My name is Shahnaz Ahmed, and I’d like to share some pictures of flowers in my garden with you. I’m a keen gardener from Coventry, England, and have been gardening for about nine years. I’ve got a total of 72 different flowering plants in my back garden, and caring for them is an absolute delight for me all throughout the year. I hope you enjoy looking at my flowers!
Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’ (Zones 4–8). Called the common mallow or tree mallow, this relative of hollyhocks is easy to grow and blooms for a long season with these unusual striped blooms.
Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ is a hybrid wallflower that blooms through the winter and early spring in areas with mild winters (Zones 8–9). Though we call people who shrink into the background wallflowers, this is not a plant you’ll overlook in the garden! In addition to the beautiful colors, it boasts a wonderful fragrance.
Hardy to Zones 4–8, Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ is a hybrid geum that is sterile, which means that instead of putting energy into producing seeds, it keeps flowering over a long season.
Garden phlox are always beautiful. Phlox paniculata ‘Sweet Summer Sensation’ (Zones 4–9) is shorter than most varieties (only 18 to 24 inches tall) and has better disease resistance. However, garden phloxes are always going to have some problems with mildew on the leaves.
Though hardy in Zones 3–7, delphiniums, such as Delphinium elatum ‘Pacific Giant’, grow best where the summers don’t get hot, and even in the best circumstances, they are not usually very long-lived perennials.
Ranunculus asiaticus is another plant that prefers to grow during cool weather. If you are in Zone 7 or warmer, it can be planted in the fall to grow through the winter and bloom in the spring. In colder climates, plant it early in the spring to enjoy the incredible flowers in the garden and to cut for the vase.
The sweet blue blooms of Siberium bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla, Zones 3–7).
Allium oreophilum, the pink lily leek, Zones 5–8.
Polemonium ‘Bressingham Purple’ (Jacob’s ladder, Zones 3–8). These beautiful blue flowers are backed up by purple-flushed foliage.
Oriental poppy ‘Patty’s Plum’ (Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’, Zones 3–7).
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