Little flowers of all varieties have long been a part of our lives, lending their grace and natural beauty to everything they touch. Whether worn in the hair, planted in our gardens, or used to decorate our homes, they have become an important tradition in celebrating life and all things good. It is hard to deny the appeal of elegant and beautiful little flowers, which is why they are considered favorites of many people.
Although large and showy blooms are popular for putting on display, it is the little flowers that truly shine through in whichever situation they are used in. Think of your garden, for example. Something as simple as a ground covering of periwinkles or other similar tiny varieties can transform a nice garden into an amazing garden.
The great thing about little flowers is that their small size allows you to efficiently combine them with each other to produce whichever design you happen to create in your garden. The lack of space they requires means that intricate designs can be generated in every bed, and that you can highlight the striking beauty of larger specimens by bordering.
Little Flowers – Common Varieties
There are a number of popular little flowers for use in your home garden. This list covers only a small portion of what is a large group, but can provide you with some basic ideas for planning how you want your garden to look.
· Crocus – The crocus is distinct in that it is one of the first garden varieties to appear each spring. Along with larger tulips and daffodils, these little flowers are hardy perennials that will survive to grace your garden year after year. They are found a wide range of natural habitats, including woodland, scrub and fields.
There are about eighty species of crocus in the world, not counting cultivated varieties. Their cup-shaped individual flowers taper off to narrow tube shape. Their color is greatly varied, although blues, purples, white and yellow are most commonly chosen by gardeners.
An interesting fact about these little flowers is that the stamens (structure in the middle of the flower) produce a substance that is harvested as a spice. You’ll likely know this spice as saffron, which is highly prized and greatly-sought for its ability to enhance many dishes.
Fortunately, the plants are small and can be staggered throughout the garden in between other plants. The result is that they will spring up amongst the other flowers in your garden, creating an attractive arrangement that will prove popular amongst friends and family.
· Periwinkle – These are extremely popular evergreen flowers that are grown as ground cover underneath larger species in a garden. Light pastels dominate the color range of these plants, which can go well with other delicate varieties, or effectively offset the vibrant and colorful displays of more striking varieties like roses and tulips.
Both species are considered invasive weeds in parts of the United States and Australia. They do not respond to common herbicides and require hormone based sprays to control. This can be kept under control in your garden by constant pruning, and unless you have an enormous property you shouldn’t have to worry about them taking over.
· Marigolds – These are very popular little flowers that are commonly found in gardens across North America and Europe. They tend to come in colors ranging from red to orange and yellow, and add warmth and life to any garden into which they are planted. They make a great border plant because of their orderly appearance.
An interesting fact about these little flowers is that they produce a musky fragrance that many insects find unpleasant, and can thus be used to keep pest species away from your more valuable or vulnerable plants. A border used for this purpose can work as a miniature wall of sorts for your garden.
Little Flowers – More Ideas
You can find these species of little flowers at your garden center, where they are most usually prepared and ready for instant planting. You can also often find them at your local florist, where they can also be integrated into decorative floral bouquets and arrangements. The florist’s shop will often also sell seeds that allow you to grow these little flowers from scratch, should you so desire.
A great place to find out about more species of little flowers is online. There are many collections of useful information about species, including gardening tips for homeowners. You can also visit your florist’s site to browse and purchase any species that interest you. Arranging for delivery right to your home can free up time for other gardening endeavors in the meantime.
By combining these species of little flowers with larger, showier varieties, you can transform your garden into a natural paradise that you and your family will love spending time in.
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