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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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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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Thanksgiving Cactus

Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera) is a perennial houseplant that blooms every fall. If you think you might like to grow one, they are fairly simple to grow and make for a wonderful centerpiece for your holiday table.

In order to grow Schlumbergera, plant it in a well-drained soil mix and place the pot in a window that gets a lot of light. The cactus needs to be in a room where the temperatures are at least 70 degrees.

Water the plant about once or so every week. If the leaves look a little dry, then that is a sign that it needs watering.

Once the plant begins to grow, you will notice the stems first. In the beginning they grow straight up. Then once they reach a certain height the stems begin to arch.

As the stems grow longer they begin to branch out also.

The leaves on this cactus are a nice lush green color and have tooth-like edges. The edges of the leaves look sharp and pointy like teeth.

Once the flowers begin to grow, they are very light and dainty looking. They come in colors like pink, red, and white. The flowers only last for a short time, but the plant itself sets so many buds that it can continue to bloom more flowers again and again.

While the flowers grow in the fall, this plant can last all throughout the year. In the summer place the plant outdoors and it can live outdoors until the first few cool nights in fall.

When the weather gets cool at night, it is time to bring the plant back indoors. The plant will grow in the fall through to the spring. Then in the winter the plant will stop growing for a brief period.

When it stops its growth in the winter, water the plant when the leaves begin to look like they are dying. If they look withered, water the plant. Then in the summer to fall months begin to water the plant more regularly so it will start to bud.

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Sweet Pea Flowers

Sweet Pea flowers (Lathyrus odoratus) are the April birth month flower. They are considered to be vines, and they have a very dainty look to them, and a great scent.

Even though they grow from a vine, these flowers can be cut and used in a vase, either with a flower arrangement, or on their own.

The delicate flowers on the vine look like seashells hanging from lovely green foliage. Sweet Pea flowers come in many colors such as pink, yellow, white, purple, red, or blue. Some can be composed of two colors.

Once they begin to grow, they can reach up to 10 feet tall. They grow from the spring into the summer. They grow the best in cooler weather. They will wilt away and die in areas of hot temperatures.

They can be annual or perennial. Perennial Sweet Pea is a little bit more long lasting then the annuals. They live longer, and can thrive in even hot weather conditions.

Make sure you know which variety you are planting, so that you pick the best spot for that particular type.

In order to grow this pretty looking vine, you have to soak the seeds through the night, and then plant them in cool moist soil. If you want to grow them before it is time to plant them outside, simply begin to grow them in peat pots.

When they are ready to be planted in the ground, dig a deep whole and plant the whole thing in the ground. Be sure to include the peat pots. It is best to plant the whole thing so that you do not bother the growing process.

If you are going to grow this vine along a trellis, plant the trellis before you plant the flowers. This is so that when the flower begins to grow, it can find the support it will be growing on.

One problem with this plant is that the animals love to eat it. You can either spray the plant with something that will deter critters away, or you can fence in your trellis with Sweet Pea growing from it.

If you are growing the perennial variety, they will reseed themselves each year.

Whichever type you choose, you will surely enjoy them.

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