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You can make your house look as though it is straight from a fairytale with flowers leading up your porch complementing that brick or wood house of yours. If you have small children, consider planting only edible flowers in the vegetable garden, so they don't get confused about what's safe to eat. The Black Eyed Susan is most commonly an annual wildflower, but some varieties are perennial or biennial. Those with the opposite problem — soil that never dries — should try ferns, cardinal flower and swamp milkweed. • You don’t need any special expertise or a lot of free time for maintenance. “The right plant in the right place” is a phrase often repeated by experts.

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This plant has attractive, glossy, fan-shaped leaves and creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers borne on dense panicles that bloom for several weeks in spring. USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 9 More » Helianthus (Perennial Sunflower). Flowers are in small clusters along stems. Helleborus niger is a hardy plant in the Ranunculaceae family (the buttercup family). In late spring, the clumps are topped with 2' narrow upright spikes of white flowers. Plants are not drought tolerant and should be planted in a moist location.

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Fancy cousins of the native prairie flower, garden asters are September bloomers. Sun. ‘Oberg’ This Ice Plant is a charming groundcover for hot, dry areas. More » A few plants go by the name butterfly weed, but Asclepias tuberosa deserves the name like no others. Because their blooms last throughout the season, annual flowers are often planted to add long-lasting, vibrant color to a garden. More » In my yard, blanket flower is a "plant and ignore" flower.

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With its cascading foliage, it lends itself to container gardening. Has been used to treat nervous disorders. From a bulb, plant in hot sunny position. Easy to grow in humus-rich soil in shade to light shade. Zone 3. macrocephala Large tennis-ball sized, bright yellow flowers are prized by florists as cut-flowers, lasting 10 days in the vase. French Marigold (Tagetes patula) -- An easy annual. If you’re puzzled by the common name “pinks” when you look at the variety of dianthus colors on the market, examine the fringed edges of the petals closely.

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Large, glowing peach foliage infused with red, turns plum-purple in winter. Pinnately compound leaves are held erect and are green and slightly hairy in shade to semi-shade. A. montana 'Lemon Ice' - Delicate lemon yellow flowers April-July. 4 in. Medium height. 14-16 in. 'Coastal Peach' - Peach blooms. Creeping Lily Turf is a grass like ground cover that grows as spreading clumps of fine, dark green leaves that turn to bronze-green in the winter.

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A strain with bicolored blooms in a blend of violet and white, to reddish cream and warm pink. Habitat: Dry meadows, fields & open woods, prairies An interesting fall bloomer. Great for a trellis or that narrow area which needs softened. There may be some overlap in light requirements and those plants have been listed in both sections. Redvein Enkianthus are deciduous shrubs known for their small, densely clustered, lightly scented bell shaped flowers that appear in late spring and the layered effect of their small, stiff, bluish-green leaves.

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Sun. asteroides 'Snowbank' Fantastic fall bloomer, 4' – 6' white clouds of small daisies, sun. 'Nana' Same great Bolton's Aster, but a dwarf variety, only 18" tall. Lavender-blue, star-shaped flowers. 8 in. (Zone 4) Deep blue flowers appear several weeks earlier than C.c. ‘Blue Clips.’ Flowers are also slightly smaller. 6-9 in. (Zone 4) Low spreader for rock gardens and front of border plantings. M. requienii 'Corsican Mint' - Creeping ornamental mint that forms a low fragrant mat.

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Maintenance fertilization should be based on the results of a soil test. The flowers are from 0.5–5 cm diameter, with five pink or white petals. The best of both worlds with the Rudbeckia parent contributing profuse, large, long-lasting flowers and a fast growth rate. Here is a list of some of the best flowers for attracting beneficial insects. Great for a trellis or that narrow area which needs softened. Needs a warm, sunny, well-drained exposure.

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Large heart-shaped blue-green leaves have a wide creamy-white border. Great for cut flowers because of their vase life. Flower stocks are held high above low mounding foliage. See more information on bare root plants. Semi-evergreen to evergreen depending on climate. The flowers look like they have been painted. A dwarf form of this wonderful foliage plant with lovely deep lobed leaves and pink flowers in early spring. An extremely rare offering of a red-orange for of Adonis amurensis.