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Flowers to grow for height in the garden, tall plants for flower borders.

Updated on August 29, 2012

Hollyhocks create a cottage garden look.

Hollyhock flowers are a useful way to add colour and height in a cottage style garden.
Hollyhock flowers are a useful way to add colour and height in a cottage style garden. | Source

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

photo of a globe shaped allium which is tall and has an attractive shape and colour.
photo of a globe shaped allium which is tall and has an attractive shape and colour. | Source

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.

Verbena some varieties like this one are tall plants.
Verbena some varieties like this one are tall plants.

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.

Wisteria can be trained over an archway to form an interesting feature in the garden.
Wisteria can be trained over an archway to form an interesting feature in the garden. | Source

A trellis can provide support for tall climbing flowers such as this clematis.

photo of a clematis in flower
photo of a clematis in flower | Source

Foxgloves are tall cottage style garden flowers.

Foxglove flowers add height to the flower border but as they are toxic they should not be used in a garden where children play.
Foxglove flowers add height to the flower border but as they are toxic they should not be used in a garden where children play. | Source

Select the colour of your flowers to contrast or harmonise with the flowers around it.

a white hollyhock flower
a white hollyhock flower | Source

The Hardy Fucshia is a plant that grows tall.

photo of a fuschia plant in flower.
photo of a fuschia plant in flower. | Source

A tall flower for children to grow.

Sunflowers are a colourful tall flower that chilren will enjoy planting and charting the growth of.
Sunflowers are a colourful tall flower that chilren will enjoy planting and charting the growth of. | Source

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.

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.

Thank you for reading, this page by 2uesday, more can be viewed by visiting my profile page.

a video of tall flowers for the garden - echinacea

Bees like Echinacea Flowers.

echinacea flowers
echinacea flowers


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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      You have some beautiful photos and interesting information here.

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      lesliebyars 5 years ago

      I am going to post your hub to my Pinterest I want to remember some of these to plant at my new home. The house I am looking at, has a beautiful yard with lots of potential for flowers. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Linda Bryen 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful flowers, fantastic hub, thank you 2uesday for sharing.

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      scottymb 5 years ago

      I just read through this hub and I must say it's great read about all these flowers right around springtime. Thank you

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      2uesday 5 years ago

      Thank you Pavlo I have just started to grow echinaceas in the garden and must add photos of them here. There are some amazing white ones that look fantastic in bright sunlight.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      amazing hub! We have echinacea and it is absolutely lovely.

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      Delhi Flowers 6 years ago

      I would like to go about this information deeply. Thanks for your resource, i will refer this article.

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Hello Micky nice to see you here, I am hoping you are well and enjoying the cycling. I am busy in the growing garden as well as the flower garden at the moment in between our summer showers. :)

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Thank you Eiddwen pleased you liked this flower page.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Flowers from a flower. Thank you dear 2uesday.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful hub full of nature's wonders. I love all the vivid colours and thanks for sharing.

      Take care


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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Hello itakins how lovely to find a comment hear from you, my friend. The summer has chased away some of the winter sadness, less time to reflect, and as you will know caring for the garden is so good for making me feel happier. I really need a bigger garden so that I can fit in all of the flowers I would love to grow, no room for shrubs and plants that spread out width ways so I tend to go for 'tall and narrow spread' flowers. I expect you are busy with your garden at this time of year. We have lots of earwigs in the garden this year, I think they are responsible for the holes in the leaves that I have noticed. This hub is the first that I have put together for ages, as I am busy building a page or two elsewhere about flowers and writing about the veggies. Still I wish you had an allotment near mine where you could teach me about dahlias and we could swop veggies when we had too much of one sort, best of all would be a cup of tea and a chat or even share a rant about a thing or two. I hope you and your family are well, the pup is looking good in the photo. Sending you my regards, over the sea with a smile.

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      itakins 6 years ago from Irl

      Lovely hub 2uesday-you really are so gifted at everything you do.I hope you are keeping well :)

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Thank you prasetio30 your kind words are always welcome.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love flower and you made this so beautiful. I enjoy all stunning pictures. Well done, my friend. Vote it up!


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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Thank you kind lady, your romantic poetry is beautiful too.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      I so adore flowers, so romantic. Your words and pictures were truly stunning!

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Thank you D.A.L. nice to see your name here,

      I love how the flowers in the garden help to create a sense of time passing, days, as well as seasons. The photos help to record the plants that flower and then seem to disappear. Luckily nature has a way of self-seeding many plants around the garden so that in a year or two a similar or slightly different version appears to surprise and delight us. However, when this happens with weeds I am less delighted. Best wishes to you too.

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, great hub enhanced as usual with beautiful photography. Plants flower then they drop them and the same flowers that brought so much joy to the eye will never be seen again, unless they are captured forever, as you have done so well. Best wishes to you.

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Thank you Eiddwen the photos are a way of capturing the flowers at their best. I think gardens and flowers are a great source of inspiration for art and writing, they brighten my day. Thanks.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Oh my! This is an informative and beautiful hub. Just gets my green thumb itching. Thanks for sharing.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Flowers are so beautiful and i love to give that added touch of magic to my poems with flowers.

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub.

      Take care,


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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Hi Movie Master I too love the foxgloves in my garden, this year I had the first all white one flower and it was beautiful. Thanks for visiting and for your comment too.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi 2uesday, you have all my favourite flowers here, your photographs are outstanding, my favourite is the foxglove, your garden is beautiful, I have enjoyed visiting thank you for sharing.

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Thank you Snurre really pleased you liked this.

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      I really love Foxgloves and Delphinium. Have them in my garden. Great hub!


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