Flowering plants help to create vibrant and attractive landscapes. Grown in a wide range of types, including flowering shrubs, annuals and perennials, flowering plants provide year-round color to the garden and are a garden staple for perennial beds and borders. Edging a sidewalk or garden walkway, flowering plants accent the space for an inviting design.
Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a deciduous bush with a rapid growth rate and medium to coarse texture. It grows 5 to 10 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide and has a rounded form with cascading branches. The 4- to 10-inch-long, aromatic, butterfly-attracting blooms grow in a wide range of colors including, pink, white, yellow and purple. Butterfly bushes emerge in summer and last into fall, making for a long growing season. They are drought-tolerant shrubs to withstand periods of limited moisture, ideal in hot, arid climates. Butterfly bushes grow best in full sun and well-drained, moist soil but tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. Plant butterfly bushes in USDA zones 5 to 9.
Ginger lily (Alpinia japonica) is a tropical perennial evergreen flower that grows in upright clumps. Ginger reaches a maximum height of 2 1/2 feet tall and wide. They are known for their blooms that droop from the ends of each leafy stem, rather than shooting out from the plant itself. The tubular-shaped, white striped, summer-blooming flowers on ginger lilies appear on the spiking inflorescence. The 1 1/2-inch-long and 3-inch-wide, green, lance-shaped foliage of the ginger lily grows at the base of the plant, creating the clumping growth habit. Ginger lilies grow best in part shade and well-drained, nutrient-laden, wet to medium soil. Plant ginger lilies in USDA zones 8 to 11.
Zinnia (Zinnia elegans) is an annual flower with a clumping growth habit and vigorous growth rate. They grow 1 to 3 feet wide and tall and make for an ideal flower to grow along a border or bed. The 2-inch-wide, single, semi-double to double blooms of zinnia grow in a wide range of bright colors including red, yellow, pink and purple and sit atop the tall, erect bright green stems. Zinnia attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden to create the quintessential garden feel. Zinnia grows best in full sun and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Zinnia is suitable in all USDA zones.