What types of flowers are best for companion planting? The answer to that question is an overwhelming amount. There are literally hundreds of thousands of varieties of flowers that would be suitable for a garden, or blooming shrub, in which you can grow companion plants. You can use any variety of flower that you like, whether it is a member of the same family as your main plant, or it is a different species altogether. All it takes is a little know how and some patience to find the best flowers for companion planting, growing, or harvesting. Here are a few of the most popular and easy to care for flowers.
Sunflowers are best for the garden when planted as an annual. They will bloom during the summer and will go dormant in the winter. Because they bloom year round, they provide color throughout the year but are especially enjoyable in the spring when you can see them in all their glory. Purple coneflower, marigolds, sunflowers and purple alyssum are all the best flowers for an annual garden.
Sweet Alyssum is a member of the begonias family, and blooms for a long time. It is a classic shade flower that provides color and beauty in a year around a flower garden. It also grows well as a climbing shrub or bush. If you want to place them in the shade, Sweet Alyssum will do fine. If you want to provide a spectacular flowering garden for a variety of other flowers, Sweet Alyssum will provide the results you are looking for.
Sunflowers are an excellent choice if you are trying to grow a garden with perennials or short-lived plants. Planting them as annuals will allow them to bloom all summer long. They do not have to be placed in the shade in order to get the most from this plant. Many people choose Sunflowers as the focal point of their gardens because of how colorful they are and how long they last.
One flower that is often planted with Sunflowers is the Zinnias. Zinnias are wonderful companions because they grow well both indoors and out, and they are easy to maintain. The best way to care for your Zinnias is to water them only when the soil is dry, because too much water will cause the roots to wilt. You can also provide an annual topdressing of fertilizer to help the roots remain healthy.
To ensure that you choose the correct plants for your climate, you will need to know what temperature to plant each flower in. This is important for planning the rest of your garden and choosing the appropriate companion planting plants for your area. Most flowers prefer a warmer climate than others. Tulips and Easter lilies are two of the most popular flowers for climates between ninety-five and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Shasta Daisies and Dogbane are suitable for temperatures between seventy and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out what temperature your flower should be.
If you are planting flowers in your flower garden that are not native to your area, you will want to select plants that will grow best in that climate. California poppy, hydrangeas, California bluebells, tulips, and daffodils will all do well if you are planting them in shade due to the hot sun they require. Some plants, such as the California poppy, will do better in full sun. You should use the utmost care when trying to shade these plants so they don’t dry out. You can use a trellis to provide protection but make sure you watch for overheating and that none of the flowers are destroyed.
You should only choose the best-growing plants for your planting area and the climate you live in. Once you have chosen your companion planting flowers, it is important to note how often you need to replant them. They will usually grow and bloom for four years. Check carefully to make sure you have enough space to support them before you replant.