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Crocus

Crocus flowers bloom in the beginning of spring. They are usually the very first flower you see when spring begins. Catch them fast though, because they don’t hang around for long.

They are bulbs that need to be planted in the fall to grow at the right time. Plant the bulbs about 3 inches deep and spread them out 2 inches apart.

Crocus

Crocus

The first sign of them growing in the spring are the leaves. I think that they have a very distinct look to them. They are tall and have a point at the tip. They almost look like larger, broader, pieces of grass.

After the leaves are out for a while, the flower finally blooms. Keep an eye out for them though, because if you blink, they’ll be gone!

They grow very close to the ground and blooms bright flowers of yellow, purple, and white. They only grow to be 4 to 6 inches tall.

The bloom of this flower is a distinct cup shaped blossom. The bloom opens and looks as if it is yelling, Spring is here! I used to think that the bloom looked like a ducks beak!

You can plant these flowers almost anywhere because they tolerate different types of soil and temperature. They do however like to be in the sun.

Yellow Crocus

Yellow Crocus

Try to plant lots of bulbs close together. The more you plant, the more will grow, and the prettier your flowerbed will be.

Spring isn’t the only season for this brightly colored plant. They can also grow in the fall. It’s like a burst of spring during the fall season.

 

There are many different species of this plant that grow in the fall, and they bloom between September and November.

If they begin to grow too many in one spot, wait until the end of spring, when both the flowers and the foliage is gone, and divide and replant the flowers.

Although these plants are bulbs, they are also perennials. Which means they will grow back for years and years to come!

These flowers, along with tulips, really are the flowers of spring. They are the first ones you see, and the ones that get us the most excited that spring is here!

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Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox is an easy flower to grow in the spring. There are many different species of phlox. Each species is different, but they are all fairly easy to grow.

Most require no maintenance. These plants are perennials and will grow again every year.

Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox

After planting phlox seeds, they attach to the ground and grow wildly throughout the flower garden.

Phlox is a ground-covering flower similar to periwinkle. They grow and spread low to the ground and cover the earth in a fragrant beautiful blanket.

Some verities of this flower come in colors like lavender, pink, white, and blue. They begin to grow in the beginning of spring. By the time summer arrives, thee flowers are a distant memory.

One of the most popular types of Phlox is Moss Pinks. They grow low to the ground and are magenta, bright pink, lavender or white.

Another popular type is Sweet William. They grow in the middle of spring and grow to be and little bit taller then the Moss Pinks.

Garden Phlox Flower

Garden Phlox Flower

They can grow well in shaded areas and are very low maintenance.

Alyssum-leaved Phlox is a species that grow to be only 2 to 4 inches tall. They are white flowers that sometimes have a hint of pale pink or lavender in them.

Another type called Crackerjack is a bright magenta color with dark green foliage.

Growing phlox is fairly simple. Plant the seeds or already grown flowers in well-drained soil. You can plant them in an area that is in the sun, but gets some shade.

As the plant blooms it will release seeds that plant themselves into the ground. These are the seeds that will grow again the next year.

The only care phlox needs are to be cut back when they grow to be to wild, and water them in periods of drought.

Once your Phlox begins to grow, enjoy the beauty it brings to your home!

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Cosmos Flowers

Cosmos flowers are the October birth month flower. They are a very delicate looking flower that comes in both perennial and annual types.

Cosmos have about 25 different species. They are commonly grown in Mexico and the southern parts of the United States. They also grow well in Central and South America.

Cosmo Flower

Cosmo Flower

This particular type of flower comes in many bright colors. Some popular Cosmos flowers colors are pinks, reds, yellow, magenta, and white. They grow to be anywhere from 2 to 4 feet tall.

Whichever color you choose, most varieties have a yellow circle in the center. I like Cosmos because they have such a pretty look to them. Almost like a wide circular fan. The petals stretch open to reveal the delicate yellow center.

They grow upon tall stems, and are surrounded by whimsical looking foliage. Everything about this flower just establishes its look of delicateness.

The flower itself can grow in a moderate based soil. The soil will need to be moist, but will have to have good drainage. The roots and stems can rot in too much moisture.

Cosmos flowers grow their best when planted in a spot with full sun. You can begin to plant the seeds in the middle toward the end of spring. They grow well in the cooler temperatures of the springtime.

When they begin to grow, the October birth month flower may have some problems. You may notice some mildew or mold on the leaves. Also if planted in moist wet soil, they can get stem and root rot. Again, make sure they are in well-drained soil.

Cosmos Flowers

Cosmos Flowers

Once planted, Cosmos flowers should begin to grow in the summer, and continue growing into the fall, if you take care of them. Once you see little flower buds beginning to grow, just water them regularly, careful not to make the soil to wet.

The most common species that you usually see is the Cosmos bipinnatus. They are commonly known as Garden Cosmos. They are about 2 feet tall and grow in colors of white, red, and pink.

The bipinnatus comes in different kinds such as Candy Stripes, Daydream, Seashells, and Sonata.

Sonatas are dwarfs that have blossoms that are multicolored. Candy Stripes are white blooms with an outer edging in the petals that is crimson red.

Daydream flowers are predominately white, with a pink center. Seashells come in pinks and white. They may start out in one color and then have a different shade at the tips of their petals.

If you live in an area with hot summer sun, you may want to plant Cosmos sulfurous. They adapt better then Garden cosmos to the hot sun.

They bloom flowers in yellows and oranges. Some types of this variety also bloom doubled petals.

The variety you choose will have to be a choice of what type of colors or color scheme you are working on for your garden. Also think about the weather in your region before planting a specific species.

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Coralberry

Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) is a member of the Snowberry family. They are grown as a shrub that is sometimes considered to be a ground covering plant.

They are a tolerant flower that grows outside during the cold winter months. They are very tough plants that can hang in there through the cold.

Snowberry Flower

Snowberry Flower

This shrubs leaves are an oval shape that are very dark green in color.

During the spring this plant grows very small bell shaped flowers.

They are typically white flowers that sometimes have a hint of pink on them.

In the winter, this plant grows tiny clusters of berries on it. The fruits are a very deep shade of purplish red.

While some wild animals may eat these berries, they are poisonous to humans. So if you are growing this plant in your yard, don’t sample the berries. They will make you sick.

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Coral Bells

Coral Bells are tiny flowers shaped like bells that sit atop pretty foliage. There leaves are shaped like ivy leaves, and are bright green in color.

Coral Bells

Coral Bells

They grow in late spring and typically last well into the summer months. Their red blossoms brighten up any garden they are planted in.

When planting them, plant them in a drained soil with a slightly acidic ph. Spread them about a foot apart, and plant them pretty deep into the soil, so that you only see the crown of the plant.

They will grow in a sunny area with some shade. Use them to border or edge your garden. The bright red color of the flower will brighten up anyone’s day.

They are perennials and will continue to grow for many years. One way to keep them growing would be to divide them every few years.

Shear the plant back a bit and dig out some of the plants. Then move them to a new spot, or another garden, and you will have them all throughout your yard.

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