Are you thinking about what flowers to plant in your garden? The country’s gardens are absolutely breathtaking in the summer, but the winter months can severely damage your plants. If you’re looking for your garden to be blooming again come springtime, you’ll need to plant resilient flowers with great growing potential to brighten up your space!
Here are 8 of the best flowers to plant in the Canadian landscape:
- Echinacea purpurea, also known as a purple coneflower, is a herbaceous perennial flower that tends to grow quite tall. It’s a part of the sunflower family and is native to North America, making it a natural at surviving our freezing temperatures. The purple coneflower can be found throughout Ontario, as well as in the midwest, southeast and eastern parts of the United States.
- Digitalis, commonly called the foxglove, is part of a species of about 20 that include shrub, biennials and herbaceous perennials. They come in a variety of lovely colours including yellow, white, pink and white, and add a vibrant touch to gardens throughout the year.
- Pinks or Dianthus are native mainly to Asia and Europe with a few species in other parts of the world. They typically have five petals and range from light to dark pink and are often recommended for mid to late summer. They come in varieties such as the Dianthus Barbatus, Dianthus Superbus and the Dianthus Japonicus (which is the official flower of Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Japan) and despite blooming mostly in July and August, they need little care in the winter in order to be healthy again come springtime.
- Commonly known as Lily of the Valley and scientifically known as convallaria majalis, these flowers are sweetly scented and are great plants for shady spots. They come in white or pink and generally expand to form large colonies throughout gardens.
- Chrysanthemum aren’t best suited for the prairies, but they can do well in most other places across the country throughout the year. Referred to as hardy garden mum or florist’s daisy, these flowers are excellent choices to survive all Canadian climates. The hardy garden mum comes in bright and rich colours such as pink and yellow, and can be brought indoors the be used as a houseplant, too!
- Arabis or Rockcress are flowering plants that are part of the Brassicaceae family. They are very hardy and they usually bloom around May.
- Aquilegia, better known as Columbine or Granny’s Bonnet, are perennial plants found in the Northern Hemisphere. They are super easy to grow and can sustain months of frost.
- Siberian Iris are extremely winter hardy. They are some of the easiest types of iris to raise and bloom in central and northern Ontario.
You can make your backyard look great all year round without having to replant bulbs every spring. Concentrate on these options and you’ll be sure to have a vibrant and thriving garden in no time!