Pictures of Flowers for Every Garden
Gather inspiration for your own gardening -- or garden photography -- with these stunning pictures of flowers.
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Nothing says "country garden" more than a line of striking hollyhocks, as this picture of flowers demonstrates. Available in a range of colors, hollyhocks can grow up to 20 feet tall and may be annual, biennial, or perennial, depending on the flower and the climate.
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Native to North America and reminiscent of a daisy, echinacea -- or coneflower -- has a long medicinal history and an equally storied spot in a variety of garden types. This picture of the flower shows a more brilliant shade of its classic pink hue. Echinacea attracts butterflies and tends to be resistant to deer, too.
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Planted from a bulb, the tulip is a riotous and colorful way to announce the arrival of spring. No matter the variety, they generally love partial or full-sun locations. Blooms come in a range of shapes, including single or double, and are typically planted in the fall.
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Perennial daylily blooms in a range of colors, as this multihue flower demonstrates. The flowers also come in several forms, including single, double, and spider. Varieties also bloom in tiny, under 3-inch, flowers and over 4-5 inches wide.
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A spring-flowering stunner, bleeding heart offers a profusion of heart-shape blossoms on individual stems. The plant rewards with early blooms and light-color foliage until heat causes it to die back.
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One might argue that of all the pictures of flowers, the majority of them would include a rose. There's good reason for the sheer delight and enthusiasm this flower brings to gardeners everywhere. It offers a range of growing patterns, including shrub and vine, and an amazing diversity -- hundreds of varieties -- of blooms.
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Spiky, tubelike blooms give bee balm an otherworldly appearance, but earth-bound wildlife such as butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees love this native plant. It's a sun-lover with varieties that also are adapted to be mildew-resistant.
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Oversize and exuberant, Oriental poppies nonetheless have a papery, almost transparent appearance. Their early summer blooms can get dinner-plate wide in brilliant hues such as red, salmon, orange, and white.
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A staple of autumn container plantings, chrysanthemums (mums), are actually more adaptable and more diverse than many gardeners realize. Winter hardy only in more temperate climates, mums were first grown in China thousands of years ago. When cut in bouquets, they're particularly long-lasting; in containers and in flowerbeds they're relatively stress-free.
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A classic of old-fashioned gardens and a cinch to grow from seed, zinnias are an underappreciated and reliable addition to beds, borders, and containers. They're also prolific blooms, sending up a rainbow of colors all summer and into autumn -- all with little tending. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love these flowers, and they're great when cut for bouquets, too.
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Pick a favorite color and you're likely to find a columbine blooming to match it. In spring, bell-shape colors hang off pretty stems, and the plant helps ensure its legacy with easy self-seeding.
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A diversity in bloom type is just one of the characteristics of aster cultivars. In Greek, its name means "star," and there's a certain celestial quality to the blooms, as demonstrated by this picture of the flower -- be they lacy or of more stature. Like chrysanthemums, asters are also a popular plant for containers and flowerbeds in autumn.
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A long bloom time distinguishes this flower, which is either an annual or perennial depending on type and climate. A popular choice for bird and butterfly gardens, lantanas delicate clusters of miniature blooms add unusual texture and hue to less formal gardens.
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Varieties of dianthus include Sweet William, pinks, and carnations, although in summertime spots many gardeners rely on it for container plantings and fragrance. The blooms, as this picture of the flower shows, tend toward the dainty side and come in either single or multicolor options that include pink, red, or white.
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Stunning color combinations and distinctive notched leaves, which become readily apparent in these pictures of flowers, are hallmarks of the diverse water lily family. There are approximately 70 species of the plant; although beautiful, they must also be rigorously controlled to avoid spread.
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Although many gardeners recognize peonies by their multitiered lush pink blooms, the late-spring, early-summer flowering shrub can be grown in all sorts of forms and colors, including trees, nonwoody shrubs, and an intermediate form, called Itoh. Fragrance is a hallmark of the peony; after their final bloom they offer deep green foliage for the garden.