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Poppy Flower

Poppy Flower

The Poppy flower (Papaver) is a spring flower which can be either an annual flower or perennial flower. Whichever type you choose you will be sure to love. Whatever the kind, they will bring a very unique look to your garden.

Poppy Flower Types

Poppies

Poppies

There are a lot of different species of this flower. They have very large blossoms that grow from the foliage.

Perennial Poppies

Grow from seeds in the soil. They are very easy to grow and they reseed themselves so that they continue to grow again each year.

Corn Poppies

Grow in the spring. They are annuals that can be planted in fall or early spring.

Angels Choir

Is a double flower that can be a soft pink or white color.

Oriental Poppy

Is a very popular species. They can be a bright orange, red, purple, or white color. They are perennials and grow to be almost 4 feet tall.

Growing Poppy Flower

Poppy Flowers

Poppy Flower

Certain Poppies should be planted in a certain way. They all do not grow the same. If you are unsure about how to grow your plants, check out your local nursery to get directions on how to plant your flowers correctly.

Most species do however grow best in areas with full sun to light shade. Make sure you have them planted in well-drained soil. Also spread your seeds out. They do not grow well if they are too crowded.

Once the flowers begin to grow, they make a beautiful contribution to a vase of fresh cut flowers. They are very easy to cut, and once you have them in a vase, they look gorgeous. Poppies definitely bring a unique look to any garden. Whether you use them as accent flowers, or as the main focus of your garden, they will be sure to brighten up anyone’s yard or flowerbed.

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Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks (Alcea) are biennial plants that bloom in the summer months. They have a very short lifespan and you usually only see them bloom in mid to late summer.

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Because hollyhocks flowers are very prone to disease, it will not last as long as other flowers. It will however reseed itself each year. So you don’t have to worry about replanting it yourself until you see it has stopped growing.

Alcea are one of summers more different looking plants. The flowers actually grow on long stems coming out of the ground. It will reach at least 5 or 6 feet tall once the plant is done growing.

The blossoms grow in many different colors. They come in varieties of pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, reds, and white. Along the thick stems, colorful flowers burst open. They are a very decent size of cup shaped petals. Along with the nice sized blossoms are large green leaves.

If you ever come across a plant that has a very tall stem, with bright green leaves, and several large colorful flowers, then you are most likely looking at Hollyhock.

Since they grow to be so tall and are a powerful looking plant, set them up in a flowerbed all of their own. Or perhaps use them to border a fence.

Hollyhocks When To Plant

So have you decided to plant them in your garden? For starters if you are growing alcea they need to be in the sun. Hollyhocks can be planted in almost any

Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks

type of soil. Just be sure it will get the amount of moisture it needs.

When you are growing Alcea begin to sow your seeds in the spring or early fall. Space them about 2 feet apart, as they grow to be very tall and need some space.

When they start to grow, you will see that the flowers begin to bloom from bottom to top. The plants need to be staked and kept away from wind. If they are not staked they will tilt, due to their height. The wind could also hurt them and make them tilt and eventually kill them.

Water the plants, as they need it. Keep a careful watch over them in times of drought.

While they do require a little more work then some other summer flowers, they are worth the work in the end. Once you see the beautiful flowers blooming, you will be happy you decided to give them a chance!

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Aster Flower

The Aster flower is a daisy like flower, they look like little star bursts, opening up into a beautiful bloom. There are many different species, so you need to make sure you are growing the kind you like best.

Aster Flowers

Aster Flowers

Asters are the September birth month flower. They begin to grow at the end of summer, and continue to grow into fall. They are a great flower to have in the autumn months. As autumn days begin to get shorter and colder, the flower is a great plant to look at and remind you of the warmer summer months. They really do brighten up a fall flowerbed.

The best thing about this beautiful fall flower; is that it is a perennial flower. That means they will grow back year after year!

The perennial Asters can be grouped into three different species. They are known to some by their common name, Michaelmas daisy.

Michaelmas daisies are so easy to plant and care for. Anyone can do it. They can be planted in any soil type, and just need a lot of sun and a lot of water. Water them fairly regularly.

Aster Flower Meaning

A symbol of love and patience.

Aster Flower Types

The three varieties of flower to choose from are: Aster frikartii, A. novae-angliae, and A. novi-belgii.

Aster

Aster

Aster Frikartii

The Aster Frikartii grows in a purple aster color and has a great strong smell. They grow about 2 to 3 feet tall.

A. novae-angliae

This species comes in pink aster and purple aster colors. They can grow to be as tall as 5 feet. This plant is known as the New England aster.

A. novi-belgii

Known as the New York aster, comes in colors like white aster, pink aster, and purple aster. They can grow anywhere from about 1 foot to 4 feet tall.

Aster Flower Care

These plants are very easy to plant. It is easiest to start out with purchased plants. Simply place the plants in any average soil, and water them daily. Give them lots of sun, with a little bit of shade. After this plant grows for a few years, it can begin to look over grown. If this happens to you, dig up some of the plants, divide and replant them. This really is a great plant to have. They are so easy to take care of, and they make for a gorgeous fall flowerbed.

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Shrubs

Shrubs like other landscaping options, come in a variety of types available for landscaping your yard and garden space. They can flower in a variety of colors or can be strictly foliage only. The size range of shrubs encompasses smaller plant forms all the way up to plants that are tree-sized. This gives many options to a homeowner when planning their landscape.

Types of Shrubs

For simple classification purposes shrubs can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen flowering shrubs maintain their color and leaves all year round; deciduous shrubs put on a colorful show in the fall and then lose their foliage until spring.

Shrubs serve different purposes in a landscape or garden, depending on their size and shape. Foundation plantings are found closest to the house along the foundation and help to frame a house, while softening the edges of the structure.  A specimen plant is grown by itself, for ornamental effect, and serves as a focal point in a garden. Hedges, or privacy shrubs, are grown to create a wall of plants. Sometimes they are purely decorative and other times they serve a practical function for the homeowner.

There are many types commonly found in gardens and landscapes, each having their own advantages. One of the main merits of these plants is they typically need little hands on care to grow, this makes low maintenance shrubs great around the house. Some of the most common garden/landscaping shrubs follow:

Azalea Shrubs

Azalea

Azaleas

Known for their showy spring flowers, azaleas are a subgenera of the rhododendron family. Although they typically have a shortened blooming season (only a couple of weeks long) compared to most flowering shrubs, they are available in many evergreen varieties to provide year-round interest in your landscape. Azaleas come in a wide range of colors, giving the gardener many options to choose from.

Barberry Shrubs

Barberry

Barberry Shrubs

Another low maintenance shrub, is this easy to grow hardy deciduous shrub, barberry provides year round interest in a garden and landscapes. Barberry plants have thick, green leaves that turn red in the fall and bear numerous berries. Their thick, uniform growing pattern makes them well suited for hedges or mixed borders.

Boxwood Shrubs

Boxwood

Boxwood Shrubs

One of the most common evergreen shrubs used in landscapes, boxwoods are very dense and work extremely well for creating walled gardens or as privacy shrubs. They are commonly used as foundation plantings helping to frame a house and anchor it aesthetically to a site.

Forsythia

Forsythia

Forsythia

The cheery yellow foliage of the forsythia signifies that spring has finally arrived after the doldrums of winter. They are among the first flowers to grow in spring providing a brilliant display of yellow. Forsythia is a low maintenance shrub making it very easy to care for and they make a great privacy shrubs to screen in a landscape or garden.

Holly Bush

Holly Bush

Holly Bush Shrubs

Commonly used as a screening hedge, or foundation planting, the holly bush are evergreen shrubs known for their clusters of red berries and spin-edged leaves. They provide a backdrop for other flowers in the summer, and add structure and color to landscapes during the winter months. Hollies require little care other than pruning to keep them compact.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

One of the most popular flowering shrubs found in landscapes, hydrangeas add a beautiful pop of color to yards and gardens in the summer months. They come in pink, blue and white, and work well in informal borders and as specimen plantings.

Juniper Shrubs

Juniper

Juniper

These shrubs are known for their distinctive fragrance and well defined shape. The low growing juniper variety is used most often in landscapes, filling in vacant spaces between larger, more upright shrubs and trees. Junipers never need pruning and tolerate adverse conditions well.

Lilacs

Lilacs

Lilacs

Lilacs are exceedingly popular flowering shrubs are known for their intoxicating fragrance and light purple flowers, making them a staple in many landscapes, especially rural communities. Lilac varieties are available in more compact forms, as well as taller plants; they are also available in yellow and white. They do well when planted together to create screens, or backgrounds, but can also stand alone to create stunning specimen plantings.

Rhododendron Shrubs

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Closely related to the azalea, rhododendrons are also known for their ornate spring flowers. Rhododendrons are acid loving plants, which do best when planted in groupings instead of individual planting holes. A variety of available rhododendron colors allows for creativity in garden flower color schemes.

Rose of Sharon Shrubs

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

This is another flowering shrub that brings large, beautiful blooms to garden spaces.  Rose of Sharon flowers appear during the warm summer months in shades of red, pink, purple and white flowering shrubs. This is a low maintenance shrub that is easy to care for and will thrive with little care. Their 9-12’ stature makes for stunning privacy shrubs but do require some pruning for shape.

Spirea Shrubs

Spirea

Spirea

A deciduous flowering shrub that blooms in late spring to midsummer, spireas are often used as foundation plantings, hedges, or accent plants in perennial gardens. Flower colors include white, red, pink and yellow depending on the spirea variety; size ranges from smaller 2’ tall plants, to shrubs that grow to 10’ in height.

With many options in colors, sizes, and purpose, these plants fill an important niche within gardens and landscapes. They can help anchor a home into the site by serving as foundation plantings. They can stand alone, creating stunning focal points, or they can be used as privacy shrubs amassing together to build walls of plants that provide privacy.

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Rhododendron Shrub

Rhododendron is a shrub that begins blooming in the middle of spring. Once fully bloomed, it will continue to grow well into the summer months.

I remember when I was younger; my grandmother wanted a plant to grow in a certain spot in my front yard. She decided on the Rhododendron because they grow back every year.

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Each year they come back, the shrub will sometimes be bigger then it was the year before. Also this plant is basically maintenance free. All she did was plant the shrub, watered it in the beginning, and from then on it began to grow more and more each year.

When my grandmother first bought the plant it was a small sized shrub. Now nearly 15 years later it is a very large beautiful shrub.

One of the great things about this plant is that when the flowers go away, the foliage stays behind and lasts all year.

When spring comes, my rhododendron shrub grows beautiful pink flowers. They grow close together and make for a pretty looking bush.

In the wintertime when all that’s left is the leaves and stems, we string Christmas lights on the shrub. It looks very pretty!

While my bush grows pink flowers, some other colored flowers they may grow are purple, yellow, white, or even red.

This shrub grows best in an area with partial shade. The leaves may start to wilt if in an area of too much sun.

However if you plant it in an area with too much shade, the plants will not grow their flowers as well as they would grow in an area with partial shade.

My grandmother dug a big hole and put in some peat moss to help the plant grow healthy. The plant needs to be planted so that the top most portions of the roots are showing slightly.

Then she just watered the plant when it needed it. If the soil looked to dry, that was when she watered it.

That’s all she had to do. Then the plant began to grow, and as I said before that was maybe more then 15 years ago and my Rhododendron still looks great!

It really is a carefree plant to have. It is critter resistant, little to no maintenance required, and it comes back every year. It is the perfect shrub to have!

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