Great Flowers for Adding Height to Your Garden

Updated on July 24, 2018
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I have years of experience experimenting in my own garden and love to share my knowledge and passion for gardening with others.

Tall, flowering plants are an essential element in various styles of gardening. To create a flower border based on a traditional English cottage garden theme, for example, you will need to use a range of flowering plants that capture the ‘atmosphere’ that you trying to create.

When you are attempting to add height to the garden, do not overlook the importance of structural elements that give some plants the support they need to achieve their full height potential. This will also help to achieve the overall appearance that you are striving for. Select your varieties with care and consideration though, as some will need more attention when it comes to the amount of time needed to prune and train them.

Verbenas Are Sturdy Self-Seeders

Verbena bonariensis is an attractive, flowering perennial. This plant will provide both height and colour to the flower border in the summer months. The vibrant flowers are lovely shades of lilac and blue and not wishy-washy in tone. Also, the leaves of the plant sit at the base, and do not sprout up and compete with the surrounding plants.

One of verbena's best qualities is its sturdy stems that support the attractive flowers perfectly. It does not have a floppy style of growth, so there should be no need to support it (unless of course you have really windy and difficult weather conditions).

Verbena is said to be a short-lived perennial, but it does have the ability to self-seed. So you should have replacement plants in the future. The flowering time is in summer and autumn. It loves full sun and moist, but well-drained soil.

Verbenas are vibrant perennials that bring lively color to any garden.
Verbenas are vibrant perennials that bring lively color to any garden. | Source

Sunflowers Offer Multiple Learning Opportunites for Children

Sunflowers are an easy and fast-growing plant that children will enjoy caring for. Creative learning opportunities include: making a collage picture of the flower from coloured tissue paper or the coloured pages of a magazine, making a graph or chart to plot the plant's growth and using the seeds for arts and crafts projects. The seeds of sunflowers can also be used to feed the birds in wintertime.

If you are growing sunflowers for height, make sure you buy the giant ones, as some varieties are smaller and more compact.

Sunflowers are a colourful, tall flower that children will enjoy planting and charting the growth of.
Sunflowers are a colourful, tall flower that children will enjoy planting and charting the growth of. | Source

Foxgloves Are Beautiful, But Dangerous

Foxgloves are plants with wondrously coloured flowers that come in a variety of heights. Do not plant foxgloves in locations that will be used by pets and children, however, as all parts of the flower are toxic.

Note: Always check the safety of plants before using them in gardens that children and pets visit.

Foxgloves add height to the flower border, but they should not be used in a garden where children or pets play due to the flower's toxicity.
Foxgloves add height to the flower border, but they should not be used in a garden where children or pets play due to the flower's toxicity. | Source

Hollyhocks Evoke a Quaint, Cottage-Style Look

Hollyhocks are a lovely plant for creating a cottage-style garden look. However, this plant does occasionally suffer from rust, a disease which affects the look of the leaves.

You can select the colour of hollyhocks you want in order to contrast or harmonise with the flowers around it, depending on your preference.
You can select the colour of hollyhocks you want in order to contrast or harmonise with the flowers around it, depending on your preference. | Source

Wisteria Requires Extra Attention

Wisteria is a tall plant that's beautiful to look at but needs care and attention to keep it neat and tidy. Over the years, it can grow large enough to cover the wall of a house. Though wisteria is delicate looking, you need to establish its boundaries by keeping it in check.

Wisteria can be trained over an archway to form an interesting feature in the garden.
Wisteria can be trained over an archway to form an interesting feature in the garden. | Source

Fuchsias Can Bounce Back From Tough Conditions

Fuchsias form a bush-type plant that flower profusely in the summer months. They should survive all but the harshest winters. Even if they appear to have died off in a cold spell, they will often grow back from the base in the spring.

Even if they're plagued by a tough winter, fuchsias are hardy enough to bounce back from all but the harshest conditions.
Even if they're plagued by a tough winter, fuchsias are hardy enough to bounce back from all but the harshest conditions. | Source

Alliums Bring Variety to Any Garden

Ornamental alliums come in different shapes and heights. The allium in photo below is good for adding height and interest to the flower garden. In England, they flower in the summer months of June to July.

When this allium is in full bloom, it is a globe shape. But when it first opens, it will be the little, star-shaped blossoms that will capture your attention. The globe-shaped flower is a pretty shade of lilac, which goes well with other types of flowers and the green of foliage too.

This globe-shaped allium is tall and has an attractive shape and colour.
This globe-shaped allium is tall and has an attractive shape and colour. | Source

More Great Flowers for Height

Here are two more excellent selections for adding height to your garden:

Delphiniums

Delphiniums are a beautiful, delicate-looking flower that comes in a range of pretty shades. Though not the tallest of flowers, it is still useful for planting in drifts to add the feeling of height and to lead the eye upwards to notice the taller flowers around it. The downside of growing this is that it features high on the "tasty treats list" for slugs and snails.

Climbing Roses

Climbing roses, or rambling roses, will add height to your garden design. When choosing which roses to plant, it's important to take into consideration how tall and wide it is likely to grow, how many times a year it will flower (some only flower once) and how much time you will need to spend pruning and cutting it back and training it. For instance, Albertina produces a mass of beautiful peach- and pink-coloured flowers, but it only does so once each year and requires a good amount of time to prune and train it.

If you want to replace a rose with a new one, however, it's best not to plant the new roses in the same location where the old ones you have removed were, because the chances are that the new ones will not thrive.

Note: An arbour or pergola can provide the perfect support for your roses to grow over and can also serve as a pleasurable spot to view the beautiful results of the hours you have spent working in the garden.

A Brief Note About the Photos on This Page

All of the flower photos on this page were taken in my garden. The hollyhocks, foxgloves and sunflowers were grown from seed. The wisteria is almost 10 years old and flowers twice in the summer months, with the second flowering being less prolific than the first, which is always a joy to see.

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        MariaMontgomery 

        3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

        You have some beautiful photos and interesting information here.

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        lesliebyars 

        5 years ago

        I am going to post your hub to my Pinterest I want to remember some of these to plant at my new home. The house I am looking at, has a beautiful yard with lots of potential for flowers. Thanks for the ideas.

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        Linda Bryen 

        5 years ago from United Kingdom

        Beautiful flowers, fantastic hub, thank you 2uesday for sharing.

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        scottymb 

        5 years ago

        I just read through this hub and I must say it's great read about all these flowers right around springtime. Thank you

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        2uesday 

        5 years ago

        Thank you Pavlo I have just started to grow echinaceas in the garden and must add photos of them here. There are some amazing white ones that look fantastic in bright sunlight.

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        Pavlo Badovskyi 

        5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

        amazing hub! We have echinacea and it is absolutely lovely.

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        Delhi Flowers 

        6 years ago

        I would like to go about this information deeply. Thanks for your resource, i will refer this article.

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        2uesday 

        7 years ago

        Hello Micky nice to see you here, I am hoping you are well and enjoying the cycling. I am busy in the growing garden as well as the flower garden at the moment in between our summer showers. :)

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        2uesday 

        7 years ago

        Thank you Eiddwen pleased you liked this flower page.

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        Micky Dee 

        7 years ago

        Flowers from a flower. Thank you dear 2uesday.

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        Eiddwen 

        7 years ago from Wales

        A beautiful hub full of nature's wonders. I love all the vivid colours and thanks for sharing.

        Take care

        Eiddwen.

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        2uesday 

        7 years ago

        Hello itakins how lovely to find a comment hear from you, my friend. The summer has chased away some of the winter sadness, less time to reflect, and as you will know caring for the garden is so good for making me feel happier. I really need a bigger garden so that I can fit in all of the flowers I would love to grow, no room for shrubs and plants that spread out width ways so I tend to go for 'tall and narrow spread' flowers. I expect you are busy with your garden at this time of year. We have lots of earwigs in the garden this year, I think they are responsible for the holes in the leaves that I have noticed. This hub is the first that I have put together for ages, as I am busy building a page or two elsewhere about flowers and writing about the veggies. Still I wish you had an allotment near mine where you could teach me about dahlias and we could swop veggies when we had too much of one sort, best of all would be a cup of tea and a chat or even share a rant about a thing or two. I hope you and your family are well, the pup is looking good in the photo. Sending you my regards, over the sea with a smile.

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        itakins 

        7 years ago from Irl

        Lovely hub 2uesday-you really are so gifted at everything you do.I hope you are keeping well :)

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        2uesday 

        7 years ago

        Thank you prasetio30 your kind words are always welcome.

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        prasetio30 

        7 years ago from malang-indonesia

        I love flower and you made this so beautiful. I enjoy all stunning pictures. Well done, my friend. Vote it up!

        Prasetio

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        2uesday 

        7 years ago

        Thank you kind lady, your romantic poetry is beautiful too.

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        acaetnna 

        7 years ago from Guildford

        I so adore flowers, so romantic. Your words and pictures were truly stunning!

      • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR

        2uesday 

        7 years ago

        Thank you D.A.L. nice to see your name here,

        I love how the flowers in the garden help to create a sense of time passing, days, as well as seasons. The photos help to record the plants that flower and then seem to disappear. Luckily nature has a way of self-seeding many plants around the garden so that in a year or two a similar or slightly different version appears to surprise and delight us. However, when this happens with weeds I am less delighted. Best wishes to you too.

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        Dave 

        7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

        Hi, great hub enhanced as usual with beautiful photography. Plants flower then they drop them and the same flowers that brought so much joy to the eye will never be seen again, unless they are captured forever, as you have done so well. Best wishes to you.

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        2uesday 

        7 years ago

        Thank you Eiddwen the photos are a way of capturing the flowers at their best. I think gardens and flowers are a great source of inspiration for art and writing, they brighten my day. Thanks.

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        Truckstop Sally 

        7 years ago

        Oh my! This is an informative and beautiful hub. Just gets my green thumb itching. Thanks for sharing.

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        Eiddwen 

        7 years ago from Wales

        Flowers are so beautiful and i love to give that added touch of magic to my poems with flowers.

        Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub.

        Take care,

        Eiddwen.

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        2uesday 

        7 years ago

        Hi Movie Master I too love the foxgloves in my garden, this year I had the first all white one flower and it was beautiful. Thanks for visiting and for your comment too.

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        Movie Master 

        7 years ago from United Kingdom

        Hi 2uesday, you have all my favourite flowers here, your photographs are outstanding, my favourite is the foxglove, your garden is beautiful, I have enjoyed visiting thank you for sharing.

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        2uesday 

        7 years ago

        Thank you Snurre really pleased you liked this.

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        Snurre 

        7 years ago

        I really love Foxgloves and Delphinium. Have them in my garden. Great hub!

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