Also referred to as Coreopsis auriculata, or mouse-ear tickseed, this perennial comes from parts of North America, including Louisiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and West Virginia.
The plant has bright yellow flowers that bloom in late spring through early summer.
The common name comes from the shame of the petals, which are frilled at the tips.
It’s a very easy plant to grow, and eventually it will form a spreading mat of foliage and flowers, only reaching about 20cm tall.
Part of the sunflower plant family, Echinopsis is also known as the globe thistle.
It is instantly recognizable, thanks to its spherical clusters of bright blue blooms, spiky leaves, and a wooly down that covers the stems and the leaves, turning it silver.
While it’s not a plant you’d want to put somewhere you’d brush past on a regular basis, it is a fantastic ornamental which will contrast well against any neighboring plants.
It will also help bring more pollinators into your garden, so it can be an important addition if you’re trying to support the wildlife in your garden.
If you’re a fan of blue flowers, but you want something that creates a bigger statement, Echium is a good option.
Depending on the type, a flower spike may range from 50cm to 13 feet high. These flowers also come in purple, red, white, or pink, and appear during the height of summer.
It helps that echium are resistant to drought, and provide plenty of nectar for pollinators.
This beautiful annual flower is native to many parts of Africa and Yemen.
Its star-shaped blossoms are usually around 10cm wide, with five pointed rays coming out of each side.
They have a sweet scent, and a favorite of butterflies. They are normally grown as annual plants, especially in colder climates, where they will provide a good deal of color in your garden during the summer.
If you get warm weather all year round, this plant may survive as a perennial.
Another plant that provides a lot of color in the heat of summer, Emilia is a member of the daisy family. It’s also known as the tassel flower, and there’s over 100 different species to choose from.
These dainty flowers are often found growing along roadsides in warm countries, and their long stalks make them perfect for cutting and arranging in bouquets.
Epimedium plants love partial shade, which makes them perfect for filling out the bases of trees and shrubs. Often grown as ground cover, these plants also help to suppress weeds.
The shape and color of the flowers vary depending on the species you pick, with some almost resembling spiders, hanging from the stems of the plant.
Also known as the orchid cactus, this special plant is capable of producing huge flowers that have a spellbinding perfume.
Hailing from tropical regions in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, they are commonly grown as houseplants.
The flowers that these plants produce are usually nocturnal, and you have to be quick. Typically, they won’t last longer than the night they open, but it’s an impressive sight.
One of the most common types of heathers, Erica has been cultivated for hundreds of years.
Its small, delicate blooms are bell-shaped, and you’ll find them in pink, red, purple, or white, appearing on top of the small foliage.
Erica plants produce a lot of color for such small flowers, and you’ll often find them covering hillsides, fells and moors.
A member of the daisy group, Erigeron produces cheerful flowers which look like daisies in different colors, but it also helps that these lovely plants are close relatives of the true daisy, Bellis.
You may also see it labeled under fleabane, which refers to the belief that the dried plants would repel fleas.
They come in annual, biennial, and perennial forms, and the flowers are typically pink, light purple, or white.
These plants are also a good food source for the larvae of butterflies and moths.
A member of the Apiaceae plant family, Eryngium grows in many parts of the world, but the place with the most species is South America.
You might also know eryngium as a sea holly, or eryngo.
It’s one of the easiest plants to grow, regardless of whether you go for an annual or perennial species.
It’s not uncommon to find these plants growing wild in coastal areas, and if you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean, you should definitely try planting some, as they are tolerant of salty soil and exposed conditions (see also Sea Grape Tree).
Just make sure you don’t plant a sea holly somewhere that gets a lot of foot traffic. Most of the plant is spiny, featuring spiky foliage, and spiny flowers in vivid blue.
You may be familiar with the wallflower, which makes up a whole genus of plants within the cabbage plant family, with more than 150 to choose from.
Wallflowers are known for their beautiful, brightly colored flowers, in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and others.
In colder climates, you can treat them as annual plants or biennials, where they thrive in the spring or summer.
These gorgeous plants are famous for growing in very dry soil, or even gaps in garden walls, and, if you pick the right variety, they will fill your garden with scent as well as color.
There is one downfall to the wallflower, however. They are very vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections, so the best way to grow them is by treating them as biennials, and then pulling them up after they have finished flowering.
This genus includes more than 1,000 species of flowering plants, all of which belong to the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae).
Some of the best-known members include milkweeds, poinsettia, and the crown of thorns, or kiss me not.
All euphorbia species, whether you go for the cacti types, or larger trees, are poisonous (see also Euphorbia Lactea Care).
They contain a white sap which is toxic, so always wear gloves when handling euphorbia.
Known as the prairie gentian, or lisianthus, Eustoma is usually a perennial, treated as an annual in colder parts of the world.
It’s native to North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Depending on what type you go for, the flowers may look like poppies, tulips, or roses. Colors available include white, blue, purple, and pink.
It does well in damp, nutrient-rich soil which drains well. It’s not fussy about the light levels, so somewhere between partial or full sunlight will mean your eustoma will thrive.
The height of the plant depends on the species you go for. Some make a great statement at about 3 feet tall, while others are perfect for smaller gardens at around 15cm tall.
Also known as Oenothera, the genus contains over 100 species of evening primroses, which can be found across the Americas.
You may also know the evening primrose as suncups, or sundrops. These plants are not related to the true primrose, which comes under the Primula genus.
There are two main varieties: Oenothera laciniata and Oenothera speciosa.
Oenothera laciniata has long, narrow leaves, while Oenothera speciation has broad leaves.
Both have yellow flowers, though the color varies from pale yellow to bright orange. They bloom in late spring and early summer, most opening during the evening.
Evening primroses do very well in moist, fertile soils, and are drought resistant once established.
Part of the morning glory family, evolvulus, or Evolvulus alsinoides, is also known as the slender dwarf morning glory.
Usually an annual or a perennial, it looks very similar to the standard type of morning glory (see also Types Of Morning Glory), producing large, trumpet-shaped flowers in a vivid blue, sometimes with a white throat, or completely white petals.
This plant is very robust, and survives in the wild in marshlands, forests, and even deserts.
It’s a vigorous grower, and can take over your garden if you’re not careful, so consider where you might like to put it before you plant it.