MY PERSONAL GARDEN FLOWERS

I call my garden the Jehovah Jireh garden

( God provides and He sure did)

Here are just some of my favorite flowers in my garden

my favorite flower in my garden

Bearded Iris Batik: Iris should be planted so the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and the roots are spread out facing downwards in the soil. Make sure not to plant the rhizomes too deep. ZONES 3 thru 9. Perennials. Full sun. Multiplies quickly.

Follow same instructions as above.

MIDNIGHT MARVEL HARDY HIBISCUS:  Huge, pure red blooms absolutely glow against the richest purple foliage in the genus. Since buds occur not just as at the tips, but all down the stems, blooms appear for a long period of time starting in midsummer. Midnight Marvel loves moist, rich soils, but adapts well to dryer, poor conditions. Leaves attain their most gorgeous wine-purple color when planted in full sun—an absolute show-stopper in the garden! 

CARDINAL COLUMBINE/  AQUILEGIA:  Easily grown in average, evenly moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils except heavy, poorly-drained ones. Prefers organically rich, moist soils with light to moderate shade. Remove flowering stems after bloom to encourage additional bloom. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prolong attractive foliage appearance. When foliage depreciates, plants may be cut to the ground. It should be noted that seed collected from garden plants or self-seeded plants may not come true because different varieties of columbine may cross-pollinate in the garden producing seed that is at variance with either or both parents.  ZONE: 3 to 9.  Blooms April to May. perennial

Gerbera Daisies Annuals:  These beauties have a short life span but they are worth the purchase. only hardy in zones 9 up.  They last only a couple weeks but the joy they give is priceless.  Full sun.

Althea is a deciduous, ornamental shrub, more commonly referred to as the Rose of Sharon.and is of the hibiscus family.  A most beautiful flower to behold. It is often used for group or border planting. This althea produces beautiful double lavendar blooms in the summer. The shrub exhibits a slow-to-moderate growth rate and reaches a height of about 15 feet and a spread of about 12 feet. When planting, look for a full sun area with moist, well-drained soil. USDA ZONES: Zone 5, to 9

 Fiesta · Daisy · gaillardia · perennial is a show off!  This flower is a stunning addition to any garden.  Pick a sunny spot and be dazzled by it's showy yellow blooms with bright orange/red centers. 

PARROT TULIPS:  Despite their opulent appearance, parrot tulips aren’t overly fussy in their care requirements. However, they do need a bit more attention than standard tulips to protect their frilly blooms from windstorms and heavy rain. Plant the bulbs 5 inches deep and at least 3 inches apart from late September through early November, then cover the site with a thick layer of organic mulch to protect the dormant bulbs during the winter. In early spring, remove the mulch before new growth begins. After the flowers have faded, do not remove the foliage until it has yellowed and died back. To ensure repeat blooming the following spring, feed regularly during the growing season using a balanced fertilizer..  These unusual tulips come in many colors and shapes and can be quite the collection addiction.   

Osteospermums also known as Cape Daisy or African Daisy.  They come in a variety of colors and I've had several colors, from purple to yellow all breathtaking.  This one pictured was yellow with a purple center.  It was awesome!  Unfortunately, they are annuals in my zone 7 but can be perennials in zones 9 and up.  They are a great addition to any garden and I will have them yearly as they are available.  

Althea Hibiscus syriacus blueberry smoothie  is a hardy shrub that is unusual and showy in it's beautiful carnation type flowers.  This lavender flower is a show stopper.  It will bloom from  summer to fall.  The bush is a fast grower and needs plenty of space.   It will reach about 8 ft. in height.  Needs full sun. Is hardy up to zone 5!

Balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) are often grown for their whimsical flower buds, but this plant is one tough cookie. The balloon flower is part of the easy growing Bellflower/Campanula family, and you will notice the resemblance right away.

The botanical name means "broad bell," but the open flower is really more of a star shape. However, it's the puffy bud that intrigues gardeners and entices them to grow this plant and that gives it its common name of "balloon flower.”

Balloon flowers are long-lived perennials that rarely need dividing and are deer-resistant. Zones 3-9 full sun.

This Chinese lantern type of bud makes this flower unique.

  I'm not sure but I think this is a 'Sarah Bernhardt' Peony.  There were a row of these plants, well aged, when I arrived here so I don't know there name.  But, from my research, this looks close to it.  These are an old time favorite but don't cut the plant down after the blooms have died.  The leaves need to feed the plant for next year's blooming.  Once the leaves have started dying, you can then mow them down.  I was once told not to plant a peony near the house because the flower buds need ants to eat the "glue" that holds the buds into a ball so once the ants have eaten that off, the buds will open.  Interesting info.

Japanese lace leaf maple trees (Acer palmatum var.) are named for the deeply dissected, delicate leaves that give these trees a lacy, elegantly drooping appearance. Lace leaf maples are striking ornamental trees suitable for landscapes in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9, depending on the variety..  I was told by the nursery when I purchased this, that this green leaf variety likes mostly shade but will tolerate morning sun.  The spot I have it gets morning sun.  It's protected from the sun by the huge maple tree in the back yard..

 Colocasia is a black elephant ear plant that likes it warm and humid.  They like filtered sun or shade and rich, moist soil. 

  • Fully hardy in Zones 9 to 11

  • Many are proving root-hardy in Zone 8 and a very few in Zone 7

  • Most can endure temperatures down to 30 degrees

  • Will go dormant with a frost or temperatures below 45

I will bring mine in for the winter since I have it in a pot.  I have some green elephant ears in the ground that come back every year but they never reach any good size.  These are beautiful as the center piece of a multi plant arrangement!

The Macho fern  (Nephrolepsis biserrta 'Macho') is one of the most beautiful ferns I've ever seen.  At maturity, it can grow to be 6 ft. tall and almost that wide.  You can have it in shade or full sun.  However, it doesn't like cold climates so  zone 9 & 10 is ok.  But in the summer  of most climates, you will be awed by it's showiness.  Makes great screens if planted in pots or in the ground in a line together.  Not much care is needed just keep it moist.  My favorite fern of all time!

the balloon shape bud
I will add more flowers as I am able to purchase them.  God gave us these beauties for us to enjoy.  He's in every bloom!  Only He could have created the flowers then man worked to hybrid them into some of the beauties we enjoy today.