This flowering bulb produces starburst blooms on long stems. Primary allium variations are color, bloom size and height. Most varieties do well in sunny locations and have light water needs. Alliums work well in mixed borders and the globe forms serve as a visual contrast.
Tiny clusters of flowers top this low growing annual. Alyssum grow readily and come back through self-sowing. They are effective as underplantings for rose gardens and mixed in with bulbs to obscure dried foliage after tulips and or other bulbs are spent. Alyssum can also be attractively used in rock gardens, between pavers and trailing in pots. If growth gets out of hand they are easily pulled. The flowers have a sweet fragrance. White and purple are the most common colors. Yellow, pink and cream colors can also be found and are less typical.
This clumping grass-like ground cover is also known as “sea drift”. It tolerates poor soil including coastal areas. Armeria Maritima does well as an underplanding for shrubs, in rock gardens and as a border. Until blooms appear it looks very much like grass leading some to inadvertently weed it out. The spring blooms appear as puffs on short stalks. The entire plant reaches 7-8 inches in height, half of this before blooming.
These thorny and woody vines can grow very tall when they have a support structure. They can also be trimmed as bushes. The leaves can be solid green or variegated. The actual flowers are small and white appearing in clusters of three. The flowers themselves are surrounded by brightly colored leaf bracts. Bougainvillea are a classic compliment to Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial architecture. They can be grown in loose forms or trained to a more formal habit.
These lovely succulents feature gray green foliage that spreads horizontally in low rosette shaped mounds. The spring flowers appear at the top of slender two foot stems. Each stem produces multiple flowers for a long blooming season. The flowers are an eye-catching electric pink. The plants can take full sun in most gardens. Calandrinia are very hardy once established. New plants can be propagated from cuttings.
This flowering annual is also known as a “Spider Plant”. Stunning blooms appear on tall spikes in clusters that reach 3-4′ in height and serve as dramatic garden focal points. Pink varieties include various shades from light tones to dark. As individual flower clusters fade long seed pods serve to add further garden interest. Attractive foliage features grouped leaflets. Grows well in partial or full sun. Occasional volunteers from will emerge in planted beds.
These perennials are are often grown as annuals. Their white, yellow-orange, pink and fuchsia blooms have simple symmetrical daisy-like blooms that bring color to late summer gardens and fall gardens. White cosmos flowers are a bright and clear in color. The plants have airy fern like foliage. The plants can take the heat and do well in full sun. While the plants can manage with little water, blooming and overall appearance is best when with regular watering. Cosmos can reach 5′ in height. Mature plants benefit from support.
This showy summer blooming tree can be grown with a single trunk or multiple branching limbs. With pruning crape myrtles can retain a compact form and dwarf varieties can be used as shrubs. Newly transplanted trees require weekly watering but mature trees tolerate heat and drought conditions well. White blossoms can appear spent more quickly than pink and lavender varieties.
This low growing succulant is noted by it’s rosette form. The name itself “hen and chicks” comes from the formation on new rosettes at the base of the plant. In this way the plants can spread over a significant area. It is also a nice complement to succulant groupings and rock gardens. Some caution should be paid to avoiding areas with invasive grasses to reduce the need for weed removal. Attractive small flowers appear seasonally on the top of long stems.
Sometimes referred to as beeblossoms, these perennial shrubs are known for their airy stems of pink or white summer flowers that last well into the fall. Trimming dead flowers encourages additional blooms. The blooms do well as cut flowers. Guara typically grow several feet across. This makes it important to position the plant with it’s full size in mind. Some more compact varieties are available. The plants do well in full sun but they can take some shade.