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Five Favourite Flowers

Updated on May 25, 2011

five favourite flowers

A garden without flowers is incomplete, an unfinished work. Flowers are a part of a plant’s growth cycle, they are essential if the plant is to produce seed.

However, it is not this aspect of flowers to which I am referring.  I appreciate the yellow of the tomato flower, both for its beauty and for the possibility of fruit it offers.

Squash flowers are so striking; they alone are almost reason enough to plant squash.

The blue of borage adds a distinctness to the garden as it adds flavour to the palate.

It is not these beauties I am talking about now but the garden showboats, the ornamentals, the gaudy showboats of the garden. ; plants whose flowers often seem to be their only reason for growing.

Vegetable gardeners often ignore growing pretty flowers, after all if you cannot eat it why grow it, is their claim.  They fail to understand the other virtues of pretty flowers. These beauties have the ability to attract pollinators to the garden; garden friends which are needed if the vegetables are to produce the food you are growing.

The ability to call in pollinators, butterflies and bees, for example, is sufficient reason to plant a few. mistakenly named ornamentals.

For me, however, the service they provide are secondary, I grow them for their beauty. My five favourite flowers, in no order of preference follow.


The hollyhock enjoys being in the sun but is happy with some shade. Make sure the soil is rich and somewhat moist, if you want the plant to thrive. Just before you plant be sure to add well-aged manure or compost as this will help the plant grow.


Gladioli are easy to grow and appear in a variety of colours, including; white, pink, red, purple, yellow, orange, salmon, and even green gladioli. There are also bi-colour glads.


The lily makes an excellent cut flower and will brighten a hallway or side board, in a small vase alone or arranged with other flowers.

The pink stargazer is a personal favourite.

Purple Coneflower:

Purple coneflowers will bloom from midsummer until frost. This one is a sun-lover but can do okay in light shade. The purple coneflower ranges from zones 3-9.


Now some people may have trouble including marigolds in this list but I am very fond of them and rarely design a garden without putting a few, at least in the border.

The Marigold or as it is formally known (Tagetes spp.) is a very well known bedding plant and locally when the flower centres open for the season you can see their maroon and orange blossoms sitting seductively in their pots waiting for you to take them home.

There it is my five favourite flowers. Flowers I believe that add value that goes beyond beauty to any garden, but flowers I would grow no matter what other reason I may have for starting a garden.

The mixed planning garden, a garden that combines flowers, herbs and vegetables is one of the most resilient and productive garden designs. Mix them up and watch them thrive.




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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    marigolds are a great border plant, I grow them in containers on balconies, for example. Thanks for the comment.

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    Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Bob, you've chosen some great favourites here, I love the holly hocks especially the double variety, I dont't understand why the marigold isn't popular, I always plant it in my borders and the veggie plot, helps keep the pests away apparently! great hub, thanks.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Flowers feed the heart and mind as well as attracting pollinators, a win-win planting, happy growing

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    BrightMeadow 6 years ago from a room of one's own

    I agree with your hub. I want a productive veggie garden, but what is a garden with out flowers, too? I also agree with your list. I love holly hocks and glads. Orange Lillies grow wild here. Don't know if they are native or if someone brought them in and they flourished bt they are very pretty and a nice cut flower. I have Echinacea seeds I intend to plant this year.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    they are beauties, thanks for visiting.

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    rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

    I am a big fan of the holly hocks and purple coneflower, and have them planted in my gardens, great picks.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Great choices FC, I appreciate them all, thanks for visiting.

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    Chip 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

    My mother always planted blooming flowers in her veggie garden.

    My favs are: daffodils, tiger lilies, iris, and blooming trees, ie: dogwoods.

    Nice article, thanks!

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy Growing and thanks for the comment.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    Very good tips and I used some of them myself but I learned more now.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Now that is a garden, thanks for visiting.

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    Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    I have around 8 flower beds and a veggie garden. Thank you for sharing your favorite flowers.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Caribueen, thank you and I agree life is colourful.

    jj40, so true, thanks for dropping by.

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    jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

    Your 5 favorite flowers are mine as well, they say great minds think alike, now we have the proof. Thanks for a great hub

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    Caribqueen 6 years ago

    The beauty of nature is amazing. Without colors, this world would be drab. Plants and flowers especially make you feel great to be alive. They can bring joy to your heart and a smile on your face. Natural beauty! Wonderful hub,Bob.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are most welcome, happy growing.

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    I love flowers so this one was a treat and thanks for sharing.

    Take care


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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Beauty is its own reward, thanks for commenting.

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    Tina Julich 6 years ago from Pink

    I agree, a vegetable garden needs a mix of plants, and adding plants for the beauty of their blossoms is enough of a reason to plant them.