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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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Columbine

Columbine (Aquilegia Caerulea) is a type of perennial that grows for four to six weeks in late spring to early summer. It is a very pretty flower that comes in colors like purple, red, blue, and pink.

They are typically grow best in the northern regions. They are definitely a uniquely shaped flower. It is hard to describe how they look other than to say they look tube like with pear shaped petals.

Columbine Flowers

Columbine Flowers

Another thing different about these flowers is that they grow upon a thin stem.

The Aquilegia flowers themselves are also sometimes two toned.

To grow them you should plant them in the fall or the spring. Make sure they are planted in rich, drained soil.

They are very easy to grow and when they are in full bloom, they look very pretty.

After you plant them and they have reached full bloom, they can reseed themselves. They drop seeds on the ground and are able to continue growing for years to come.

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Colchicum

Colchicum is one of falls more brighter flowers. They bloom in colors like pink, purple, lilac and of course white.

They bloom around the time when the Autumn Crocuses are blooming. It is fitting since they resemble each other.

Colchicum Flowers

Colchicum Flowers

They shoot out of the ground just as the crocus does and opens its petal wide and bell shaped like a crocus.

They are a small fall flower growing only about 6 inches tall. If you want to plant this flower in your garden, you will need to start by planting the corms in the late summer months. That way when fall begins, the plants will shoot up from the earth.

This is an interesting plant because when it first blooms, there is no foliage to accompany the plant. The foliage from this plant does not actually grow until the following spring.

Unlike a crocus, the foliage on this plant is not pretty and grass like. It is very rough to the touch.

When you are ready to plant the bulbs, set them in an area with well-drained soil. The tops of the bulbs will need to be upright and planted about 3 inches below the top of the soil. Spread each corm at least 4 inches apart so that they will have space to grow.

Then just sit back relax and wait for you beautiful Colchicum flowers to appear.

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