Many people rightly associate car racing and basketball with the people of the Hoosier state. Less well known is its pride as a flower garden state, from the grassroots gardener all the way up the political ladder. In 1957, for example, the people of Indiana designated a late spring bloomer, the garden peony (Paeonia) as the official state flower, replacing another popular garden flower, the zinnia.
Information about Indiana flowers and flower gardening abounds, and this resource guide is intended as a compilation of the best flower garden information available on the internet. The five files linked to here are in PDF format and they can easily be downloaded onto a computer or mobile device with a few mouse or button clicks. Best of all, they are free.
Starting out with some basic flower garden facts, the publication Growing Annual Flowers provides all the information to get any Indiana gardener started. It covers basic information such as soil preparation, seed choice, fertilization and other important hands on gardening topics. Equally important, it provides a map of the state with average dates for the last frost. It’s important to note that a warming climate means that the last freeze dates tend to be a bit earlier than the published dates, makink the published dates on the conservative sdte. On the positive note, using them as a garden rule of thumb provides a bit of security in the planting decision making process.
With garden basics covered, the next step is planning a healthy garden that blooms throughout the entire season. Two publications, Disease-resistant Annuals and Perennials in the Landscape and Flower Garden Pests provide excellent information for the tasks. For example, using disease resistant peonies means it’s now easier than ever to ensure that the garden peonies continue blooming.
Tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), ‘Itoh Hybrids’ (P. suffructicosa x P. lactiflora), and other intersectional hybrids are generally more resistant to botrytis blight and peony measles than P. lactiflora (garden peony): Bartzella, Gold Crown, Rozella
The disease resistant publication provides advice on cultivars for twenty common garden flowers, sufficient to keep most gardens blooming throughout the season. Of course, in the great outdoors, insects and gardens go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. In those cases, readers can also learn about common garden pests such as aphids, plant bugs, Rose curculios and just about any pest that’s bugging the garden.
Providing information about twenty or so plants suited to gardens across the state misses the diversity of Indiana flora. The publication Fort Wayne Plant List addresses that flower deficit by providing pictures and information covering approximately two hundred and fifty native plant species, from trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs. Information covering plant soil and sun requirements, plant size and flower color add depth to their presentation. For example, with respect to the state tree, the Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), the publication says it grows well in all three types of soil, and requires sun. Healthy trees can reach a height of up to ninety feet and they bloom with yellow flowers during May and June.
Interested in woodland wildflowers? The pamphlet DePauw Nature Park Field Guide to Spring Wildflowers provides pictures and information on many of the states most common species.
Thanks for visiting. Gratography members can easily contribute to our flowers section. The most difficult decision might be choosing a favorite flowers category. Press any of the gray buttons at the bottom of the page to browse the wildflowers and garden flowers of the state. Register today and start posting flower pictures. today in order to get started.
Visitors are encouraged to spend some time browsing the state’s wildflowers and garden flowers. One final button comment. Press the green state button at the top of the page to discover all the topics open to member participation. Pressing the green button on the left leads to information suited to answering basic flower identification questions.