Spring Flowers and Plants

Flame Violet

The Flame Violet (Episcia Cupreata) must be named for the bright red flowers that grow from its foliage. A member of the same family as the African violets, the tiny red flowers sit on top of lovely green foliage.

The leaves are a dark green color on the outside, with a light green stripe down the middle. The leaves also look like someone took a bottle of glitter, and sprinkled it over the tops of the leaves.

This plant is a great houseplant to have. They look pretty no matter where you plant them. Brighten up a dark room with these lovely little flowers. The brightness of the red is sure to cheer any room, and anyone, up.

This flower grows in the spring. They need to be around bright light, but not directly under the sun. They grow best in warmer temperatures of 70 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ask your local nursery for a good potting soil mix for this plant. Keep the plant hydrated, but do not drown it.

They also thrive off of a high humidity atmosphere.

Once the plants are grown, feed them with regular houseplant fertilizer every other week.

Keep your flowers happy and healthy and enjoy their company all season long!

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Euphorbia

Euphorbia is a type of perennial that is easy to grow and maintain. They can grow so large that they can easily fill up a flowerbed.

It grows on wonderfully green, luscious foliage. The color of the flowers can be yellow, bronze or a gold color.

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

One type of of this plant is the chameleon. It is actually made up of purple leaves that turn red in the fall.

This particular plant can grow anywhere form 1 to 6 ft tall. The plant has a milky kind of sap inside of it to deter rodents away. Be careful though, because this sap can cause allergic reactions to people.

Another type of this flower, cushion spurge, is full of chartreuse bracts in spring, and they turn red in the fall.

It is very easy to grow. If you start out growing it with seed, it can however, take up to three years to see anything. If you start out with a plant already beginning to grow, you will have quicker results.

Plant them in the beginning of spring, and depending on where you live will have an effect on where to plant it.

If you live in warmer regions, plant them in a partially shady area. If you live in a cooler region, plant then on a sunny area. They also need to be planted in well-drained soil.

They can live however, in soil that is poor, or in a small drought.

Since they are perennials, they will grow back every year. If they begin to look too bushy, just trim them back a little bit.

If you want to spread the cushion spurge to another part of your garden, you can dig up some of the pant and divide the plant to another area.

The easiest way to divide the plant is to dig up part of the plant from the roots when it first begins to grow, and replant it in a new spot quickly after.

If you are a beginner to gardening, this is a great plant to start out with. It grows to be a beautiful plant that will come back every year. It requires little to no maintenance once it is grown.

Try it out in your garden and see how bright your garden can be.

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Dianthus

Dianthus flowers come in many different species, and can be either perennials or annuals.

Also known as Garden Pinks, they bloom near the end of spring, or beginning of summer.

Dianthus Flower

Dianthus Flower

They come in more colors then just pink. They also grow to be rose colored, white, or other variations of pink.

They have a very distinct scent, and grow well in zones 4 – 10. To plant in an area where they get a lot of sun throughout the day.

Space each plant about 10 – 15 inches apart. They need to be soil with an acidic pH, and soil that drains well.

Water the plants at least once a week, and avoid getting them too wet.

The perennial variety can be propagated by cutting, dividing, or layering. To promote life fertilize the plants every 6 to 8 weeks with a regular liquid fertilizer.

If you are going to grow them from seeds, sow the seeds in spring or summer. Sow them in well drained soil about 1/8 inch deep. Keep the soil moist until the plant begins to grow. They may take a full year to bloom any flowers.

They are very delicate looking flowers and will make your garden beautiful.

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Daisy Flower

The Daisy flower (Bellis Perennis) is the April birth month flower. If you have an April birthday you are very lucky. Not only do you have a beautiful birth month flower, but you also have a beautiful birthstone: the Diamond.

Daisies are flowers that are also considered to be weeds. Like other weeds, they can grow wildly and become invasive to other plants in your garden. However if I were going to have any type of weed in my yard, I would want it to be a Daisy. Just because they look so cute!

Daisy Flowers

Daisy Flowers

Some gardeners would however, disagree with me because they can be as much of a nuisance as other weeds.

This flower is a very unique one. It is not just one flower. The Daisy is a composite flower. When you look at the flower from far away, it looks like a flower with a yellow center and white petals surrounding the center.

If you look more closely, you will see that it is made up of many little flowers. The yellow center is composed of many tiny yellow flowers. Each white petal is also an individual flower of itself.

Like I said, you need to look closely to see it.

If you like the look of this particular flower, then maybe it will not be a problem for you to have them in your garden. If they get too pesky to handle however, simply pull them out as you would any common weed.

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Daffodil

The Daffodil (Narcissus) is yet another flower that blooms in the beginning of spring. They have a very distinct look with their yellow, trumpet shaped blossoms.

There are many different types of this flower. They all look different, and grow at different times throughout the spring. They also come in other colors. Not just yellow!

Daffodils

Daffodils

Find your favorites and plant a garden full of these to last the whole season.

Besides being bulbs, they are also perennials. It seems like all of the spring favorites are perennials so they can grow back every year.

This flower belongs to the Narcissus plant group. While the Daffodil is the March birth month flower, Narcissus is the December birth month flower.

Since these flowers are bulbs, they need to be planted in the fall. Make sure the pointy ends are up and plant them (more then one), about 8-9 inches deep. Spread the bulbs out about 6 inches apart.

Make sure you plant the bulbs in well-drained soil because otherwise your bulbs will rot.

As the blossoms fall off and die, let the stems and leaves die off onto the ground so that new daffodils come back each year. Do not damage the foliage, as it will be hard for new ones to grow. Let nature take its course.

There are 12 different divisions of this plant.

Division 1: Trumpet Narcissus. The trumpet is named for its look. It has petals surrounding a trumpet like center. These are the flowers you usually see in gardens in the beginning of spring. They have one blossom off of each stem.

Division 2: Large-Cupped. This flower has several petals surrounding a cup-like center. They come in many different colors.

Division 3: Small-Cupped. Looks just like the large cupped and comes in the same colors. The cup-like center is just smaller.

Division 4: Double. This flower has outside petals surrounded a cluster of smaller petals in the center. This particular plant can have more than one flower per stem.

Division 5: Triandrus. They look like inside out umbrellas. Two or more flowers usually grow upon each stem, and they have small cupped centers with petal surrounding them that curve away from the center.

Division 6: Cyclamineus. One flower booms on each stem and this bloom resembles the bloom of the triandrus. The difference is that the bloom on the cyclamineus is larger. The center is bigger, and the petals that curve out away from the center are also larger.

Division 7: Jonquilla. The Jonquilla flowers look very pretty and dainty. They have small-cupped centers with flat petals surrounding them. Each stem usually get anywhere from 1 to 3 blossoms. They also have a very strong fragrant to them.

Division 8: Tazetta. The tazetta has many flowers that grow from one stem. They grow from a broad stem. They emit a very strong fragrance.

Division 9: Poeticus. This flower has extremely large petals with a small cup like center. The center has little frills around the edges, making it look very dainty.

Division 10: Wild Species. The wild species flower looks like a horn hanging off of the stem. It has a very different look to it and does not look like any of the other species.

Division 11: Split Corona. This plant looks like it is two separate flowers that are on the same stem, but the smaller flower is stuck on the larger flower.

Division 12: Miscellaneous All of the daffodils that are not yet classified.

Once you have selected the type you want in your garden, plant them and take care of them so that they return year after year.

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