Flowers to grow for height in the garden, tall plants for flower borders.
Hollyhocks create a cottage garden look.
Tall flowering plants are an essential element in some styles of gardening and for adding height and colour to the flower border.
To create a flower border based on a traditional English cottage garden theme you will need to use a range of flowering plants that capture the ‘atmosphere’ that you trying to create. However, in some other types of gardens you will need an entirely different range of plants that possibly do not depend on the flowers to create the look you desire. When you are attempting to add height to the garden do not overlook the importance of structural elements that give some plants the support they need to achieve their full height potential this will also help to achieve the overall appearance that you are striving for.
Here is a list of flowers that will add height to the flower border
- Foxgloves, select a variety that will reach the height you are looking for. Do not use foxgloves in locations that will be used by pets and children, always check the safety of plants before using them in gardens that children and pets visit.
- Delphiniums a delicate looking and beautiful flower that comes in a range of pretty shades. Not the tallest of flowers it is still useful for planting in drifts to add the feeling of height and to lead the eye upwards to notice the taller flowers around it. The downside of growing this is that it features high on the tasty treats list for slugs and snails lunch menu.
- Hollyhocks a lovely plant for creating a cottage style garden look, this plant does suffer from rust a disease which affects the look of the leaves.
- Wisteria, a tall plant, beautiful to look at but this one needs care and attention to keep it neat and tidy, over the years it can grow large enough to cover the wall of a house. Though wisteria is delicate looking you need to set it boundaries by keeping it in check.
- Hardy Fuchsias. These plants form a bush type plant that flower profusely in the summer months. They should survive all but the harshest winters, even if they appear to have died off in a cold spell they will often grow back from the base in the spring.
For garden height you can plant roses, climbing roses add height and fragrance to a garden.
Climbing or rambling roses will add height to your garden design, select your varieties with care and consideration as some will need more attention when it comes the amount of time needed to prune and train them.
When choosing your roses as well as taking note of the height they will grow to consider the spread (width) they will take up in the garden. You will find some roses only flower once in a season while others repeat flower, dead heading may take up time but is an enjoyable opportunity to appreciate the beauty and perfume of the roses you are growing. If you select roses with a fragrance that you enjoy, you will add an extra sensory experience to working or walking in the garden.
Wanting to replace a rose with a new one, best take advice on this. As you should not plant a rose in the same location as an old rose you have removed, because the chances are it will not thrive.
An arbour or pergola can provide the perfsect support for your roses to grow over and a pleasurable spot to view the beautiful results of the hours you have spent spent working in the garden.
Ornamental alliums come in different shapes and heights, some are tall with interesting flowers that can be used to create variety in the flower garden or plant
Some allium bulbs grow into tall plants with interesting shaped flowers.
The allium flower in this photo is good for adding height and interest to the flower garden, in England they flower in the summer months of June to July.
When this allium is in full bloom it is a globe shape but at first as it opens it will be the little star shape blossoms that will capture your attention. The globe shape flower is an pretty shade of lilac which goes well with other types of flowers and the green of foliage too.
Verbena Bonariensis a tall flowering garden plant.
If you are looking for a tall flowering plant for the garden and want one with sturdy stems then this one is a good choice -
Verbena bonariensis is an attractive perennial flowering plant. It does not have a floppy style of growth so there should be no need to support it, Unless of course you have really difficult weather conditions (such as open flower border with windy conditions) in the spot you plant it in.
In most gardens this plant will provide both height and colour in the summer months to the flower border. One of the best qualities this plant has is that the sturdy stems that it stems support the attractive flowers perfectly. The flowers are a lovely shade of lilac/blue and are vibrant and not wishy-washy in tone. The leaves of the plant sit at the base and do not sprout up and compete with the surrounding plants.
Verbena bonariensis is said to be a short lived perennial but it does have the ability to self-seed so you should have replacement plants in the future. The flowering time is in Summer and Autumn.
The soil type this plant prefers is well drained or moist but well drained and full sun i good for the location of this plant.
Climbing or rambling roses can add height to the flower garden
Climbing or rambling roses are a beautiful way to add height to your garden. There are many varieties to pick from, however it is a good idea to research your rose carefully before buying and planting. Before buying a climbing or rambling rose check on the care it will need, how many times a year it will flower (some only flower once), its final height and width of spread, how much time you will need to spend pruning and cutting it back and training it.
Albertina is a beautiful rose but needs time spent pruning and training it and it produces a mass of beautiful peach/pink coloured flowers but only once each year. Other roses repeat flower. Dead heading can take up time but it is a time to appriciate the beauty or your rose.
Pergolas and arbours provide a good support for climbing roses and also provide the perfect spot to appreciate the beauty of the garden you have created.
Some tall plants will need support.
A trellis can provide support for tall climbing flowers such as this clematis.
Foxgloves are tall cottage style garden flowers.
Select the colour of your flowers to contrast or harmonise with the flowers around it.
The Hardy Fucshia is a plant that grows tall.
A tall flower for children to grow.
An easy to grow tall flower to grow and to use as a learning project for children.
Sunflowers are an easy to grow and fast growing plant that children will enjoy caring for and checking the height of. Lots of oppurtunites for learning about how things grow and also about measuring and if they are old enough they could even make a graph or chart to plot the growth. Art learning oppurtunities could include making a collage picture of the flower from coloured tissue paper or the coloured pages of a magazine. The seeds of sunflowers can be used to feed the birds in wintertime and the seeds could also be used for art and craft projects. The sunflower has an attractive seed often marked in black and white striped patterns, although some varieties are white. If you are growing the flowers for height make sure you buy the giant ones as some varties are smaller and more compact.
Here is a link to a page by the same writer, about growing flowers with children.
- Flowers that Grow from Seed. Gardening With Children. Easy to plant and grow flower seeds.
Ideas for gardening with children, growing flowers from seeds is easy if you sow these seeds
Finally, I hope you enjoyed visiting this garden page.
All of the flower photos on this page were taken in my garden, the hollyhocks, foxgloves and sunflowers were grown from seed. The wisteria is almost ten years old and flowers twice in the summer months, the second flowering being less prolific than the first which is always a joy to see. The copyright of the photos is mine as are the words in this article.
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