A Gardener’s Color Guide: 20 Favorite Garden Flowers

my former USA backyard gardens, colorful bliss

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” – Claude Monet

I love flowers. I always have, and probably always will. This year, I’m more excited than usual to get planting — I have a garden to plant, a blank slate. Before my family and I moved to Prague, my gardens at our former house overflowed with flowers. Now that we are back in the US and have a yard to plant again, I’m ready to work on it and turn it into a place like the photograph below.

June gardens at the peak of bloom
June gardens at the peak of bloom

Gardens, flowers, and nature have long been inspiration for poets, writers, and painters. None is more famous than Monet’s Water Lilies or Van Gogh’s Irises, great paintings of flowers and gardens as Muse. For me, a beautiful backyard garden is one of the gifts that never stops giving. With an investment of some work, time, and money, a backyard can become an accessible daily retreat.

June Gardens, seats for two
June Gardens, seats for two

I always forget how much I miss the colorful world of spring and summer until winter begins to fade and the world wakes up again. Ten days ago, it snowed 2″ at my house. This past weekend, the weather was gorgeous — sunny, 75*F. It beckoned. I bought a few annuals and planted my front step planters (dahlias for the first time), and replaced a few plants which faded over the winter (I did move a LOT of dirt to fix the flooded basement. It’s a wonder my whole flower garden didn’t die.). The color, the potential–all of it outside brings a certain kind of happiness.

Amsterdam Flower Markets Painting
Amsterdam Flower Markets Painting

Spring is my favorite time of year for its feast of color. Friends often ask what they should plant — following is my list of favorites, for their ability to come back year after year, and for the length of blooms during the season.

20 Favorite Garden Flowers

Will Goodwin Clematis
Will Goodwin Clematis
Purple Bearded Iris
Purple Bearded Iris
Penstemon, a hummingbird favorite
Penstemon, a hummingbird favorite
Echinacea
Echinacea
Gemini hybrid tea rose
Gemini hybrid tea rose
Peter Mayle rose
Peter Mayle rose
Inspector L Peony
Inspector L Peony
Peony
Peony
spider daylily
Daylily
Poet's Daffodil
Poet’s Daffodil
Becky Daisy
Becky Daisy
About Face Rose
About Face Rose
July gardens, with Pandora's Box daylily, Litrum, Becky daisy, and Russian Sage
My favorite combination: Pandora’s Box daylily, Lithrum, Becky daisy, and Russian Sage
A swath of daisies
Happy daisies
Endless Summer Hydrangea
Endless Summer Hydrangea
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Jeanne La Joie climbing rose
Jeanne La Joie climbing rose
True Blue Delphinium
True Blue Delphinium
Nepeta (Catmint) and May Night Salvia, with a Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Nepeta (Catmint) and May Night Salvia, with a Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Can you think of any flowers I’ve missed? What are your favorite flowers to plant in your gardens? I’d love to hear what your favorites are … Happy planting for a beautiful spring and summer!

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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8 thoughts on “A Gardener’s Color Guide: 20 Favorite Garden Flowers

  1. Wow, Jennifer love your choices!!! You included so many of my favorites. I love English cottage gardens as well. Here’s to a beautiful spring!!!

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  2. Favorites: . . .humm, too many to name. Planted foxglove last Saturday (for the first time ever.) We are kindred spirits–I get so excited in the spring just dreaming of what I can plant, transplant and arrange. I’ve noticed you seem to prefer pink and purple flowers–my garden is the same (pink, purple and blue) I have to remind myself to plant other colors because I’m naturally drawn to pinks. Best of luck with your gardens.

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    1. I hope your foxglove is beautiful. I’m always nervous with it with my animals (it’s highly toxic), but foxglove is one of the most interesting pink / purple flowers. Yes, I agree. I do prefer pinks and purples! 🙂 Have a wonderful spring and happy planting!

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