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Alliums are plants of exquisite beauty in both flower and leaf, with tough constitutions. These easy-to-grow bulbs come in a broad palette of colors, heights, bloom times and flower forms. What's more, alliums are relatively resistant to deer, voles, chipmunks, and rabbits. Allium flowers are available in a rainbow of colors, from white to yellow and from signature violet to pink. The flowers belong to species of garlic and onion so rest assured that deer won’t touch them but the kind of beauty and the ornamental value they add to your garden is something that you are definitely going to love! Ornamental alliums are hardy to zone 4 and will grow in most any soil, as long as it is well-drained. Alliums adore sunlight and will perform best when they can bask in it all day long. Since most of them multiply naturally, they can be left untouched in the same area for years. Alliums are drought-tolerant plants that actually prefer to be grown on the dry side. There are no serious diseases or insect pests that bother them. And you won't ever have to worry about rodents or deer, since they seem to have no appreciation for the taste of onions — ornamental or otherwise.
For most people, the word Iris conjures up visions of brilliant June flowers, for perennial Irises are among the best known and loved of garden plants. The tall, beautiful iris, named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows, comes in many magical colors. Despite its divine origins, this June bloomer is rugged, reliable, and easy to grow. These distinctive six-petaled flowers have three outer hanging petals (called “falls”) and three inner upright petals (called “standards”). Irises may be a “bearded” type or crested (beardless). Bearded iris are so-called because they have soft hairs along the center of the falls. In crested iris, the hairs form a comb or ridge. Most irises flower in early summer. Some—mostly bearded hybrids—are remontant, flowering again later in the summer. Irises attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and make lovely cut flowers. Irises will bloom best in full sun. They can tolerate as little as half a day of sun, but it’s not ideal. Without enough light, they won’t bloom. Irises are deer-resistant and drought-tolerant. They all elevate the June garden with their eye-catching flowers, and provide clear, carefree vertical accents with their foliage for the balance of the season.
Lunaria, or Honesty flowers, are also commonly called "Money Plants", or Silver Dollars because their prolific seed pods resemble coins. They are popular in home gardens and flowerbeds. The visual display of seed pods turn from green to golden brown. After the seed pods and stems have turned golden and dried, they can be used in dried floral arrangements and last for extended periods of time. Lunaria, or Honesty plants, have large green leaves and is a biennial. Plant them year one, and they will bloom the following year. If you want a low maintenance flower, you have come to the right plant. They are very easy to grow and experience few problems. Kids love the "money plant". Select a location in your garden where they can grow undisturbed for years and years. After blooming, they will drop seeds and regenerate year after year.
Marigolds are incredibly easy-going and reliable under a wide range of growing conditions. Once planted, marigolds grow rapidly with no fuss. Most thrive in full sun, taking hot, sunny exposures in stride. Marigolds can even handle the reflected heat and light of paved surfaces as long as they get regular moisture. However, marigolds will tolerate up to 20% shade if there is bright light the rest of the day. No annual is more cheerful or easier to grow than the marigold. These flowers are the spendthrifts among annuals, bringing a wealth of gold, copper, and brass into our summer and autumn gardens. The flower’s popularity probably derives in part from its ability to bloom brightly all summer long. Marigolds have daisy- or carnation-like flower heads that are produced singly or in clusters. If dying blossoms are regularly removed, it will encourage the plant to continue blooming profusely.
Pansies are the colorful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favorite, pansies are great for both spring and fall gardens! Pansies have heart-shaped, overlapping petals and one of the widest ranges of bright, pretty colors and patterns. Good for containers, borders, and as ground cover, they are a go-to flower for reliable color almost year-round. The pansy may be treated as either an annual or a perennial, depending on your climate. However, most gardeners treat this plant as an annual because it prefers cool weather and gets too leggy in the heat of summer. Pansies are surprisingly hearty in cold weather, though. They’ll survive a frost, bouncing back from even single digit temperatures. If the blooms wither in the cold, the plants will often stay alive to bloom again, which makes them a great flowering plant for fall and early winter color.
Rhododendrons and azaleas , both from the genus Rhododendron , have long been mainstays of late spring because of their spectacular clusters of showy blooms—plus, large green leaves that often stay green through winter. The flowers are tubular-, funnel-, or bell-shaped—and often fragrant. The leaves of the smaller azalea are usually pointed and narrow; the leaves of the rhododendron are generally large and leathery. There are low-growing ground cover azaleas, plants that grow from 1 to 2 feet, as well as plants that can grow up to 25 feet tall. They come in many flower colors, including pink, red, white, yellow, and purple. Though most plants flower in the spring, there are also summer-blooming varieties that add color and charm to the garden.