4 Flowers You’ll Want to Grow in Your Small Garden


Don’t let a small plot of land hinder you from creating something big and spectacular in your yard. Plant these vividly colorful flowering plants and give your outdoors a majorly vibrant makeover.


Also known as woolflowers, this flowering plant is a striking ornamental that can undoubtedly add some bold color to your garden. Celosia blooms come from the Amaranth family called Amaranthaceae. Celosias are edible plants that are easy to grow and can be annual or perennial, depending on the region. When planted in warmer regions, celosia can survive by turning dormant during winter and then bloom during spring. When planted in colder regions, some celosia species grow as hardy annual flowers.

This plant, in general, requires a very easy level of care. Celosia loves heat and sunlight so make sure you plant them in an area that gets 6-8 hours of full sun per day. Nutrient-rich, well-drained garden soil is what they like best. There are many celosia varieties, though, and they differ in care requirements. Just make sure you identify the specific species to know how to keep it healthy and happy.

The celosias that will provide your small garden with the brightest and most brilliant blooms are celosia argentea or plumed cockscomb and celosia plumosa which come in vivid pink, orange, red, and yellow.

The wonderfully unusual blooms of Celosia last for a long time – for about 8 to 10 weeks. This means you can enjoy its one-of-a-kind beauty for at least two months. 


Also known as ‘beard tongue,’ this plant has eye-catching tubular flowers set on a tall and slim stalk. Each penstemon flower features five petals. The flowers attract birds, bees, and butterflies so  it can provide your garden with more than just color and beauty.

There are about 250 species of penstemon and they come in a variety of hues including salmon, lavender, white, scarlet red, and shocking pink. The Penstemon palmeri is the scented variety and it flowers profusely with pink or lilac-tinged white blooms.

Plant penstemons in groups of three to five for better impact. Grow them at the center of a mixed border or in a rock garden. Once established, penstemon likes deep but infrequent watering. It’s best to plant penstemons in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. To keep them healthy and blooming vigorously, use natural/organic fertilizer just once a year.


Another interesting and colorful addition to your garden is Gaillardia aristata or blanket flower. Part of the daisy family, this bloom is a resilient wildflower that promises you of continuous color. These bloom from early summer into fall and produce eye-catching flowers. The Goblin variety, in particular, will give you scarlet red petals with vibrant yellow tips and reddish brown cone centers. The daisy-like blooms attract butterflies.

Once established, these beautiful blooms require little care. They can thrive in poor soils and are heat tolerant. Plant them in beds or borders or in containers. To encourage further blooms, make sure you remove faded flowers.


A member of the amaryllis family, nerines display their beauty in late autumn. This plant grows from bulbs and can be grown in containers. You can plant Nerine bowdenii in almost any soil but make sure you give it a good sun exposure. Nerines won’t flower in shaded areas and richer soils will encourage leaves instead of flowers. 

Nerine’s distinct curly petals is enough to add interest and character to a small garden but there are specific cultivars that can bring much life and color to your yard. The Isabel cultivar, in particular, has a saturated deep pink shade while the Nerine bowdenii ‘Stefanie’ has a delicate and dainty pale pink blossom with curled petal edges.  

The radiant blooms of Nerines stand on tall, straight stems making them good cut flowers. Sure to be a welcome sight, the imposing spider-like flowers of Nerine can provide your garden with that extra oomph.


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