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Favorite Flowers to Grow

  • Mar 10, 2010
For the most part these are my favorite flowers to have in my garden.  Pansies are the only annuals, meaning they don't come back and you need to get new ones every year,  in the bunch.  I'm big on a variety of color so those are the ones that make this list.  I lived further south I would get more into tropical flowers.
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Tulip
A very consistent and vibrant flower. I love having a wide variety of colorful tulips throughout my landscape. I currently have white, dark purple, bright red, King's blood and yellow tulips. If only they would keep their bloom longer.
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Nikko Blue hydrangea
A great find I made a few years ago. Want some blue in your yard? Well here you go. Give it some room because It does get to 5 feet across and 5 feet high. Keeps its blooms for much of the year.
See the full review, "Nikko Blue hydrangeas add a big pop of color to any landscape".
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Shasta Daisy
What started out as a handful of Shastas a few years ago is now a big focal point in my flower garden. Great beauty and a strong flower that is very easy to transplant to other spots or to other people.
See the full review, "Shasta daisies will add some color and beauty to your garden".
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Peony
Big blooms that will knock you out (in a good way) with their aroma. The blooms get so big that they do tend to get top heavy and you will need to tie them together. I have a double white peony that gets bigger every year.
5
ROSES
I have a large rose bush with pink blooms, which I started with just a piece of a root from another. I also have Knock Out roses. Both are great to cut and bring inside to spruce things up.
6
Tiger lily
I have Tiger lillies that grow to over 5 feet tall. I like the dark spots on the orange petals (hence, the name 'Tiger'). They are unlike any else I have in my flower garden.
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Clematis
My favorite climbing flower. I have a two different purple ones climbing on either side of a post. They are great climbers and don't need much help finding the next rung on the trellis. Fun to grow with great colors.
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Iris
A flower that makes a statement. They are great to plant around trees and they are among the easiest flowers to transplant. I have a few purple and yellow ones. I just wish they would keep their blooms longer.
9
Daffodil
I have a few surrounding an oak tree. One of the earliest flowers to come up in late winter/early spring. These are tough flowers that can last a number of months.
10
Devil's Trumpet Flower
A pretty white flower that couldn't be easier to grow. Its gets its name because of its trumpet shaped flower pointing upwards. Gorgeous blooms. However, it does contain toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. Be careful.
See the full review, "Devil's Trumpet Flower is Pretty and Dangerous".
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Azalea
I have a couple of azalea bushes that create a big vibrant color when in bloom. They are very popular in front yards due to their attractive flowers and foliage.
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Pansy
I usually get a couple of trays of pansies every year. I like the two colored pansies. I don't know how the word pansy came to mean something weak, because pansies are very hardy flowers. Pansies are winter hardy in zones 4-8. They can survive light freezes and short periods of snow cover. In warmer climates, zones 9-11, pansies can bloom over the winter. The only annuals on my list.
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Hollyhocks
Blooms reside on long shoots and come in a wide variety of colors. I even grew black hollyhocks before. They can grow to a few feet tall. Flowers with a personality.
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Hyacinth
One of the earliest flowers to come up in late winter/early spring. They come in a huge variety of bright eye-popping colors. I have yellow, pink, blue and purple ones. They don't get too tall so they make good border flowers.
15
Hosta
I have a few hostas with white flowers. Good for borders and in shady spots. My favorite hostas are the ones with golden-variegated leaves. I need to get a couple of those.

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March 12, 2010
Fantastic list, Clay! I really love Tulips, they are so sweet and simple. The Iris is another favorite, so it's good to know that they can be transplanted. Thanks for the gardening inspiration:)
March 13, 2010
Thanks. Tulips are great. If only the tulip would keep its bloom longer. I've transplanted many irises and they can be transplanted pretty much anytime of year.
 
March 11, 2010
Lovely list, Clay! I would love all of these flowers in my garden, plus some carnations! :)
March 12, 2010
Thanks. Hmmm...I've never grown carnations. Might thave to think about that one.
 
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