Looking for some ideas to plant in that garden plot? Choosing flowers for a garden can be daunting when there are so many out there. Before any flower choice, find out what type of soil the ground is (Acidic, neutral or alkaline? Loamy, sandy or clay?) Look to see whether it is a full sun, full shade, or a partial-sun or partial-shade location. Once you have the basics, then you can pick flowers that are suited for that specific location.
Red Amaranth, or Amaranthus tricolor, is from the Amaranthaceae, or amaranth, family. It is an annual that varies from 2 to 5 feet tall with red, gold, yellow, bronze or green leaves. Flowers are burgundy red. Plant in full sun with well-drained soil. To propagate red amaranth, sow seeds. The leaves are edible and tasty in a salad.
Foxglove, or Digitalis purpurea, is from the Scrophulariaceae, or figwort, family. It is a short-lived perennial with 5- to 10-inch leaves on a 3- to 5-foot plant. Flowers are finger-like blooms 2 inches long and white, cream, yellow, pink, lavender or purple. Plant the foxglove plant in moist acidic soil in partial shade. Propagate via seed sown in fall or summer.
Parrotlily, or Alstroemeria psittacina, is from the Amaryllidaceae, or amaryllis, family. It is a perennial that is drought resistant and attracts hummingbirds. This gets up to 30 inches tall with pale green leaves and 1- to 2-inch red flowers hung in clusters. Plant the parrotlily plant in rich, slightly acidic soils in full sun. Partial shade is fine if in a high heat environment. To propagate sow its seed.
Chrysanthemum, or chrysanthemum hybrids, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy family. It is a perennial that is fast growing and an evergreen. It can get up to 5 feet tall with dark green leaves and a variety of colors and shapes. Plant the chrysanthemums in acidic, moderately moist soils in sun to partial sun. Propagate via division or by spring and summer tip cuttings.