bigger the bulb, the larger the bloom. Some garden growers like to have a flower bed set aside with just tulips. Others like to blend them in with a variety of flowers. Whatever you like is what you should plant. It's your garden area. Tulips grow hardy and withstand hard weather storms, so plant away, they will survive.