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The middle of winter in Idaho’s Kelly Canyon. (Photo: David Bush/Flickr)

‘Junk Yard’ at Philadelphia’s 2011 Flower Show. (Photo: Dyogi/Flickr)
A junkyard in Philadelphia. (Photo: Dick Swanson/Environmental Protection Agency)

At this Pennsylvania flower show, one exhibit imagines “a junkyard reclaimed by gardeners,” wrote Dyogi, the photographer, on Flickr. “I loved the assortment of fresh vegetables in the exhibit, but I question the organicness of plants growing out of cars and well pumps and other industrial leavings,” Dyogi continued.
“We’re not our skin of grime, we’re not dread bleak dusty imageless locomotives, we’re golden sunflowers inside,” wrote Ginsberg.
In this photo, the bright red flowers symbolize new life, drawing the eye away from the black and white background and into a living world of color and beauty.
This Alabama office building may look geometrical and lifeless, but nature eats through the cement. “In the face of adversity, life finds a way to go on,” wrote Pat David, the photographer, on Flickr.
This magic is made possible by science, which has somehow managed to convince the flowers to inflate and deflate on demand, kind of like flowery moonbounces.

Office building in Alabama. (Photo: Pat David/Flickr)

From snowy meadows to trash dumps, flowers seem to spring up just about anywhere.

Picture of flowers growing

Genus: Freesia

Why we love them: These leafy blooms—with leaves in hues of gold, blue, and green—are able to thrive in the shade.
Why we love them: Chrysanthemums can also bloom in the fall, in hues of deep orange.

When they bloom: Generally summer, but depending on the variety, begonias can bloom year round.
Genus: Echinacea
Why we love it: A member of the buttercup family, clematis is a fast-climbing vine, making it a perfect choice for a garden shed cover.
Why we love them: Their different hues have varying meanings: Red signifies admiration, purple is for capriciousness, and white means good luck.
Genus: Gardenia

Why we love them: Some consider these the flower of the South, and you can find them in many a backyard or garden south of the Mason-Dixon line.

These are the best types of flowers, including annuals and perennials, to plant in your backyard garden. If you want to exercise your green thumb or are looking for fresh landscaping ideas, you've come to the right place!