Flowers Washington DC

If you’ve got a green thumb, then learn more about the essential information you need for choosing, planting, and maintaining flowering plants. Choose what plants you want in your garden and learn more about any special features, site selection, planting instructions, care tips and more.
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Oriental Poppy Washington DC

Sporting huge, cup-shaped blooms in early summer, the Oriental poppy is the most striking of the perennial poppies, and the delicate, papery flowers belie the plant's hardiness and durability. About This Plant A favorite subject for artists, Oriental poppy flowers are the focal point in the garden when they are in full bloom in late spring to early summer.

Hosta Washington DC

Hosta is an easy-to-grow, long-lived, shade-loving perennial that is prized for its colorful leaves. Other common names are plantain lily and funkia.

Geranium Washington DC

Geranium is a diverse group containing types that grow in a range of conditions, from full sun to shade. Flower colors include pink, blue, white, and purple. Most geraniums blooms in midsummer, although some species will bloom in spring and fall.

Foxglove Washington DC

Foxglove bears tall, dramatic spikes of tubular flowers with speckled throats. Foxglove blooms in midsummer and adds elegance to a perennial border, woodland area, or shade garden.

Coneflower Washington DC

Coneflower is a native North American perennial sporting daisylike flowers with raised centers. The flower, plant, and root of some types are used in herbal remedies.

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Aster Washington DC

Aster thrives in areas with cool, moist summers. It produces blue, white, or pink flowers in the late summer or fall. Plant height ranges from 8 inches to 8 feet, depending on variety. Tall varieties make good back-of-the-border plants and are also attractive planted in naturalized meadows.

Astilbe Washington DC

Astilbe does best in regions with cool, moist summers. The large plumes of frothy flowers arrive in late spring or early summer to brighten shade gardens. Flower colors include pink, red, lavender, and white.

Avoiding and Solving Common Bulb Problems Washington DC

Follow these steps to prevent problems in your bulb patch in Washington. Check bulbs before buying or planting: Make sure they're firm and free of corky lesions, mold, and soft spots.

Bearded Iris Washington DC

With their swordlike leaves and showy flowers, bearded iris are an eye-catching addition to any garden. They're easy to plant, require minimum care, and readily multiply. Dwarf varieties make attractive edging.

Beautyberry Washington DC

Beautyberry is a deciduous shrub noted for its brightly colored, tightly clustered berries that remain on the bush into winter in Washington. Other common names are American beautyberry and American mulberry.

Bee Balm Washington DC

Bee balm flowers are brilliant additions to late-summer herb gardens and flower borders. Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other nectar-seeking creatures covet the tubular flowers on the plant's rounded flower heads, and the leaves and flowers can also be made into tea. Other common names include horsemint, wild bergamot, and Oswego tea.

Butterfly Bush Washington DC

Butterfly bush is a large, arching shrub that produces masses of flowers in midsummer to fall in Washington. Flower colors include blue, pink, red, violet, yellow, and white, and the shrub grows 5 to 10 feet tall and wide, depending on the variety.

Canna Washington DC

Cannas are lush tropical plants with huge leaves and vibrant blossoms on tall stalks. Many varieties have multicolored and patterned leaves, making them a season-long focal point.

Combining Tulips with Annuals and Perennials Washington DC

Although tulips look great massed in planting beds, they look even better when combined with other bulbs, annual and perennial flowers, or shrubs. To get the best results, you'll need to consider each plant's color, bloom season, and height. Here's some combinations to get you started in Washington.

Coneflower Washington DC

Coneflower is a native North American perennial sporting daisylike flowers with raised centers. The flower, plant, and root of some types are used in herbal remedies.

Coralbells Washington DC

Coralbells sport airy flower spikes on wiry stems above low-growing, often dramatic foliage. Varieties with variegated or dark purple leaves make stunning ground covers, and the delicate flower spikes won't obscure the plants behind them, making them a good choice for the front of the border. Another common name is alum root.

Coreopsis Washington DC

Coreopsis is tolerant of a variety of soil types and environmental conditions, making it a popular choice for home gardeners. Tall varieties can reach 4 feet in height and are good for the back of the border and in cutting gardens.

Crocus Washington DC

Mass plantings of colorful crocuses herald the start of spring, sometimes poking their flowers right up through the snow. Because the plants flower so early, crocuses adapt well to planting in lawns and will multiply over time to cover large areas.

Daffodil Washington DC

The dependable, spring-flowering daffodil is a favorite for its long life and carefree, colorful blooms. Other common names include jonquil and narcissus. Read on and find more information about this plant in Washington.

Dahlia Washington DC

Flamboyant dahlias are quick-growing, heat-loving plants that produce abundant flowers on sturdy stems. There are hundreds of varieties in Washington with flowers in a wide range of sizes, colors, and shapes.

Daylily Washington DC

Few plants are as rugged, widely adapted, or versatile as daylilies. And with more than 13,000 cultivars available, there's a size and flower color for every garden.

Delphinium Washington DC

Delphinium is a stately, elegant perennial that is a standard in English cottage gardens. Mounds of dark green, glossy foliage are adorned with huge spikes of showy, spurred flowers in early summer. Another common name is larkspur, although this name usually refers to annual varieties.

Dianthus Washington DC

There are numerous types of dianthus, so there's one for almost any garden situation. Many types have flowers with a fragrant, spicy scent and notched petals. Common dianthus include Sweet William, pinks, and carnations.

Dividing Perennials Washington DC

When an established perennial produces fewer flowers, or the center of the plant looks sickly while the margins thrive, it could be time to divide the plant. Or even if the plant is healthy, perhaps you'd like to share it with a friend by splitting off a piece.

Dogwood Washington DC

The most common dogwood, Cornus florida, is a flowering tree that grows 20 to 40 feet tall and wide at maturity. Flower colors include pink, red, rose, and white, depending on the variety. Read on and find more information about this plant in Washington.

Forcing Paper White Narcissus Washington DC

The process of forcing paper white narcissus is a blend of flower arranging and indoor gardening, and simpler than either in Washington. Forced paper whites spend all their energy in growth and bloom, and can be discarded when the blossoms fade, like a bouquet.

Forcing Tulips Indoors Washington DC

For those who can never get enough of tulips or can't wait until they spring up naturally in the garden, they can be forced indoors in Washington. To "force" a bulb means to create an environment where the bulb grows when it naturally wouldn't.

Foxglove Washington DC

Foxglove bears tall, dramatic spikes of tubular flowers with speckled throats. Foxglove blooms in midsummer and adds elegance to a perennial border, woodland area, or shade garden.

Gardenia Washington DC

Best known for their fragrant white flowers, gardenias are heat-loving evergreen shrubs that have become a gardening symbol in the Southeast. Another common name known by people in Washington is cape jasmine.

Gardening Bulbs Washington DC

While it may seem strange, spring-flowering bulbs need to be planted in fall in order to bloom come show time in Washington.

Geranium Washington DC

Geranium is a diverse group containing types that grow in a range of conditions, from full sun to shade. Flower colors include pink, blue, white, and purple. Most geraniums blooms in midsummer, although some species will bloom in spring and fall.

Gladiolus Washington DC

A classic cut flower, gladiolus produces tall flower spikes adorned with large, showy flowers. Often relegated to the cutting garden, gladiolus also suits the back of the border where the tall flowers can complement bushier plants in Washington.

Hibiscus Washington DC

Hibiscus are large shrubs or small trees that produce huge, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers over a long season. Other common names in Washington include Chinese hibiscus and tropical hibiscus.

Hollies Washington DC

Hollies include a large number of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees that are grown in Washington for their attractive foliage and brightly colored berries. Other common names include inkberry, winterberry, and yaupon.

Honeysuckle Washington DC

There are numerous types of honeysuckle and are either large shrubs or twining vines that are noted for their colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers, sweet scent, and attractiveness to butterflies and hummingbirds. Learn more about planting and caring for honeysuckles.

Hosta Washington DC

Hosta is an easy-to-grow, long-lived, shade-loving perennial that is prized for its colorful leaves. Other common names are plantain lily and funkia.

Hyacinth Washington DC

Favored for their intense colors and heady fragrance, hyacinths are a staple of the spring garden along with daffodils and tulips. The plants' stately appearance makes them prized in formal bulb plantings. Read on and find more information about this plant in Washington.

Hydrangea Washington DC

Hydrangeas are decidious shrubs or vines with large leaves and showy flowers. The flowers are arranged in large clusters for a dramatic show. Read on and find more information about this plant in Washington.

Lilacs Washington DC

Lilacs are hardy, easy care plants, and the fragrant flowers are good for cutting and attractive to butterflies. Flower colors include blue, lavender, pink, red, purple, yellow, and white, depending on the variety. Read on and find more information about this plant.

Lilies Washington DC

With huge, trumpet-shaped flowers borne on tall stems, lilies in full bloom are the focal point of any perennial garden. Numerous types are available with flower colors that include pink, gold, red, orange, and white.

Naturalizing with Spring Bulbs Washington DC

The effect of a brilliant mass of blossoms is impressive, especially in spring: imagine a sun-flooded hillside splashed with bright yellow daffodils, a lawn covered with the blue haze of tiny squill (Scilla) blossoms, or a streamside dancing with multicolored anemones in Washington.

Naturalizing with Tulips Washington DC

Species tulips and hybrids of Tulipa fosteriana, T. greigii, and T. kaufmanniana are ideal candidates for naturalizing, as they spread rapidly by seed, stolons, and bulblets in Washington.

Oleander Washington DC

Oleanders bloom from summer to fall, with fragrant flowers in shades of apricot, copper, pink, lilac, red, purple, salmon, yellow, and white, depending on variety. Read on and find more information about this plant in Washington.

Oriental Poppy Washington DC

Sporting huge, cup-shaped blooms in early summer, the Oriental poppy is the most striking of the perennial poppies, and the delicate, papery flowers belie the plant's hardiness and durability. About This Plant A favorite subject for artists, Oriental poppy flowers are the focal point in the garden when they are in full bloom in late spring to early summer.

Penstemon Washington DC

Penstemon is a western United States native that has colorful tubular flowers on tall spikes. This prairie plant thrives in hot, sunny conditions and is a stunning addition to wildflower plantings. Another common name is beardtongue.

Peony Washington DC

Peonies are renowned for their large, colorful, bowl-shaped, flowers and dark green foliage. Once established, these beauties are some of the longest-lived and most reliable garden plants in Washington.

Phlox Washington DC

Phlox in bloom are a sight to behold, with masses of small, star-shaped, colorful flowers blanketing the plants. There are several types, the most common of which are spring-blooming creeping phlox and summer-blooming tall phlox in Washington.

Planting a Bare-Root Rose Washington DC

Get your roses off to the best possible start by choosing their growing site carefully and then planting them using the techniques most suitable for your climate in Washington. Bare-root rose plants -- those sold without soil -- offer the best value and grow quickly after planting.

Planting Bulbs in Containers Washington DC

Anything that has drainage holes and is deep enough to accommodate a few inches of soil and the bulbs works as a container. You'll need to allow a 1-inch space between the tip of the bulb and the rim of the pot.

Planting Tulips Washington DC

All flowers are beautiful in their own way. But no other flowers herald spring like tulips, which captured the imagination of the Dutch some 400 years ago and can still steal the show today in Washington.

Plumeria Washington DC

Plumerias are tropical trees famous for their gorgeous flowers which are used to make leis (floral garlands) in Washington. In regions with cold winters, plumerias can be grown in containers and brought indoors when the weather cools in autumn.

Preventing Rose Diseases Washington DC

It's no surprise that roses are among the most popular ornamental garden plants: they're beautiful, fragrant, and easy to grow in most climates. However, many popular roses are also susceptible to three fungal diseases, whose names black spot, mildew, and rust are descriptive of their appearance on rose leaves. Here are steps to follow to keep the plants healthy and vigorous in Washington.

Rhododendron Washington DC

Rhododendrons and azaleas perform best in regions with cool, moist summers. They bloom in late spring to early summer; flower colors include pink, red, violet, yellow, and white, depending on the species and variety. Read on and find more information about this plant in Washington.

Rose of Sharon Washington DC

Rose of Sharon flowers in late summer to fall when few other shrubs are in bloom. Flower colors include blue, pink, red, lavender, purple, and white, depending on the variety. Most varieties grow 8 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide. The plant shows good pollution tolerance, making it appropriate for urban gardens in Washington.

Roses Washington DC

There is a rose for every garden situation and need, from climbers to adorn a trellis, to miniatures for containers, to long-stemmed types for bouquets. Because of this variety, it's important to choose carefully. If you are looking for the familiar rose bush in Washington, consider hybrid teas, floribundas, or shrub roses.

Rudbeckia Washington DC

Rudbeckia's bright, summer-blooming flowers give the best effect when planted in masses in a border or wildflower meadow. Some species also have attractive gray-green foliage. Read on and find more information about this plant in Washington.

Salvia Washington DC

Salvias are a large group of garden plants that includes annuals, biennials, perennials, and shrubs. The perennial salvias are mainstays of the midsummer garden border. Another common name is sage. Read on and find more information about this plant in Washington.

Shasta Daisy Washington DC

Shasta daisies, with their white petals surrounding yellow centers, are similar to the familiar meadow daisy, but have larger and more abundant blooms.

Training a Climbing Rose Washington DC

Climbing roses in Washington produce two kinds of shoots: the main structural canes and the flowering shoots, which grow from the canes. The long structural canes must be tied or woven into a support to keep the flowers off the ground. If possible, install the support before planting your roses. Roses require at least 6 hours of sunlight during the growing season and fertile, well-drained soil. Tools an...

Transplanting Annuals Washington DC

Pinch the growing tip out of tall-growing plants to encourage branching and shorter growth. This method may result in smaller but more plentiful flowers in Washington.

Tulips Washington DC

From stately formal plantings to naturalized woodland areas, there's a type of tulip for every garden setting in Washington. Tulips grow best in areas with cold winters, cool springs, and cool summers. The smaller species tulips are reliably perennial, while larger types may need to be replanted every few years.

Veronica Washington DC

Gardeners in Washington who love the color blue know that veronicas provides some of the clearest, truest blues in the perennial border; other flower colors are also available. Another common name is speedwell.

Viburnum Washington DC

Viburnums are a vast group of large, deciduous shrubs that are relatively troublefree and attractive for their flowers, fruits, fall foliage, and shape. Common names known in Washington include American cranberry bush, hobblebush, and European cranberry bush.

Yarrow Washington DC

Yarrow is a hardy and versatile perennial with fernlike leaves and colorful blooms. The large, flat-topped flower clusters are perfect for cutting and drying. Read on and find more information about this plant in Washington.