These Are America’s Favorite Flowers
The online gardening site Gardening Chores looked at top Google searches to determine the flowers Americans love best. Some of these flowers are familiar garden standards you will find in almost any cottage or formal garden, but some might be more unexpected. Read on to see if any of these pretty posies make an appearance in your home garden.
Most clematis varieties thrive in full sun — that means at least six hours of sun a day, except in hottest regions where protection from sizzling afternoon sun is needed. While most clematis vines need sun to flower well, they also prefer shade on their roots. The other garden adage that’s said for clematis is, “Flowers in the sun, roots in the shade.”
These colorful climbing plants are split into three groups: early bloomers, repeat bloomers and late bloomers. Group one clematises produce flowers on old wood and blossom in spring. Group two starts blooming in late spring to early summer on new and old wood, continuing throughout summer, sometimes into fall. Group three only produces flowers on new wood and starts blooming later in summer, usually lasting into fall.
Find out more about clematis here.
Poppies are famous for commemorating fallen soldiers beginning in World War I. These vibrant flowers usually bloom from spring into early summer. The most familiar poppy type is the bold red hues of the field poppy. Learn how to grow poppies in your garden.
8. Sweet Pea
Old-fashioned sweet peas are annual climbing plants that come in shades of blue, pink, purple and white. It should be noted that all parts of the plant are poisonous. This pretty bloomer was a favorite in the Victorian era, when nosegays of sweet peas were cherished for their fragrance. Sweet peas grow best in cool seasons. Get more tips on growing sweet peas.
How perennially popular are tulips? Well, they are known to have caused a major financial crisis in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Long befor the housing crisis of 2008, the tulip is famous for being at the center of one of the most infamous investment bubbles in history. Known as Tulip Mania, the event occurred during the Dutch Golden Age when tulip prices reached extraordinarily high levels before the market collapsed. Tulip Mania is considered to be the first asset bubble in history.
Today there are around 75 species of tulips, with more than 3,000 varieties altogether. Tulips do need some extra attention to make sure they bloom again and again in your garden. Get tips on how to plant, grow and then keep tulips coming back.
You may not know that dahlias are the national flower of Mexico and that they come in 49 species and more than 57,000 varieties. Dahlias are categorized into eight groups: decorative dahlias; pompon and ball dahlias; cactus and semi-cactus dahlias; anemone and collarette dahlias; mignon dahlias; single dahlias; peony and orchid shaped dahlias; and waterlily dahlias.
Dahlias can be challenging to grow in a colder climate because you will need to dig up and store the tubers over the winter to plant again in the spring. Learn how to grow these spectacular flowers here.
Part of the reason for hydrangea’s popularity with American gardeners is the ease of growing these spectacular perennials and how beautifully these plants can fill out a garden. One interesting feature of hydrangeas is how their blooms change color depending on the pH of the soil they are growing in. More acidic soil produces blue flowers and more alkaline soil produces pink flowers.
Try your hand at growing hydrangea with these tips.