All About Flowering Plants

There are so many flowering plants to choose from, it's hard to know which plants to pick. A good starting point, when buying or planting a new plant, is "Right plant Right place". This is a common gardening expression, which means to achieve the best results, you need to plant the right plant in the right place, i.e. the right growing conditions. Sounds simple.

For example:  Lavender is a lovely flowering plant, providing scent and colour in summer. It is very popular and widely sold at many garden centres and on line. To thrive, Lavender needs the right growing conditions which are dry, well drained and it will struggle in gardens which are wet, have heavy clay soil, or which become waterlogged. A lavender with its roots in cold, wet soil may not survive a winter.  

It is important to know this when buying a Lavender plant. If your garden growing conditions are not suitable, you may need to think of alternatives, such as planting lavender in containers, or if you want clouds of blue, select a different plant which will tolerate the conditions better, such as Nepeta (Cat Mint) which will tolerate wetter conditions.

The right place makes a difference. Some years ago I had a fancy to grow a rose on a bank in the garden. The ground was hard, compacted shale and after digging, hacking into the ground for some time, eventually the fork broke. I abandoned the project which I should never have started. The ground was far too stony and poor, the rose would never have thrived in those conditions.

Which flowering plants you choose for your garden, it’s really personal, what plants you like. Your garden is just like house decoration or fashion, a matter of personal taste. On the various pages and links below, there are lots of colourful garden plants so you can pick and mix what you like for your garden.

Looking for Inspiration?

Ideas for your garden check out Scented plants,  a sensory garden, the 10 best plants for attracting Bees and Butterflies,  Wonderful ornamental grasses and planting ideas.

Spring Flowering Plants

primular with Geranium and Geum

Spring flowering plants provide early colour in the garden. In planting a garden border, you may want a mix of spring and summer flowering plants. 

Ideas for Spring flowering plants and Spring flowering Bulbs

Summer Flowering Plants

Agapanthus 'Twister'

Summer provides some fantastic flowering plants, DelphiniumsAgapanthus (illustrated) Roses Lavender the list is endless and with so many to choose from here are some ideas on summer flowering plants. Those marked with a green wheelbarrow are also easy to grow.

Plants for Shade

Fluffy red Astilbe Fanal

If you have shady conditions, or a shade area, you need to select plants which either thrive shade or are shade tolerant and there are plenty to choose from, from tiny Pulmonia to large Rhododendrons. Ideas on the best plants for shade and also ideas for damp shade which plants favour damp or boggy conditions.

Climbing plants


Climbing plants add height and colour to borders,  and are good for covering fences. Many climbing plants are vigorous such as Clematis and Wisteria, and may require a lot of gardening attention. Images, growing tips and ideas on climbing plants, illustrated is Passiflora, which looks exotic but is easy to grow and hardy.