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Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia) is a summer flower that has about 30 different species. They can be perennials, annuals, or even biennials. They resemble the daisy and come in a small variety of bright colors.

Gaillardia grows in shades of yellow, red, orange, and mahogany. They either grow in one color, or two. Some have a yellow outer edge with an orange burst in the center.

Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower

The leaves on the flowers are a bright green shade, and have toothed or fringed edges.

If you live in a super hot region, then this flower is perfect for your garden. It is very tolerant of hot temperatures. It actually thrives during bursts of summer sun and heat.

This plant may get its name because of the way it grows. They grow to be about 3 feet tall and cover the ground below them like a blanket.

While Gaillardia does not live as long as one might like it too, it is a flower that reseeds itself: if it is a biennial or perennial.

If you decide to grow this flower, begin to plant the seeds indoors about 8 weeks before the warm spring weather. In order for the seeds to grow, they should be in light. Plant them in moist soil and keep them in a well-lit area that is kept at room temperature.

Once you begin to see the plant growing, you can then transfer it outdoors. They are usually ready to be replanted when you see leaves.

You do not have to start this plant by seed. You can also plant a pre purchased flower. Just plant it in well-drained soil when the weather gets warmer, and watch it grow.

If your flower begins to grow out of control, cut it back. This will also help it to regrow at its best the next season.

Blanket Flower2017-08-25T11:09:00-04:00

Bellflowers

Bellflowers (Campanula) are a plant that starts growing anywhere from the end of spring, to the beginning of summer. They come in different colors and in different shapes.

Obviously one of their shapes is bell shaped, hence the name Bellflower. They also can be shaped like stars or cup-shaped. Some even resemble a rose. Colors vary from pink, blue, purple and white. Also known as Campanula, this plant may grow in clusters or on it’s own as a single flower. It is a very versatile flower.

Meaning it can be planted almost anywhere and used in many different places. Because this flower comes in many different forms, it has many uses.

Bellflowers

Bellflowers

Some kinds can be used in gardens as borders or as edging plants. You could also use the hanging Campanulas in hanging pots. They also make a beautiful addition to rock gardens.

What ever you choose to do, they will look gorgeous and make an awesome addition anywhere!

Bellflowers come in both perennial and annual varieties. With over 300 species, you have a lot to choose from!

Campanula

Campanula

 

Whatever kinds you choose, and there are many decisions to make with this flower, they are fairly easy to grow.

The first thing to do is to pick a place with the right kind of soil, and the right kind of climate.

Campanula thrive in sunny spots with partial shade, and very fertile soil. The soil needs to be well drained. Place the plants 12 – 18 inches apart.

Water them enough to keep the soil moist. Do not over water though, because you do not want to drown them.

They can grow be be as little as 8 inches tall to 4 feet! They can grow to be be too wild and out of control. If they get to wild, cut them back to whatever looks good to you, or fits your garden.

Bellflower plant will grow for many years to come if you take care of it. Make sure to cut back the plant as needed, but also divide the plant every few years. Then you should have a healthy plant that lives on for a very long time!

Bellflowers2017-08-25T11:08:21-04:00

Begonia Plants

Begonia plants are one of summer’s most delicate looking flowers. The soft colors of the petals make this plant look simply gorgeous. My favorite colors of this flower are the soft pinks, and of course the light peach ones. I always know summer is near when I start to see them blooming. While some begin to grow in the spring, they are definitely a summer flower. They are often used in gardens or in containers or as houseplants. I love them anyhow, anywhere!

Begonia

Begonia

If you are planning on having begonia plants out in your flower garden, they thrive in shady areas. If they are around too much sun, they will not live as long. Now this flower is an annual. So if you want to see this beautiful plant year after year, you will need to replant new ones each year.

There are two different kinds of this plant. There are wax begonias, and tuberous begonias.

The wax kind of the plant come in colors of pink, red, and white. They grow to be about 6 to 12 inches high! Wax Begonias grow all throughout the summer. They must get their name due to the leaves. They are a dark green color and have a glossy look to them. Some of the leaves also have a bronze look to them.

If you choose to grow them, you can either start by seeds or you can use already cut ones. Start growing the seeds inside during the winter. When spring comes, you can transfer the plant outside to your garden. Space them about 6 to 12 inches apart in a spot with some shade.

Begonia Plants

Begonia Plants

If your begonia plant is still living by the beginning of fall, dig up the plants, or cut them, and bring them indoors and they should last inside until the winter.

Tuberous begonias grow from the middle of summer until the beginnings of fall. They can grow from 8 to 18 inches tall. They are slightly bigger then wax begonias.

While the wax species can be in some sun, this kind cannot. Only plant them in areas with a lot of shade.

To grow the tuberous plants, you must plant bulbs. They do not grow from seeds. You can begin planting them in the winter. You must start them indoors though. Find a well-drained potting soil, and plant the bulbs in the soil, in a pot.

Be careful not to cover the tuber with too much soil. They only need to be barely covered. Water it enough just to keep the soil moist.

Once the weather begins to warm up, and the frost is gone you may then transfer the begonia plant outdoors. To keep your plant growing and healthy all season, fertilize it every so often. About once a month should be fine.

When the fall comes, you can dig up the begonia bulbs and store them inside, until you are ready to start the whole process over.

Begonia Plants2017-08-25T21:33:26-04:00

Bee Balm

Bee Balm (Monarda) is a perennial plant that grows from midsummer to the beginning of fall. There are 15 different species of this flower, and some are known to be annuals.

When planted, they will grow in clumps. These clumps will spread out and you will have a lovely garden. This plant grows very brightly colored flowers. Perfect for the summertime. As we all know, summer is the perfect time for bold, bright colors.

Bee Balm

Bee Balm

From the stems, colors of purple, pink, red and white will sprout off the tops of the stems. Growing along with the beautiful colors of the blossoms are dark green leaves.

The leaves sometimes have a hint of red or purple to them. When you break the leaves and crush them, you will smell a little bit of mint.

Monarda flowers are perennials and they will live for about three years. Dig and divide certain sections of the plant every 2 to 3 years to promote extended growth.

In order for Monarda to grow, it needs to be planted in moist soil. Plant Bee Balm it in shady spots because if you plant them in areas of sun, the soil will dry out. They need to be in moist soil to grow.

After you have found a place in the shade with very moist soil, plant Monarda flowers in the soil at about 3 inches deep. If you use mulch to cover the hole, the soil will have a better chance at staying moist.

As I’ve said before, this particular flower will spread. To keep it from spreading to wildly, you will need to hold it back. Try digging some of the plant up from the roots. The roots grow horizontally and that is how it spreads.

If it gets to hot in the summer and you see the soil becoming a little to dry, just water it as much as it needs and it should be fine.

Once you know where you are going to plant your flower, let it flourish and enjoy the beauty this plant really brings!

Bee Balm2017-08-25T11:07:44-04:00

Basket of Gold

Basket of Gold (Aurinia Saxatilis) is a type of perennial. This means you can plant it once, and it will grow back year after year.

This is a plant that grows very full and lush. It looks great as a border plant for edging around your spring gardens. If you plant the seeds about 12 inches apart you will have a gorgeous garden full of these beautiful yellow flowers.

Basket of Gold

Basket of Gold

The color of this plant is a bright yellow, gold color hence the name. It really does brighten up any spring garden.

When growing Aurinia make sure your soil is very well drained. After all, this is a very rugged flower and can live in even the worst of droughts.

The flowers needs lots of sunlight. Do not plant it near any trees. Find a spot in your yard that gets the most sunlight, and you’ll have the most luck getting them to grow.

Aurinia actually grows best in the mountains. They are a popular plant to grow in rock gardens. They can grow to be anywhere from 6 to 12 inches tall.

It needs to be planted in the fall in order to grow in the spring. As I have said before, plant the seeds about 12 inches apart because they need space to grow.

You can also grow this plant by tip cutting. Cut the tips around the end of spring to the beginning of summer. Then plant the cultivars about 4 inches apart.

Aurinia Saxatilis does not need much to survive, other then plenty of sunlight. When you water them, do not water too much, as your plant will drown, and you certainly wouldn’t want that.

This is such a pretty plant to add to your garden and it is definitely a low maintenance plant, which is always nice. It will eventually grow to be a large beautiful addition to your garden.

Basket of Gold2017-08-24T17:29:53-04:00