When you're designing your landscape, it's important to pay close attention to the heights of the flowers you choose. When planting along a fence or in the back of a garden bed, it's best to have taller flowers so that they can be seen easily in spite of whatever you choose to place in front of them. There are many varieties of tall flowers to choose from, but here's a look at four that are easy to grow and care for.
These tall, spiky flowers are a stunning blend of white and purple in color. They bloom mid-summer, and since they are perennials, they come up year after year. Bear's breeches prefer well-drained soil and will tolerate partial shade, so they will do well along a fence line. Growing to about three or four feet high, they are also wide, so you only need a few plants to cover a broad area. Bear's breeches are resistant to most major diseases but may attract some snails.
Another perennial flower, Japanese anemone have large, five-petal flowers with yellow centers. They come in white and pink, and the very dark foliage creates an interesting contrast to the pale flowers. Once established, Japanese anemone will willingly fill out an entire area. They are tolerant of semi-shade, and the more fertile the soil, the larger they will grow. No care is needed once the flowers are established.
Spider flowers are annuals, which means that they will only grow for one year. They are named for the unique spiral arrangement of their leaves, which makes them resemble the legs of a spider. This flower variety comes in purple, pink or white, and the plants typically reach about 60 inches in height. Spider flowers are tolerant of most soil types, and they bloom all season long, from spring to fall.
Another annual variety, cosmos grow to between 18 and 60 inches tall, depending on the exact variety and the quality of the soil. They come in red, pink, orange and white. The flowers have multiple large, jagged petals and round, yellow centers. They can tolerate hot, dry weather. Cosmos are susceptible to aphids and gray mold, so you may need to have them sprayed with an insecticide or herbicide if these become an issue.
If you'd like to add tall flowers to your landscape, any of these varieties would be a stunning choice. Talk to your landscaping professional to get a better sense of which variety is best suited to your needs.