55 Types of Flowers That Your Garden Can't Do Without

Up the ante on your flowerbed with any of these beautiful blooms.

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If you're itching to exercise your green thumb, looking for fresh landscaping ideas, or just get a kick out of browsing beautiful pictures of flowers (understandable), then you've come to the right place. Consider this your complete guide on the best blooms to plant in your backyard, from peonies to orchids and everything in between. While the majority of these pretty plants fully blossom come spring or summer, you can still browse plenty of low-maintenance petals that bloom year round. So, roll up your sleeves, tug on your gardening gloves, and get to work on enhancing your flowerbed with any of these 55 types of florals. (Plus don't forget to check out our favorite perennials and garden plans!)

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African Lily

Genus: Agapanthus

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.

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Alstroemeria

Genus: Alstroemeria

When they bloom: Summer

Why we love them: Once cut, these blooms will last for weeks in a vase.

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Azalea

Genus: Rhododendron

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.

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Begonia

Genus: Begoniaceae

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.

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Bluebell

Genus: Hyacinthoides

When they bloom: End of April through beginning of May. (We know, not very long.)

Why we love them: Ever heard of a before?

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Buttercup

Genus: Ranunculus

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.)

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Camellia

Genus: Camellia

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.

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Carnation

Genus: Dianthus

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.

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Chrysanthemum

Genus: Chrysanthemum

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.

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Clematis

Genus: Clematis terniflora

When it blooms: Spring through the end of summer, though it varies by variety.

Why we love it: A member of the buttercup family, clematis is a fast-climbing vine, making it a perfect choice for a garden shed cover.

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Crocus

Genus: Crocus

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.

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Coneflower

Genus: Echinacea

When it blooms: Early to late summer

Why we love it: These perennials are drought-tolerant, hardy, and easy to grow.

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Daffodil

Genus: Narcissus

When they bloom: Late winter or early spring

Why we love them: How can you not feel happier just looking at daffodils?!

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Dahlia

Genus: Dahlia

When they bloom: According to , dahlias start blooming approximately eight weeks after they've been planted, which is usually in mid-July.

Why we love them: These vibrant flowers add lovely bursts of color to your garden.

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Daisy

Genus: Bellus

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.

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Daylilies

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.

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Evening Primrose

Genus: Oenothera

When they bloom: Spring

Why we love them: As their name describes, these bright flowers begin to open in the evening hours.

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Forget-Me-Nots

Genus: Myosotis

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.

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Forsythia

Genus: Forsythia

When they bloom: Early spring

Why we love them: Did you know you can use their blossoms to DIY a wreath?

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Freesia

Genus: Freesia

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.

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Gardenia

Genus: Gardenia

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.

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Geraniums

Genus: Pelargonium

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.

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Gladiolus

Genus: Gladiolus

When they bloom: It depends when you plant them, but they will typically bloom .

Why we love them: These flowers are associated with 40th wedding anniversaries—what a sweet way to celebrate!

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Hellebore

Genus: Helleborus

When they bloom: As early as December and often stick around well until April.

Why we love them: In addition to delivering early-blooming, long-lasting flowers, many hellebores easily divide to create multiple plants.

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Hibiscus

Genus: Hibiscus

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.

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Hosta

Genus: Hosta

When they bloom: Early spring

Why we love them: These leafy blooms—with leaves in —are able to thrive in the shade.

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Hyacinths

Genus: Hyacinthus

When they bloom: Early spring

Why we love them: Add a variety of hyacinths to your garden to create a rainbow of colors.

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Hydrangea

Genus: Hydgrangea

When they bloom: Early spring to late autumn

Why we love them: The main flower clusters on hydrangeas are produced from the tips of shoots formed from the previous season.

PLUS: Facts Every Hydrangea Enthusiast Needs to Know

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Impatiens

Genus: Impatiens

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.

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Iris

Genus: Iris

When they bloom: Early summer

Why we love them: , "irises are named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows."

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