Eye-catching and dramatic, some flowers are both, providing to the garden a grand display that is undeniably attractive. Grown in a wide range of shapes, sizes and bloom colors, showstopping flowers have a passerby admiring the garden and landscape. Tucked within a flowerbed, border or lining a walkway, flowers also make ideal fresh-cut blooms to utilize in bouquets and arrangements.
Echinacea ‘Sundown,' also known as coneflower, is a perennial flower with a clumping habit and moderate growth rate. It reaches a maximum height and width of 3 feet and bears fragrant, saucer-shaped, orange or russet petals that surround the red to brown central cones which attract butterflies and birds to the garden. The large, pale green leaves on coneflower ‘Sundown’ are attached to the strong, branching stems that hold the wide flowers. Blooming from summer into early fall, coneflower ‘Sundown’ has a long blooming season. Drought-tolerant, they withstand periods of limited moisture, and are also tolerant of humidity and heat. Coneflower ‘Sundown’ grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, deep soil. They grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones 4 to 9.
Luna Red Hibiscus
An herbaceous, woody-based hibiscus variety, luna red hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Red') blooms from July through September and has a rounded, upright and sturdy form with a vigorous growth rate. It grows up to 3 feet tall and has a maximum spread of 2 feet wide. The deep red, 7- to 8-inch, five-petaled, dinner-plate-size blooms have a protruding white to yellow stamen that contrasts with the bright blooms. Luna red flowers bloom and die in one day and attract butterflies to the garden. They are ideal flowers to grow in containers or in masses along a garden border. Luna red hibiscus grows best in full sun, although it tolerates some shade, and medium to wet soil that is nutrient-laden. They are suitable to grow in USDA zones 5 to 9.
Plumed celosia (Celosia cristata 'Century') is a clumping annual flower with a moderate growth rate. They grow 1 to 3 feet tall and wide and have feathery, silky plumes that grow in bright colors of red, apricot, yellow and magenta. Drought-tolerant, plumed celosia tolerates arid, dry climates and grows in a wide range of soils, creating a versatile flower variety. Plumed celosia blooms sit atop the 2-foot-tall stalks that emerge in July and last until frost. They grow best in full sun to part shade and tolerate heat. Plumed celosia grows in all USDA zones.