It would be pretty awesome to represent our home states in the garden. Every state has a state flower to represent it so its a very possible idea!
I have been lucky in my life to have visited all fifty states. Not by flying in and out, but by driving through them.
It would be a fun thought to plant the state flower for each state we have visited. Don’t think it would be practical in my size garden, there would be no room for my vegetables.
Here is a list of the state flowers for each state.
Camellia – This flower is originally from Asia and is known for its grace. They are usually best for zones between 7 – 10. For places that get long amounts of sun, it’s best to keep them in partial shade. They also like their soil to stay moist and well drained.
Forget Me Not – This beautiful perennial will bloom in the summer and spring. These flowers can be grown in zones between 3 – 8. They enjoy full to partial sun and like their soil to be well drained. If there are areas that get a lot of intense heat then you will want to go with more partial sun areas.
Saguaro Cactus Blossom – Thrives in climates that are bone dry and hot, which is perfect for this state. They can only be grown in zones between 9 – 11. These flowers blossom at night and even though they don’t last long, they are completely worth it. They only require a low amount of water and prefers to completely dry out before getting water again.
Apple Blossom – Its pale pink coloring is often paired with other spring flowers. It was declared as a state flower in 1901. They blossom between early spring and early summer depending on which type you are growing. Most varieties grow in zones between 5 – 8. They prefer to have sunlight all day long and like their soil to stay moist.
California Poppy – This is pretty obvious just based on the name. This is a beautiful, easy to maintain, perennial flower that can be found growing naturally in California. It can take full amounts of sun and prefer well drained soil, it’s also a great drought resistant option.
Rocky Mountain Columbine – This perennial flower comes in many different light colors. It was designated the state flower by children in 1899. They grow best is zones between 4 – 7. They bloom any where between spring and early summer. For sun, they prefer full to partial. Their soil should be well drained and try to keep their soil moist.
Mountain Laurel – It blooms in the colors pink and white and has a light, pleasant scent. This flower grows best in zones between 5 – 9. It can handle full to partial sun and sometimes it can even survive in areas that are heavily shaded. This makes it a great option for all types of yards! It also prefers to have well drained soil, water as needed based on how fast the soil drains.
Peach Blossom – Well it’s most likely because Delaware is known for peaches. It will bloom is the spring times and will do best in the zones between 4 – 9. Make sure they are grown in well drained soil, they can also handle full to partial shade so there is variety in the planting areas.
Orange Blossom – A very fragrant flower, great for our pollinators! These flowers will bloom in the spring time. Sometimes you can see these flowers blossoms for long periods of time. They enjoy full sun and the soil should be water based on the waters needs to stay moist.
Cherokee Rose – This flower was declared in 1916. They grow best in zones 7 – 9, are deer resistant, and only bloom once during the blossom season. It grows best in areas that receive full sun and can even survive in areas with poor soil conditions.
Hibiscus – Very tropical by nature to match the state it represents. These flowers grow in zones between 4 – 9. Their colors ranges from pink, red, white and even more multi colored, this offers lots of different options. They can handle full to part sun and should be watered on a regularly base, but not over soak the soil.
Mock Orange – A shrub with white flowers. These flowers grow best in zones between 4 – 8 and range in height between 4 – 8 feet. You can prune the shrub to help keep it at the size you prefer. It prefers to keep its soil moist at all times, mulch can be a good idea for helping keep the moisture.
Purple Violet – This perennial has been the state flower since 1908. This is a pretty hardy plant, being able to grow is zones between 2 – 10. They prefer soil that is kept moist, but is drains well. Water as needed to keep the top layer of soil moist. Depending on how hot it gets in your area, they should get partial to full sun. The hotter it gets, the more shade it should receive.
Peony – Peonies are often associated with prosperity. This perennial flower grow in zones between 3 – 8 and offers a wide variety of options when it comes to places it can grow. Their four main colors are red, pink, white and yellow. They should receive partial to full sun and need the soil to drain well. Be careful not to water too much or it may cause problems. Water as needed and allow it to dry out a little in-between.
Wild Prairie Rose – This perennial became declared the state flower in 1897. They can grow in the zones between 2 – 11, it’s even considered a weed or wild flower in some areas. Make sure they have well drained soil and if possible, they prefer full sun.
Sunflower – To match this sunny state! These are such an easy flower to grow and they are beautiful so why not! They are a great option if your garden area receives full sun. They are also great for attracting bees and butterflies to our gardens for pollination. They enjoy getting watered a lot so make sure to always keep the soil moist.
Goldenrod – This flower was declared in 1926 and has bright, yellow flowers that a lot of people think are weeds. This is a great plant to have if you want to support our bees and butterflies. This plant will also return every year so you don’t have to worry about replanting them. It is perfect for spots that get full sun and well drained soil.
Magnolia – These were declared the state flower in 1900. They grow best in zones between 7 – 10 and the soil should be well drained. They also like partial to full sun so there are options when it comes to planting areas. Once it’s well established they are pretty resistant to droughts.
White Pine Tassel and Cone – It was declared the “state flower” in 1895, this is actually not a flower at all, and Maine is the only one with a state flower that is not really a flower. The white pine tassel grow best in zones between 3 – 8 with well drained soil and partial to full sun.
Black-eyed Susan – This flower is a perennial and is related to sunflowers. They grow best in zones between 3 and 9. We mainly see them in yellow, but they also come in red and orange. They prefer partial to full sun and bloom in summer and fall.
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