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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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Sternbergia

Sternbergia begins to grow in the beginning of fall. While it only grows until about October, it is a beautiful, warm-colored fall flower.

Plant the bulbs in September. You should plant each bulb about 4 inches deep and about 6 inches apart.

The bulbs should be placed in well-drained soil in a spot that receives a good amount of sun. The bulbs need lots of moist, but you want to make sure the soil has good drainage because otherwise the bulbs will rot.

In the winter, if you live in a really cold climate, you will want to cover the soil above the bulbs with leaves or some type of mulch to protect the bulbs. Otherwise it will be too cold and they may not grow the following fall.

When the plant is ready to bloom, it will send up its stems straight up and out of the ground. The stems only reach about 8 inches above the ground.

The flowers are a nice gold/yellow fall color. They actually resemble crocuses when they begin to grow.

At first growth the flowers are cup shaped, like crocuses. Then once the warm sun hits them, they spread out and really open up. If you have the chance to grow these plants, they really are a nice welcome to the fall.

Besides being pretty to look at, it is a very tough flower. Where most flowers will wilt and die in certain temperatures, the plant is tough enough to deal in most temperatures.

This is definitely one of falls better flowers. They are low maintenance, durable, and great to look at!

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Squill

Squill are bulb plants that grow in the winter months. When they bloom they spread out quite rapidly. They cover the ground and look like a light blue carpet. They are pretty enough to warm up the coldest of winter days.

While some varieties of this plant grow in the spring, Persian Squill grows during the winter. Since they are a ground covering flower, they grow close to the ground reaching only about 5 inches in height.

Squill Flower

Squill Flower

The leaves are almost as high as the flower itself. They are a bright green color and look like broad spears of grass. As I’ve said above, the flowers are a light blue, but they have a darker blue stripe on each petal.

Each flower is composed of six petals that are bell shaped. The petals are thin and delicate.

If you have decided that this is the right plant for your winter garden, they are very easy to plant and grow. They require very little maintenance.

Plant the bulbs in a shady spot in loamy soil that is well drained. Dig a hole about 3 inches deep and space the bulbs about 3-4 inches apart.

Plant them in the fall so that they will be ready to grow in the winter.

That’s about all you have to do. Once the bulbs are planted, they take care of themselves. Just relax and take a peek out the window when you need some cheering up. The crisp look of this plant will have you thinking of spring in no time.

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