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Flowers to Plant for Outside Landscaping Ideas

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017

Grow flowers around the landscape to create a colorful space filled with unusual textures and foliage. There are many flowers to choose from that produce brilliant blooms to spruce up any landscape. Sun-loving, warm-season flowers like anemones are easy to grow and produce an abundance of sparkling blooms. For a long-lasting flower, perennials are the way to go. These lovely bloomers come back every year taller and stronger.

Warm-Season Flowers

Add drought-tolerant, warm-season flowers to the outside landscape and enjoy their colorful blooms all summer long. Heat-tolerant flowers like yarrow are a summer-blooming must. Their bright yellow blooms add an unexpected touch to the garden. Another hardy flower to grow is the coneflower. Coneflowers are extremely tough flowers that withstand high temperatures and little water. Their purplish-pink blooms and mound-like shape help to fill out the landscape. Alongside the coneflower, plant the low-maintenance black-eyed Susan. Black-eyed Susans have yellow petals and dark contrasting centers. They are also drought-resistant perennials that come back ever year. These warm-season beauties are lovely lining a front flower bed or along a garden wall.

Cool-Season Flowers

Brighten up winter's dreary and gray landscaping with hardy cool-season flowers. A bright and brilliant cool-season perennial is the nemesia, which has small green leaves and fragrant orange blooms that bring color to a winter garden. The nemesia grows up to 2 feet tall and looks lovely scattered around winter’s landscape. It thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8. Alongside the nemesia, plant an ornamental kale. Ornamental kale has frilly leaves in purple, white and yellow and can be grown in Zones 3 to 9. These lovely little cabbages tolerate cold weather and add unexpected texture to the garden. Another ideal cool-season flower is the hellebore. Hellebores have distinct cup- or bell-shaped blooms that emerge in the winter and last through the spring. The flower colors range from pink to white to deep purple and are long-lasting blooms and grow well in Zones 4 to 8.

Colorful Flowers

Nothing adds brilliance and beauty to the landscape like a colorful flower bloom. There are many colorful flowers to add to the garden for a showy and non-stop sea of color and texture. The ranunculus, a bright and showy bloom, produces blooms in vivid colors that resemble a miniature peony. Colors range from orange to red to yellow, deep pink and peach. Their hues are so colorful and their petals so paper thin, that they look like stained glass shining in the sunlight. Another gorgeous flower to plant is the zinnia. Zinnias are annual flowers grown in almost every color imaginable. Their upright, tall stems are stunning scattered around a landscape. When cut, they make a long-lasting and bright floral arrangement.


About the Author


Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.