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For years people have been tending flower gardens—maybe it’s the allure of the blooms, or perhaps it’s the challenge of growing the perfect rose, or maybe you just want to add a splash of color to the front of your home. Whatever the motivation, flowers are an excellent addition to all types of gardens.
The variety of flowers available can make selecting which ones you will use in your garden a daunting task. The best flower garden designs incorporate perennials, annuals, bulbs and companion plants, all tied together by a strong color scheme or design style. When designing a flower garden, you should start by determining what flowers will grow well on your property. Factors such as light, temperatures, soil quality and more will impact how well the flowers perform.
The articles and images that appear here will introduce you to some popular garden flowers, as well as provide inspiration for how to design a garden filled with beautiful flowers in spring, summer, fall or winter. You’ll find tried and true selections such as roses or rhododendrons, and rising stars like drumstick alliums.
Discover the showstopping blooms that can be achieved with surprisingly little effort.
Learn about the special virtues of species rhododendrons, wild varieties that make outstanding garden plants.
See how to plant and harvest sweet peas to use in sassy summer centerpieces.
Flower suggestions from the pros