Happy Flowers... You know the ones... with big, bold flowers in bright, vivid colors. They put a smile on your face when you see them blooming in your garden. They are so pretty you cut them to share with your friends and family. They are easy to grow and bloom like crazy. Here are a few of our favorite Happy Flowers.
Agapanthus - Lily of the Nile is a blooming perennial with blue or white globe-shaped clusters of blooms. The blooms sit atop long green stems with long grass-like foliage below. It grows beautifully in containers and beds and borders. Plant in full sun with well-draining soil. Divide the clumps of Agapanthus every three years to keep the plants healthy and the blooming abundant. Callibrachoa - Million Bells - are trailing annual flowers that look like small petunias. Blooms cover the plants from spring through fall and are available in many different colors including pink, red, purple, yellow, peach and bi-color too. Million bells are great additions to container gardens, hanging baskets, and window boxes. They also make a great blooming groundcover in front of annual beds. Snapdragons - have beautiful spikes of blooms that love the cooler spring and fall seasons. The blooms can be cut for long-lasting flower arrangements. Plant them in a sunny border or container garden. In spring, plant them in with your annual beds for early color. They will take a bit of a bloom break in the summer and then bloom again in the fall. Plant in full sun with regular watering. Gerbera Daisies - have beautiful, big daisy blossoms with petals fanning out like sunrays. You'll find Gerbera daisies in a multitude of colors, with red, yellow and pink being favorites. They've long been prized as a cut-flower and are great in containers, beds, and borders. Plant in full to partial sun with well-draining soil. Geranium - have clusters of blooms atop mounds of rounded foliage. Favorite colors include pink, red, orange, lavender and white. Geraniums grow well in hanging baskets, window boxes, and container gardens as well as annual beds. Remove stems of faded blooms for more prolific blooming. Plant in full to partial sun in well-draining soil. Hibiscus - is a summer loving flower that has a tropical look and attract butterflies. It has large showy blooms in red, pink, white and bi-colors. There are many different types of Hibiscus that range from tropical to hardy shrubs and even tree form hydrangeas. Plant in full sun for the most blooms. Echinacea - Coneflower is a prized perennial bloom that is easy to grow and attract birds and butterflies and is a showy summer bloomer. The original and most popular coneflower Echinacea pupurea has pinkish-purple petals surrounding a pronounced orange cone. Newer varities have been developed that include orange, peach, and deep purple. Great for perennial beds and borders. Plant in full sun with great drainage. Osteospermum - African Daisy is another great Spring bloomer with medium sized daisy like flowers above dense bright green foliage. Plant in containers in a sunny spot.