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14 Plants with Really Big Blooms Featured

It’s time to go big or go home! 

  • Plants with Big Flowers
  • Top 10 Biggest Blooms for Your Flower Garden
  • Big Perennials for Big Impact 
  • Colorful Plants to Brighten Up Your Landscape 
  • Types of big flowers

Some flowers are just bigger, brighter, and showier than others. In this issue we have each of the four Prescott seasons covered for flowers that show off in late winter right through the end of the year.  These are the biggest and boldest of them all that once planted deliver many seasons of enjoyment. 

List of the biggest bloomers ~

Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon 

Each stem of this hardy Hibiscus is packed with numerous buds that will unfurl into breathtakingly large blue flowers with lacy centers that look like anemone blooms. This vigorous grower offers summer-through-fall color whether planted as specimens, hedges, or shrub borders.


Butterfly Bush 

A single flower panicle may be up to a foot in length, with each panicle comprised of hundreds of densely packed florets. Butterflies, naturally drawn to the nectar-rich little flowers, create a summer- through-autumn parade of these winged garden friends.


This handsome climbing vine displays billowy masses of fragrant flowers against dark green leaves. It proliferates in warm days with twining stems that quickly can cover fences, arbors, and sheds. Each variety is different, but most flowers emerge late spring to fall, followed by silvery seed heads. Excellent as a fall accent and for strikingly attractive cut flowers.


A sensational, award-winning selection that blooms with massive clusters of large flowers.  If spent flower stalks are removed, the newest mountain varieties re-bloom freely into early fall. This easy to care for plant forms neat, compact foliage clumps. In mild winters many daylilies remain evergreen, making for a truly impressive perennial border.

Ice Angel Camellia 

Such glorious blossoms should be showcased as a high profile focal point at entryways and for viewing through picture windows. Makes a superior foundation cover-up that cloaks featureless walls in shaded exposures. Deserves front yard exhibition or positions at unique focal points around patio or terrace. The beautiful evergreen foliage is well-adapted to the acidic soils beneath oaks, conifers, and junipers.

Itoh Peony 

A rare, hardy hybrid, the creamy yellow semi-double blooms of this plant become flushed with salmon as they mature. The flowers have a soft, pleasing scent, and are displayed on long stems perfect for cutting. Forms a lush hip-high mound with huge flowers that rival Hibiscus blooms in size, but with many more of them.

Pizzicato Oriental Poppy 

Oriental poppies send long taproots into the soil, helping them establish a long life in the spring garden. The dwarf , compact habit and hearty stems allow the blooms to withstand extreme weather conditions and remain upright.  A colorful mix of red, scarlet, orange, pink, and white flowers all featuring that signature black dot at the center.  Blooms more than seven inches in diameter are common place!    A great addition to borders, containers, rock gardens, and when scattered throughout mixed beds. 

Penny Mac Hydrangea 

This is the perfect shrub for the lazy gardener.  It is deserving of a spot front and center of the landscape where it provides fabulous summer-long color with little care. In the world of hydrangea hybridizing, the big blooms just keep getting better. Handsome green foliage on a boldly branched, mounded shrub. When planted in acidic soils, it produces blue flowers; in more alkaline soils, flower color may have a stunning pink hue.



If roses haven't been your go-to for large blooms, it's time to get acquainted with them. With petal counts of 140 or more per bloom, these large, cupped flowers are vase-fillers with old-world fragrance to spare. A new line of Easy Elegance Roses has reinvented the shrub rose into something fragrant, bold, and more natural to grow than our grandparents' high maintenance hybrid teas. 

Sensation Lilac 

An outstanding lilac noted for its large trusses of purple-red florets edged in white, this mid-season bloomer typically flowers around Mother's Day. Branches are erect and open with rich green foliage. A good choice to create a beautiful spring flowering hedge, screen, or for fragrant accents.

Snowflake Moscheutos Hibiscus 

Gorgeous red blooms bigger than the largest man's hand adorn this summer blooming perennial. Strong upright branches erupt each spring covered in these huge flowers with equally impressive foliage. Chosen for its tropical appeal and loose cottage style.

Sombrero Lemon Yellow Echinacea 

Bright yellow blooms with broad overlapping petals add bold lemon colors to raised summer garden beds. A must-have for a cutting garden, this drought-tolerant, cold-hardy perennial has a neat, compact form with prolific blooms over an exceptionally long season. Keep dried flower heads on the plants in the fall for winter interest.

SunBelievable Brown Eyed Girl Sunflower 

Extraordinary summer color with large, vibrant sunflower blooms. This award-winning, multi-branching, heat-tolerant bloomer produces over 1,000 flowers in a single season, which runs throughout summer until the first frost. Bright yellow petals with a dash of rich red surround the large brown center of each sensational flower. Excellent in borders and containers. 

Zuni Crape Myrtle 

A perfect summer bloomer with trusses of notably large, dark lavender-violet flowers, and a handsome peeling bark. Each head-high bush glows with color until Autumn turns the leaves to their equally spectacular colors of orange, reds, and maroons. A superb plant for the hottest spots in the yard that just need a pronounced touch of  'WOW’!

Until next issue, I'll be helping local gardeners select their big-flowering plants here at Watters Garden Center.

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Garden Classes


September 7 @ 9:30 am – Wildlife & Bug Prevention - Late summer is not only the peak of bug season, but there's also intense pressure from furry visitors in our yards.  Students start with best practices to keep javelina and pack rats away, then quickly move to solutions for grasshoppers and tomato worms.  You can have a nice yard with these easy-to-use tips and a few key plant choices.  Frustrated gardeners will have all the tools they need to keep the garden pest-free! FREE

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September 14 @ 9:30 am – Succulents Succulents are all the rage right now, and a great choice for container growing! Most are tough, drought-tolerant, and will grow like gangbusters in a tight space with very little after-care. Students will learn how to create a container that brings warm color and texture to their homes even at the coldest time of the year. The class is free to onlookers, but the first 12 students to sign up can create their own design with professional guidance for a $25 fee (pots provided).  Call 928-445-4159 to sign up.



September 21 @ 9:30 am - Top 10 Evergreens for Mountain Landscapes – Evergreens can be the anchor of any landscape, providing color and privacy year-round.  We'll dispel the myth that the only evergreens are pine trees, when in fact they can be a multitude of different shapes, colors, and sizes—there are even evergreens that aren't green! FREE

September 28 @ 9:30 am – Planting for Success in our Mountain Soil – We've planted thousands of plants throughout northern Arizona, and now we're going to share our secrets with YOU. Watters' Ella Amos, gets her hands dirty every day planting new landscapes for our wonderful customers. Years of planting success and the knowledge she's gained through her experience make Ella the perfect Guest Instructor for this class. She'll share the techniques and trade secrets she's learned to help you be a smarter, savvier, more successful gardener. FREE



October 5 @ 9:30 am - Gardening for Newcomers  Learn all the mountain secrets to local garden success.  This is an information-packed class guaranteed to increase garden blooms and fruit this year.  Learn about growing zones, frost dates, soils and more; you'll know exactly what to do in the gardens after this class. FREE

Michele and Doug


October 12 @ 9:30 am - Autumn Colors Best Enjoyed at Home - Landscapes in autumn can be stunning, but only with proper planning.  This easy-care advice will bring the silver and blues out of the evergreens, showcasing brilliant bright foliage and crazy colored flowers.  Make this the brightest fall of all!  FREE


October 19 @ 9:30 am - Top 10 Trees and How to Plant them -  Privacy, shade, color, evergreen, and blooms. We cover trees from every angle. With so many choices, picking the perfect tree can seem overwhelming, but not after this class.  Our horticultural team will be on-hand after the class to help with individual tree situations.  Free tree planting guide to all attendees.  FREE


October 25 @ 9:30 pm - Fall ‘To-do‘ list for a Healthy Yard - Get the most out of your landscape with this easy to use checklist of fall care.  Bring the color out of your fall gardens, reduce bugs next spring, or simply put your landscape to bed with these easy to use ideas.  FREE

Ken Lain


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Ken Lain

Ken Lain the Mountain Gardener, is attracted to sunshine, beauty, happiness, success and health through gardening, and wishes to point the way to others. Throughout the week Ken can be found at Watters Garden Center located at 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd, Prescott, or contacted through his web site at www.wattersgardencenter.com

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