Favourite Flowers?

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  1. mtnhighgirl

    mtnhighgirl Well-Known Member

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    What are your favourite flowers, the "must haves" in your garden?
    My top ten favourites:
    #10 foxglove
    #9 calendula
    #8 cosmos
    #7 hollyhock
    #6 pansy/viola
    #5 nasturtium
    #4 poppies
    #3 sweet peas
    #2 ox eye daisy
    #1 SUNFLOWERS, my very favourite!
     
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  3. Mutti

    Mutti Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Lilies....have over 400 planted and add to them each year. Then I adore lilacs,dahlias,cornflowers,asters,poppies,hollyhocks,four-o-clocks,pansies,vincas.Discovered vincas are the super alternative to impatiens or petunias...virtually care free,bloom past frost here in southern MO,laugh at drought and don't care whether they are in full sun or some shade...they just keep blooming and blooming. Dee who doesn't have to feed a troop of kids anymore and can use her huge garden for flowers!
     
  4. Ravenlost

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    I love snapdragons, four-o-clocks, hollyhocks, and must have marigolds in the garden. I'm rescueing all the butterfly weed and ox-eye daisies from the pasture and yard and planting them in beds around the house.
     
  5. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Sweet Peas are my favorite. Tho I like nearly everything except marigold.
     
  6. Turalura

    Turalura Well-Known Member

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    * 1-Heirloom Roses
    * 2-Lilies
    * 3-Iris
    * 4-Lilacs
    * 5-Delphinium
    * 6-Missouri Primrose
    * 7-Passion flower vines
    * 8-Peonies
    * 9-Wisteria
    * 10-Hydrangea
    * 11-Heliotrope
    Favorite tree is the Tulip Tree but like Mimosa ( silk tree ) too
     
  7. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I forgot to mention my number one favorite flower...daffodils (buttercups). And I also love wisteria.
     
  8. Shahbazin

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    I like pansies (all colors), violets, marigolds, poppies, borage, iris, & bergamot. Here is a pic of some bergamot - many useful herbs have very pretty flowers.
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  9. Turalura

    Turalura Well-Known Member

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    Shahbazin~ Beautiful.........
     
  10. willow_girl

    willow_girl Very Dairy

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    What, I can only have 10?!?!

    Foxgloves
    Catmint
    Hibiscus
    Monarda
    Delphinium
    Hollyhock
    Lilacs
    Peonies
    Rose-of-Sharon
    Poppies

    (Runners-up: Iris, Lady's Mantle, daylilies, hydrangea, daisies, mallow)

    I do need to thin out my catmint, though. It's taking over!!!

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  11. Judy in IN

    Judy in IN Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My goodness, Willow_girl! That is a beautiful border! It made me want to include catmint in my new place....But, it probably needs full sun, doesn't it?

    Boy, this new place is really shady, and I haven't had that before. It turns around all my thinking!
     
  12. marvella

    marvella Well-Known Member

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    mine is the same a wg's.

    any wildflower, also any OLD homestead plant, shrub or tree, as they can be divided and easily shared. not much fond of any hybrid, tho those star gazer lilies are wonderful.:)

    judy- there ar tons of wildflowers that grow in shade. things that are far too delicate for much sun. trout lilies, trillium, oxallis, lady slipper. i have shade, but not where the critters will leave them alone.
     
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    willow_girl Very Dairy

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    Judy in IN (great name BTW!) (I'm a "Judy" too! :D :haha: ):

    Actually, the garden in the picture is partly shaded ... you can see the big maples trees to the east, and the house is close by to the west. (I can sympathize with your plight, because I came here after gardening on a treeless plain ... "partly shady" was quite an adjustment!) (Have you tried foxgloves?! They're the big spire-like flowers in the background in that photo ... they do great in shade!)

    Give it too much shade, and catmint probably wouldn't flower as prolifically, but I doubt it would kill it (it is about as tough as plants get! I like to put it in places like the area near the hose spigot, because no matter how badly you mangle it, it always seems to survive). The cats tend to roll in it, but it doesn't seem to attract them as strongly as its cousin catnip does. It's drought-tolerate, hardy at least to zone 4, blooms forever, and will rebloom in fall if you shear it back after the first flush.

    BTW, the variety above is Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant.' It is propagated only vegetatively (i.e., by cuttings). I'm not sure if it's a sterile hybrid, but it doesn't seem to set seeds.

    Propagation via cuttings is VERY easy, though! I can send you some rooted cuttings in the spring if you'd like ... just send me your address via PM. :)
     
  14. Shygal

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    I love black eyed susans, those are my favorite.

    Also nasturtiums, sweet peas, morning glory, peonies.

    I dont really like spikey flowers like lupines.
     
  15. Mr. Dot

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    Petunia
    Nicotania
    Iris
    Echinacea
    Morning Glory
    Lilly
    Marigold
    Peony
    Sunflower
    Daisy
     
  16. Judy in IN

    Judy in IN Well-Known Member Supporter

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    willow_girl, I will certainly take you up on that! I have an area behind the house that would get 1/2 day of sun...It's a small grove of young locust trees. I was thinking that ornamental grasses and such would hide the trunks of the saplings. The shady front and sides are my first priority, but Lordy, this place needs TLC all over the acre and a half yard! What a project!