PT 3 of Practically & Mostly Care Free Flowers & Show Stoppers!

Liz C
by Liz C
Pics from my Garden's Blooms
Peony's are perennials.
I also Love petunia's because they are the cheapest to buy at Nurseries and yet also last to fall creating a full season of beautiful bloom.
Easter Liies. Beautiful Flowers and Foliage. Multiplies each year but sadly their blooms don't last very long.
Trumpet Lilies.......Stems can grow as high as 3-5 ft and are stunning when bloomed. Staking required!
Trumpet Lily.....Perennial. Also mutltiplies in Buds each year. From what I was just told, if you remove the red (Pistols? Sorry, if I'm mistaken, a 3 yr novice gardener still learning) in the center of the flower, dry and harvest seed
Canna. Perennial. Full Sun. I wish I could give you more tips on this flower, But I just planted it this year, so I've yet to research it.
Roses coupled with Peony's.
Roses are not so much of a care free flower.....however, if tended to, make not only a beautiful display but great cutting flowers. The more roses you cut, a more fuller bloom.
Peony close up!!!! Such Beautiful Flowers. First year Bloom for me as well and I think it's become of my favorites!
As for the Petunia hardened capsule seeds that if removed will create longer and fuller bloom, I just read and discovered that if you break open that seed, there are countless of extrmely mini sized PETUNIA seeds that can be harvested.
Dianthus and/or otherwise known as "Sweet william". Perennial. Grows best in Sun and partial shade.
10 ft. Sunflowers.......Annuals, but dropped seeds can give you New blooms for next year!
Once Sunflowers have faded, dry out, remove fuz and underneath you will find countless sunflower seeds that you save, dry and harvest for next year.
To be honest, my husband just purchased this Annual for me, and it didn't come home with a tag, and I know it's not Impatiens but unsure of the exact name. All I know is that I planted this less than 3 weeks ago & its doubled in size.
Bachelor Buttons......Planted by seen easily. Grows up 2-3 ft. These come in many different multi-colors, this particular seed packet I purchased was blue.
Bachelor Buttons - Annuals, they grow on tall thin stems @ various heights and creates a Beautiful display. These are the first year I planted them. Unsure of how long they bloom for.
Portion of my garden with many mixed flowers...many still awaiting bloom.
More Rewarding than seeing my Flowers Bloom, are the people walking by and stopping to tell me that they look forward to seeing my garden & walking passed my home on their morning Walks. Priceless!
Lantana's....grow best in sun.....great heat & drought tolerance!
Gladiolus Blooms Spring to Early Summer. You can Buy a Pack of 20 Bulbs for $5 at walmart, target, any of those discount dept stores to plant in Fall! Money well spent!
Love how Gladioulus also comes in multicolors.... THEY PREFER SUN but do just as good in mostly sun to partial shade areas as well. They can grow up to 4 ft. Tall
I've noticed, that when you plant a couple days and/or weeks apart from one another, as opposed to getting a full bloom on all flowers as well as all faded flowers all at once, As One fades, one will bloom!
Their flowers are coupled with long, green long spikes.
Gladiolus flowers bloom their flowers from the bottom of the spike up!
Gladioulus are such delicate & beautiful flowers that every flower garden should well as very inexpensive!
Gladioulus lives and multiplies for many years & after wards, you may divide overgrown clumps to put elsewhere in your garden to increase your bounty of flowers.
Lantana's.....Annual. But I just recently found out that if you pot the plants to winterize, you can replant in the spring to produce full healthy bloom.
Gladiolus come in so many colors, multiply each year, or very carefree and are def. show stoppers!
Lantanta's also give off such a beautiful scent!
Their are many different types of Hydrangea's and to be extrememly truthful with you, I'm still trying to learn alot about them!
The one thing I do know about Hydrangea's for certain is that when they do flower, they have such BEAUTIFUL Blooms!
Mini small cluster of flowers creating one big individual breath-taking bloom!
Sunflower Tree's......Extremely easy to grow by seed....they grow quickly and last to frost!
Petunia's.....Honestly, I've found the key to Petunia's, is deadheading all the faded flowers.
As well as dead heading faded flowers, I also take a twizzer with me and finger through the flowers & sometimes you will see a mini sized hardened egg shaped shell bud, which prevents a new flower from blooming. Take tweezer & remove!
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  • Ardale Ardale on May 18, 2017
    I've learned one thing about growing hydrangeas that is very important if you want it to bloom that year. Hydrangea bloom from new growth only so if your expecting a late frost after you see that your hydrangea have little green shoots coming up then you'd better go out and cover them up with either plastic or an old sheet or something and place a few rocks or bricks around it to keep it from being blown off. Once the frost has pasted uncover your hydrangea and your plant will have blooms later on. Don't keep it covered for days at a time or you run the risk of killing your plant. You may have to cover and uncover it several times in early spring depending on where you live and how many nights your area is expecting to get a frost. If you don't do this your hydrangea won't bloom that year at all. Also don't keep the soil around your hydrangea constantly soggy wet or to dry. They are prone to root rot if kept to wet but will die if the soil stays dry for to long. If in doubt just water when you start to see the leaves start to droop or better still just water them a couple of times a week. Hope these tips help other out with their hydrangea's. They are so worth a little TLC once you see them bloom!

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  • Ardale Ardale on May 18, 2017
    I've learned one thing about growing hydrangea since getting mine a few years ago that I'd like to share. If you have a late frost or freeze after your hydrangea has started to put out green shoots no matter how small they are if you don't cover those shoots when expecting frost your hydrangea won't set any blooms that season. They only flower from new growth each year so it's vital to go out and cover any green you see coming up from the ground then uncover it once the frost has pasted.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jun 25, 2018

    I've had white gladiolas planted in SW PA for over 20 years. Never dug them up for winter. They've always come up, in subsequent years.