Friday Five | Five Favorite Flowers

How’s that for an alliterative title?

Spring is here and I am giddy. I love to think about what I am going to plant every year. I do a teeny tiny vegetable garden and lots of perrenials. I usually plant about 8 pots of annuals and eventually let about half of them die every year because I am not a “planter” kind of gardener—as much as I try to be.

Are you looking for some flowers to plant that will bring you a little thrill every year when you start to see them pop back up? Or maybe you like to change things year to year? What are your favorites? Please tell me because I truly can’t get enough.

Try these gorgeous lovelies and enjoy!

1.) Sunflowers

What a happy flower. I bought 1 packet of giant sunflower seeds 4 years ago and I plant about 10 of them every year. I haven’t needed to buy another pack yet! I usually only have 3 that make it, so definitely plant more than you want. I love to use them as a measuring stick against my boys from the last year.

Much bigger Boy! It’s crazy how much your kids grow in one year!

Much bigger Boy! It’s crazy how much your kids grow in one year!

2.) Morning Glory

These little climbers are something I forgot about for about 10 years. They bloom in the morning and they climb all over. If you have a iron porch rail, trellis or anything else a plant would love to climb, try a packet of these. They are so fun and your investment is tiny. I use one packet over 3 years or so. Not bad for $1.39!

This is mid growth. It kept climbing our light wires above our fire pit for several more weeks. Pretty!

This is mid growth. It kept climbing our light wires above our fire pit for several more weeks. Pretty!

3.) Peonies

My favorite! Indiana’s state flower is the peony and it smells dee-vine. Peony Day is a big deal for me because it’s early enough in the spring that I am still so excited about being out in the yard and they don’t bloom for long so it feels like you need to celebrate it!

Last year I was hauling mulch to my back yard over and over again on Peony Day and I watched them open before my eyes. So fun.

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4.) Lilacs

I realize this is more of a bush that only flowers for a short time in spring, but if you can invest a little more, get a lilac! We have 2 flanking the entrance to our fire pit. I love to sit back there when they are blooming. It’s so heavenly. The color and the smell are my favorite.

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5.) Marigold

This is the one annual that I always buy. I heard a long time ago that they help keep bugs away from tomatoes. I don’t know if that is true or not, but I plant them near them anyway! These are simple but they look great in the fall when they are big, full and bright.


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What are your favorites? I left out so many, I will probably have to do a part 2, 3 and 4!