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Agapanthus


African lily, Lily of the Nile

From the Lily family, originates in South Africa, but is mainly cultivated in Holland. Popular varieties include “Blue Triumphator”, “Blue Globe” and “Umbellatus Albus”, available in shades of blue and white. They are rounded clusters of small bell or trumpet-shaped flowers at the top of the stems. It’s prone to losing its petals.

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Acontium


 

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Originates from western and central Europe and Asia, and belong to the buttercup family. The name is derived from the Greek name for the plant, “Akoniton”. Greeks used it to poison wolves and other wild animals. Because of its intense color, it contrasts well with other bright colored flowers. It comes in shades of blue, deep blue and purple. It has flowers with high hoods on long spikes. All parts of this flower are poisonous and should be handles with care. Always wash your hands after touching.

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Alpinia


Red/pink Ginger, Shell Ginger, Ginger Lilly, Torch Ginger

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Named after botanist Prospero Alpino, the exotic tropical flower is from the “zingiberacae” or ginger family. Grown in the Far East and Africa, the leaves of Alpina are often used as foliage in tropical floral designs. Available in purple-red or pink, or has white flowers marked with pink.

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Alchemilla


Lady’s Mantle

Tiny flowers and an abundance of soft, fan-shaped leaves, makes this an excellent filler for bouquets. Available in yellow-green. It has tiny star-shaped clustersalchemilla-mollis-flower

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Acacia


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Acacia is from the pea family, they have a sharp sweet fragrance, available in the color yellow.
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The flowers are tiny petal-less and in globular clusters. Numerous stamens give a typically fluffy appearance. Acacia is sensitive to ethylene gas and should be kept away from mature fruit and vegetables, dying flowers and excess heat.

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Anethum


Dill

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This flower from the carrot family is often confused with fennel, it has a strong aroma, and one should be very careful when combining it, particularly with other scented flowers, as the strong aroma will dominate. Available in yellow-green, has clusters of tiny flowers. Dill leaves are popular in cooking, but commercially grown dill is not suitable for eating

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Guest Blog: 3 Best Summer Flowers for Gardening


The summer heat forces us to use tough and sturdy perennials in our garden, capable of withstanding the long and scorching days ahead. Thankfully though, these perennials can be quite gorgeous and colorful as well, like the following ones on our list that you can benefit from planting in your garden:

• Goblin Blanket Flower, at Monrovia Nursery Co.
Also known as gaillardia grandiflora or “Goblin”, it blooms during the months of June to August. The blanket flower is a pretty durable plant, its origins lying in the western parts of North America. It can survive in dry, poor soil, extreme heat and even on the seaside. Although it has a varying lifespan for each of the individual goblin flowers, this may very well be its only drawback. Some may die after two years or so, while others may outlive them for many years ahead. When it comes to cold regions, the snow cover may be a problem so leaf mulch will really help it survive through the winter months. Goblin flowers have wide flowers with maroon to dark purple centers and ray-like petals with red to golden and yellow tips, making them a colorful and lovely addition to any garden during the summer.red valerian

• Red Valerian Flower
Also known as centranthus ruber, blooming during the months of June to August. They are by far one of the easiest plants to perennials to grow around a garden, since most of the time you can just plant them and forget about any excessive amounts of special care. Their colors may vary, from pinkish-mauve to a powerful red. They have amazing, small flower clusters above a bushy mass of foliage. They have a pleasant and not too powerful fragrance, allowing their flower heads to last even for a whole week when cut from the stem. They can thrive in pretty much any soil, apart from boggy and wet soil and shade. Its most powerful aspect is the fact that it can survive droughts without suffering too much, even in water-sparse areas.moonbeam

• Moonbeam Threaded Coreopsis
Also known as coreopsis verticillata, blooming from the month of June, all the way to falling frost , it has lovely flowers reminiscent of daisies, but pale yellow in color. The flowers will look great in combination with pretty much anything else you may have in your garden, with their golden dark centers and wiry stems that stay upright all the way to the coming of the first cold weather. Apart from their lovely golden flowers, they have fine foliage, capable of providing a good contrast to the rest of the garden plants around. You won’t need to worry about the soil where you plant your moonbeams, it doesn’t have to be perfect to make it work, as long as you make sure its drained and not bogged down in too much moisture. They will continue to grow, bloom and look just great even with negligible amounts of water during the summer months ahead of you.

Sofia Lewis is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about cleaning, self-storage, removals and home related topics. Read more of her tips here: Garden Rubbish Removal Chiswick

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