Attracting birds and butterflies and signifying the shift from winter to spring, flowers have long been cherished by humans as a simple way to bring color into a household or garden. Cultivating flowering plants is a rewarding pastime, despite the fleeting beauty of a garden's seasonal blooms.
Baby's breath (Gypsophila muralis) is an undervalued plant, commonly used as a filler in bouquets. Baby's breath doesn't have to play second fiddle to brighter, flashier flowers, the plant is lovely on its own in a garden. Baby's breath is a hardy, low-maintenance plant that will thrive in full sun and in well-drained soils. The drought-tolerant plant produces tiny clusters of crisp white flowers that bloom in mid spring until mid summer. Native to Europe, baby's breath is naturalized throughout much of eastern North America, and can be seen flowering in the wild and in cultivation.
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), also called "Our Lady's Tears", is a flowering plant native to cool regions of Northern Europe and Asia. The plant boasts long, waxy leaves and rows of delicate white blooms that have a distinct bell shape. Lily of the valley is a popular ornamental flower, valued for its ground covering abilities and its lovely appearance as a cut flower in a vase or bouquet. When cultivated, Lily of the valley prefers moist, moderately well-drained soils and indirect or filtered sunlight.
Marigolds (Tagetes) a genus of plants that produce stunning flowers in a spectrum of pale yellow to deep red orange shades. Marigolds are frequently grown as ornamental plants, valued for their hardiness and for their pungent scent, which wards off many insects. Marigolds require little tending to, thriving in well drained soils (even nutrient low soils), and full sunlight. French marigold (Tagetes patula) is a popular ornamental plant that boasts dark orange flowers rimmed with yellow. The roots of the French marigold secrete a substance that can kill harmful nematodes in the soil.