5 Beautiful Blooming Cacti For Your Garden
Cactus is a great low-maintenance plant for both seasoned and amateur gardeners. It doesn’t require frequent watering and it can survive in harsh conditions. But if you want your cactus and have a beautiful garden too there are blooming cacti variaties you can plant to enjoy both beautiful flowers and low-maintenance cactus garden.
Echinocereus fasciculatus (Pinkflower Hedgehog Cactus)
Echinocereus is a genus of small to medium size cacti, some of which carry amazing blooms. Like a Pinkflower Hedgehog Cactus that is a perennial plant that blooms in Spring and has beautiful magenta flowers.
One of the most frequently encountered cacti genus, Echinopsis has a great number of blooming varieties. Echinopsis ‘First Light’, for example, is a beautiful hybrid cactus with light pink blooms that open in mid-day on a medium length stalk spangled with numerous long needles.
Echinopsis ‘First Light’
Echinopsis huascha (Trichocereus grandiflorus) also known as Red Torch cactus has beautiful red (and also orange and yellow) flowers and smaller needles. Cold hardy and sun loving this cactus prefers well-drained rocky soil, perfect for a rock garden or as a container plant.
Echinopsis huascha a.k.a Trichocereus grandiflorus
If you are looking to add inordinary shapes to your garden along with beautiful blooms you should consider Opuntia Basilaris or Beavertail cactus. Its flat leaves gave it a common name Prickly Pear and are carrying pink magenta flowers that sit beautifully on top of a few clustered leaves.
Prickly Pear (Opuntia Basilaris)
For those who love hanging plants and vertical gardening, Disocactus flagelliformis is the cactus to go for. Having a less than flattering common name the Rat Tail cactus has beautiful flowers that in combination with its long hanging tails look simply amazing.
If you want to add some spark and passion to your garden Echinocereus triglochidiatus will definitely help. Its hot red flowers are dense and its big long needles create a fuzzy aura around the bush.
And finally, the night garden lovers will find one of the nigh-blooming cereus cactus varieties to be a beautiful addition to their collection. Their invariably beautiful white blooms open at night and make a beautiful contrast with the cactus itself.
Note that there are many beautiful hydrid varieties that all have amazing blooms to offer. The colors also range from white to fiery red and rich purple.