It was absolutely gorgeous here over the weekend and all I could think about were the beautiful flowers that will be popping up before we know it! Now, anyone that knows me, knows I love looking at pretty flowers and even attempt to plant them and keep them alive; however, very rarely does my green thumb work in my favor as I’m pretty sure it doesn’t even exist. Luckily, my hubby enjoys being outside and doing it with me so some of our pretties survive!
So, I Asked For Help…
As soon as I decided to write this post, I knew I had to ask my Aunt Marcie for help (Thank you, Thank you!). She has always loved gardening and knows way more about flowers than I do! So a lot of the information here, she graciously offered up for my use. She gave me four of her favorites and I listed 6 of mine; I hope you think they are as beautiful as we do. 🙂
A lot of the flowers listed are also great for planting with kiddos! My aunt always had my cousins out in the garden when they were young and enjoyed explaining the seed-to-flower process. Hopefully, I’ll remember to water plants that I grow with Cole so he doesn’t think all flowers just never grow or die shortly after sprouting. ha! I’m kidding guys, I’ll set an alarm on my phone or something. Maybe.
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10 Pretty Flowers to Plant This Spring
Cosmos are light, breezy, tall annuals with a pretty pop of color at the end. They are a variety of colors and so enjoyable to watch sway in the wind with your littles! You can purchase Cosmos in a wildflower mix or in a separate pack of their own.
Marcie’s Tip: Buy a wildflower pack and a pack of seeds that are only Cosmos; when planted, the wildflowers will grow shorter than the Cosmos and give you a nice balance of height. To keep these flowers blooming nicely all summer, continually snip the dead heads off.
You can literally plant these seeds in anything and they will grow, fill, and round out perfectly. Just be careful if you live more in the country as deer love to nibble their blooms right off!
Marcie’s Tip: Impatients are fine to start from seed, but there is a higher degree of success with pre-buying them and relocating them into your own flowerbed or pots. To keep these flowers blooming nicely all summer, continually snip the dead heads off.
Marigolds can be started by seed or buying them as a plant if you want to get a jump start (similar to the Impatients). They are supposedly known to keep some animals away; specifically rabbits. (Let me know if you have had similar experiences with this!)
Marcie’s Tip: A fun part of growing Marigolds is that at the end of the season you can snip off the dried, dead flower and spread them on a newspaper to completely dry out. Then, you can put them in a paper bag and keep them until spring! You will have a supply of seeds forever! (I’m cheap, so I thought this was awesome! haha) To keep these flowers blooming nicely all summer, continually snip the dead heads off.
While planting all of these flowers in your flower bed, you may need some fillers here and there! A favorite of both my aunt and I’s is Coleus. It is a broad, leafy plant that comes in a variety of colors and really makes your bed pop without overshadowing your taller flowers. You can start them from seed or purchase them pre-grown.
Marcie’s Tip: It can be easy to forget to snip the tiny flower off that grows from the stem in the center of the Coleus; try to remember to snip the dead head off or it will completely stop blooming.
5. Stargazer Oriental Lillies
These are my absolute favorite flowers! They are SO gorgeous (JUST LOOK AT THEM!) and I think they smell so sweet! Some people think they have too strong of an odor, but I think when they are planted outside, it’s heavenly. We have these planted on the side of our house, in numerous colors, where we have a lot of nothing going on; ours grew to be about 5 and 1/2 feet tall and did really well against the brick wall. I highly suggest planting these as they are super easy to maintain.
Apryl’s Tip: They do not rebloom, so you will have to replant them every year. Some people have a lot of success planting them in the winter also, but we have done well with planting them in the spring and having them bloom clear through to the fall. I live in Pittsburgh, so we get a pretty steady fluctuation in temperature daily and they survive quite well.
6. Black-eyed Susans
Black-eyed Susans are a household favorite, but specifically a favorite of my husbands. His grandfather LOVED these flowers and Scott has extremely fond memories of watching these flowers open and grow with his pap when he was younger. I am filling our backyard flowerbed this year with them! Shhhh, it’s a surprise! 😉
Apryl’s Tip: They are a wildflower and can grow to over 3 feet tall; over time they will spread and spread and spread! That is why you can see so many fields FULL of them! They also will steal nutrients and water from your other flowers, so try to grow them in their own area.
7.Veronica aka Speedwell
Aren’t they so neat?! I adore seeing them in the spring, as their purple hue always reminds me of my mom. One, because her favorite color is purple. Two, because I love how strong they are standing straight up through the winds, just like her. She is so strong and beautiful.
Apryl’s Tip: Speedwells are extremely easy-to-grow (which makes them perfect for me!). Just plant them and water them as needed (if there isn’t at least an inch of rain each week!). Gosh, they are just so unique!
8. Morning Glories
Morning Glories are some of the coolest flowers to plant with your kiddos! I remember getting up early to watch these open up at my grandma’s house and witnessing the miracle before me. I couldn’t believe the flower opened to the sun like they do; it’s still so amazing to see!
Apryl’s Tip: They are super low-maintenance (insert my lack of a green thumb here). It is important to note that their seeds are highly toxic if ingested, so keep an eye on your littles if they are helping you!
My next two favorite flowers are commonly loved ones, but I just can’t help but put them on the list for that exact reason. I adore the simple charm these add to any flowerbed, vase, or windowsill.
These classic flowers add elegance and sweetness to any decor style. They literally can breathe life into any room or flowerbed with their bright, vivid colors and sturdiness. These are a MUST in our front landscaping this year! Not only are they an easy-to-grow plant, they are constantly complemented by visitors!
Apryl’s Tip: Feel free to cut these off and place them around your home or for your outdoor parties this year. People always enjoy fresh cut tulips!
10. Shasta Daisies
I’ve never experienced a field of daisies that I didn’t take the time to stop and gaze at. I truly believe daisies are sent straight from God to help us all breathe a little easier and remember that it’s the simple things in life that deserve our greatest attention. Scott has taught Cole the benefit (cookies and mama kisses) of bringing these home for me and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’m so grateful for their love and the simple, delicate grace these fill my home with!
Here’s a Flower Bonus!
2 of Marcie’s Basket Combinations
Marcie’s Tip for Planting in Pots
- Make sure that when you’re planting in a pot you intertwine the longer stems of the flowers. Any part of the long stem that gets covered with soil will root. It makes a glorious presentation when the flowers grow in and the different types blend together!
For more detailed information on how to grow and care for these plants, check out the Growing Guide from the Old Farmer’s Almanac. There is SO much information listed and specific instructions to help you have a beautiful, successful flower garden of your own!
Share pictures of your gorgeous flowers on my facebook page! I’d love for it to be filled with your lovely pics!