Perennial Flowers

Perennial flowers have widely become a staple in the gardens of some of the most avid growers. The reason that these beautiful blossoms have become so popular is due largely to their permanence, reliability, and their ability to fill out and add color to shrubs and other greenery in the garden. Another reason for their popularity is because of the wide variety that they offer. Each gardener will grow their perennial flowers based on the amount of sun available on a daily basis, where they can grow their flowers, and the type of soil they have to work with. For instance, lavender grows well in full sun and dry soil, while foxglove thrives best in partially shaded areas in moist soil.

Perennial flowers have a long history in both real life and in myth. One great example of the perennial flower’s history is althaea officinalis (better known as marshmallow flowers). These delicate, light pink flowers are often grown solely for their subtle beauty and surprising heartiness; however, marshmallow perennials have been used in foods and in medicinal supplements going as far back as the ancient Romans, who frequently used the flower to repel pesky insects. Over time it has been used to feed people in times of crop failure, and used to cure anything from lung ailments to bee stings.

Variety is also the key word when it comes to giving perennial flowers as gifts. Not only can these flowers be beautiful on their own, but they also make for a great accompaniment to a featured flower such as roses or tulips. You can also convey an array of unique and meaningful messages by creating a bouquet of nearly any group of perennials. For instance, you might combine primrose with yarrow to signify a love that you will always courageously protect. A combination of anemones with day lilies can be sent to someone in the hospital to encourage them to forget their worries and get well soon. This combination can also be sent to an expectant mother as a wish for the healthy birth of a strong baby boy. Single flowers may also be presented as gifts. These often represent a strong feeling of love or happiness such as with poppy and crocus flowers, or even things like victory or foolishness, as is the case with nasturtium and columbine flowers.

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