Create a stunning border in your garden by adding an element of the unexpected. Delineate the edges of your flower bed with spiky blossoms. Whether tall and tropical or dwarfed and redolent with scent, plants with spiky flowers add interest and texture to your landscape design. Find a pointy bloomed perennial or annual to suit your garden's colour scheme and climate.
Fragrant lavender features silvery foliage and compact, spiky purple blooms which provide both a sweet scent and a delicate appearance for your garden. This perennial offers handsome contrast alongside greener plants and has some drought resistance. Lavender is a Mediterranean plant, and prefers hot, sunny climates, but can be grown in containers in areas which are cooler and wetter.
Plant red or purple salvia along the border of your flowerbed for showy spiked blooms. Thriving in full sun, this member of the mint family boasts long, pointed flowers studded all around with colourful petals. As a member of the sage family, salvia prefers hot, sunny, humid locations with well-drained soil. Any frost is likely to kill salvia, so grow in containers and move indoors during cold weather in cooler climates.
Plumed celosia has a feathery, spiked head comprised of a cluster of tiny blossoms. Blooms in hues of deep violet, bright gold and vibrant red can be as long as 10 inches. Growing to a height of 12 to 16 inches, celosia makes a rich backdrop for shorter plants when placed at the rear of a flowerbed, or provides a fountain of colour in the centre of a round bed. It thrives in warm weather but is suitable for planting in northern regions of the United States.
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