They may be old fashioned and remind us of flowers that we remember from our grandparent’s gardens but that does not mean that they are any less attractive. In fact many plants have been cultivated in gardens for hundreds of years. As with all things there are fashions with flowers and the ones described below may not be the most popular today but are well worth a second look.
Looking for old fashioned flowers like your grandmother used to grow? Try these lovely old standards!
These blooming beauties have stood the test of time. It?s no wonder they made our list of must-have favorite old-fashioned flowers!
- RDA-GIDDigitalis,?Zones 3 to 10
A pro?cient self-sower, foxglove is a biennial or short-lived perennial that generally doesn?t ?ower until the season after it?s planted. Leave the spent ?ower spires in place, and you?ll be treated to a new crop of foxgloves each spring. The colorful group of Excelsior hybrids is fantastic for cutting.
- W. Atlee Burpee & CoCentaurea cyanus, annual
Also known as the corn?ower, this charmer is longlasting when cut and holds its color when dried. Growing best in full sun, bachelor?s button comes in several colors, including blue, pink, red, white and purple. Though considered an annual, it?s a successful self-seeder, so make room for volunteers each summer.
- Heather McIlraveyCampanula spp., Zones 3 to 9
This dainty plant, available in annual, perennial and biennial cultivars, enjoys moist soil and thrives in full sun to partial shade. In late spring and early summer, it unveils bell-shaped ?owers in colors ranging from blue to purple to white. Some varieties, like the Serbian bell?ower, have long-lasting blooms and evergreen foliage in Zones 8 and 9.
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