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A Flowering Color Calendar – A Visual Article

A Flowering Color Calendar – A Visual Article.

For over 5,000 years, people have cultivated flowers for their elegant beauty and often delectable scent. Our long-standing love of buds and blossoms is not just superficial – they have been shown to have positive benefits for our mental well-being. With their ability to provoke feelings of happiness, comfort, and calm, it’s no wonder the global flower trade is estimated to be worth $100bn alone. Our flowering color calendar allows you to discover the bloom months for 17 different varieties of plant. With it you can be sure to catch a whole host of blossoms at their best.

However, it’s all too easy buying bouquets at your local florist. By growing your own blooms, you can be sure to enjoy flowers all year. Not only will this save you money, but you’ll also enjoy the added health benefits that gardening can bring. We hope you enjoy our “A Flowering Color Calendar – A Visual Article”.  You can find the full Color Calendar Infographic by clicking here.

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Our calendar depicts bloom times based on data provided by the Missouri Botanical Garden; the oldest botanical garden in the US, founded in 1859.

Colored bars show the months in which a particular flower blooms. A two-year duration has been chosen to clearly show the overlap between bloom periods at the end and beginning of the year.

Though the colors used in the chart match the colors of the blooms featured, it’s important to note that many of the flowers below also come in a range of different colors and hues.

 

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Brighten up your winter days with a Japanese camellia planted in your garden. This evergreen shrub typically grows tall on stems clad with leathery, glossy, dark green leaves. These leaves are oval in shape with finely serrated edges.

Comprising thousands of cultivated varieties, this camellia is often grown outdoors all year round in the south eastern US as well as Pacific coastal areas.

 

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At over one hundred years old, the Trumpet daffodil, also known as ‘King Alfred’, is the most popular type of daffodil in the world.

It grows across the US in temperate zones and can be found everywhere from Washington to Rhode Island.

 

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The bell-like, Wild Red columbine boasts red sepals, yellow petals, five distinctive red spurs and a mass of shaggy yellow stamens.

Flowering through April and May, it can be found blooming in US hardiness zones three to eight throughout the central states.

 

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Preferring warmer climates, the deciduous Tulip tree can grow up to 90 feet tall and produces cup-shaped, yellow flowers that resemble tulips.

This spring bloomer can often be found in wooded areas throughout most of the US, however, its flowers can go unnoticed as they only appear after the trees’ leaves are fully developed.

 

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One of the most ubiquitous flowers in the US, the cornflower is a major draw for butterflies and pollinating insects.

It blooms from late spring into summer, and its purple-blue flowers can grow up to one and half inches in diameter.

 

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Known for its fragrant bright pink blooms, the Carolina rose can be found in the majority of US states and sometimes goes by the name ‘Pasture rose’.

With alluring red fall foliage, it flowers throughout May to July and spreads with suckers which give it good ground stability.

 

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In 1893, Minnesota adopted the Showy Lady Slipper as its state flower. However due to a legislative mix-up a different species, Cypripedium calceolus, was designated by mistake. In 1902 this was rectified and Cypripedium reginae has been the state flower ever since.

Found in central and northern states, the Showy Lady Slipper blooms for a relatively short time, flowering in June and July only.

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As a summer flower, the Shasta daisy can be found blooming in temperate climates in US hardiness zones four through nine, which exist in most US States.

From June to August you can see the Shasta daisy, sometimes referred to as ‘Crazy daisy’, flowering in areas exposed to full sun.

 

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Butterflies love this dwarf New England aster cultivar. A profuse bloom of purple flowers differentiate this daisy from its white brethren and make it a great companion flower to other daisies.

Flowering from mid-summer to early fall it can be found growing over a wide area in eastern and central US.

 

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The Toad lily is well known for its unique flowers and ability to bloom in shady areas throughout late summer and early fall.

Occasionally referred to as ‘hairy toad’ due to the hairs covering it, the toad lily is easy to grow in a garden that has rich and moist soil conditions.

 

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Sneezeweed is a clump-forming perennial that can be found growing in moist soils along streams, ponds or ditches as well as wet meadows, prairies and open ground throughout much of the US.

Its flowers appear from late summer to autumn and are a firm favorite of native bee populations.

 

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Pink Turtlehead is native to wet woodland areas and streams in the southern Appalachian Mountains. It can also be found in parts of New England and New York, where it has escaped gardens and naturalized.

It flowers from August to October and produces puffy pink petals that resemble a turtle’s mouth, from which it derives its name.

 

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A native of the lower 48 states, Wrinkle-leaf goldenrod, also known as Rough-stemmed goldenrod, can be found forming large masses in open fields.

Attractive to bees and butterflies, it flowers throughout September and up until October on tall, rough, hairy stems which can grow up to five feet.

 

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Witch Hazel displays fragrant, yellow flowers with crumpled petals that persist long after its leaves have fallen. The flowers turn into fruit, which then become a favorite of birds, beavers and squirrels which eat the seeds. Its flowers can be seen blooming from September through to December and are a prized extract often used in skincare lotions.

 

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This perennial shrub blooms from October to November and is drought tolerant. It calls Texas and northern Mexico its native home, where it thrives on rocky hillsides, ravines and ledges.

Its white or pink blooms attract hummingbirds, moths and flies and are fantastic for bringing butterflies into the garden.

  

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The Carolina Jessamine or Evening Trumpet flower is native to Virginia, Florida west and east Texas. It can also be found throughout the Southern states growing wild in abandoned fields as well as the canopies of pine forests.

Its golden, trumpet-shaped flowers can be seen blooming from December all the way through to May.

 

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The Christmas rose is an evergreen perennial that usually grows hardy in zones three through eight and can bloom anytime from December to April, depending on the conditions.

The flowers are most often white, with green tinged centers that with age can turn to pink. Unfortunately due to their blooming times, these roses can often go unseen as they’re able to bloom under layers of snow.

 

Next time you’re taking a walk through the woods, a hike in the mountains or a stroll around the park, try taking note of the flowers in bloom.

If you’re in the right place – no matter what the time – you can always find a floral display to brighten your day.

 

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