If you're itching to exercise your green thumb, looking for fresh landscaping ideas, or just want to browse beautiful pictures of different types of flowers (understandable), then you've come to the right place. Consider this your complete, comprehensive guide to the very best blooms to plant in your backyard, from peonies to orchids and everything in between. We've even included information on when each of these varieties blooms, what they look like, and why we love them (African lilies, for instance, are super tolerant of both sun and heat, while coneflowers are drought-tolerant and easy to grow at home).
It's true that the majority of these pretty plants fully blossom come spring or summer (including the best perennials flowers out there, of course!), but there are many that will show their beautiful faces in late winter, believe it or not. And you can even find plenty of low-maintenance petals among our picks that bloom year round! So what are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves, tug on your gardening gloves, and get to work on enhancing your yard with any of these different types of flowers. (And don't forget to check out our favorite garden plans!)
When they bloom: Summer
Why we love them: This long-flowering plant is very tolerant of sun and heat, and doesn't need to be watered often.
When they bloom: Summer
Why we love them: Once cut, these blooms will last for weeks in a vase.
When they bloom: Mid-summer to fall
Why we love them: It's one of our favorite perennials for a reason! Aster blooms throughout the fall, adding a bright pop of summery color to your yard when all your other flowers aren't quite as visible.
When they bloom: Spring
Why we love them: Some consider these the flower of the South, and you can find them in many a backyard or garden south of the Mason-Dixon line.
When they bloom: Generally summer, but depending on the variety, begonias can bloom year round.
Why we love them: Begonias are a favorite among landscapers, because this low-maintenance flowering plant grows well in the shade and flourishes in containers.
When they bloom: Typically in the spring, though sometimes they can crop up throughout the summer.
Why we love them: Because they really build us up, buttercup. (Sorry. We had to.)
When they bloom: Depending on the variety, camellias can bloom year-round.
Why we love them: The dramatic blossoms come in shades of red, white, pink, and even yellow.
When they bloom: Late spring through mid-summer
Why we love them: Their different hues have varying meanings: Red signifies admiration, purple is for capriciousness, and white means good luck.
When they bloom: It varies depending on the variety, but usually they bloom in late summer.
Why we love them: Chrysanthemums can also bloom in the fall, in hues of deep orange.
When it blooms: Spring, fall, and winter
Why we love it: These blooms are right at home in wide open spaces, like forests, valleys, and meadows.
When it blooms: Early to late summer
Why we love it: These perennials are drought-tolerant, hardy, and easy to grow.
When they bloom: Late winter or early spring
Why we love them: How can you not feel happier just looking at daffodils?!
When they bloom: On average, they begin to bloom in spring and last until the start of fall.
Why we love them: They're classic, simple, and a vase of them makes a beautiful country centerpiece.
Genus: Hemerocallis varieties
When they bloom: Early spring through first frost
Why we love them: These gorgeous flower are easy to divide, and you can build a collection of colors and shapes by simply adding a few plants year after year.
When they bloom: Spring
Why we love them: As their name describes, these bright flowers begin to open in the evening hours.
When they bloom: It depends when you plant them, but typically in springtime.
Why we love them: Among many other lovely characteristics, these blue blooms are the Alaskan state flower.
When they bloom: Early spring through late summer
Why we love them: Freesia are known as one of the most fragrant flowers and are commonly used in beauty products, like lotions and shampoos.
When they bloom: It depends on the variety
Why we love them: This popular Southern plant showcases big, bold flowers that are delicate but fragrant.
When they bloom: It depends on the variety. (There are more than 200 species!)
Why we love them: A gardener's favorite, these flowers are known as a backyard staple.
When they bloom: Year-round
Why we love them: These hardy, colorful flowers feature at least five petals and come in a variety of colors.
When they bloom: Early spring
Why we love them: Add a variety of hyacinths to your garden to create a rainbow of colors.
When they bloom: Ideally they will begin to flower in spring, but it really depends on when you plant them.
Why we love them: Impatiens are also called jewelweed, touch-me-nots, and patience.