The Q&A Archives: flowers

Question: I want to have color in my front yard and I live in Marietta Georgia and this area gets a lot of sun and heat in the summer. What type of flower should I plant. I want a row of color. Thank you,

Answer: Lots of flowers will grow in your Georgia garden. Here are some to choose from:

Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) Asclepias is native to Georgia and easy to grow. It prefers full sun and is tolerant of poor soils and drought once established. The familiar orange flowers are produced on plants 1 to 2 feet tall.

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) Growing to a height of 10 to 12 inches, it produces a mass of white flowers in late spring. It is best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade, and is fairly drought tolerant once established.

Dianthus caryophyllus (hardy garden carnation) Garden varieties are selected for dwarf compact habits; most of them grow to a height of about 12 inches. Many colors are available. Carnation is very fragrant and an excellent garden cut flower.

Caryopteris clandonensis This plant makes a 4-foot mound of light blue flowers late July through September. Excellent for cut flowers or for attracting butterflies. The semi-woody plant may die back to the base in cold winters. Caryopteris requires full sun and good drainage; tolerates drought well.

Hemerocallis - Daylilies are without doubt among the most widely grown perennials in Georgia. Growing from 1 to 4 feet high, a rainbow of colors is now available. Bloom usually peaks in June or July, but varieties are available that flower from May until October.

Hope one of these suggestions appeals to you!

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