Diversity in the different kinds of flowers gives gardeners the opportunity to create a garden like no other. Pick different kinds of flowers that are pleasing to your eye, and they will blend together to cover all types of landscaping conditions and problems, from the driest to the wettest.
Chinese Ground Orchid
Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla striata) is a bulb plant that is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9 and is native to Japan, China and Tibet. The plant grows from 1 to 1 1/2 feet tall and displays pink/purple flowers 1 1/2 inches long in long clusters that bloom in April and May. Each bulb produces from 3 to 5 pale-green, sword-shaped leaves up to 12 inches long. Plant Chinese ground orchid in partial shade and a rich, organic, moist and well-drained soil. Use in borders, rock gardens or containers.
Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) is a wild flower that is also known as crane's bill. The plant grows from 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall and 1 to 1 1/2 feet wide. Pale pink, deep pink or lilac saucer-shaped flowers 1 1/4 inches in diameter bloom in April and May. Dark-green, palm-shaped leaves measure up to 6 inches across. The flowers give way to seed pods that resemble a crane's bill. Plant wild geranium in full sun or partial shade and a moist, rich, well-drained soil. The plant is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8.
Butter daisy (Melampodium divaricatum) is an annual flower grown during the summer in USDA zones 5 to 10. The plant is killed in freezing temperatures and new plants will grow the next season from the seeds of the previous year's plants. The plant features small, daisy-like flowers 1 inch in diameter with light yellow petals and dark bronze centers and bright green leaves. Give the plant full sun and a moist, well-drained soil.
American lotus (Nelumbo lutea), also known as yellow lotus and water-chinquapin, is an aquatic plant that grows in water as deep as 8 feet. Round leaves up to 2 feet in diameter grow on individual stems that spring directly from the underwater rhizomes or roots. The leaves lay flat on the water with the stem attached in the center. Flower stalks grow the same as the leaf stems, directly from the underwater rhizomes, with a single, 10-inch diameter, pale yellow flower each growing above the leaves. The flowers are followed by flat-topped seed pods that are used for dried flower arrangements. Give American lotus full sun. The plant is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 11.