I love flowers, especially the fragrant ones that emerge each spring. Biennial plants and flowers are unique in that it takes them two years to complete their life cycle. The first year you can expect plenty of foliage. The second year is when they reach their full potential and deliver beautiful flowers. Here is a list of ten of my favorite biennial plants and flowers.
I love Sweet William because it has a slight clover-like fragrance that attracts butterflies. Grown best in sun to partial shade, this plant produces small clusters of flowers in purple, white, pink, and red.
Grecian Foxglove is another flower that will attract butterflies. This one blooms mid to late summer and produces brown, cream. yellow, or orange colored flowers. Plant this is full to partial sun and expect it to grow approximately 13-26 inches tall.
English Wallflower grows about two feet tall making it a great mid-sized plant for your garden. The blooms show themselves from mid-spring to mid-summer and are bright yellow. They emit a sweet fragrance that attracts butterflies and birds. For best results plant in full sun or partly shaded areas.
4.Black Eyed Susan
Probably one of the most recognizable flowers, Black Eyed Susans are easily identified by their bright yellow petals with the dark black center. I love planting these because they need very little water to thrive and they really brighten up the garden. Plant in full sun or very small amounts of shade.
I especially like Evening Primrose because they bloom in the evening (hence the name) but close again around midday. The flowers are mostly yellow or white and are very fragrant. This is a great flower for dry areas as they are pretty much drought resistant. They do best when planted in sunny to partly shady areas.
A nice low growing border flower, Forget-Met-Nots bloom late spring and into the early summer. They produce plenty of small beautiful blue flowers. Forget-Me-Nots do best in mostly sunny gardens and need moist soil to thrive.
Lunana Annua is more commonly known as the Silver Dollar flower because when it’s leaves are pried apart there is a small silk like coin inside. The flowers are purple and attract butterflies and birds around mid spring. Keep the soil moist and plant in sun to partial shade for best results. One can expect Lunana Annua to grow between 2-3 foot tall.
I love pansies. These are one of the easiest flowers to care for and come in just about every color you could want including bicolored. These flowers are so hardy that they can even withstand a frost and freezing weather. The plants grow up to nine inches tall and produce bright colored blooms that are 2-3 inches across. They should be watered approximately twice per week.
Hollyhock are a great choice for the back of your garden because the grow to about 4-6 feet tall. Hollyhocks boast beautiful yellow, red, purple or white flowers and are great for attracting butterflies. These do best in full sun.
10.Queen Anne’s Lace
Queen Anne’s Lace is considered a pesky weed in some areas but I love how it fills up the garden with it’s white blooms and the small red flower in the very center. I also like how this flower blooms all summer from June through August. I’ve never seen this die no matter how little or how much water it receives and it seems to grow in full sun or full shade. It’s perfect for anyone that can’t grow anything else. Interesting fact, the roots smell like carrots.
So that’s my list. It’s really a matter of choice on which flowers you will want to plant but I tend towards the easy to grow, hard to kill, type. I especially love the ones that attract butterflies because they are normally the most fragrant and I love the smell of fresh flowers. For more information of these flowers or any other ones a great site for information is www.wikipedia.org. Happy planting!!