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The Flower Patch: How To Grow Flowers

Flower gardenWe all love flowers! They can dress up your patio and give your yard a majestic view. These pretty living organisms make you feel closer to nature, freshen up your mood, and make the world seem brighter. Their aromatic scent and a serene landscape that invites birds and butterflies are some of the other benefits that can’t be beat.

If you want beautiful blooms to look forward to next spring or summer, grow the right flowering plants in your garden now! How? We have put together a list of easy to grow, popular, and beautiful flowers that can give your home and garden a delightful makeover. Each flower below includes a detailed how-to guide on growing it. Choose the right flowers for you and your garden, and learn more about the dos and don’ts for growing each beautiful plant. If you’d like to know how to grow flowers, get started by choosing your favorite flower or any that catch your eye below.

Abutilon

Abutilon

Abutilon flowers can effortlessly capture your eyes with their pendant bell-shaped blooms. It has been one of the favored ornamental house plants and garden border plants since Victorian times. It was during this time that it received its nickname "Parlor Maple"....

Alyssum

Alyssum

Alyssum flowers are an adorable option for ground cover in gardens. Alyssum plants are small, about a few inches but they spread as much as a foot in diameter. Alyssum flowers are tiny and tightly grouped. Alyssum colors include yellow and white, while a few species...

Amaranthus

Amaranthus

Amaranthus is a decorative exotic plant that is commonly used for beds and borders. Amaranthus is a very broad genus of more than 60 species of herbs that breed mostly in tropical regions. It is also called Tampala, Amaranth, Flaming Fountain, Tassel Flower, Fountain...

Ammi Majus

Ammi Majus

Ammi majus is also known as Bishop's Flower, Bishop's Weed, Bullworth, Greater Ammi, Lady's Lace, Laceflower or Queen Anne's lace. It originated from North Africa and parts of Eurasia. It has white lace-like clusters of flowers thus the names. Bishop's flower fruits...

Angelonia

Angelonia

Angelonia is more popularly known as "summer snapdragon" because of its appearance. It has flower spires that appear like salvia reaching around two feet in height, studded with beautiful snapdragon-like flowers. Angelonia has smooth stems with narrow leaves that have...

Asters

Asters

Aster comes from the ancient Greek word, "star". It is also known as frost flower, Startwort, Michealmas daisy and September flower. The Aster flower come in different sizes, with some varieties can grow as high as six feet, while dwarf types grow less than a foot...

Balsam

Balsam

Balsam is an annual flowering plant that originated from Southeast Asia. It grows to about 1-2 feet in height. Its stems are soft and fleshy while its leaves are long, shiny and pointed. Balsam flowers are very similar to gardenias, roses or camellias. Balsam plants...

Begonia

Begonia

Now here's one of the prettiest flowers there is! No wonder why wherever there are flowering plants growing in a house, there is at least one pot with a Begonia in it. Begonia flowers can grow both outside and inside. Many gardeners and plant enthusiasts love them...

Bells of Ireland

Bells of Ireland

Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis), also called "shellflower" produce bell-shaped blooms that are arranged vertically on a stalk, along with luscious pale to emerald green leaves. Interestingly, these white-veined green bells are not really flowers, but are calyxes....

Blue-Eyed Daisies

Blue-Eyed Daisies

The blue-eyed daisy (Arctotis stoechadifolia) flaunts pearly white petals and a steel-blue core, surrounded by a yellow band. The blooms are held in a compact mound above the plant, showcasing an impressive beauty. The leaves are dark green that greatly complement the...

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula flowers (calendula officinalis) flaunt bright, spatula-shaped flowerheads that will certainly capture your eyes. Flowers come in yellow, cream, apricot, or orange colors. The central part is composed of many ray florets. Calendula belongs to the daisy...

Canna

Canna

If you love to grow tropical flowering plants and your region enjoys a cool climate then Canna is a perfect match for you. Canna has showy blooms and large, paddle-like foliage. Its flowers come in shades and nice blends of yellow, pink, orange, white, scarlet and...

Celosia

Celosia

Celosia flowers are also known as woolflowers or cockscomb. The Celosia is a member of the amaranth family, and originated from the native regions of Asia and Africa. Its name is derived from a greek word, “kelos” which means “burned”, as most varieties of Celosia,...

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

If you naturally love flowers, Chrysanthemum flowers might have been or still one of your favorites. Amidst the tons of choices of flowers people have been blessed with by Mother Nature, 'mums can really stand out. Well, it is not too surprising at all as...

Cleome

Cleome

Cleome flowers are an utterly beautiful flower that can be found mostly in North America. You can also catch a glimpse of it in the lands of British Columbia, Minnesota, California and New Mexico. It is one of the many Cleomaceae families. This flower is also called...

Coleus

Coleus

Coleus plants show off their unsurpassed beauty when grown in masses. But these ornamental plants are not grown for gorgeous blooms but for their colorful foliage. Their leaves come in eye catching hues and patterns: burnished copper, crimson, purple, maroon red,...

Cornflowers

Cornflowers

Cornflower (or centaureacyanus) is an annual flowering plant that belongs to the family Asteraceae. It is native to Europe but is now naturalised in other parts of the world such as North America and some parts of Australia. It is also known as Bluebottle, Bachelor's...

Cosmos

Cosmos

Pretty, charming flowers that do not require much care – cosmos flowers are a perfect choice even for gardener hopefuls that aren’t as experienced with the green thumb. In fact, they are some of the easiest annual plants to grow, and bloom profusely even with poor...

Dahlias

Dahlias

Dahlia flowers are popular because of its charming and elegant beauty. This perennial tuber is a native of Colombia, Mexico, and other regions in Central America. Dahlias come in broad spectrum of colors, including yellow, orange, purple, white, pink, red, and a vast...

Daisies

Daisies

Daisies are popular blooms to grow at home, thanks to their simple, unrivaled beauty. Whether you see a cluster of daisies in your garden or a single cut flower in your center table, you’ll always feel a welcoming charm. Throughout time, their cheerful blooms and long...

Dianthus

Dianthus

Dianthus is also known as China Pinks, Sweet William and Carnations. Its pretty flowers come in many shades of pink, lavender, rose, red, white and yellow. Some dianthus blooms are bi-colors, offering a splash of colors that dolls up any flower garden. Generally,...

Dichondra

Dichondra

Dichondra is a terrific ground cover that thrives well during warm season. It belongs to the family convulvulaceae and is native to Korea, China and Japan. These perennial herbaceous plants grow close to the ground. They have creeping stems that take root at the leaf...

Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller

The Dusty Miller plant has captured the eyes of many gardeners and landscape lovers because of its silver-gray and fern-like foliage. In fact, its yellow or purple blooms are often overlooked and sometimes cut off to promote leaf growth. Dusty Miller is usually grown...

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

Euphorbia is a genus of plants that belong to the family Euphobiaceae. It is among the most diverse genera in the plant kingdom with a little over 2000 species, including the euphorbia milii and euphorbia tirucalli. In fact, it is only believed to be exceeded only by...

Four O’Clocks

Four O’Clocks

Gardening can be one of the most ideal ways to ease your stress from the usual heat you get from your regular job. What more could be so exciting and fulfilling than seeing beautiful flowers around you and breathe their fresh fragrance in the morning? If you have the...

Gaillardia

Gaillardia

Among the members of the Asteraceae family, many gardeners favor the gaillardia flower, also called blanket flowers. True to its name, blanket flowers self-seed easily so they can quickly cloak your entire garden. But just to be clear, gaillardias are not invasive and...

Gazania

Gazania

Some people are not so fond of gazania because they see it as weeds—we are aware of this fact, and this article aims to change that perception. It’s true that many varieties of gazania are what you often see on abandoned soils or sway with the wind along the gloomy...

Geraniums

Geraniums

Geraniums flaunt huge, beautiful flowers that can instantly doll up your flower garden. Its showy, bright-colored flowers and general hardiness make this ornamental plant a popular choice when cultivating a home garden. You can feast your eyes on these gorgeous blooms...

Gomphrena

Gomphrena

Gomphrena (gomphrena globosa) may sound a bit odd, but if you want a wonderful add-on to your home garden then you may as well get used to this name. The gomphrena flower is also known as the globe flower or globe amaranth, and is native to Panama and Guatemala. As...

Impatiens

Impatiens

Impatiens are one of the most popular flowers you can see in every flower shop. It is an annual plant which naturally blooms at its best during summer and eventually dies in the first frost. The most common type of impatiens is the 'Impatiens Walleriana'. Other names...

Ipomopsis

Ipomopsis

The ipomopsis belongs to the Phlox family and is also known as Hummingbird Plant, Red Gilia, Texas Plume, Scarlet Trumpet, and Standing Cypress. It is an annual or perennial flowering plant that blooms from late summer through frost. It grows to a height of 4 to 6...

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

The lisianthus flower belongs to the family Gentianaceae and originates from the warm regions of Mexico, Southern United States, the Caribbean and the northern parts of South America. This is a popular ornamental plant that is also commonly used as a cut flower. The...

Lobelia

Lobelia

The lobelia (lobelia erinus) is a beautiful annual flower that can definitely be an asset to your flower garden. This summertime bloomer exhibits round leaves and blooms up to half an inch in diameter. Most lobelia varieties are small, growing 3-5 inches in height,...

Marigolds

Marigolds

Seeing sun-kissed marigold flowers sashaying gently with the cool summer breeze is so serene and beautiful. Marigolds are cheerful flowering plants reflecting the bright summer colors of compact yellow, orange, white, rusty reds/ burgundy, and bi-colors. They come in...

Moonflowers

Moonflowers

So you want an addition to your garden that is quite unique and interesting? Well, moonflowers (ipomea alba) will surely fascinate you! Why so? It's because unlike most blooms, moonflowers blossom in the evening, perfect for late night strollers. You will surely love...

Morning Glories

Morning Glories

The morning glory flower (ipomoea nil) is also known as Tricolor or Purpurea. Its twining vines are endowed with big, aromatic bell-shaped flowers up to 3 inches in diameter, and dark green, heart-shaped foliage. The flowers are fragrant that interestingly unfurl when...

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums (tropaeolum majus) are cool season flowering plants that boast hot season flair. Many gardeners love growing nasturtiums for their showy and fragrant jewel-toned flowers that often come in rich shades of red, scarlet mahogany, pink, orange and yellow. The...

Ornamental Kale

Ornamental Kale

Flowering ornamental kale is a relative of cabbage which you usually use as ingredients to your menu. This flower originates in Southern and Western Europe. Ornamental kale was hybridized through cross pollination by some botanists to be able to grow beautiful flowers...

Pansies

Pansies

Are you looking for the perfect flower to complete your scenic garden? Pansies would definitely be a great choice. If you will look closely at the wonderful garden pansy flower, you'll find out great surprises about it. For one, pansies may look very sweet and...

Pennisetum

Pennisetum

Pennisetum is native to Africa including Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Zaire, Ethiopa, and other tropical regions all over the world. These plants are large annual or perennial grasses that can grow up to 4 meters tall. Pennisetums are graceful and...

Petunias

Petunias

The petunia is a genus of popular flowering plants that originated from South America. It is closely related to tobacco, tomatoes, cape gooseberries, potatoes and chili peppers belonging to the family solanaceae. The petunia flower derived its name from the French...

Phlox

Phlox

Phlox is a native North American flower. Typical names for phlox varieties include bright eyes, phlox blue paradise, Texas Pride, orange perfection, dwarf, clouds of perfume, and Drummond Phlox. Phlox is a tiny flowering plant but oozing with charm. It grows just...

Poppies

Poppies

Poppies, once called "common cornfield weed", are one of the most captivating flowers in the plant kingdom. Many gardeners adore growing poppies for their large, brightly-colored blooms that effortlessly doll up the garden. Even humming birds and bees are attracted to...

Portulaca

Portulaca

Portulaca is a native to Europe, Asia, North Africa and America. It is also known as Moss Rose (Rose Moss), Time Flower, Little Hogweed, Sun Plant, Verdolaga, and Wax Pink. In some countries such as Greece, Portulaca is often called Purslane, particularly for culinary...

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

The rudbeckia flower is often called Black-Eyed Susan, marmalade gloriosa daisy, ox-eyed daisy, and cone flower plant. If you're not that familiar with rudbeckias, you might mistake them for daisies. Rudbeckias have daisy-like golden yellow blooms that add a splash of...

Salpiglossis

Salpiglossis

Want beautiful blooms that offer a kaleidoscope of color and glossy, spectacular details? Well, you will surely love Salpiglossis! This plant produces flowers that posses flamboyant pigment shadings and vivid veins. This annual, meaning it grows just one year, bears...

Salvia

Salvia

Salvia is the biggest genus of plants that belong to the mint family Lamiaceae. There are around 700-900 species made up of herbaceous perennials, annuals and shrubs. It is among several genera that are commonly known as sage. The term salvia comes from the Latin word...

Scabiosa

Scabiosa

Scabiosa is one of the showiest garden flowers that you can add to your garden. It's just so serene and relaxing to see bountiful clumps of flowerheads stand above verdant foliage, gently swaying with the slightest breeze. Scabiosa also beckons hummingbirds and...

Scaevola

Scaevola

Scaevola is a genus of flowering plants that belong to the Goodeniaceae family. It is made up of around 130 tropical species mostly found in Polynesia and Australia. Some of the common names for popular Scaevola species include Fan Flowers, Half flowers, Scaevolas and...

Snapdragons

Snapdragons

Snapdragons (antirrhinum majus) are fascinating flowers because of their velvety, open-faced flowers with single or double petals. They often come in vibrant shades of burgundy, red, white, yellow orange, pink, bronze, and many varieties have blending colors (except...

Statice

Statice

Statice, also known as Sea Lavender, is a kind of flower that usually grows in a dry place as it is drought and heat resistant. Statice is a perennial plant which grows or blooms only once in a year. This plant can be easily grown and it needs no special rituals you...

Stock

Stock

Stock, also called Virginia Stock Flower, Gilly Flower, or Matthiola, is a native of Southern Asia Minor, South Africa, Albania, Greece, and other parts of the Mediterranean coastal region. It was named after Pierandrea Mattioli, an Italian botanist who cultivated...

Strawflowers

Strawflowers

The strawflower, often called the Everlasting Daisy or Paper Daisy, is native to Australia. In fact, these pretty creatures are considered to be wildflowers there. But in other countries, specifically in the United States, strawflowers are cultivated by gardeners...

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

You probably know why growing sunflowers is one of the most popular flowering plants to grow in the world. They are tall, large, cheerful and beautiful flowers that brighten up any home garden or lawn. Sunflowers are considered native to the United States. Sunflower...

Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

You have probably heard about the sweet-scented flower, sweat pea. After all, the sweet pea flower is a popular scent of many signature lotions, shower gels, fragrances, even scented oils. Well, if you’re looking for flowers gifted with a strong, lovely scent, then...

Tithonia

Tithonia

Tithonia is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Asteraceae. It includes 11 species that are native to Mexico with a couple of species found in parts of Southwestern United States and Central America. Tithonia is more popularly known as "Mexican...

Torenia

Torenia

The torenia flower (torenia fournieri) is also called the wishbone flower or bluewings. Its flowers bloom throughout late summer and early fall, and come in various shades of blue, rose, yellow, pink, purple or white, depending on your chosen variety. Most variety...

Vigna

Vigna

Vigna (Vigna Caracalla), often called corkscrew vine, snail bean and snail vine is native to tropical South America and Central America. It belongs to the Fabaceae family. This perennial, fast-growing flowering vine can grow up to 20 feet in height, and prized for its...

Violas

Violas

Viola is a genus of flowering plants that belong to the Violaceae family. It consists of about 400-500 species that are distributed around the world. However, most species are found in the Northern Hemisphere. Most species are perennial plants, some are annual plants...

Zinnias

Zinnias

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned gardener, you’ll definitely find it easy growing zinnias. And if you haven’t grown them before, put them on top of your to-do spring list this season. Zinnia flowers are a wondrous gift from Mexico. They display cheery,...