The best part of visiting a garden centre is being overwhelmed by the beauty of all the different flowers. The assortment of colors, the range of fragrances and the shear splendour of mass plantings is a sight to behold. These garden design tips will definitely help you navigate the isles of the garden centre to what have become my top 3 picks.
Flower Number 1 - Stargazer Lily. This has to be the most amazing flower ever. It's as showy as they come. This star-shaped red flower with spreading pedals with darker spots looks amazing in a garden as well as in a vase. The fragrance is un-mistakable and its beauty is second to none.
Flower Number 2 - Iris. There is such a large variety with every color under the rainbow that there's one to fit every garden. My favorite is probably the Siberian Iris. They are hardy and are drought tolerant once established. One of the best traits of the Siberian Iris is that it has few enemies so no insecticides or fungicides are needed! The foliage is graceful and with very little care, you can have a show stopper. I should mention the Black and Purple Bearded Irises also make quite the statement.
Flower Number 3 - Lupine. I love the Lupine. Its cottage like style reminds me my childhood and summers' spent at my grandparents' house on the lake. Brilliant blue, purple or reddish in color, they're always a pleasure to behold. They aren't very fussy and only ask that you keep their feet dry in a well drained spot.
Now what is my piece de resistance, it has to be the rose of course. You can't call yourself a gardener without having rose bushes. The variety is too large for me to pick my favorite so you will just need to go and peruse the local garden center and pick out your favorite.