Located in Central Europe, Germany's terrain is diverse, including the high elevations of the Alps, the thickly forested interior, and the shores of the Baltic and North seas. Because of this Germany's flora and fauna vary from region to region. Not well-known as a floral hub, Germany is dotted with several key blooming plants, including the Dog Rose, Persian Lilac and Rhododendrum.
Part of the Rosaceae family, the dog rose thrives in moderate to cold climates throughout the U.S. and Canada, according to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Indigenous to Europe, the dog rose is a branchy bush that can grow to 10 feet and produces flowers in the summer. Delicate blooms are generally white or pink and fragrant. Like many roses, when the flower dies off, a small, red fruit appears, though it is not edible.
Deciduous to Southwest Asia, the Persian Lilac is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 7. Common throughout Germany, this small tree, which grows to 8 feet tall with a spread of up to 10 feet, enjoys cool weather and flowers in the late spring through early summer. The blooms are fragrant and will attract bees, birds and butterflies. Persian lilacs thrive in partial sun with an average amount of water and well-drained soil.
Hardy in most any zone from hot, humid South Florida to the icy Northeast, rhodendrum is part of the Ericaceae family that also includes azaleas. These evergreen shrubs come in nearly 800 species and thousands of varieties. Flowers range in color from white to purple. Some varieties have multi-colored blooms. According to the American Rhododendrum Society, these plants have shallow roots and thrive with ample watering (though not flooding), organic mulch and filtered sun.