The painted daisy, or Tanacetum coccineum, adds a wealth of spring and summer color in a fairly short plant, keeping your borders neat.
These beautiful perennials work well to keep gaps from appearing when the earliest spring flowers are dying off.
This is also an excellent choice for containers where you want to show off their bright colors.
In addition to the beauty of its blossoms, this plant has many other uses as well. It serves to repel some pests, as the white form of the painted daisy is used as an insecticide ingredient.
For this reason, painted daisies make good companion plants alongside marigolds, borage, and nasturtiums to help limit pests.
It helps that these vivid flowers are easy to grow from seed, and do well in both dappled shade and full sunlight, as long as the soil has plenty of drainage.
Pansies have been garden staples of colorful planting schemes for years. These brief perennials can bloom throughout the year, featuring markings like faces in the center of each flower.
These versatile plants are available in pretty much any flower color you can imagine, and some are even bicolored.
They can be planted in groups or mixed together throughout the border. Pansies also make great additions to containers to fill them with color.
Many varieties will self-seed without human intervention, and it’s easy to start new patches from seed yourself once they die off.
You can find pansies in a wide range of sizes, including dwarf types perfect for small spaces.
As pansies are part of the Viola genus, they can get confused with violets, but pansies are usually the larger-flowering types.
Pansies will do well in dappled shade or full sunlight. Wherever you choose to plant them, make sure the soil has adequate drainage, as they don’t do well with waterlogged soil.
To get the best out of pansies, plant them in rich soil, water them regularly, and take off any dying flowers as they fade.
Paper daisies, or Helipterum roseum, are charming flowers which, as you might guess, look like they’ve been made out of paper.
These flowers have a lot of personality, making them great for cutting gardens, containers, and border planting alike.
It’s worth knowing that these plants are also called everlastings, because the dried flowers keep perfectly, holding onto both their shape and color.
Provided that you cut off dying flowers during the season, paper daisies are capable of flowering all summer long.
These plants grow to a maximum of 2 feet tall, adding height to any space.
One thing paper daisies need more than anything is full sunlight to produce their lovely flowers in shades of pink and white.
You might also see them under the name Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea.
One thing to remember is that these plants are annuals, so if you want more of them the following year, you’ll need to re-sow seeds in spring.
Edgeworthia chrysantha, or the paperbush plant hails from the woodlands of China, where it grows on rocky slopes at high altitudes.
This plant does not require much care, and thrives in partial shade, along with regular watering.
The leaves of this plant are a bluish green, while the yellowish-white blooms start to appear in December.
In January, the bare stems are awash with color in shades of ivory and yellow, and these gorgeous blooms withstand snow, freezing temperatures, and even hail.
It also helps that these flowers are very fragrant, which should come as no surprise, as this plant is part of the daphne plant family, famous for its fragrance.
In the past, as far back as the 16th Century, the paperbush plant was used to make paper, hence the common name.
If you’re someone that feels like spring never comes quick enough, pasque flowers are a great relief, signaling that spring is well and truly here.
The word pasque is an old French term for Easter, referring to its bloom time.
Belonging to the Pulsatilla genus, pasque flowers are perennial plants which feature large bell-shaped flowers, thick, silvery stems, and airy foliage.
It’s worth knowing that these plants are endangered in the wild.
These enigmatic flowers have some legend attached to them.
There is a belief that pasque flowers only grow where blood has been shed by Romans or Danes, as they often grow along undisturbed, historical battlefields.
They prefer moist, fertile soils, and thrive in full sun.
Passion flower is one of the most popular ornamental vines available (see also Passion Flowers Meaning).
These vines produce fantastic blooms in shades of white and blue.
Some species grow fine outdoors as long as they are in full sunlight, in a very sheltered location.
While you can grow passion flowers in pots, this makes their care schedule more demanding, as you’ll need to feed them more regularly and water them well.
If you want a hardy variety, Passiflora caerulea is the one to go for, despite it hailing from tropical parts of South America, it can withstand colder temperatures.
You can also try growing them indoors, in which case they do best under glass or in greenhouses, where they can get as much light as possible.
If you’d prefer to admire your unusual plants indoors, you can’t go wrong with a peace lily (see also Comparing The Peace Lily To The Calla Lily).
These lovely plants will help purify the air in your home, extracting small levels of formaldehyde and mold from your house, while also softening any scheme with its large foliage and white spathe flowers.
Place them somewhere bright, but away from direct sunlight, and every time the leaves droop against the container, when the plant ‘faints’, give it a good drink.
Anaphalis margaritacea, or pearly everlasting, is a perennial hailing from North America, while the rest of the 100 or so species come from parts of central and southern Asia.
This silvery plant is valued for its ability to withstand drought, while providing nectar for pollinators such as butterflies and bees.
You can easily recognize pearly everlasting with its button-shaped, white blooms, each featuring a yellow middle. The foliage is covered in a white down.
The common name comes from the way the flowers uphold their form and color when they are used as dried flowers.
Pearly everlasting likes areas of dappled shade, though this plant will also grow in full sunlight. While it can tolerate dry periods, it won’t stand boggy soil for long.
A member of the Geranium family, pelargoniums are easy to grow perennials, which means that they’re perfect for beginners.
Their compact growth habit allows them to be grown in containers, and many varieties offer colorful blooms throughout the year.
Their fragrant blooms are usually borne on short stems, and while they can withstand dry spells and heat with no problem, they can’t do cold temperatures for long.
This isn’t a bad thing, as they also make good houseplants, whether you prefer only to overwinter them indoors, or keep them indoors all year round.
Peonies are among the most beautiful flowers to grow, and if you have never tried growing them before, you should definitely start now!
They don’t require much maintenance, and once established, peonies will provide you with beautiful blooms throughout the season.
You can get them as herbaceous perennials, growing to a maximum of 3 feet tall, or as shrubs, which can get as tall as 11 feet high.
They like well-drained soils, and in order to encourage flowering, you need to water them regularly during the summer months.
Blue flax, perennial flax, or Linum perenne comes from Europe, though it has naturalized in parts of North America, in woodland, mountains, and sandy soil.
Perennial flax provides a good display of color into any garden, and its blue-green foliage makes it an attractive addition to any planting.
It really comes into its own during its flowering season from May through to September, producing bright blue blooms.
Flax may be an annual or a perennial, depending on the type you choose, and where you grow it.
One thing to note: perennial flax will not grow in rich, fertile soil, and it will only flop over. Instead, it thrives in rocky, sandy soil, or soil which has a high clay content.
Also known as Ranunculus asiaticus, these plants are native to parts of Asia, Europe, and Africa.
As you might expect, they produce large, showy blooms, which are often red, orange, or yellow, but come in other shades, too.
They can be grown in gardens as ground covers, or in pots, baskets, or hanging baskets.
They thrive in wet conditions, so they’ll appreciate regular watering.
If you want to create a tropical look in your garden, then petunias (see also How To Grow Petunias) are the flower for you!
These cheerful blossoms are great for adding color to beds, borders, and window boxes. They come in a wide variety of colors, and hail from South America.
These lovely plants are tender perennials, commonly grown as annuals in colder regions.
Also known as the primrose, polyanthus is one of the earliest plants to bloom, from late winter through to early spring.
Its name derives from the Greek word poly meaning “many,” and anthos meaning “flower.”
Polyanthus can grow up to 30cm tall, but there are also dwarf cultivars available.
Give them moist, well-draining soil in dappled shade or full sunlight, and leave them to it, where they will largely take care of themselves.
Also known as ninebark, this deciduous shrub hails from North America, with one species originating from Asia.
Physocarpus produces groups of bell-shaped flowers in pink or white in summer, contrasting well against leaves which can be bright green, deep purple, or red.
Depending on the cultivar, this shrub can reach up to 3 meters tall.
Plumbago hails from tropical and warmer temperate parts of the world, part of the leadwort or Plumbaginaceae plant family.
Plumbago includes both shrubs and plants, reaching between a foot and 6 feet tall.
It produces fantastic blooms in shades of pink, red, purple, white, and blue.
Plumbago can be confusing, as the undersides of the foliage on mature plants can adopt a powdery coating.
While this can look like a fungal disease such as powdery mildew, it’s a substance that the plant produces naturally.