Blooming flowers bring vibrancy and color to the garden as well as attract winged wildlife into the landscape. Grown in a wide range of sizes and colors, blooms range from single to semidouble and double. Single flowers are typically made up of four to five petals while semidouble flower ranges from 6 to 14 petals. Double blooms range from one to up into the hundreds for a highly layered look to the flower.
'Becky’ Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum 'Becky') is a perennial flower with long-lasting blooms that emerge in summer to last into fall. They grow 3 to 6 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide and have a moderate growth rate. The white, butterfly-attracting, single daisy petals on ‘Becky’ Shasta daisies surround the bright yellow centers and sit atop the tall, erect stems. The lance-shaped, toothed foliage on 'Becky' Shastas are deep green and help create their clumping growth habit. They grow best in full sun to light shade and well-drained, moist soil. To promote a long blooming season, deadhead the spent Shasta blooms as soon as they are noticeable. Plant ‘Becky’ Shasta daisies in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8.
Japanese anemone (Anemone × hybrida 'Königin Charlotte') is a spreading perennial flower with a moderate growth rate. They grow 3 to 6 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide. The large, semidouble, pale pink flowers on Japanese anemone bloom from September to October and attract butterflies to the garden. Japanese anemone grows best in light to part shade, although it tolerates full sun, and well-drained, nutrient-rich, moist soil. They don’t tolerate wet conditions. Plant Japanese anemone in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 7.
Hellebore (Helleborus odorus 'Double Queen') is an evergreen, perennial flower with double blooms that flower in winter. They grow up to 3 feet tall and wide and have a moderate growth rate. Hellebore 'Double Queen' is tolerant of frost and blooms among below-freezing temperatures. As an evergreen, the leather-like leaves on hellebore 'Double Queen' retain its color year-round. The pale to deep pink and white bloom on hellebore have a contrasting yellow center. They grow best in full to part shade and well-drained, nutrient-laden soils that are neutral to alkaline. To promote new growth, cut back the hellebore stems once the plant has bloomed. Hellebore 'Double Queen' is suitable in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.