If you are looking for easy-going flowers for your garden, which bloom during the summer, you might like to grow colourful poppy flowers.
I have grown various poppies in our garden and I particularly like those which look very full, more like some peonies.
I have grown poppy flowers from seeds and I have tried several varieties. I have purchased some from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and others from The Cottage Gardener. I have tried Purple and Rose Peony poppies from Baker Creek.
I really like the peony variety of these flower. Indeed they almost look like some of the peonies, as you can see in several pictures here. I have also given a try to other, more traditional looking poppies. Below is one of the beautiful dark purple poppy flowers growing in our garden.
I have planted the poppies in two places in our garden where I still had some space available and they were growing there very well. I think the places I have selected for them were maybe not the best, since they like more sun, but nevertheless, once they started producing flower sometime in July, they were constantly blooming till about the middle of August and some of them even till September adding a lot of colour and beauty to our garden.
These flowers seem easy to grow, but only short lasting – usually a 1-3 days, depending on weather. However since poppies constantly make many new flowers while they are at the top of their blooming period, this is not a big issue because old flowers just drop their petals and new flower grow beside them.
You can even collect edible poppy seeds from some poppies varieties.
I think these flowers are worth trying out if you have a sunny spot that needs a lot of colour during summer months and if there is not too much wind. Poppy flowers have pretty soft flower stalks and delicate petals, so it is best to avoid windy areas. You might also need to provide some support. It is probably best to plant them where they will receive a lot of sun and in a spot sheltered from strong winds – for example besides a sunny wall or close to the fence, which can provide some extra support.
All photographs and this article are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk, except two pictures copyrighted by the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds company, as mentioned beside their 2 photographs . I you would like to use my article or any of my photographs in your publications ,or on your website, please contact me. Thank you.
In the gallery below you will be able to see all the pictures from this article.
Other Articles You Might Also Like.
- Seven Important Questions to Ask When Choosing Plants for Your Garden.
- How I Have Started My First Garden – Part 1: Deciding Where to Grow Flowers, Vegetables and Herbs.
- Are All Weeds Bad? Burdock in Our Garden and How You Can Use It. Starting and Designing Our First Garden – Part 2.
- My Autumn Joy – Little Blue Flower – Rocky Diamond Blue Heart.
- The Memorial Day Rose – Queen of Our Garden.