Certain flowers seem to make an appearance in just about every garden. Many common garden flowers are popular because of their durability and their low care requirements, or because of their ability to attract butterflies and birds. Common garden flowers can be mixed in with more exotic flowers to create a rich and textured garden that is completely your own.
Frequently utilized as a ground cover plant, common periwinkle (Vinca minor) is a hardy evergreen vine native to Europe. The plant is notable for its delicate blooms, which are either purple, lilac or powder blue. Common periwinkle is easy to grow in United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 4 to 9. Though not at all picky about soil conditions, the plant will grow quicker in soils that are kept consistently moist. For the most blooms, plant common periwinkle in a sunny spot in the garden.
Bearded iris (Iris germanica) is an adaptable perennial that will grow in a range of conditions and gardening zones. The plant is valued for its delicately fragrant stalks of floppy, colorful flowers, which have an orchid like appearance. Bearded iris thrives in a range of well drained soil types in USDA zones 4A to 10A, in both full sun and partial shade. The plant should be watered as needed. The flowers of the bearded iris are ideal for attracting butterflies to the yard, and the stalks can be cut for long lasting bouquets.
Commonly grown in the Southern United States, Cape lily (Crinum X powellii) is a popular garden flower that is a hybrid between two South African lilies. The easy to grow plant boasts waxy, tubular blooms that are typically either pink or white. Cape lily grows best in humus rich, fertile soil in USDA zones 6 to 11. The plant will tolerate both full sunlight and partial sun, but the plant will produce its best blooms with a full day of sun. Cape lily should be watered on a regular basis.