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Plants for Gardens

By Tracy Morris ; Updated September 21, 2017

When designing a garden, it is a good idea to incorporate plants that are easy to care for, pleasing in appearance at and provide structure to your garden. Some gardening plants are more popular than others. This is evident in the hundreds of varieties of and hybrids available of these particular plants. Plant varieties that offer many hybrids are the kind of plants that are most likely to have a variety that will adapt well to your specific gardening conditions.

Roses

Roses have been dubbed the queen of all flowers in the plant kingdom. These flowers have a history that spans back into pre-historic times. Roses have been used in the homes of pharaohs and kings as well as a sign to others that the wearer could keep a secret. Over 100 species of roses exist, from compact shrubs to climbing roses and miniatures. Colors of rose blooms include shades of white, pink and red.

Hostas

Hostas are a low-growing perennial grown primarily for their foliage. The plants are shade-tolerant and each species varies in leaf size, shape and color. Some varieties are variegated while others contain solid colors. The colors range from blue to green and gold, yellow or white. Most varieties form a round shape, but some develop a vase-like shape.

Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs are a category of plants that include tulips, daffodils, crocus and hyacinths. These bulbs perform best when planted in the fall. They will set down roots throughout the winter and produce new shoots and blooms in the spring. For best results, mass bulbs into clusters of three or five. Once they have bloomed, you can choose to leave bulbs in the ground or lift them and divide them in preparation for growing them next year. Do not lift bulbs until after the green shoots have turned brown.

 

About the Author

 

Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.