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Top 10 Most Beautiful Flowers that Grow Well in Poor Soil

Updated on December 24, 2014

Flowers for Poor Soil

Top 10 most beautiful flower in the world that can grow on poor, bad, rocky, compacted and sandy soil.

If you want to have a beautiful flower garden but you don't have time to cultivate and focus more attention on gardening, and you don't have the so called green thumb, and it was worsen because you have a poor or bad rocky, compacted and sandy soil. You can still have beautiful flowering plants that can suits your location and lifestyle. You just have to choose flowering plants that do not demand extra care because they can survive even on a poor or arid soil condition. This plants and flowers will not die even if you forgot them to water early in the morning.

Though plants will be happier to have a sweet soil for them, there are other types of plants that will not really depend on high quality soil for their survival and showing their beautiful flowers. Even having their roots on a poor soil, they will still manage to get nutrients they need for survival. What's more is, these plants can be as beautiful as those flowers who require and demand extra attention and care.

Image Credit, Lantana by hopeisbuilt, on Flickr



Lantana have a mix of red, orange, blue, white and yellow small flowers called florets. Most of the time, Lantana has a mixture of two colors on its florets. Blue and white, red and orange or red and blue. They can grow from 1.5 meters to 2 meters high. They can also be put on butterfly garden because butterflies are attracted to them, like Swallowtail, Birdwing butterflies and Cloudless Sulphur. There are birds who are also attracted to lantana like Weaver birds. The female birds use lantana florets for decorating their nest.

Lantana undulata by Marcia Stefani, on Flickr

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Dahlia's Flower do not form in cluster. A stem will only likely to have one flower. It has many different colors and combination of colors ranging from white to black. Dahlia's flower can be as small as Five centimeter in diameter or as big as thirty centimeter in diameter. Dahlia can grow really big depending on its species. Dahlias prefer climates which do not experience frost, they are not adapted to withstand below zero temperatures. Though their tuberous nature enables them to survive periods of dormancy and this means that you can grow dahlias successfully even in frost, the tubers should be pick up from the ground and kept in cool but frost free area. Planting the tubers of dahlias with depth of ten to fifteen centimeter can also provides protection from frost.

Image Credit, Dahlia by Claude@Munich, on Flickr

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Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley
Lily of the valley

It is one of the most popular flower in wedding. It has a sweet and heavenly scent. its flower usually bloom in late spring to mild winters in some areas. Because of the sweet fragrance and whiteness of the flowers, it symbolize the humility and purity. Many people consider it as a kind of weed because it can spread on the garden easily. If Lily of the valley is a weed, I guess it is the most beautiful weed. Lily of the valley is a very beautiful flower and it is very poisonous. Extra care should be given to children because eating or swallowing the flower and fruit can cause vomiting, stomach pain and lower heart rate. If you touch the plant, you should clean and wash immediately before doing anything else.

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Rugosa rose

Rugosa Rose
Rugosa Rose

Rugosa rose blooms in late spring though they can bloom many times from late spring to early summer. Rugosa rose are weather resistant flowering plant. They have great resistance to heat, cold and pest. Their plants can grow as high as 4 feet and they need some place for their shrubby branches. They are very fragrant and produces wide varieties in colors.

Image Credit, Rosa rugosa 'Agnes' Rugosa Rose by KingsbraeGarden, on Flickr

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Clivia plant have very wonderful sweet smell, they bloom late in winter up to spring and they last for several weeks. It has a very soft color yellow orange flowers. It is known as survivor and a very tough plants good for pot or landscaping. Yellow Clivia plant called Good Hope Clivia are considered rare species by many gardener due to its color.

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African daisy

African daisy
African daisy

It's a very tough flower that it can resist dry and hot weather conditions. During the day the flowers bloom and in the night it closes the flower. African daisy can be grown on rocky soil and in cold weather condition. It comes with different colors. The flowers are very beautiful and irresistible.

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Bougainvillea continuously blossoms all year round on tropical areas and until the time that you will only see the flowers and the leaves are almost gone. Its a vine tree that can grow from 1 meter to 12 meters tall. Its flowers are generally white but you can see yellow, pink and red. Although it is sensitive to frost area, it can be a house plant like bonsai or hanging plants.

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They usually bloom on late spring and early summer, they have brilliant colors like red, yellow,orange, white, pink and bronze, and looks like daisy. You will only know its Gazania because during the night daisy close its flower while Gazania is still open. They can tolerate dryness of area, poor or bad soil, and they prefer sunny location. The flower stem can grow up to 12 inches in height.

Image Credit, Gazania white by Chelton John, on Flickr

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Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle
Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle have a very stunning colorful flowers, their colors vary from purple, red and white like bougainvillea. Their flowers are soft and wrinkled. They can grow up to 8 meters tall. One of the most beautiful flower tree you can see. This plant doesn't need fertilizer and they can survive on poor soil. Dwarfs forms or bonsai are available if you want to grow indoor.

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Flame of the woods

Flame of the woods
Flame of the woods

Flame of the woods can be red orange yellow and pink in color, it is an evergreen plant that doesn't require to be planted on sweet soil. The flowers are long lasting and the plant can grow up to 12 feet. These plant can be great for indoors too.

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Beautiful flowers that grow well in poor soil

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      4 years ago

      Good idea! My soil isn't the best ;)

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      4 years ago

      Beautiful flowers for the garden. :)

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      CashBlog LM 

      5 years ago

      Very pretty, I'll have to be sure to look into growing these sometime.

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      5 years ago

      Nice pictures. Gives me some great ideas. I only have a small area to plant in.

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      Susan Holland 

      5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks for these wonderful ideas. I have a brown thumb and need something hardy to place in hard to grow places. Very useful!

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      Edith Rose 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Dahlia is my favorite.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Some very interesting and colorful choices.

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      6 years ago

      These are beautiful flowers, we have few of them back home in the Philippines.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      6 years ago from GRENADA

      Amazingly beautiful flowers considering they grow in poor soil.

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      Gayle Dowell 

      6 years ago from Kansas

      Great lens and beautiful flowers! I have a lot of sandy, rocky soil. I'll have to look further into these flowers for my garden areas. Blessed~

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      bernie74 lm 

      6 years ago

      Wow these flowers are gorgeous, Thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago from Doha Qatar

      Flame of the woods are great for landscaping. I love it!

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      procrastinator lm 

      6 years ago

      very beautiful flowers... flame of the woods is especially stunning!


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