Flowers of Seduction and Love
Mark the path to the romance garden with an arch
or grouping of roses, the symbol of love.
‘New Dawn’ (Zones 4 to 9) - cascades of
semidouble, 3-inch, soft-pink blossoms, scented with the fragrance of
There are many very fragrant and beautiful pastel varieties to choose from.
Bourbon ‘Madame Isaac Pereire’ (Zones 5 to 9) is said to be
the most fragrant rose ever hybridized. Its perfume is matched only by
its beauty, vigor, and repeat blooms - rich, deep-pink, cup-shaped
Both plants can be trained as climbers, and they need 6
or more hours of sun.
The bleeding heart was called
the finest hardy plant of the 19th century.
Nothing beats its graceful, arching, 3-foot stems, hung
with its dangling and dainty flowers of pink, white, or red
hearts. Hardy (Zones 3 to 9) and and they prefer a shady
known as lady’s locket, lady’s heart, and lyre flower, and lady in the bath.
intensely blue, forget-me-nots (Zones 5 to 9)
Just 6 inches tall is a great groundcover in every garden design, with tiny,
dark blue flowers, with yellow eyes.
Forget-me-nots self-seed, and bloom for months.
Its name comes from a story about a
15th-century German knight. While picking these blossoms for his
beloved, he fell into a river and drowned, but not before tossing his
ladylove the bouquet, crying “Vergiss mich nicht.” ("forget
me not). Ever since,
forget-me-nots have been a symbol of faithfulness and enduring love.
Long-blooming heartsease (Zones 4 to 8)
- also called Johnny-jump-up, is a pansy-faced flower.
yellow, purple, blue, green, and white petals with dark lines called
"honey guides" to seduce browsing bees.
It blooms from April to September
in partial shade as a fragrant ground cover. Allow it to seed freely, or
“jump up,” in unexpected places.
Flowers of Affection
Sweet William (Zones 3 to 9)
Iintense, spicy fragrance, with bunches of small, fringed flowers from full red through violet spectrum.
Flowers of Passion
annual (Persicaria) easily grows to 4 feet tall and nearly
as wide in one season. Multi-branched, it bears nodding, 2-inch panicles
of tiny rose-red or white flowers by midsummer. It's beautiful when draped
over a white picket fence. This perennial looks stunning when
planted with blue coneflowers
Love-lies-bleeding is dramatic and romantic.
Also called tassel flower, it stands 5 feet tall with foot-long bright crimson
tassels of tiny flowers, followed by slightly paler seed
heads and, in fall, blood-red foliage.
This plant re-seeds so take care to remove seed heads
and thin it out to avoid invasiveness into the rest of your
gardens, or your neighbor's.
Love-in-a-mist. Its common name refers to the
hair-like anthers that surround its blue, pink, or white
Erect but sprawling, love-in-a-mist has hairy stems and
spidery foliage that complements the broad-leaf plants.
Tap-rooted, it doesn't like to be transplanted. It self-sows freely but not aggressively, and
develops beautiful seed heads.
Wreath spirea (Hardy in
Zones 5 to 8).
Old-fashioned bridalwreath spirea can reach 6 feet in height without
support, in a fountain shape.
Slender, arching branches, covered with snow-white sprays of double white
flowers. Its scent is sweet, mild, and summery.
There are several new varieties of spirea to choose from, including dwarf.
Adding a few cherubs and angels within
and under the plants will
elevate the romantic atmosphere of the garden.
the pic to download a .pdf format garden design plan for a romantic
these free garden design plans in .pdf format.
All work well in creating a Romance Garden.
Just click the pics.
designs include a large illustration, plant suggestions and planting
You can choose to swap
different plants with the same attributes, or incorporate
the ones suggested in this article, that may better appeal to you.
Multipy the plan or
combine plans to design a larger space, or add a feature.
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