Say it with flowers
February is the month of love. Here are six flowers that just love February. We dare you not to fall head over heels.
If you love flamboyant flowers, you’ll love hibiscus. These generous shrubs will light up your garden through summer, unfurling new flowers day after day. With flowers in tones of red, pink, yellow, orange and even purple, choosing a favourite is one of the hardest decisions to make when buying a hibiscus for your garden.
2. Canna lily
Spice things up with a flower that’s low-maintenance and gives your garden a touch of the tropics. Colourful, cheery canna lilies feature bright red, pink, orange or yellow flowers set against bold, generous foliage in shades of green, blue-green, purple, burgundy and bronze.
If you have a spot around your home that enjoys indirect or filtered sunlight, adorn it with mandevilla. From summer to spring you’ll be rewarded with a show of trumpet-like flowers in shades of deep burgundy, scarlet, all shades of pink or white. Be sure to provide a trellis or some other support for your mandevilla vine to grow up.
4. Crepe myrtle
Crepe myrtle is among the best garden trees to grow. It’s pretty in every season, comes in a range of shapes and sizes, and with the availability of the Indian Summer range, is problem free. The crepe-like flowers appear in pale pink, heliotrope, red, mauve or white and bloom from late spring well into autumn. As flowering ends, the leaves colour gold and red for autumn.
Bursting with charm yet tough, you’ll love the beautiful, fuss-free nature of the daylily. So called because the flowers open in the morning and close with the setting of the sun, daylilies do best in a sunny spot with moist, well-draining soil. Daylily blooms in shades of yellow, orange, pink, maroon, red and some even have two-toned flowers.
These scrambling shrubs are best known for their intensely coloured flowers, which are actually a coloured leaf called a bract. These bracts look like delicate paper and come in shades of pink, red, orange, white, burgundy and purple. You’ll see the best flowering from spring through summer.