Large Flowering Plants – Learn About Plants With Big Flowers

By: Mary Ellen Ellis

Flowers are the show horses of the garden. Some gardenersgrow plants solely for their colorful beauty. Some of blooms with the mostimpact are also the biggest. There are a lot of options for large floweringplants if you’re looking to add giants to your beds this year. Read on for someideas on using plants with big flowers in the garden.

Plants with Big Flowers

Sometimes bigger is better, and while a mix of flowers isnice, make sure to add some of these massive blooms to your beds for maximumimpact:

  • Dinnerplate dahlia: Called dinner plate varieties, these plants produce pretty flowers of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm.) across. There are several types in any color you can imagine. Cultivars like ‘Hamari Gold’ and ‘Penhill Dark Monarch’ are massive dinnerplate dahlias.
  • Sunflower: This is the classic big flower for gardens and for good reason. Sunflowers are cheerful, dramatically tall, and (in the case of ‘Mammoth,’) up to a foot (30 cm.) wide.
  • Delphinium: Some varieties of delphinium, such as ‘Cobalt Dreams,’ can produce flower spikes up to two feet (60 cm.) tall.
  • Oriental lily: An oriental lily like the ‘Casablanca’ will produce 10-inch (25 cm.) wide flowers. Even more impressive are the tree lily types.
  • Water lily or lotus: If you have a water garden or pond, consider certain species of water lily, like Victoria amazonica, with flowers as large as basketballs. Sacred lotus also grows in water and produces large, pretty flowers.

How to Use Giant Flowers in the Garden

The best big flowers for gardens are a matter of personaltaste combined with what you have room for. Follow these simple tips for basichuge plant bloom care. Before putting in plants, make sure you map out beds anddetermine that they can fit using appropriate spacing.

Big plants and flowers can overshadow smaller, more delicateblooms. Arrange with medium-sized flowers or large clumps of smaller flowers.The tall varieties, like sunflowers and delphinium, make a great backdrop forother plants. Of course, many of these flowers are perfect for cutting andarranging.

Huge plant bloom care is not necessarily different from thatof other plants. Check the growing conditions specific to each type of plant todetermine what it needs. The size of these large flowers may cause some drooping,making some typeof support (such as staking) necessary in these cases.

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15 Plants With Big, Beautiful Flowers

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How big can a single flower blossom be? The rare corpse flower of Indonesia can be up to 3 feet across, but it is not a plant that most gardeners can (or would want to) grow. But there are far more appealing giant flowers you can grow in your landscape, which will create a dramatic landscape statement as well as quickly fill up flower vases with cut flowers.

Here are 15 big blooms to consider for the soil, light, and climate conditions of your garden.

Gardening Tip

Although there are exceptions, plants with large, dramatic flowers typically need more water and fertilizer than is the case with more modest plants. Watch your plants carefully, and if the blooms are not up to your expectations, the plants may be asking for more regular feeding.

Also known as Lenten rose, this spring flower comes in many colors and can really brighten up shady locations. Hellebores bloom early in the season with flowers lasting two months or longer. Hellebores grow best in an area protected from extreme conditions, such as extreme cold or full sunlight. Hellebore clumps can be divided or plants may spread through self-seeding. Encourage new foliage growth by cutting back the stems after the flowers fade.

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