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Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) is a winter shrub that has a very nice fragrance due to its yellow/reddish flowers. You usually do not see this shrub growing until towards the end of winter.

This plant can get as tall as 20 feet! Though some can also only reach about 6 feet high. Though whichever height your Witch Hazel tree grows to, they are a pretty tall shrub!!

Witch Hazel Tree

Witch Hazel Tree

The flowers on this plant are a yellowy/reddish color that resembles dry noodles.

They look crisp and delicate. They are very skinny and look as though they could snap in half if touched.

Plant this shrub in well drained, rich soil and watch it grow to its optimal height.

They can be planted in sun or in shade. Either one will work for this tree like shrub.

If you wish to have the wonderful scent of the flowers in your home, then simply cut off a few branches, once fully grown, and bring them inside.

Enjoy this fragrant shrub from the end of winter to the beginnings of spring.

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Winter Aconite

Winter Aconite (Eranthis) resembles a Crocus mixed with Buttercups. This flower grows in the later winter months.

They are a small flower, reaches only about 3-4 inches tall, that covers the ground in the end of winter. The bright yellow color really brightens up the dark winter months.

Winter Aconite

Winter Aconite

They are a bell shaped flower that’s petals open like a tulips would. I like to think of this flower as a small tulip!

Along with the bright yellow flowers grow small dark green leaves. The leaves are almost as tall as the flowers, meaning not very tall at all!

If you have planted this flower in your winter garden, you will see that it can grow in almost any soil type. As long as it has good drainage. Which let’s face it, a majority of flowers need well drained soil to grow.

They do however like shade rather than sun. Plant your bulbs in August or September and they should be ready to grow by winters end.

Bury the bulbs about 3 inches deep and space each bulb about 2 – 3 inches apart.

This is a very low maintenance type of winter flower. The kind I especially like! Once you plant the bulbs, they wil grow. You don’t have to worry about dividing or cutting back this plant at all.

They sow their own seeds and spread out as they grow. This is definitely one of the easiest flowers to grow outdoors in the winter.

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Water Lily Plants

Water Lily plants (Nymphaeaceae) grow and live in freshwater. They are planted in soil that is underneath the water, and when ready the leaves and flowers float up to the surface.

They are the July birth month flower. This may be because they grow during the summer months.

Water Lily Plants

Water Lily Plants

There are many different species of the of this plant. They only live in freshwater, and grow in areas with tropic or temperate climates.

There are however, two main types of these flowers. They are hardy and tropical. Hardy Water lilies will only bloom during the day, while tropical ones can bloom night or day.

These flowers come in colors like white, pink, red, yellow, and tropical ones can even be blue. They all have large round petals with yellow stamens in the centers. There are many tiers of petals that overlap each other.

Certain varieties of this aquatic plant can be invasive. So be careful where you plant them as they can spread out uncontrollably throughout your pond.

Most types can be planted about 18 to 30 inches deep. Some types can only be planted in a few inches of water.

While planting your Water lilies, it may be easier to begin your planting in an aquatic planting container. This will make it easier to plant the flowers.

When planting in the water, make sure you begin the planting process in an area with a lot of sun. This will make your water flowers grow right on schedule.

They are a great flower to have in a pond. They look pretty in a pond during the summer months.

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Violet Flower

Violet flower (Viola) comes in many different forms and species. Some are perennials, some are annuals, and some are biennials.

If you choose your selections carefully, you could have Violets growing all throughout different times of the year.

Violets

Violets

One of the more popular versions of this flower is Pansies. Pansies typically grow in the springtime or in the summer. Some regions however, do have them growing in the winter.

They can be either annuals or biennials. The Pansy can come in many different colors. Some are even blessed with two colors!

They comes in blue, lavender, purple, red, rose, maroon, pink, orange, gold, yellow, and white.

It seems like they come in every color of the rainbow!

You can mix and match these plants to your own tastes. Any color combination you like will not fail with all these beautiful colors to choose from.

I plant these flowers every year, in a large clay flowerpot right beside my rhododendron. They look gorgeous together. Personally I tend to use purple, pink, and yellow pansies. I just feel as though that color combination brightens up the yard at the front of my house.

Violet Flowers

Violet Flowers

You can begin to plant these flowers in the beginning of spring. Plant them a few inches deep into rich soil. Water them as needed, as your pansies should last you through the whole season.

Another species is Johnny jump up. They resemble Pansies and usually come in colors such as blue, yellow, and purple.

They can be either perennials or biennials. These can live in the winter, if you live in the South. In the Northern regions, they grow in the spring and summer.

Sweet violets are the tiny purple flowers you may sometimes see, growing among luscious green foliage.

They spread rapidly wherever you may place them, and they have a very nice fragrance to them. You will usually see Sweet violets in shades of purple or white.

They are a ground covering plant that grows only to be about 6 inches tall from the ground up. Plant these as a border to your flower garden, and it will be sure to be a hit!

If they grow out of control, simply cut them back to clean up their look.

The Viola is a very delicate type of flower. Whatever species you decide is best for your region and garden, you can’t go wrong!

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Tickseed

Tickseed (Coreopsis) is a summer flower that grows in many different varieties. Not only can you choose different colors, you can also choose to grow perennial flowers or annual ones.

Although a majority of this plant grows in a yellow color, you can also grow Coreopsis in colors like pink and two toned colors.

Tickseed Flower

Tickseed Flower

While they grow in both perennial and annual type, the perennial variety is slightly more popular. This could be because with perennials, they will grow back every year, while you will have to replant the annuals every year.

This flower is a great choice for the summer months because it is very easy to grow and to take care of. It also grows all throughout the summer months.

Coreopsis will grow in any type of soil. While they will grow even in poor soil, water them regularly to promote even more flowers. Plant them in full sun though, because they will not die in drought, but they will not live as well in the shade.

To promote regrowth the following year, make sure you remove any dead plants. This will also help to keep your garden neat looking and sophisticated.

When your flowers begin blooming in the summer, they can grow to be anywhere from 18 inches tall, to about 4 feet tall. Give them room to grow, but do not be afraid to plant them near other flowers.

Since majority of these plants grow in yellow colors, plant them with other flowers of contrasting colors like blue. This will really make your yellow flowers pop.

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