Gardens are bursting with color and variety during spring and summer, and there are myriads of plants to choose from. Things to consider when choosing garden flowers are shape, size and color. Some plants work well as borders and edging, while others are best as accents or as the garden focus. Garden flowers with colorful blooms are always popular.
Pansies are durable annuals characterized by colorful, edible blooms that appear to have a "face." The fragrant blooms range in color and include red, blue, black and yellow. Some pansies produce multicolored flowers. Perhaps the most familiar flower color is the multicolored variety, with the contrasting colors producing the "face."This compact garden flower typically reaches 9 inches tall and wide with heart- or oval-shaped foliage. If you plan to start pansies from seeds, sow them indoors six to eight weeks before planting outdoors. Transplant the seedlings 6 to 8 inches apart in fertilized soil. Place mulch 2 inches thick around the plants and water thoroughly. Pansies are reasonably resilient to pests and disease.
Snapdragons are small annual plants that produce flowers in a variety of colors including yellow, pink, red and multicolored varieties. They range in height from 6 inches to 3 feet, depending on whether the type of plant is a border, tall or trailing variety. They are popularly planted in clumps, but grow just as well individually. Plant snapdragons in light potting media, preferably soil mixed with sand. Water them when the soil feels dry, and avoid getting the soil overly wet. Overwatering can lead to rust, which affects the plant leaves. Snapdragons are very cold tolerant and grow best in full sun to light shade. When cared for properly, snapdragons bloom from May until frost.
Marigolds have been garden flowers for hundreds of years. According to the Iowa State University extension, marigolds are among the most popular bedding plants in the United States. These easy-to-grow plants bloom all summer long in yellow, orange and mixed colors. They range in size and grow to be 6 to 18 inches tall, depending upon the cultivar. They are popular in window boxes, pots, hanging baskets and in any type of garden. Marigolds should be planted in full sun and well-drained soil. Plant them 6 to 18 inches apart, depending on the variety. Water them occasionally and deadhead them to encourage new blooms. Marigolds are rarely affected by disease and insects.