By Jadyn Miller
With April quickly coming to an end, some may think that it is too late to start a garden. The time for gardening is not over, although it is time to start growing different plants. Luckily, there are many types of plants, many types of beautiful flowers, and many that are even native to Arizona! Some of the different types of flowers are Sunflowers, Cosmos, Four-o’clocks, Evening Primroses, and Morning Glories.
Sunflowers are a diverse group of flowers, with 70 different species. Some grow very tall, nearly eight feet, but what many people don’t realize, is that other species only grow to be up to six inches tall. Depending on the species, they can be either perennial or annual. They need 6-8 hours of sunlight a day, but do really well in areas in drought. Plant these flowers after the risk of frost has gone away, and they bloom in the summer. These are a classic flower that can be beautiful in a garden. Another thing you can do with these is roast the seeds. Sunflowers are an excellent option for growing later in the season.
Another great option for your garden is the Four-o’clock flower. These versatile flowers grow in a variety of colors and thrive in full to part sun. These perennial flowers grow in many places, including several species that are native to Arizona. Four-o’clock flowers bloom throughout the summer. They are a terrific addition to your garden.
Evening primrose flowers are hardy biennials that can grow just about anywhere. If you are notorious for having a “black thumb,” then this just might be the flower for you. These flowers are so easy to grow, that in some places they are even considered a weed. These biennials are great for just about anywhere, blooming anytime from May to July. The evening primrose gets its name from how it blooms in the, you guessed it, evening. Adding these to your garden is a great option for a fail-proof beauty.
Morning glories are another flower that is fairly easy to grow and are found just about anywhere. They do best in full sun, blooming anywhere from May to September. The morning glory is a beautiful annual that is sure to be a favorite in no time!
If you are looking for more tall flowers to go with your Sunflowers, then Lupine flowers are a great option! This versatile flower grows all across America, preferring full sun. Depending on the species, it can either be an annual or perennial. The Lupine also is related to the pea plant, producing nitrogen in the soil. Blooming anywhere from April to October, these tall, shoot-like flowers will be a great addition to your garden, while also improving the soil for other plants around it.
If you are looking for something a bit shorter after all those tall Lupines, then Phlox is a great option. These perennials make an excellent ground cover, bringing clusters of beautiful blossoms to your garden. These flowers prefer full to part sun and bloom from May to September. These flowers are very low maintenance, making them easy to grow. The species are quite versatile, making them an excellent choice for any garden.
Arizona is a beautiful state with many different types of flowers growing here naturally. Though April is coming to an end, it is not too late to grow any of these beauties! If you have been considering taking up gardening, then now is the time. Get out there and get growing!