I am new in gardening, I would like to know about some Small Flower Plants ( 12" tall or less) for spring and summer (all around the year?) in zone 6 - New Jersey.
I have an small yard and I am looking for small plants in order to cover some space on it.
Thank You !
Small Flower Plant for Zone 6.
There are many, many small flowering plants that will grow where you live. Is the area sunny or shady, or both? What colour flowers would you like? Are you interested in annuals (live only one year but have a long blooming period) or periennials (live for years but have a shorter blooming period each year)?
I would rather Annuals... my place is mostly sunny with some periods of shadow.
I would prefer colorful flowers and smalls plants, aprox 12 inch +/- some inches
Sorry, I am Mikel, I mean to thanx to Rose for her help.
You are right Dale, I forgot this nice Flower, I had them in Orange and Yellow last year... they are really nice and long lasting, I just wonder if they have more colors.
Just wondering if there is another option.
Thank you very much !
I didn't have any luck in zone 6 with zinnias or the cosmos. One of my very favorite low growing plants in zone 6 was Bellis Perennis which came in red, pink and white mix........then I put white alyssum around it. (which is a very low growing plant). Lobelia in blue did well for me.
I grew all of these in the summers of zone 6. Another surprising one was Gazania that did well. And never forget the geraniums in lots of colors . Petunias did great in that same zone in the summers.
***edited to say I forgot the best of all. Iceland Poppies did beautifully from seed also. In fact, all kinds of poppies grew well from seed.
This message was edited Jan 22, 2009 9:12 PM
Oh, Dale...........I love your picture of Bellis, Alyssum and Anemone...........dreaming for me that next winter I will plant just what you have there.............looks like you have the tall bellis........I always grow the 6" plant........would love to try that one
I have never grown anything but the small one.............next winter I am going to try all sizes...........
I always love your pictures!
Dale, Austin is a lot colder than here. We use all these plants for our winters and plant in November. They do great throughout the winter here. Bellis perennes would die with out summer heat and sun. So.....they have to be planted as annuals each fall and winter.
On the bright side, arejay, you get to grow perennials like the big luscious poppies!
The only perennial I can think of that survives our summers might be hollyhock or coreopsis or echinacea.........we are totally dependent on annuals throughout our summers.
Mikel, one of the prettiest little gardens I planted was red, white and blue, way back in 1976 for the U.S. bi-centennial. The first row was white allysum, the second row was blue ageratum, and the third row was red button zinnias. The zinnias only grew 6-8". Burpee Seeds has a zinnia with mixed colors called Thumbelina, which grows to only 6" and is supposed to start blooming at 3". I think zinnias are so colorful.