Nothing is more appealing than a garden filled with flowers. The real challenge is picking the right flowers to complement the rest of your garden.
Everyone envies a beautiful garden with gorgeous blooms – a garden that smells like heaven. From seasonal bloomers to perennials, from fragrant flowers to unusual foliage, some plants enhance a yard.
We have put a list together of some of the best flowering plants, so you can be the envy of all your friends come Spring, Summer, or Winter.
1. African Lily
The African Lily is a native of South Africa and is tolerant of the sun, requires little water, is disease and pest free. The exotic-looking long flowering plant from the Agapanthus family fills with beautifully colored blooms in Summer.
The cluster of flowers stands on stiff stalks and has shiny green leaves. They are a spectacular sight when planted together and fit many garden settings.
Asters are perennials from the Asteraceae family that bloom from mid-summer to fall. They give a beautiful pop of color to any yard, especially when all the other flowers are not visible.
The daisy-like flowers come in many colors and are easy to care for. The flowers grow well in full sun and require loamy, well-draining soil. The new plants require frequent watering until the star-shaped blooms cease.
The Azalea, part of the Rhododendron genus, makes a wonderful addition to most gardens. The plants are easy to grow and have attractive foliage. While evergreen azaleas look sensational year-round, deciduous azaleas provide exquisite fall color and exhibit an appealing woody framework in winter.
Azaleas grow well in soil that is rich in organic matter, well-drained, and acidic. Care should be taken with its shallow fibrous root system. Full sun or a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight is required for a healthy plant. They are often considered the flower of the South as they abound in gardens south of the Mason-Dixon line.
Hibiscus, part of the mallow family, Malvaceae, has beautiful large flowers that come in various colors, the most popular being red. Hibiscus bloom throughout the year and its trumpet-shaped blooms attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Though these flowers add a tropical flair to the garden, they need lots of water, sun, and fertilizer during the blooming phase. But Hibiscus are more than just decorative; they have medicinal uses too.
The beautiful fragrant climbing plant is part of the olive family. Jasmine flower throughout the year, depending on the variety. The delicate and dainty small flowers, with the intoxicating fragrance, is a must-have for any garden. It is attractive to bees.
Jasmine does best in full sun or partial shade, moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter and is generally hardy.