Lilies also come in wide varieties. Most lilies are perennials, meaning they will die down in winter, but rebloom the following year. Blackberry lilies can grow in partly sunny areas. Known for its unusual blackberry clusters when it’s seedpods open in fall, the orange or yellow flowers dotted with red look so fascinating that it is often used in indoor arrangements.
Crinum lilies are scented beauties, that dangle from a central stem. It's white petals are beautiful in late-summer gardens.
Daylilies are trumpet shaped blooms, so easy to grow that you might find them in ditches and fields. While the most common daylilies are yellow, the Little Grapette Daylily has a beautiful purple bloom with a yellow interior. They call them daylilies because they open with the sun and close in the evening, and most only stay open for a day. The good thing is that there are many lilies on a day lily stem.
Hibiscus is an awesome-looking bloom that can grow as big as a child's head. They are huge funnel-shaped flowers that need plenty of space to grow and lots of water to flourish. Although their flowers hardly last more than a day, they are abundant and bloom over several weeks, and some varieties bloom all year except for the colder winter months. They are susceptible to frost though, so we bag them if there is a frost warning.
Hibiscus display in pink, white, and purple colors. Because of their huge blooms, they attract hummingbirds en masse. If you want huge flowers in your garden, go for the hibiscus flower.
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Gardenia—known as the queen of fragrant flowers—produces a profusion of heavily scented white rose-shaped flowers in warm months. The gardenias glossy green foliage is just as attractive and they are a favorite for privacy hedges. Mystery gardenias grow pure-white semi-double flowers into a shrub that grows to 3-feet tall and 5-feet wide. Everblooming gardenias grow white double flowers over a long season on a 6-feet tall shrub.
My favorite place for gardenias? Under a window. Just open the window and the breeze wafting in will have the most beautiful gardenia smell. I actually grow mine under and around some roses. a great combination.
Petunias are favorites of gardeners as they are beautiful bloomers from mid-spring through late fall. Common colors are blue, white, red, and pink. If you like cool hues, go for the Double Wave Blue Velvets, which grow up to 6-inches tall, and two-feet wide. Cherry Spark Petunias are pink ones veined in dark purple. This one has a trailing effect, which makes it good for hanging baskets. Storm Whites grow throughout the summer and holds up to heat well. They grow 14-inches tall and 16-inches wide.
Use petunias around other plants or in front of taller-growing shrubs and flowers. Because of the color variety, you can use petunias to set a color scheme or mood in your garden. Think about combinations of purples and yellows an example; or pinks and reds. They can also be used to draw attention to an area by using whites and yellows.
Petunias are pretty carefree. They can get leggy, so we pinch the back when this happens. Petunias are annuals, meaning you must replant them every year, although I have had some resprout the following year.
If you want a combination of larger and tiny flowers, you can go for the Pansies. From tiny blooms to the 3-inch blooms of giant pansies, they are must-haves to celebrate the first days of spring as they don't mind a bit of cold weather. They grow in partly sunny areas and come in blue, orange, pink, red, purple, yellow, and white varieties. Like petunias, use them around other plants or in front of taller shrubs and flowers.
Blue and Purple Rain violas are flowers that age to white and mature into purple and blue. They grow 12-inches tall and 16-inches wide. Frizzy yellowberry pansies grow fun, fuzzy, yellow-edged in grape-purple flowers. They grow 8-inches tall and wide. If you want a more vibrant color, go for the Padparja pansy with its solid orange bloom.
Finally, we have the Rose, a perennial favorite. There are an incredible number of varieties available, so almost whatever color you can imagine you can find a rose to match.
The most popular is the Hybrid Tea rose. Roses have a bad reputation as being a plant that requires a lot of work. Nowadays most roses are bred to be disease resistant making them worry free. And the nice thing is that in Riverside County here, roses bloom almost year round. A good practice here in the Inland Empire, is to prune them back and open them up in January, and by March-April, they are blooming again, which is exactly what we at Hf plus do.
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Flowers and Landscape Color
Bulbs and Corms
There are several wonderful bulbs and corms that we can place in your garden that will bloom and come back year after year, getting more beautiful as the years go by. This is because bulbs and corms have a tendency to naturalize, or multiply each year. here are the favorites for this area:
If you have any questions on designing your yard to include flowers, give us a call. We will help you design a beautiful floer garden that will be water-wise and the envy of the neighborhood.
Hybrid Tea roses are the most popular, as mentioned above. These are the roses usually sold in florist shops. The blooms develop on long stems, and the buds are just as elegant as the rose itself. Hybrid Teas can be deliciously fragrant too. Some are bred for color, some for bloom size, and some for fragrance, so you have your pick.
Miniature roses are its baby-like equivalent. Growing under 2 feet tall, miniature roses bloom in different colors as well, and they are good for flower bed hedging. English roses are just as romantic as the hybrid tea rose. Its flowers are densely filled with velvety white, pink, or red petals, and give a strong fragrance just like old-fashioned tea roses. Hybrid tea roses enjoy sunny areas, while miniature and English roses grow in partly sunny to shaded areas.
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Camellia is the waxy, perfectly shaped bloom, that comes in orange, pink, red, and white flowers, over a background foliage of blue-green. They flourish in partly sunny and shady areas and grow into a shrub, 8-20 feet in height, to 20 feet wide. Gather up these flowers and they make good container bouquets. Alexander Hunter camellias bear single or semi-double deep red blooms in early and mid-spring. Julia Drayton is an upright shrub that bears double and semi-double crimson purple-tinged flowers. Lila Naff bears silvery-pink blooms that grow in mid- to late spring. It is a slow-growing and upright shrub.
Camellias bloom once a year and stay in bloom for a few weeks. So use them as an accent in your garden.
Hydrangea offer beautiful clusters of flowers that form various shapes from mophead to lacecap, from summer through fall. PeeGee Hydrangeas grow into small trees, with flowers that turn russet and cling into winter. Oakleaf Hydrangeas have handsome foliage that reddens during the fall. Climbing Hydrangeas produces large clusters of white flowers. These are vines that grow roots into walls, fences, or even sides of a tree. Hydrangeas mostly thrive in partly sunny and shady areas.
Hydrangea color can be controlled through the acidity of the soil. Using a more acid soil amendment will turn pink hydrangea blue or purple. Hydrangeas lose all of their leaves in the colder months here but come back with leaf and abundant flower once it has warmed up again.
Flowers are truly a thing of beauty. There is an awesome range of flowers available around you. Some flowers are seasonal, and some grow all-year round. If you ask your landscape artist, he/she can definitely give you suggestions on which flowers to grow, which color you prefer, and how to care for them.
Flowers and Water Saving
All of the flowers below grow well in the Inland Empire. We might suggest you reach out to us here at Hf plus to discuss our unique water-saving technologies that will save you huge amounts of water while allowing you to enjoy a beautiful flower garden with no guilt.