50 Popular Flower Varieties to Get You Growing

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Going to the plant nursery can be so overwhelming. As you stare at aisles and aisles of flowers and plants, how are you supposed to pick what's right for your garden? And what works well together? And where do you start?

If you're planning to add flowers to your garden, you've come to the right place. From beginner plants to varieties for the pros, we've rounded up 50 types of flowers guaranteed to add some life and color to your garden year-round. Go ahead and grab your gloves—you'll want to get planting after reading about these popular flower varieties.

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Roses

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  • Botanical Name: Rosa
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-draining, loamy soils
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.5

Roses are probably the first flowers that come to mind when you think of the most popular flowers to plant. They make beautiful bouquets, and they come in a huge variety of colors. When they're in your garden, the bush out into a large, beautiful plant.

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Lily

lillies

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  • Botanical Name: Hemerocallis
  • Sun Exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-draining, sandy to clay soils
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 8.0

Lilies stand tall in a garden, and they come in a ton of different colors thanks to all of the flower varieties. They prefer quite a bit of sun, so be sure to place them in a place where they will be happy.

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Anemones

anemone

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  • Botanical Name: Anemone
  • Sun Exposure: Light shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, moist soil
  • Soil pH: 5.6 to 7.5

Known for their contrasting centers and petals, anemones will add a soft statement to your garden. Their delicate petals often surround a bold center, which helps attract pollinators.

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Yellow Daisy

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  • Botanical Name: Rudbeckia hirta
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 8.0

There's nothing quite as cheery as a bright yellow daisy, and they're pretty easy to grow, too.

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Ranunculus

ranunculus

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  • Botanical Name: Ranunculus
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.5

There's something about the fluffy blooms on a ranunculus that fills out a garden so beautifully. They bloom for about six to eight weeks during the spring, so you'll be able to enjoy their flowers for quite a while.

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Succulents

succulent

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  • Botanical Name: Echeveria
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.5

Succulents are touted as some of the easiest plants to grow, but they can definitely be finicky! They don't like too much water, and they'll easily rot if given more than they need. There are tons of different varieties of succulents, but we're partial to echeverias like the one above.

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Iris

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  • Botanical Name: Iris
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.8

Known for their bright purple blooms, irises stand tall in gardens and command attention. They make great border flowers and look just as beautiful in a vase as they do in a garden.

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Sunflower

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Black and Blooms

  • Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Loose, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.5

If you really want to make a statement, plant some sunflowers in your garden. Not only can they reach heights of up to 14 feet, but they have giant blooms that can be bigger than your head.

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Poppy

poppy

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  • Botanical Name: Papaver
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Loose, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.5 to 7.0

Poppies get their names from the way their buds swell and pop open to reveal the flower inside. They are big sun lovers, needing at least six hours of direct sunlight a day to thrive.

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Tulip

tulips

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  • Botanical Name: Tulipa
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Soil Type: Loose, crumbly, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.5

Tulips grow from bulbs, which you can actually store for up to 12 months at a time and replant. They'll produce beautiful, cup-shaped flowers come spring.

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Orchid

orchids

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  • Botanical Name: Orchidaceae
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Aerated, well-draining orchid soil mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.5

If you live in a cold area, perhaps orchids aren't for you. They thrive in humid, hot environments, and they can do well inside, but they won't do well on a chilly day outside. Make sure your soil is well-aerated too, they hate to have wet roots for long.

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Peony

peonies

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  • Botanical Name: Paeonia
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, slightly acidic soil
  • Soil pH: 6.5 to 7.0

The wispy petals of the peony make for a great, delicate addition to any garden. They'll bloom for a rather short period of time, but they're so beautiful that it's worth it.

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Allium

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  • Botanical Name: Allium giganteum
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.5

Did you know alliums are actually a type of ornamental onion? Yep, you read that correctly. They are part of the garlic family, but how could you not fall in love with those snowball-like blooms?

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Black-Eyed Susan

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  • Botanical Name: Rudbeckia hirta
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.8 to 7.7

While they look similar to a daisy, black eyed susans are almost easier to grow. They tend to spread and come back year after year, so be ready to make room for them to reappear.

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Daffodil

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  • Botanical Name: Narcissus pseudonarcissus
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Rich, moist soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0

Bright and cheery in appearance, daffodils are a great beginner flower. They grow from bulbs, and they tend to bloom anywhere from six weeks to six months at a time.

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Crocus

crocus

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  • Botanical Name: Crocus sativus
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Rich well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0

These tiny blooms tend to pop up as soon as the snow starts to melt. Despite their size, they're a hardy flower that can survive a frost.

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Calendula

calendula

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  • Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade
  • Soil Type: Well-draining soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0

Calendula flowers are actually part of the daisy family (as you probably could guess from its appearance). They tend to bloom in early summer to late fall, and the flower actually has some healing properties.

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Pansies

pansies

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  • Botanical Name: Viola tricolor var. hortensis
  • Sun Exposure: Partial to full sun
  • Soil Type: Rich well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 5.4 to 5.8

Despite their name, pansies are a tough flower that can bloom in colder temperatures and survive a frost. They come in pinks, yellows, purples, reds, and other colors, making them a versatile flower species.

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Forsythia

forsythia

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  • Botanical Name: Forsythia
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Loose, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 7.0 to 8.0

If you're looking for a large, flowering bush, forsythia is the way to go. Blooms cover its branches from root to tip, making for a stunning display.

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Mums

mums

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  • Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Loose, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 8.0

You may know this flower for its fall blooms or by its nickname, mums. Short for chrysanthemum, mums are round flowers that stay pretty into the colder months.

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Hydrangea

Hydrangea

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  • Botanical Name: Hydrangea
  • Sun Exposure: Partial sun to shade
  • Soil Type: Loamy, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.2

Hydrangeas are a great shrub to add to the front or sides of your house. When they bloom, big puff balls of blue, pink, white, or purple flowers emerge, adding color and texture to their foliage.

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Coneflower

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  • Botanical Name: Echinacea
  • Sun Exposure: Partial sun
  • Soil Type: Any well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.5 to 7.0

Purple petals surround the rotund center of the coneflower, also known as echinacea. It's a cheery flower that's also similar in shape and size to the daisy. It's a pretty hardy flower, meaning it can survive in most conditions.

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Petunia

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  • Botanical Name: Petunia
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Any well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0

With funnel shaped flowers, the petunia vines and shows off its colorful blooms. Their shape allows pollinators like hummingbirds and bees to dive right in and do their thing.

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Lavender

lavender

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  • Botanical Name: Lavandula
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Any well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.7 to 7.3

A fragrant flower like lavender is a great choice around patios or porches. You can actually dry the flowers and use them to scent areas in your home (in tiny sachets) long after they've fallen off the plant.

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Lilac

lilac

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  • Botanical Name: Syringa
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.5 to 7.0

Another sweet-smelling flower is the lilac. It grows in a large bush that doesn't do well around other trees or plants, so keep that in mind when picking where to place it.

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Marigold

marigold

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  • Botanical Name: Tagetes
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Loose, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0

If you have trouble with deer eating your flowers, marigolds may be the answer. They're a naturally deer-resistant plant that boasts bright flowers for months.

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Hellebores

hellebores

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  • Botanical Name: Helleborus
  • Sun Exposure: Part shade to full sun
  • Soil Type: Rich, free-draining soil
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.5

Hellbores come in so many colors that it'll be hard to choose just a couple! They even have a dark, almost black variety that creates a perfectly moody garden.

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Dahlia

dahlia

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  • Botanical Name: Dahlia pinnata
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun with afternoon shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.6 to 7.0

You'll be creating endless luscious bouquets if your garden is full of dahlias. They have layered petals that create a full, intricate looking flower.

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Nasturtium

Nasturtium

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  • Botanical Name: Tropaeolum
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Light and sandy soil
  • Soil pH: 6.1 to 7.8

These easy-growers can survive winter, making them a pretty great choice for beginners. The leaves and flowers are edible, too.

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Bloodroot

bloodroot

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  • Botanical Name: Sanguinaria canadensis
  • Sun Exposure: Dappled shade to part sun
  • Soil Type: Rich, moist, free-draining soil
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.5

There's something undeniably cheery about this plant with a less-than-cheerful name. The name does indeed come from its roots, which emit a blood-like sap when broken.

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Rhododendron

Rhododendron

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  • Botanical Name: Rhododendron
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Rich, moist, free-draining soil
  • Soil pH: 4.5 to 6.0

Once spring is around the corner, it's so exciting to watch the big buds appear on rhododendron bushes. They spring open into papery pink flowers, almost looking like little pre-made bouquets.

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Forget-Me-Nots

forget me nots

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  • Botanical Name: Myosotis
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil Type: Moist, free-draining soil
  • Soil pH: 5.6 to 7.0

How could anyone forget these precious little flowers? They have delicate blooms that reach up toward the sun and are the perfect plant if you just want to dot some color around your garden.

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Impatiens

impatiens

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  • Botanical Name: Impatiens walleriana
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade to deep shade
  • Soil Type: Peat-based soil
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.5

Those with shady gardens will appreciate impatiens. They tend to do better out of the sun, and they still bloom in red and pink despite being shade dwellers.

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African Violets

african violets

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  • Botanical Name: Saintpaulia
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade, avoiding afternoon sun
  • Soil Type: Loose, sandy soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.5

A lot of people keep African violets indoors, but you can plant them outside as well. They're better suited for climates that don't get a ton of snow or frost, and they don't like being in the direct sun for long.

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Begonias

begonias

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  • Botanical Name: Begonia
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade, avoiding afternoon sun
  • Soil Type: Loose, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 5.2 to 6.0

Begonias come in a ton of different shapes and sizes, some flowering, some not. If they do bud, they tend to boast pink or red blooms with waxy leaves.

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Zinnias

zinnias

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  • Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Rich, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.5

Add some drama to your garden with zinnias. They are actually called "plants that are hard on the eyes" in some cultures because they have such bright, colorful blooms.

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Morning Glory

morning glory

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  • Botanical Name: Ipomoea
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Rich, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.8

The vining morning glory will fill your flowerbeds and walls with tons of purple flowers. It spreads very quickly, so be sure to trim it back to keep it contained.

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Shasta Daisy

shasta daisy

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  • Botanical Name: Leucanthemum × superbum
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 5.8

You'll probably be happy to see your garden pushing up daisies when they're this beautiful. They have bright yellow centers and can survive in just about any soil type.

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Snapdragons

snapdragons

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  • Botanical Name: Antirrhinum majus
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.2 to 7.0

For a plant that blooms later in the season, look no further than the snapdragon. Spears of blooms will appear from late spring to early fall, and they prefer cooler temperatures in general.

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Cosmos

cosmos flower

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  • Botanical Name: Cosmos bipinnatus
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Soil Type: Loose, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.5 to 7.0

Paper-thin petals and wispy green foliage are the main characteristics of the cosmo flower. They add a bit of whimsy to a garden.

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Creeping Phlox

creeping phlox

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  • Botanical Name: Phlox stolonifera
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Soil Type: Loamy, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 5.7 to 7.5

These little bundles of color will creep their way throughout your garden, just as the name implies. It's a great ground cover plant and can even be an alternative to grass.

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Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum

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  • Botanical Name: Lobularia maritima
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Soil Type: Loamy, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0

Another great option for ground cover is sweet alyssum. The teeny tiny blooms create a gorgeous rippling effect as they climb over bumps and valleys on the ground. They also look great hanging over a pot or planter.

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Dianthus

dianthus

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  • Botanical Name: Dianthus
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: 6.6 to 7.3

Wispy, eyelash-like petals are what adorn the small dianthus. Despite being a smaller flower, they make a big statement with their flowers looking like bullseyes.

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Sweet Pea

sweet pea

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  • Botanical Name: Lathyrus odoratus
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Soil Type: Any kind of soil
  • Soil pH: 7.0 to 7.5

Native to Sicily, the sweet pea will actually climb just about any surface. It's great if you want to fill vertical space on a trellis or wall.

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Geraniums

geraniums

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  • Botanical Name: Pelargonium
  • Sun Exposure: Direct sunlight
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 5.8 to 6.3

A great beginner plant is the geranium. They're pretty easy going and tend to bounce back if you over- or under-water.

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Gardenia

gardenia

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  • Botanical Name: Gardenia jasminoides
  • Sun Exposure: Filtered sunlight to light shade
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 5.0 to 6.0

Did you know gardenias are actually part of the coffee family? They have waxy white flowers and smell amazing, too.

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Foxglove

foxglove

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  • Botanical Name: Digitalis
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 4.5 to 8.3

Foxglove makes a great vertical filler in a garden or tight space. Spears of flowers will rise from the ground in pinks, yellows, and purples.

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Hyacinth Bean

hyacinth bean

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  • Botanical Name: Lablab purpureus 
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.8

If you want a plant that isn't very fussy about the type of soil it's in, go for hyacinth bean. It isn't too particular about where it grows!

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Hollyhock

hollyhock

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  • Botanical Name: Alcea
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 8.0

For mid-summer blooms, go for hollyhock. They grow vertically, blooming in spears, and look similar to the hibiscus flower.

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Sedum Carl

sedum carl

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  • Botanical Name: Hylotelephium 'Carl'
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6.1 to 6.5

This sedum is actually a succulent, so you don't want to add too much water to it. It also needs to be in well-draining soil so it doesn't get root rot.

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