Ancient Roman gardens were ordered, indoor gardens with an open portico, known for the variety of herbs and plants they contained. In addition to medicinal herbs, fragrant roses as well as favoured narcissus, amaranths and lilies were common flowers in Roman gardens. Amaranth, also called Love Lies Bleeding, narcissus (daffodils) and garden lilies are still popular today, calling to mind those early Roman days.
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Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)
Love Lies Bleeding is an annual flower that blooms in pale pink, fuchsia, red and purple. The plant is long with thousands of blossoms. It is a hardy and aggressive plant. These plants show best when planted in large groups, allowing the individual stems to make a grand statement. Love Lies Bleeding gets its name from the way in which it hangs from the vine, which resembles "bleeding."
Narcissus daffodils are native to Europe. They are a seven-petal white flower with a centre petal trimmed in a burst of yellow. Other daffodils also bloom in yellow or pink and are shaped like a trumpet. The narcissus plant forms a ringlike cup. The leaves of the plant are flat and extend up from the base of the plant. According to Greek mythology, the narcissus plant originated from a youth named Narcissus, who was cursed to fall in love with his reflection in a pool. Unable to posses his image, his grief turned him into a flower.
Garden Lily (Lilium hybrids)
Garden lilies are fragrant perennials that grow in varieties such as Asiatic lilies. These flowers can grow up to 10 feet tall in colours that range from pink, yellow, white, light green and a mixture of those colours. Growers have successfully created hybrid lilies that are available in orange, red, peach and pink mixtures.
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