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The rose has the honor of being the most popular flower in the world. Its beauty, fragrance and variety of colors are the primary reasons for this popularity. Well, that and it’s…a rose. Roses are traditionally known as the flower of love and beauty. Whether a rose be an old-fashioned wild rose, garden rose, tea rose or a newer hybrid variety, roses are almost always the flower of choice at weddings and for birthdays, anniversaries…

Other than the fact that poinsettias are known as the “Christmas flower”, few other flowers are as misunderstood as this one. Do you put it in a closet and ignore it after Christmas? Is it really poisonous? Can you bring it back for another year…just like the 10 pound fruitcake in the freezer? Let’s find out more about these beauties… Poinsettias are native to Mexico, Central and South America. Poinsettias come in traditional red, creamy…

The petunias most people are familiar with are the hybrid varieties; single, doubles, ruffled, wave and more. Petunias are extremely easy to grow, add bright bursts of color to any container or ground bed, bloom continually from early summer to the first hard frost and are easily managed. WHERE & HOW TO BEGIN Hybrid petunias are annuals and are usually obtained by gardeners as seedling plants. This allows for knowing what color the blooms will…

When you think of orchids, words like ‘tropical’, ‘exotic’ and ‘rare’ most likely come to mind. Exotic and tropical are accurate, but did you know there are more species of orchids than any other flower in the world? Yes, there are…over 30,000! Orchids are grown indoors as house plants or in hot houses in most areas of the world (except those with tropical climates)…successfully, I might add. HOW TO GROW ORCHIDS Most people think the…

Lilies are one of the top five flowers in the world in regards to popularity with gardeners and flower-lovers. The reasons for their enormous popularity are obvious: Easy to grow Available in every color imaginable Hundreds of varieties Inexpensive Easy to care for In other words, what’s not to love about a lily? GROWTH & CARE Lilies grow from bulbs sometimes called corms which reproduce themselves and are easily divided to form more plants. By…

The heady fragrance of the perennial lilac gently fills the air around it with a sweet, sentimental scent no one ever tires of. HOW TO GROW & CARE FOR LILACS Lilacs have been grown for centuries and with good reason. Their tolerance for most any type of soil and their ability to survive in most climates make them an obvious choice. Lilacs don’t need much fertilizing, either. A light dose of general purpose fertilizer once…

Hydrangeas are among the oldest flower-lover’s favorites. It’s the flower most everyone remembers seeing in their grandmother’s garden or hedging her house. There are about 100 species of hydrangea. The hydrangea is a hardy perennial plant, but only in zones where the winter temperatures don’t fall below 25 F. Temperatures lower than that will kill the new flower buds that produce next season’s blooms. That’s right…buds that form on growth from the previous year. This…

Like the daffodil, the hyacinth is a member of the liliopsida genus of plants. There are numerous species of hyacinths; all of which are loved and welcomed as a sign of spring. The hyacinth is a low-growing flower ranging from 3 to 6 or 8 inches tall. Some of the most popular varieties of hyacinths are the: Grape: a tiny cluster of purple ‘beads’ resembling grapes on a single tiny stalk. Grape hyacinths grow in…

The hibiscus is the most popular tropical flower for gardeners-even in zones where the word ‘tropical’ isn’t used to describe the climate. There are over 200 species of hibiscus. Some are annuals while others are perennials. Some are smaller plants grown successfully in large pots, while others are tree-like in size and structure. The hibiscus comes in a variety of colors. Their large, open-faced blooms come in pink, yellow, white, red, salmon and red. HIBISCUS…

The exotic, fragrant gardenia graces gardens across the south and has long-been a favorite of brides everywhere. But raising gardenias isn’t for the faint of heart or for the gardener looking for little or no maintenance plants and flowers. Gardenias are a part of the rubiaceae family which also includes coffee. There are over 200 species of gardenias with only a handful of these being grown in the United Sates. Gardenias are grown most successfully…

The perennial daisy is a flower that is as popular now as it was centuries ago. The fact that it symbolizes innocence, purity and new beginnings is just one reason it is one of the most popular choices for brides and to congratulate new parents throughout the world. There are numerous varieties of daisies. Some of the most popular ones are: Shasta, African, Lazy, Prairie, Painted, Giant, Berbera, Gloriosa, Dahlbert and the Ox-eye daisy. HOW…

The sunny, friendly daffodil is one of the most welcome signs of spring. It’s bright yellow trumpet-like blooms rise up from the ground (sometimes snow) on short, 6-8 inch stems. Who can resist? There are over 50 species of daffodils-mainly yellow. But the multiple hybrid varieties have introduced us to whites, oranges, pinks, greens and combinations of any or all of the above. Daffodils are often called narcissus. That’s alright, though, because they are part…

One of the most unique flowers you will find is the calla lily. Just as the name implies, the calla is part of the lily (liliopsida) class but are not actually lilies. Go figure! The calla lily is a perennial. There are nearly 30 species of this beautiful flower; coming in a variety of colors including white, green, pink, yellow and orange. Its trumpet-shaped bloom sits on arrowhead-shaped leaves on top of a thick leafless…

Iris are strong…sturdy…colorful…happy…welcoming…easy to grow…and nearly indestructible. Iris are one of the easiest and care-free flowers a gardener can grow and are perfect for most every flower bed. The very word, ‘iris’ means rainbow. The appropriateness of its name is proven in the over-200 species of this beautiful flower. Iris range in price from just a few dollars to $20 or more for the more exotic varieties. The iris’ blooms consist of large petals that…

The word chrysanthemum comes from 2 Greek words meaning golden flower. It is a member of its own genus of plants with over 20, 000 different species. The chrysanthemum was originally gold in color with a compact daisy-like bloom. Today, however, there are multiple varieties (button, pompom, spiral and more) which come in several different colors and color combinations. Some of the most popular are white, yellow, purple, red or burgundy, orange, yellow, and yes,…

Z may be the last letter of the alphabet, but zinnias definitely shouldn’t be last on your list of must-haves for your flower garden. Zinnias are bright, colorful flowers that begin blooming in late spring and last until the first hard frost hits in the fall. There are 20 species of zinnias but only 10 of those are favored by flower gardeners. Zinnias come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The traditional zinnia is…

It’s simply not spring until you feast your eyes on bunches of tulips. Their bright, festive colors sitting on top of a single tubular stalk with pointed foliage simply shout the arrival of the season. Tulips come in countless varieties and colors-literally every imaginable color and color combination. There are single tulips, fancy tulips, fringed tulips and double tulips (to name a few). There are early, mid and late spring blooming tulips; allowing growers to…

The sunny sunflower is a member of the helianthus genus of flowers; helio meaning sun and anthius meaning flower. Makes sense, right! The sunflower originated in North America and has nearly 70 species. But its popularity has not remained within the borders of the states. More than half of the sunflowers produced in the world today are grown in Russia. Sunflowers are annuals and come in traditional sunny yellow, burnt orange, red, dark red-brown and…

Carnations are among the most popular flower in the world-and for good reason. Carnations are colorful (if you can’t find one the color you want, just dye it), most of them have a sweet/spicy smell and they hold up well. Yes, the carnation is popular, but how much do you really know about these tried and true ‘flower friends’? DID YOU KNOW Carnations are part of the dianthus genus of flowers? There are over 300…

The name ‘alstroemeria’ may not be familiar to you. In fact, you may not even be sure how to pronounce it properly, but don’t worry, you don’t have to because this colorful flower is more commonly known by some of its species’ names: Peruvian lily, Parrot lily and Lily of the Incas (to name just a few). This lovely 3-petaled flower comes in a variety of colors including orange, pink, purple, red, yellow, white and…