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Names of Flowers that add height and colour to the garden.

Updated on February 8, 2014

Tall Flowering Plants.

Here are ideas to add color and height to the flower borders of your garden.

Alliums come in many heights and sizes including tall and impressive

photo - allium flower
photo - allium flower | Source

Planting for height - names of plants to add height and colour to a flower garden.

When planning a flower border for the garden as well as selecting plants for their colours and blooms we need to think about the height and spread that the plants will grow to eventually. The details about the height that the plants will reach is usually on the accompanying label along with information on the preferred planting position which usually refers to the plants preference for sun or shade and the most suitable soil conditions to grow it in.

The tallest plants in your garden are usually best placed at the back of the border but the exception is in some gardens where there are 'island beds' which are viewed from all sides. When planting up garden 'island beds' the tallest plants are usually positioned in the centre of the flower border.

If you decide to place a tall growing plant in a position other than at the back of the border try to select one that will not block the light from the other plants close by. This more 'random planting' style can work well with a cottage garden theme where the appearance of self-seeded flowers having sprung up in different parts of the garden over the years would create part of the charm and appeal that a cottage garden has.

Tall flowers the iris flowers in many beautiful shades

photo - a beautiful pastel coloured iris flower the petals are shades of pink.
photo - a beautiful pastel coloured iris flower the petals are shades of pink. | Source

Tall Bearded Iris plants that add height and elegance to a garden when in bloom

For a flower that holds its head up high and adds an air of grace and elegance one can plant one of the varieties of iris known as a 'tall bearded iris' these flower on long elegant stems and can bloom at a height of up to 3'.

You will not be limited in your choice of colours with these beautiful plants and the texture of the petals of the flowers is equal to an exquisite luxury fabric. The iris comes in sumptuous shades to match the richness in texture of its petals.

One word of caution here, follow the planting instructions closely they need the right conditions to flourish and to build up to the magnificent display that they can provide given the correct conditions at the time of planting and to grow on in.

List of Tall flowers for the Garden.

Flowers for the Garden , Annual and Perennial Flowers that add Height.

  • Verbena Bonariensis. This is a beautiful choice for the flower border. This is a short lived perennial, which means it should last more than one year but will not live as long as some other perennial garden plants. It will probably self-seed so even when the original plant has expired you should have new ones to take its place in the flower border.

The Verbena Bonariensis is a plant that needs to be seen in a garden to fully appreciate its qualities as no photo can do it justice. it is a tall plant that holds its flowers high above the base of the plant on sturdy but delicate looking stems. On a day when the garden has a slight breeze the flowers move in a gentle and delicate way which is fascinating to watch. As dusk falls the blooms appear to be floating above the other flowers in the border. The shade of lilac that the blooms are goes well with the color of its foliage and also with silver toned plants.

  • Hollyhocks - are a charming cottage style flowering plant that sit well against a fence or wall in the garden. They have a rustic sort of charm to them and come in a wide range of attractive colors and the petals of the blooms at times appear to be formed from beautifully colored crumpled tissue paper.
  • Alliums. Some of the taller flowering allium bulbs can add height and be an architectural statement in a flower border. These plants come in easy to plant and grow bulbs and the flowers range through a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

Foxgloves are beautiful tall flowers - but do not plant them in a garden where children or pets play, as they are toxic if eaten

photo - foxglove flowers
photo - foxglove flowers | Source

Foxgloves for the flower border

Foxglove flowers are loved by bees you will see them disappear into the tubular flowers and eventually emerge covered in pollen from the flower.

Foxglove are a biennial. However they can be made to behave like a perennial, if you cut the flower stems back to prevent them going to seed. If you allow the foxglove to set seed they will self seed freely.

Foxglove seedlings can be transplanted to a different area of the garden if you wish them to grow in another area of the garden. Keep them well watered if the weather is dry.

Foxgloves like growing in shaded places and are perfect positioned at the back of a flower border, they are very effective at creating a cottage garden look when planted with a variety of other traditional flowering plants such as delphiniums.

Shrubs can add height to suitable areas of the garden

photo - of a hardy fuchsia in flower
photo - of a hardy fuchsia in flower | Source

Hardy fuchsias has purple and red flowers in the summer months

Hardy Fuchsias flower from July to late September depending on the weather.

Hardy Fuchsias should be pruned in spring, when any long thin straggly branches should be cut back and shortened, at the same time remove and weak growing branches. If your fuchsia plant has been badly damaged by frost then it is best to cut the older damaged branches back to ground level. If the damage from the frost is only minor then just off the damaged parts of the branch.

Hardy fuchsias have purple and red flowers throughout the summer months in the UK.

Fuchsias of this kind like a well-drained soil.

The height and spread of this plant is -

height approx. 250 cm and the spread is approx 200cm.

Fuchsia plants come in lots of beautiful colors.

Fuchsia flowers.
Fuchsia flowers.

Penstemon flowers are an attractive mid-height flowering plant.

Penstemon flowers come in a beautiful range of colors.
Penstemon flowers come in a beautiful range of colors. | Source

A tall elegant plant that is dramatic but delicate looking in appearance

If you are looking for a tall and elegant flower then take a look at the plant called Verbena bonariensis.

Verbena bonariensis grows to form a tall plant, yet it is a light an delicate looking.

It flowers in a vibrant colour which some describe as purplish but I think it is a pinky purple colour. The blooms are on light and wiry stems high above the mid-green leaves.

This plant likes sunny borders with shelter. It needs a moist, but well drained soil.

It may self-seed (great - this means free plants).

In colder weather this plant may need protection (in colder areas of the country).

As with all new plants water it well before planting - stand the pot in a bowl or bucket of water to about halfway up the pot.

Keep watering the plant if needed until it is established and remember to be prepared to protect it in cold winters.

This flower would look lovely cut and placed in a vase if you can bear to take them from the garden.

This plant is popular with bees and butterflies which is a bonus.

Clematis are climbing plants and they can add colour and height to the border but will need some support

Photo - clematis in flower
Photo - clematis in flower | Source

Growing clematis to add colour and height to the flower garden

There are many varieties of clematis, so many that the choice of which to plant can be difficult mainly because you will be spoilt for choice. Look into when you want the plant to be in flower and also what colour you want the clematis flowers to be as well as the bloom size. Some clematis have very large blooms others are small and dainty.

The use of this plant has many possibilities to add height and the colour of the flowers to your garden. You can plant different clematis plant to flower in succession so that you have an almost constant succession of clematis blooms through the seasons.

Clematis plants can be trained to climb over an arch, a trellis, a pergola and arbour or even used to climb through a tree or trained to improve the look of garden buildings such as sheds.


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    • thelyricwriter profile image

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      9 years ago from West Virginia

      I have never seen an allium before. What picture. You explained them so well in your article and there is a lot of great information to process. You have my vote. Very good.

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      hello Movie Master - thank you, your garden photos on your pages are lovely too. I started out by growing the small alliums as they were useful to plant in spaces between the other plants in my garden. I then planted some medium ones as they give a different shape of flower to most of my other plants.

      Last year I planted the larger flowering type as I was given three bulbs of this type. They were the sort that featured in some of the Chelsea flower show gardens, I was a bit stunned by how large (huge)the three alliums were when they flowered, a bit too big for my cottage plants I think. However they do produce a wonderful seed head, which made me think that they would look fantastic surrounded by grasses of different types.

      Nice to talk to another flower/plant enthusiast, thank you.

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello 2uesday, you write some wonderful knowledgeable hubs on gardening, I love reading them and your photos are fabulous.

      I grew Aliums for the first time this year and they really did like striking in the garden.

      Many thanks for sharing.

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you prasetio30 pleased you enjoyed the photos and descriptions of flowers here.

      Thank you D.A.L. for the kind comment and the good wishes, your own web-site is a great resource and interesting.

    • D.A.L. profile image


      9 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Gardening is a skill that you have acquired along with your ability to write about it enhanced by your photographs which are amazing. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes to you.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love gardening and flowers as well. This was beautiful hub and I found wonderful flower here. Thank you very much for very well description about these flowers. I really enjoy all stunning pictures above. Vote up and useful.


    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you for your comment Greensleeves - it is a useful one as it reinforces the concept I have been working on - that even in a small garden, plants of all one height cannot be viewed to their best advantage.

      There are lots of things to consider with flower gardens. In the past I thought that this sort of gardening was simpler than growing vegetables and fruit; however I eventually realised that creating an attractive all year round garden requires skill and knowledge. Thanks again.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      9 years ago from Essex, UK

      Good page 2uesday. People often forget there's 3 dimensions which can be seen, and if you use the third dimension - height - you can create far more interest in a garden with a far wider variety of plants on show, than would otherwise be the case.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      9 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub and great photos. Your so lucky living in England where flowers grow easily.

      My sister has an allotment and balcony in Bromley where she grows everything.

      It's really good to have another British follower.

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      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great photos, and nice Hub!

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you catsimmons pleased you enjoyed this page, yes it is easy to forget that even a harmless looking plant can be dangerous to an unwary child or pet. Laburnum trees are another potential hazard in the garden for both pets and children.

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      Catherine Simmons 

      9 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Loved your hub, especially the photos. Good point about keeping the foxgloves away from kids and pets:-)


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