Z is for Zinnia

Z is for Zinnia

Zinnia is a genus of 20 species of annual and perennial plants of the family Asteraceae. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Wikipedia

Zinnia can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, with branching stems bearing opposite leaves and solitary terminal flower-heads in summer. They can be grown in City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants.

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They neeed to be planted in an open space as they can suffer from mildew, and they love sun and heat. Don’t let them dry out though. There’s no better late-summer plant, with a brilliant range of colours and flowers that look as though they’ve been cut from velvet-coated cardboard.

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And so we come to the end of the April A to Z Challenge. I hope that you have enjoyed looking at a variety of flowers and plants during this month and that you have found something that you might like to grow in your garden that you haven’t tried before. I thank you for accompanying me on this journey and for all your likes and comments. It has been great to meet new bloggers and I have enjoyed visiting many different blogs this month.

It’s difficult for me to pick a favourite as I just love flowers and each and every one has a special place, including those I have had to leave out. But for those of you who have joined me on this challenge I really would like to know which was YOUR favourite from the ones I posted.

I hope new and old friends will continue to drop in and see what’s happening on here. New gardens to visit and old favourites to feature. And, as always, your comments are what makes it all worthwhile 🙂

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Y is for Yarrow

Y is for Yarrow

Achillea millefolium, known commonly as yarrow or common yarrow, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America.  Wikipedia

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Achilleas are traditional border flowers valued for their feathery foliage and striking flat, circular heads of flowers throughout the main summer season. They team well with other perennial flowers and are a vital ingredient of a traditional herbaceous border. They are also at home in island beds, cottage gardens and other perennial planting schemes. The variety ‘Coronation Gold’ has silvery foliage and flowers of gleaming golden yellow that are attractive to bees and butterflies.

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W is for Witch Hazel

W is for Witch Hazel

 

Witch Hazel otherwise known as Hamamelis virginiana is a truly wonderful winter-flowering  plant. In addition to its healing powers, witch hazel has the ability to add colour and fragrance to this season of gloom. They display curious, and beautiful, spidery flowers that exude a sublime, somewhat spicy fragrance. Their colours range from pale yellow through orange and strong reds, and even purple.

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Although they can grow into small trees it is easy to maintain as a much smaller size by pruning each year after flowering, once the plant is established. The smell alone is worth growing one of these little beauties in your garden.

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V is for Viola

V is for Viola

Violas are smaller versions of pansies and both are grown for their summer and winter flowering habit. They look good in borders or containers and are often found in public parks and gardens.

Their cheery colours and bright faces add brightness to a dull winter’s day but plant the paler colours: sky-blue, white, pale pink and primrose as these will stand out the most.

Plant plain colours en masse and bi-coloured in containers where you can appreciate the delicacy of their pretty patterns. Dead-head often and they will continue to flower for months. Mix with dwarf tulips and narcissus or grape hyacinths for instant spring colour, and remember that they will follow the sun or light on a dull day, so position carefully.

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Wikipedia tells us that “the pansy is a group of large-flowered hybrid plants cultivated as garden flowers. Pansies are derived from viola species Viola tricolor, hybridized with other viola species. These hybrids are referred to as Viola. The common words “pansy” and “viola” are often used interchangeably.”

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