Dwarf flowering plants are plants that are either genetically smaller or those that are smaller because of grafting or pruning and restricting the root growth. Dwarf flowering plants can be annuals, such as the "floral showers" variety of snapdragons, or perennials, like the dianthus variety "microchips." Whatever variety of dwarf flowering plant you grow, you'll be rewarded with a plethora of blooms in a minimal amount of space.
The dwarf cosmos "sonata" has delicate, fern-like foliage and can grow between 1 and 2 feet tall. It is a tender annual, since it is killed by frost. "Sonata" cosmos begin blooming in midsummer and continue through mid-fall. The flowers of the "sonata" series come in white, pink and red. Plant "sonata" cosmos in a sunny location in rich, fertile soil.
Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) are native to the Mediterranean. The dwarf variety "floral showers" grows to a mere 5 inches tall. Snapdragons are hardy in the USDA Zones 5 through 7. "Floral showers" snapdragons are spicy-scented, easy-to-care for plants that come in many colors, including white, yellow, pink, violet and bi-colors. Plant "floral showers" snapdragons where they will receive full sun, and give them soil that is rich in organic matter.
A dwarf version of the gazania daisy is the "mini-star." Gazania daisies are also referred to as "African daisies" and "treasure flowers." Gazania daisies are annual plants native to South Africa. The "Mini-Star" variety can grow between 6 and 8 inches tall and can be used for spots of bright color in rock gardens, in containers or indoors as a houseplant. "Mini-star" blooms from early summer through early fall. The colors of "mini-star" include yellow, orange, white, red and pink. Plant the "mini-star" where it will receive full sun, and provide it with light, sandy, well-draining soil.
False rockcress (Aubretia deltoidea) is a quick-growing perennial that is native to Europe. The variety "Dr. Mules" is a dwarf variety that can be used in rock gardens or in containers. "Dr. Mules" will form a 6-inch-tall mat of dark violet-colored flowers that begin blooming in April and typically continue through June. "Dr. Mules" is hardy in the USDA Zones 4 to 8. Plant "Dr. Mules" in full sun and provide it with sandy, well-draining soil that is rich in lime.
For quick-growing color, you can try planting perennial dianthus. The "microchips" variety is a truly dwarf variety of dianthus, which grows to form a dense, mounded, 8-inch-tall-mat of sweetly scented flowers. The dianthus is native to Europe and is hardy in the USDA Zones 3 to 9. "Microchips" dianthus begins blooming in late spring and continues through midsummer. The flowers of the "microchips" variety are white with red stripes. Plant "microchips" in full sun, and make sure to provide the plants with well-draining alkaline soil.
Stock (Matthiola incana) are easy to grow, compact plants that are prized for their delightful scent. They are native to the Mediterranean. "Tudor tapestry" is a dwarf strain of stock that grows to about 10 inches tall. "Tudor tapestry" begins blooming in early summer and continues through early fall. Flowers range in color from apple blossom and pink to silver-blue, purple and red. Plant "tudor tapestry" in full sun in a partially shaded location, and make sure to provide the plants with fertile, rich, well-draining soil.
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