In the world of gardening, getting to know different flowers is a diverse and exciting experience due to the vast array of colors, sizes, shapes and particular characteristics attributed to each plant. Acquaint yourself with the facts about different kinds of flowers for greater selection and variety on your list of flowers for the garden.
Gladioli flowers (Gladiolus species) are summer flowering plants that bloom from bulbs. Often referred to as "glads," gladioli flowers display blooms that resemble the shape of swords. They are prized for use as cut flowers in a wide variety of colors like white, green, yellow, lavender, pink, violet-blue, tan or salmon. Available in both large-flowered and miniature varieties, its flower petals may appear in varying degrees of ruffles or may have no ruffles, according to the University of Missouri Extension. An interesting fact about gladioli is that the bulb of the flower is referred to as a "corm" and functions as a food storage unit for the plant during the winter season.
Snapdragons are annual flowers, meaning they complete their life cycle within a single growing season and die to the soil. Their Latin name, "Antirrhinum major," breaks down into the Greek words "Anti" meaning "like" and "rhinos" meaning snout, describing the shape of the blossom that resembles a dragon's nose and mouth, according to the University of Nebraska Lincoln in Lancaster County. Available in dwarf, medium and tall varieties that grow from 6 to 48 inches in height, snapdragons are available in every color of the spectrum but blue. A longtime favorite of gardeners and children is the fact that snapdragons provide added interest in their sensitive nature; touching or opening the "jaw" of the snapdragon blossom results in its reaction of snapping shut, as reflected in its name.
Though you see roses everywhere and they may seem commonplace, they come with a lot of interesting information, as there are several different varieties offering great diversity for the garden. Roses (Rosa species) are available in modern types that were created on or after 1867, old types that were developed before 1867 and climbing roses that may ascend to the top of supporting structures, according to the Clemson University Extension. Available in every color but true blue and black, roses are available in an abundance of solid and blended color varieties, often exhibiting pinks, reds, yellows, whites and oranges. From miniature roses to grandifloras that produce large blossoms to vigorous climbing varieties, rose heights range from 8 feet to climbers that reach 50 feet or more. Prized for their full, delicate blossoms, roses emit a pleasing scent often used in perfumes and cosmetics. This versatile flower can be grown outside on a trellis or fence or indoors as a potted plant.