Outdoor flowers can be used for decorating lawns and creating landscapes. Flowers can also be grown to simply be enjoyed for their beauty or to use as cut flowers for creating bouquets. When planting flowers outdoors, take their environment and soil conditions into consideration. It important to follow a flower's care tips to ensure a successful blooming season.
Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are an annual flower that creates a colorful daisy-like display, which can be used for cut flowers. They must be grown in full sun, but cannot thrive in hot and humid conditions. The soil must be well-drained and moist. The flower blooms in colors of orange and yellow between the months of June and October. A black-eyed susan also attracts butterflies.
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) are an annual that blooms all season long. Its flowers grow 2 in. to 3 in. and produce colors of pink, white, red, lilac and lavender. They grow in single stems, which can be cut and used for fresh flowers. The cosmo thrives in moist, well-drained soil and full sun. Its season lasts from June through October. A cosmo reaches a growth of 1 ft. to 2 ft. tall. Deadhead the flower to promote flowering. It also often reseeds itself.
Petunias (Petunia x hybrida) are popular annuals that bloom from spring all the way to the first frosts. A petunia must have at least five to six hours of sunlight and be grown in well-drained soil. The flower will not produce many blooms in a shady area. Common colors of a petunia's bloom are white, red, purple and yellow. A petunia is able to withstand heat and only needs to be watered thoroughly once a week. Cuts of petunias can be used to add with floral arrangements, but remove leaves because they will deteriorate when submerged in water.