Bright and long-lasting flower varieties jazz up the garden to create a vibrant garden display. Grown in dozens of varieties, each with its own growing requirements, flowers that are perennial often make for the best flowers because they come back year after year. Other qualities to look for are a flowers ability to withstand drought, heat and frost and to grow at a fast pace to ensure a pop of color in a short period of time.
Zinnia (Zinnia elegans) is a vibrant summer annual with a rapid growth rate to have the garden filled with their vibrant blooms in no time. Growing 6- to 36-inches tall and 8- to 12-inches wide, zinnia grow in a wide range of colors including, yellow, pink, purple red and orange. Their single, semi-double or double flowerhead sits atop the upright and long green stems. Zinnia brings in butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden to create a quintessential garden feel. Zinnia are drought- and deer-tolerant, making for a hardy plants, ideal in environments where water is limited. The upright clumping habit of the zinnia is ideal tucked into flowerbeds or containers or lining a garden path. Zinnia requires full sun and well-drained, humus-rich soil. To promote a long flowering season, deadhead or remove the spent blooms as soon as they are noticeable. The USDA Hardiness Zones for planting are 3 to 10.
Hellebore (Helleborus --- hybridus cvs.) is a perennial flower that blooms in the garden when most others plants and flowers have died down for the season. Growing 1- to 3-feet tall and wide, hellebore flowers are evergreen to retain their vibrant green foliage and color all year long, making for an essential garden flower. Frost-tolerant, hellebore flowers have nodding-like blooms that grow in white, purple, green, pink and yellow. The blooms emerge in winter to last through spring, making for a long-lasting garden flower variety. The leather-like and dark green leaves of hellebore provide vibrancy to the garden. Hellebore requires part to full shade and neutral to alkaline soils that are nutrient-rich. To grow in other areas of the garden, divide the hellebore after flowering. The Hardiness Zones for planting are 4 to 9.
A fast growing summer perennial, black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) has a rapid growth rate to grow 18- to 30-inches tall. Beginning in summer, black-eyed Susan emerges to light up the garden through fall. The orange to yellow petals surround the deep brown cones for a contrasting display. Grown in mixed borders or within a cutting garden, black-eyed Susan is a garden flower staple. A butterfly attractant, black-eyed Susan requires full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. The Hardiness Zones for planting are 3 to 9.