flowers

Sun Needs

Full Sun

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

8 – 10

Height

4 – 10 feet

Blooms in

Mid-Summer – Late Summer

Features

Deer resistant

Catmint
Cat owners rejoice! This popular feline plant’s grey-green leaves and lavender flowers make a beautiful garden addition. It’s also easy to care for, tolerating drier climates and full sun.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Dry

Zones

3 – 8

Height

1 – 2 feet

Blooms in

Early Summer – Early Fall

Features

Attracts beneficial insects

Celosia
These ornamental plants get their name from the Greek word keleos, meaning “burned.” Their flame-like flower heads come in a variety of colors, including red, orange, yellow, violet, white and pink.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained, High fertility

Zones

2 – 11

Height

0.5 – 3 feet

Blooms in

Mid-Summer – Mid-Fall

Features

Good for cut flowers

Chives

While this herb may be best known sprinkled over potatoes, Chives’ pink flowers also make for an attractive edging for flower gardens. Fairly tolerant of many soil types, Chives are easy to care for.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

3 – 9

Height

0.5 – 1 foot

Blooms in

Late Spring – Early Fall

Features

Good for cut flowers

Chrysanthemum
The name Chrysanthemum comes from the Greek words for “gold” and “flower,” but come in a variety of colors besides yellow. With vibrant hues of white, yellow, red and pink, the Chrysanthemum features decorative pompom tops that can be beautifully displayed indoors.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

3 – 9

Height

1 – 3 feet

Blooms in

Mid-Summer – Late Fall

Features

Good for cut flowers

Clary Sage
This annual comes in violet, white or pink and thrives in outdoor containers. As their bloom season comes to an end, you can either cut them to display proudly in your home or dry them as keepsakes.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

5 – 11

Height

1.5 – 3 feets

Blooms in

Late Spring – Mid-Fall

Features

Good for cut flowers

Cleome

Also known as spider flower for its lacy foliage, the Cleome quickly fills any spare space in a garden. Deer resistant and drought tolerant, Cleomes also attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

4 – 11

Height

3 – 5 feet

Blooms in

Mid-Summer – Early Fall

Features

Good for cut flowers

Coleus
This shade tolerant annual is known for its boldly patterned leaves and makes for a great border along gardens. Depending on the specie, the Coleus’ leaves can come in shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, green, purple or white.

Sun Needs

Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

2 – 11

Height

0.5 – 3 feet

Blooms in

Mid-Summer – Late Summer

Features

Non-invasive

Columbine

Also known as Granny’s Bonnet, the name Columbine comes from the Latin word “dove” because the shape of the inverted flower resembles doves clustered together. The Columbine is also a major source of food for a species of bumblebee call the Bombus hortorum.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

3 – 8

Height

1.5 – 3 feet

Blooms in

Mid-Spring – Early Summer

Features

Good for cut flowers

Comfrey
In addition to making a great garden, the Comfrey has topical medicinal and herbal uses. Comfreys like moist, somewhat shady locations and freely self-flowers, so it’s more suited for ornamental plantings.
Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Damp

Zones

3 – 9

Height

1 – 5 feet

Blooms in

Late Spring – Early Summer

Features

Non-invasive

Coneflower
A member of the daisy family, the Coneflower features rich hues of violet, white and pink. These easy to grow flowers are heat and drought tolerant, and make for a wild bouquet once cut.

Sun Needs

Full Sun

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

3 – 9

Height

1.5 – 5 feet

Blooms in

Mid-Summer – Early Fall

Features

Good for cut flowers

Coreopsis

Looking for a wildflower that’s more manageable than the tall sunflowers? Look no further than the Coreopsis. With down by the prairie charm, the Coreopsis blooms brightly with shades of yellow, red and orange.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

3 – 9

Height

1 – 3 feet

Blooms in

Late Summer – Mid-Fall

Features

Good for cut flowers

Corydalis
From the Greek word “crested lark,” the Corydalis is not for the novice gardener. Hardy to very few zones (mostly zone 5), the Corydalis bloom season is short-lived with the right combination of sun, moisture and drainage.

Sun Needs

Partial Shade?/?Full Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

5 – 7

Height

1 – 1.5 feet

Blooms in

Early Summer – Early Fall

Features

Deer resistant

Cosmos

Hailing from the sunflower family, the Cosmos are beautiful wildflowers that bloom in shades of red, orange, yellow, violet, pink and white. Growing up to 6 feet tall, this flower makes for an excellent addition to a bouquet.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

2 – 11

Height

1 – 6 feet

Blooms in

Mid-Summer – Mid-Fall

Features

Good for cut flowers

Crocus

The cup-shaped Crocus blooms vary widely in color, often seen in shades of orange, yellow, violet or white. Their ease of care make for great outdoor containers, but they also excel indoors as a houseplant.

Sun Needs

Full Sun?/?Partial Shade

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

3 – 8

Height

0.25 – 0.3 feet

Blooms in

Early Spring

Features

Non-invasive

Crown Imperial
As majestic as its name, the Crown Imperial features one tall stem with a loop of tubular blooms. Blooms are commonly found in red, yellow or orange and will last longer if planted on its side so as to avoid rot.

Sun Needs

Full Sun

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Zones

5 – 9

Height

2 – 3 feet

Blooms in

Mid-Spring

Features

Deer resistant

Cushion Spurge
The drought tolerant Cushion Spurge actually get their bright yellow color not from the flower, but floral bracts found underneath. Foliage can also range in color, from green to purple to red.