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Cape Primrose

Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus) is an indoor plant that most people keep during the cold winter months. While they can grow year round, they are most popular as a winter flower. I guess it brings a little bit of spring to the dampness of winter.

This plant is very easy to grow. Once you plant the seeds in a pot you like, be sure to water it regularly. It is best to let the soil dry up a little bit and then water the plant. Don’t let it get too dry. You just don’t want to drown it.

Cape Primrose Flower

Cape Primrose Flower

Streptocarpus Plants grow well in the winter time because it likes to grow in cooler temperatures. Not so cool that you try to grow it outdoors, a cool spot in your home will do just fine.

In order to really thrive, the plant needs to be round sunlight for at least 12 hours a day. Just don’t place it in direct sunlight because you don’t want to fry it.

When you are picking a pot to grow your Streptocarpus in, pick a pot with holes in the bottom and place it on a dish. You want to make sure the plant has good drainage but also maintains moisture.

Now, let’s talk about how pretty this plant looks. Being a relative of the African Violet this plant also has tubular shaped flowers.

They grow to be a delicate looking as the flowers on the violet. They come in more of a variety of colors then the African Violet. You can grow the Primrose in white, blue, violet, pink or red.

These flowers grow on a tall thin stem. Usually about 10 inches long. The leaves that grow along with the flowers are wide and light green. The leaves are bigger than the flower head.

Just wait and see how large this indoor plant can be! From what starts out as a tiny seedling really grows into a nice sized house plant.

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Candytuft

Candytuft (Iberis Umbellata) is a very delicate looking flower. They can be a perennial or an annual. The perennial kind comes in delicate white flowers, while the annual type can come in white, pink, or lavender.

The annual versions look sort of flat on top. They almost look like little clusters of umbrellas covering the foliage beneath them.

Candytuft

Candytuft

They bloom in the spring and can continue to grow into the summer.

Perennial types do not last as long. They usually grow near the end of spring into the beginning of summer. They resemble little snowballs on top of green leaves.

This flower is good to be used as an edging flower. Think of a walkway leading to your home bordered with Iberis. Or you could use it as a border in your flowerbed.

Whether you choose the annuals or the perennials, it is a great pick to frame your spring gardens. The decision is yours. Do you want flowers that bloom once, but last for a long time? Or do you want short-lived flowers that reappear every year.

To make sure your perennial grows back every year, cut back your plant towards the end of spring. Take a pair of garden shears and trim back your plant so it will grow again the following year.

Growing them is quite simple. Plant either your seeds, or your plants about 6 inches apart in well-drained soil.

They grow best in areas with a lot of sun, and will grow to be about 6 to 12 inches tall. The only maintenance they require is watering when needed, and the occasional weeding.

They do not need to be watered constantly. If the soil starts to look too dry, then they need to have water. They can stand to be in dry soil for a short time, but they need some water to survive.

It is recommended to plant Iberis them in the beginning of spring. Then for the rest of the season you will have pretty flowers to look at.

Whether you choose the perennial kind, or the annual kind, your spring garden will look fabulous!

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Calendula Flower

The Calendula flower also known as pot marigold is the October birth month flower. They begin to grow in the summer, and last throughout the fall.

They bloom in colors of orange and yellow. They are a member of the daisy family. They even slightly resemble a daisy. Except that they bloom in yellow and orange.

Calendula Flower

Calendula Flower

They have a circular center surrounded by layers of petals. Some have one layer, while other can have two or more layers of petals.

Pot marigolds can either make a good garden flower, or even a good container flower. I have even seen some people use them in their window boxes.

Calendula also works well as cut flowers because they grow upon long stems. They can be anywhere from 12 inches to 30 inches tall. They would look really pretty in a fall arrangement used to decorate your house.

They really bring a touch of fall to your home, inside and out.

Besides being used as floral decorations, the petals of the Pot Marigold flower can be used for cooking. Many people use the petals to sprinkle over rice or potatoes. The petals can also be used as a substitute for saffron.

Calendula Flowers

Calendula Flowers

To start growing this flower, you can either start from seeds, or from store bought plants that have already begun to grow. Remember, this plant grows in the fall. Therefore they will grow best in cooler temperatures.

If Calendula flowers are planted in an area that is too hot, they will not continue to grow.

If you are starting from seeds, start them indoors towards the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Use a potting soil that has some moisture. Keep the soil moist and keep the seeds covered. They grow better in the darkness of the soil.

Once you see the seeds beginning to grow leaves, transfer the plant outdoors. After they are planted, water them, as they need it.

Some insects do like to nibble on the flower and the leaves. Spray with an insecticide, and you plant should grow just fine.

The only sad thing about his flower is that they are annuals. So they will not return the next year. Don’t worry however, they are so easy to grow and take care of that you can plant them again the next year on your own.

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Brunnera Macrophylla

Brunnera Macrophylla also known as Siberian Bugloss is a member of the perennial family. It blooms from the middle of spring until the end of spring.

This plant has great big bright green leaves that are accompanied by tiny light blue flowers.

After the flowers die off for the season, the leaves remain. The leaves look huge compared to the size of the flowers!

When you see this plant you may notice the leaves first. They are very large in size, but they look beautiful. Even if they never bloomed flowers, this plant would still be a great plant to look at.

Out from the giant leaves, grow tiny thin stems. Along these stems grow the little light blue flowers.

Planting this perennial in your garden will surely brighten even the darkest spots.

This plant can grow to be about 1 to 1 1/2 feet tall.

Once you plant it, it will spread. It grows out and will fill up any space.

If you are thinking of planting Siberian Bugloss, plant the plants 1 to 1 1/2 feet apart. Remember it spreads!

The good thing with this plant is that it will grow in areas with full shade, partial shade, or even full sun. It is a very versatile plant.

Plant it in well-drained soil that is kept very moist.

This plant can be propagated in the fall. Just divide the plant and plant it in an area that you would like more to grow.

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Boltonia

Boltonia is a flower that is not very well known. Or perhaps they are well known, just not by their name.

They bear a strong resemblance to Daisies and certain species of the Aster plant. Like a Daisy they have the same yellow disc in the center and are surrounded by flat white petals. Boltonia also grows in a lovely shade of pink.

This is definitely one of falls more easily maintained plants. They are easy to grow and just as easy to care for.

While they do prefer to be in a spot with full sun, they aren’t picky about the type of soil they are to be planted in. So when deciding on a spot to begin planting, just make sure it receives a lot of good fall sun!

They do tend to grow out a bit wildly so a good place to put them could be in a bed of their own. They are not however limited to a solo flower bed. You can mix then with other fall flowers or even use them as a border along a walkway. The choice is yours.

When you find your spot and are ready to begin planting, set each plant about 2 to 3 feet apart. First you will notice the lovely leaves blooming and then the flowers shortly follow suit.

They usually grow in the months of September through October. Depending on how warm of a climate you live in, they sometimes can live all the way through to November.

The flowers will grow to a nice height of 3 or 4 feet tall. Even though they can be pretty tall, this plant doesn’t need to be staked.

I recommend planting this as a fall flower simply because it is beautiful to look at, and easy to grow and maintain!

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