As have all changed so quickly in recent years, have also come together with landscaping with flowers as have become the main flower seed cleaner in business. That seems weird, but here is how: most of these everlasting flowers aren’t actually grown just for the flowers they produce, but rather for the uniquely beautiful and sometimes intricate pods that get to study as the seeds mature. They can be collected from the flower petals, then carefully crumpled up and studied. The beautiful colors and scents are still there, just magnified a hundredfold. The scents may even have been produced from the flower itself!
There is no way to predict when or how these everlastings will flower again, so it is advisable to prepare yourself for just this possibility. It is a good idea to start thinking about this now, while the flower garden in your yard is still in bloom. By the time the flowers are fully ripe and on the market, you may already find that you are in need of more of this kind of flowers. But, what if your flower garden never blooms? Should you then have to buy new flowers each spring?
There are always new ways to use the plants that you have. Many who have a flower garden will often plant certain perennials that are planted for one year and then harvested the following year. These can be planted again the following year, still growing them to be evergreen, without having to replant the seeds each year. Some perennials, like a wealth of daffodils and crocus, can even be grown from seed. Some evergreen perennial flowers, such as daisies, are easy to grow from cuttings taken the previous year. Some people who have a Mediterranean or coastal garden also grow flowers from seed, especially if they were bought at a discount or were in season when the plant was not in bloom.
There are many uses for everlasting flowers from dried flower arrangements to plant decorations for a patio or outdoor room. Most perennials, such as sunflowers and blue lilies, do well as annuals. They grow tall, can be trimmed to make wall sconces or windchimes, and bloom during the spring or summer. Many perennials, including the evergreen sunflowers, also grow for two or three seasons and then die back in the winter.
Some can be trained to grow toward the light by clipping the leaves ahead of time. The cut flower stems can then be placed in a vase for drawing in the sunlight or placed in a window to capture rays of the sun as they shine on the plant. The cut stems can also be wrapped in plastic to protect them from winter winds. When these flowers grow close together in a group, their roots can form a circle and as they thicken, they will continue to grow and bloom until the ground is covered with a blanket of white.
When the plant grows too tall, there are many options to use as containers to house the everlastings. Pots of flowers grown from seed pods can be used to fill a window box or a small garden plot. Favorites such as crocus, hydrangeas, and phobias can also be planted directly in a garden or in an outdoor planter. Planting shrubs or trees over the everlastings will provide year-round interest and beautify the area.
Some perennials, such as scabies and phobias, can live for two years or more if they are protected from harsh winter conditions. They do best as annuals but will bloom again in early spring after covering the soil with newly harvested seeds. Loosely packed pine needles, bark, and grass can be scattered around the base of trees and shrubs to provide shelter and protection from the elements. Scabiosa and phobias are both species of evergreen tree, both natives of North America, that can survive cold winters.
Everlasting flowers, such as scabies, should be dug up and contained during the winter months. Loose and packed materials should be used to ensure that the plant does not get too tall. As they grow taller, they will need to be covered with newly picked, dry flowers, which will last for several months before needing to be replanted.