As I get ready for another beautiful season in the garden, I thought I would share my choices for the best flowers to have in your garden.

Warning:

This blog is more about the beauty that these flowers offer, rather than tips on how to grow them. So lots of pictures to pique your curiosity and few words to interrupt their visual splendor! Please ask away though if you have any questions.

How my love for flowers started…

My mom was an avid gardener, so I credit her for my love of everything to do with gardening or landscaping. Mom started with a bare canvas and transformed approximately 5 acres of the almost 20 acres she has into what some would consider a park. It was her escape and as I grow older, it is my escape as well.

Pictured below is the old road out from mom’s house to the back portion of her property. Keep in mind that when my dad and her purchased this property in 1962 it was nothing but bare fields.

The farm I grew up on
My mom’s garden and where I got my first taste of growing flowers

At about 13 years old, I started experimenting with flowers that my mom didn’t grow like delphiniums, nicotiana, columbine, strawflowers, bachelor’s buttons, Chinese lanterns, gladiolas, and all sorts of wildflowers.

Sometimes mom loved them and other times she hated them as they would take over her garden, like the Chinese lanterns. Oh my goodness did that one ever make her mad!

Pond where I grew up
A pond on my mom’s property flanked in interesting evergreens

My secret dream…

Can I fill you in on a dream of mine? I would love to become a flower farmer! Doesn’t that sound dreamy?

On our present property, I dream of rows of lavender stretching out in front of our house towards the lake. I would also have cutting gardens here and there and can see gathering baskets of flowers and making elaborate arrangements day in day out.

Late last summer, I visited a flower farm for the very first time in my life and it was mesmerizing – if you would like to read about it, just click this link.

Flower Farm
Flower Farm

I live in zone 5b and it can get down to about -25 C or -13 F. My choices for the best flowers are based on my planting zone. I am sure I would be a true fan of tropical options if our winters were not so cold.

So lets dive right in.

Roses

 “Of all the flowers, me thinks a rose is best.”

– William Shakespeare.

Oh William, I think I may have to agree. The things I adore about roses are:

  • The ease to care for them – they are left in the ground over winter, although I hill their root and stem with soil and wrap them in burlap, but at least I do not have to dig them out and bring them inside for the winter;
  • Their delicious fragrance;
  • The longevity of their blooms;
  • How they make any flower arrangement look better;
  • Their undeniable beauty; and
  • The variety available.

Here are a few of my favorite roses. Starting with my favorite – the Eden climbing rose. Is it not exquisite?

Eden Rose
Eden Climbing Rose

Look how pretty they look in a simple arrangement…

Eden Rose with unopened delphinium buds
Eden Rose with unopened delphinium buds

Oh by the way, I always try to choose fragrant roses. I suppose I am a bit prejudiced but I have limited space so I always make sure the flowers that I have are not only beautiful but also fragrant.

The rose below has a strong citrus fragrance and it is a new addition to my garden. The blooms are a work of an art!

California Dreamin Rose
California Dreamin Rose

Dahlias!

Dahlias are not quite as easy to take care of as roses but they sure put on a show. Where I live they must be removed from the ground before the first frost and stored very precisely.

Even though they are little more needy, the reward of their beautiful blooms is more than enough. Also, once growing, they are so easy to take care of. Water, fertilize, possibly stake and simply enjoy the bounty of flowers!

The dahlia below is the first one I grew and it captured my heart. It is called a dinner plate dahlia which means that the blooms are as big as a dinner plate.

Dinner Plate White Perfection Dahlia
Dinner Plate White Perfection Dahlia

They make such a statement and are absolutely breathtaking in arrangements.

Look how big this one is!!!

White dinner plate dahlia in front of lake view
White dinner plate dahlia – one of the best flowers to have in your garden

One suggestion I would make when putting dahlias in arrangements is to think of using vintage pieces. The arrangement below is actually in a white gravy holder that my mom gave me. The femininity of dahlias lends them to vintage or classic vases, bowls or more unique containers.

Pink Petticoat Dahlia
Pink Petticoat Dahlia

I love leaving them in the garden too because they are so big with all their multiple layers that they are like a small tree that you can walk round and round to enjoy!

Pink Petticoat Dahlia
Pink Petticoat Dahlia

This one is a smaller bloom – about a 3 inch diameter, but all those layers of gently curving petals so perfectly spaced are jaw dropping amazing!

Wizard of Oz Dahlia
Wizard of Oz Dahlia

Wait till you see the ones I have planted for this summer – you are going to love them!

Cosmos

Cosmos make my list of favorite best flowers to have in your garden due to how easy they are to grow, their beauty and that they bloom for so long.

Pink cosmos with lake in the background

I start mine indoors and they bloom from spring through to the first frost.

Full planter of Cosmos Apricotta
Cosmos Apricotta

The more you cut blooms, the more they will grow.

Cosmos apricot lemonade
Cosmos Apricot Lemonade

They come in so many colors from white to orange, to pink to deep burgundy. They also press very well so you can use them later in projects. To learn more about pressing flowers, click here.

Cosmos with a bumblebee sleeping in the petals
Bumblebee in Pink Cosmos Cupcake Blush

Peonies

Peonies are a bit like roses with regard to their care. They stay in the ground through the winter and bloom in spring. My biggest complaint about peonies is that I wish the blooms lasted longer. They are just that wonderful!

And guess what? Many of them are so beautifully scented that they will fill your home with fragrance.

Bowl of Beauty Peony
Bowl of Beauty Peony

The shapes and variety of petals makes them so interesting.

Raspberry Sunday Peony
Raspberry Sunday Peony

It is like they are two flowers in one!

White peonies
White peonies

Look at the layer upon layer of these. These blooms come from an established plant and I had approximately 40 blooms that are about 5 inches in diameter.

Peonies always one of the best flowers to have in your garden
Peonies always one of the best flowers to have in your garden

This peony is from my mom’s garden and is the size of a small tea pot, not a tea cup, a tea pot!

The variety, scent and abundance of blooms always make peonies one of the best flowers to have in your garden!

Delphiniums

A perfect pairing with peonies are delphiniums. I love the height they bring to my garden. They start in early summer and mine typically bloom throughout summer but not as prolific as the first spring blooms.

Delphiniums
Delphiniums
light blue delphinium
Light blue delphinium

I continually cut the delphiniums and use them in arrangements which also keeps them blooming. Look how stunning the arrangements can be when made with delphiniums! The arrangement below was over 3 feet wide!

Peonies and delphiniums flower arrangement
Peonies and delphiniums flower arrangement

Not only are they gorgeous in arrangements, they are even amazing in flat lay projects like the one below!

Flat lay of flowers
Flat lay of flowers

Sunflowers

I simply could not forget my garden gatekeepers – sunflowers! I start them from seed in my greenhouse and they quickly grow. Some of mine are at least 12 feet tall, others are about 5 feet tall but with multiple blooms and there is a variety of color and textures!

Such as this delicate sunflower with very pale, almost white petals.

White sunflower
White sunflower

Did you know that not all sunflowers have seeds? The Teddy Bear sunflower is one of those sunflowers and in replacement of a center of seeds are multiple bright yellow petals. It was so much fun to have a unique sunflower in the garden and it was soooooo soft!

Teddy bear sunflower
Teddy bear sunflower

Below is a Go Bananas sunflower plant – it had about 30 blooms on it and it attracted all of the bees from the honey bee hives in our neighbourhood. What a joy it was to see them enjoying the sunflowers!

Go Bananas sunflower
Go Bananas sunflower

They look great in arrangements too and the bounty of sunflower seeds we get is overwhelming. I usually leave many of the heads in the garden and the birds and chipmunks are so delighted.

Sunflowers & dahlias
Sunflowers & dahlias

Honestly I could go on and on and tell you about how much I love zinnias, echinacea, honeysuckle, cosmos, lavender and so many more but I will leave that for another blog.

Vintage window greenhouse with pink zinnias growing in front

I hope you enjoyed my pics for the best flowers to have in your garden. Please let me know if you have any questions.

For fun, I was checking out new garden decor and furniture and found so many nice new pieces from none other than Target! I have to say I am really loving the shades of blue mixed with natural materials this year.

Wishing you a planting season where you try out some new flowers and fill your yard with joy!

Disclaimer: Should you wish to purchase an item from the photos above, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.


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13 Comments
  • Gail
    April 30, 2022

    Ooh goodness, a burn. Praying for a full recovery

    • Crystal
      April 30, 2022

      Thank you so much Gail! I really appreciate that!

  • Cindy
    April 30, 2022

    Oh how I enjoyed this post. I miss being able to garden. I loved getting lost in my flowers.

    I’m going to try different flowers in my containers this year. Hopefully I can cut them and enjoy them in house.

    Pinned

    • Crystal
      April 30, 2022

      Cindy I am so sorry you aren’t able to garden but what a great plan to try out different flowers in your containers. I have many flowers in containers because we have a lot of deer and marmot and they eat everything so if I want something to be safe it either has to be fenced or on our deck…hence the containers. I grew some pretty cool flowers in the containers such as oriental lilies and even an ever blooming lilac. I also put a couple of rose bushes in containers. Best wishes for a bountiful container garden.

  • Bentley
    May 2, 2022

    Outstanding pictures. Love them all!

    • Crystal
      May 8, 2022

      Yay!!! So happy you like them

  • Wendy McMonigle
    May 2, 2022

    What a beautiful post Crystal, I love seeing all of your unique flowers. Those Dahlias really get me and the peonies, which I cannot grow. I do have one bush this year, we will see if it provides for me.

    • Crystal
      May 8, 2022

      Thanks so much Wendy! Is it too warm for peonies where you live?

  • Leslie Watkins
    May 7, 2022

    What gorgeous flowers! I think I may need to add a few of these to my garden. Thank you for always inspiring.

    • Crystal
      May 8, 2022

      Thanks so much Leslie!!! I hope you add some of these beauties!

  • Rosa
    May 2, 2023

    Love all of this!
    The flowers!
    The trees!
    Everything here makes me happy.
    Thank you ❤️

    • Crystal
      May 3, 2023

      Wow this is such a wonderful comment and message! I appreciate it so very much. You have no idea how you brightened my day!