Thursday, 30 July 2015

Bright & Beautiful Coneflowers!

Coneflowers are indeed among nature's brightest blooms. Not only are these flowers easy to care for, but they make beautiful cut blooms as well.  The seeds from the flower head also attract many bees and song birds to the garden, an added pleasure. To promote blooms all summer long, remember to dead-head the spent blooms. Whatever your colour choice for your garden, be it pinks, purples, or white, you will be glad you planted these magnificent blooms!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Wild Sunflower!

Wild Sunflowers have several flower heads on their stalks, rather than a long single stalk with a single large flower head on the top. The stems & leaves of the Wild Sunflowers are hairy. Like all Sunflowers, the flower head will track the sun and grow in that direction, through the day.  The flowers are small, growing only 2-3" wide, with small seeds as well.  But just like any other Sunflower, their colour is still a sunny, bold colour! 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Dazzling, red Canna Lily!

This giant of the tropical plant world, Canna Lily produces striking flowers that grow on tall spikes. Cannas can grow to be 6' high and 3' wide. This beautiful plant is low maintenance, while the blooms are long lasting. Growing in bright colours of red, yellow, orange and pink, they easily attract hummingbirds and bees. Give them a wide space in the garden, as they look best planted in blocks of colour, adding depth & a focal point to dazzle you all Summer!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Gardening English Style!

The marrying of different plant species in the garden, brings beautiful results. As seen here, a budding Echinacea, Daylily and lavender in the background; creating rhapsody in nature. This type of landscape gardening emerged in England in the early 18th century. The potential of an english garden is unlimited, as you can add a pond, or choose a location upon rolling hills. Whatever your gardening style, the beauty of nature will fit right in!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

African Daisy Pizzazz!

It is always amazing to see the colour and pattern combinations in Mother Nature's blooms.  The African Daisy is no shrinking violet in the looks department.  When these exciting daisies hit the market, we were introduced to colouring we had not seen before! There are many colour combinations, pink, white, yellow & bi-colour, and still more being introduced every year. Seems to be the perfect flower to add pizzazz to the garden!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Daylily Splendor!

Mother Nature needs no help in her colour palette! Such an astonishing colour combinations like this apricot and golden center, is quite admirable.  You will get enjoyment from the Daylily all summer long, as there are multiple blooms in every plant, lasting weeks at a time. Also desirable due to their disease and pest resistant qualities. Such great attributes and no harm, no foul to Mother Nature!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Bee Magnet...Liatris!


Oh how those bees love the Liatris, they are drawn to it, just like a magnet. This perennial is one of the best flowers to attract bees to your garden.  Also known as Gayfeather, Blazing Star and Snake Root, it is a favourite among the insect world.  The natural wonder of bees flitting from bloom to bloom as they pollinate the flowers, is magical.  Plant these flowers in your garden for their beauty and the honey making bees; after all, one good turn to deserves another!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Zinnia, with hot pink flair!

The Zinnia's hot pink colour definitely qualifies as having flair! Who could not notice this dazzling beauty in the garden, amongst nature's kaleidoscope of colours?   Zinnias can take the heat of summer, are low maintenance and have colour to die for.  These hard working beauties of the garden have earned their place as one of the best annuals to plant.  You don't even have to prepare the soil, just sprinkle the seeds, and in a short matter of time, voilĂ , the seedlings soon sprout.  Easy on the budget, a packet of seeds will soon fill your garden with glorious colour! 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Here's Cosmos...a hardy annual flower!

No green thumb? Not to worry the Cosmos is the plant for you! It is easy to grow and among the hardiest of the plant world. Even a little neglect doesn't hurt these wonderful annuals. The golden center is surrounded by a single row of petals and blooms in colours of  pink, red, yellow and white. Even more good news is that they attract butterflies, especially Monarchs. A delightful addition to any garden, just wonderful!

Monday, 20 July 2015

The Flowering Thistle

Maybe a troublesome weed, but also the flowering Thistle is still beautiful in nature. The Thistle is characterized by leafy, sharp prickles, on it's thick stem, with a fluffy purple flowerhead, it is attractive to common pollinators, like bees & butterflies. If you've got room to spare, the Thistle will add height & dramatic flair to your garden too! 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Darling Dhalia, you are gorgeous!

Shades of pink and all glorious colours (except blue)  are befitting the gorgeous Dhalia bloom! The flower size can vary from 2" up to 12" aka 'dinner plate' size! Pollinators are not attracted to the flower by scent, but by their bright colour. Growing these fantastic flowers is rewarding in itself, just to gaze at their beauty in the garden.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Decadent Dusty Pink Daylily!

There are so many splendid colours of daylilies and among them many hues of pink.  From the palest of pinks to the brightest, including this Dusty Pink, they are all equally beautiful.  Even their petal shapes are unique, some are rounded, other are sumptuously ruffled.  The blooms grow abundantly and vigorously from late Spring to early Fall.  No matter what colour selected for the garden or a vase full of flowers, you are sure to be delighted with these cheerful blooms!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Salsa Red Coneflower, ole!

The Salsa Red Coneflower is sure to spice up your garden...ole, bravo!  Cross pollination is producing a dazzling display of stunning, beautiful colours. These flowers are mildly aromatic & feature showy, drooping, deep orangey-red petals surrounding it's orangey-brown center (almost like a sombrero). You can dead-head the spent flowers, or leave them on the plant for the goldfinches to feed on the seeds!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Sizzling, Hot Papaya Coneflower

This sizzling new Hot Papaya Coneflower is a breakthrough in the flower world. The popular hybrid was developed in the Netherlands by Arie Blom, a master hybridizer. These large, spicey-red blooms flower with an orange pom-pom center and are highly fragrant. Highly attractive too, just the type of flower for that extra spicy kick in the garden!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Golden Yelow Daisy

A gardenfull or field full of golden yellow daisies is a welcome sight!  The delightful daisy easily sprouts up wherever planted.  Their sunny, yellow blooms are a cheeful sight to behold in a garden or a simple mason jar. Lasting easily a week and more, these blooms are just wonderful to cheer up any room in the home!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Bee Balm Flower

The Bee Balm, is an interesting flower with a showy head of brilliantly coloured petals. And if you'd like to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden, this is the one to plant.  Their tubular petals in shades of pink, purple, red, or white form a daisy-like shape on the flower head.  The Bee Balm flower is a perennial and will come back year after year, adding joyful colour to your garden's blooms.   

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Delightful, Gerbera Daisy!

The Gerbera Daisy, big, bold and beautiful!  These cheerful flowers are commonly grown in gardens and are a big favourite with florists too. Originating from Africa, they are available in a rainbow of colours from orange, white, salmon, yellow and pink, to name a few.  They will produce many blooms when planted in the sun, with good draining soil.  Whether you plant them in your garden, or receive them in a floral bouquet, they are a flower lover's delight!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

'Blazing Star' aka Liatris!

Bright purple flowers on these tall spike perennials are wildly grown for floral bouquets.  Planting these tall beauties in your garden, along borders or even containers adds an interesting landscape. These thistle-like, fuzzy blossoms flower from the top down, whereas most other flowers bloom from the bottom to the top.  Liatris also blooms in rose and white varieties, a lovely combination if planted as a trio of colour.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Wild Mallow Flower!

The Wild Mallow flower is a charmingly handsome plant in showy colours of mauve-purple.  These funnel-shaped flowers also closely resemble Hollyhock and Hibiscus flowers.  They bloom from June through September in clusters, or as single flowers.  These pretty blooms are indeed handy amongst the shrubs or grown wildly in the garden.  A lovely patch of purple, blue or white Mallow plants are a gardener's delight!

Monday, 6 July 2015

'Rana' Red Bromeliad!

Here's a houseplant with pizazz, the 'Rana' Bromeliad, in a brilliant shade of red! This stunning plant is also available in multi colours of purple, yellow or white. The watering of a potted bromeliad is only twice a week, throughout the year, to keep it healthy.  A nice sunny spot in the home will produce a long lasting bloom, usually for a few weeks.  

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Unique, Sea Holly Flower!

A unique, but pretty flower is the Sea Holly, and no 'green thumb' required. This lovely plant does well with little water, hot temperatures & even poor soil.  A fascinating plant that will provide an interesting difference from the petunias and daisies.  Their spikey flowers will bloom from summer, right through to fall, in shades of blue, violet, white, silver and green.  Maybe time for a change of scenery, with this wonderful floral addition to the garden!

Friday, 3 July 2015

'Wild Berry' Coneflower!

The 'Wild Berry' Coneflower is just a delicious colour in Mother Nature's palette! It's no wonder busy bees are attracted to these perennials.  A very distinguishing colour to have in your garden, among all the other colours that are available too.  Whether they be purple, white, or yellow, the butterflies and bees will come a calling.  Summer is here to enjoy, while it lasts!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Busy Bee!

That's their job and it's an important one.  Bees are a must for plants to reproduce through pollination. The pollen collected from the bees sticks to their legs & by visiting the next flower, some of the pollen rubs off. Fertilization is possible when this happens, with the result being seeds, which can develop. Planting gardens helps ensure flowering plants are always available for these helpful, visiting creatures!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Big Red Hibiscus!

Want an eye-catching, flowering plant in your garden?  The red Hibiscus guarantees a big, beautiful display of colourful blooms.  Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, you will have the look of tropical glory. Hibiscus can be grown as a small shrub, or popular in container pots.  It's dark, glossy leaves and stiff wooden stems are quite hardy in any garden. Try any of these blooms, available in glorious shades of orange, yellow, salmon-pink and red.  

Asiatic Red Lily!

The Asiatic Red Lily is a tried and true, easy perennial that is just spectacular in the garden.  The large, upfacing, red trumpets athough lacking in fragrance, are certainly colourful.  Plant in the garden, or your plant containers and they are also excellent for cutting as well.  These lilies will be a rich, deep red when grown in the sun.  A perfectly, brilliant choice for your garden.