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Flowering plants add color, delicacy and beauty to home gardens. They are classified as angiosperms, plants that contain male and/or female parts of the plant. There are many types of flowering plants. Flowering annuals produce flowers during one year and then die, while flowering perennials produce flowers for 2 or more years. Flowering trees produce flowers year after year. Some flowering shrubs produce flowers throughout the growing season. Many popular types of flowering plants are easy to grow and last for years.

Check out the most beautiful flowering plants

Azaleas

Azaleas come in both deciduous and evergreen varieties. Evergreen varieties produce 2 sets of leaves per year. Deciduous varieties produce only one, in the warm summer growing season. According to Demesne, azaleas grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 9. They prefer moderate temperatures and some humidity. Hardy evergreen varieties grow in zone 4. All varieties prefer acidic soil and good drainage. The flowers’ color will fade if grown in constant sun.

Hydrangea

Most hydrangeas produce tiny, colorful flowers in a globe-shaped clusters. Other varieties produce hanging panicles of flowers or lacey flowers in a cap shape at the top of stems. They are popular plants that grow in USDA Hardiness zone 6 or warmer and must be protected from frigid temperatures. They like well-drained soil and plenty of moisture. You can change the colors of hydrangea flowers by changing the pH of the soil in which they grow. Increasing the alkalinity of the soil by adding limestone will turn the blossoms pink. Increasing the acidity of the soil by adding aluminum sulfate turns the blossoms to a soft blue color, according to Hydrangeas! Hydrangeas!

Roses

Roses are popular flowering plants that can be found in gardens all over the country. They are a lovely and often fragrant flower that is easier to grow than many people think. Roses are available in many different varieties, sizes and colors, from white to almost black. Roses prefer warm temperatures, but can be grown in colder regions if you choose cold-hardy varieties. Roses require a good layer of mulch to retain moisture and organic soil amendments for nutrients. Roses should be watered several times a week to a depth of 12 to 18 inches. You should fertilize your roses before each series of blooms appear. Apply commercial rose food according to package directions.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea grows as a woody vine that can be placed along fences, near foundations and against walls. The plant produces showy displays of magenta flowers that bloom continuously. Bougainvillea is hardy in zones 9 and 10. It can be grown in any type of soil and needs full sun. Bougainvillea’s heavy feeding makes slow-release fertilizer a good choice, according to PlantCare. In more northern zones, it can be grown outdoors in summer and brought inside for the winter.

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  1. water body
    June 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    There is definately a lot to know about this topic.
    I love all of the points you’ve made.