36 Stunning Images of Flowers That Will Inspire You to Begin Planting Right Away

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Bougainvillea

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A favorite in tropical locales, this colorful climber can also be grown annually if you don’t happen to live in a sunny spot. Bougainvillea can grow 20–30 feet tall and wide, and its beautiful color-saturated flowers make a major impact.

Bloom season: In warm zones, bougainvillea can grow year-round; in colder climates, the vine blooms in the summer and should be brought in for the winter.

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Wisteria

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If there was ever a flower to make you feel like you’ve wandered into a Jane Austen novel, wisteria is it. Not only does this climbing vine look romantic, it smells amazing too and will fill the space with color and fragrance. Be sure to opt for a North American species if you live in the states.

Bloom season: Plant between October and April in full sun, the flowers should reach their peak in late spring and summer.

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Cosmos

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Wispy and delicate, these daisy-shaped flowers seem almost weightless stop their super-long stems (which can grow up to 60 inches tall! Stake them for added support). Wedding florists love to tuck them into otherwise staid bouquets for a bit of happy whimsy; you should do the same for tabletop arrangements.

Bloom season: Start seeds indoors, before the last frost, so you can transplant them outdoors when 3–4 inches tall. Expect flowers in summer and fall. (If you lead the seed heads blow away, they’ll self-sow elsewhere on your property.)

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Gardenia

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Known for its rich scent, this waxy flower with glossy thick leaves is often used in perfumes. An evergreen shrub that can grow 8 feet tall, gardenias grow best in humid areas.

Bloom season: They can bloom during different seasons depending on the variety. Many appear in the spring and summer

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Alstroemerias

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Typically called Peruvian lilies, they come in bright colors like pink, orange, and purple. Alstroemerias easy to grow and don’t require a ton of care. Great for flower bouquets, they last up to two weeks once cut.

Bloom season: Summer

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Rose

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With hundreds of species, roses bloom in a myriad of beautiful colors. These romantic flowers aren’t just for Valentine’s Day—they’ll look gorgeous in your garden. Plant them where they’ll get enough morning sun, and make sure to water them diligently.

Bloom season: Summer

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Petunia

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These trumpet-shaped flowers are popular to plant in flowerbeds. They come in a variety of colors, and they’re easy to grow.

Bloom seasons: Spring, fall, and summer

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Marigold

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Part of the sunflower family, these bright, beautiful flowers bloom all summer long. They thrive in lots of sunshine and can even endure hot summers.

Bloom seasons: Spring, fall, and summer

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Water Lily

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These beauties often sprout in vibrant colors like yellow, pink or purple. They’re a pretty addition to water gardens and natural or artificial ponds.

Bloom seasons: Fall and summer

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Tulips

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Tulips signal spring’s arrival—typically, they begin to emerge in March. While most feature a single flower, a few kinds can sprout up to four on one stem. Most varieties need lots of afternoon sunlight.

Bloom seasons: Spring

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Phlox

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These star-shaped flowers come in a variety of bright colors. Easy to maintain, these fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Bloom seasons: Spring and summer

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Mrs. Charles E. Pearson

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These are a type of rhododendron (with an unusual name) that feature purple or brown freckling on their funnel-shaped, pink-tinged petals.

Bloom seasons: Spring, summer, fall

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Sunflower

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Along with brightening your garden, sunflowers have lots of nectar that can attracts bees. They need about six to eight hours of sunlight a day.

Bloom season: Summer

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Anemone

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While there are many varieties of anemone out there, this type can most often be spotted thanks to their wide black centers, which provide striking contrast to red, purple, and white petals.

Bloom season: Fall and spring

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Stonecrop

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Featuring thick leaves, these star-shaped flowers grow in clusters. We love that they’re easy to care for and attract pollinators.

Bloom season: Summer and fall

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Craigton Blue Corydalis

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These drooping blue bulbs are supported by reddish stems and are strongly scented. With the look of wedding bells, this could be your “something blue.”

Bloom season: Spring, fall, and summer

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Myrtle

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Fluffy white myrtle, distinguished by its little hairs, has a long-standing tradition of appearing in the bridal bouquets of the British royals.

Bloom season: Spring and summer

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Corn Poppy

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These papaver rhoeas, commonly referred to as corn, field or common poppies, are annual wildflowers that became a symbol of the blood spilled in World War I.

Bloom season: Spring and summer

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Yarrow

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This perennial flower needs a lot of sunlight and dry soil. They come in a variety of colors.

Bloom season: Summer

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Meadow Sage

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The salvia plant, more commonly known as meadow sage, often produces rich purple and royal blue flowers that also come in various warmer shades. They thrive in hot, dry conditions.

Bloom season: Spring, summer, and fall

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