Plant These Seven Flowers in Your Garden for Good Luck
In addition to beautifying your space, adding instant curb appeal to your yard, and enhancing your health, did you also know that some flowers are said to bring you good luck? "Some flowering plants can be considered lucky for many reasons, from mentions in myths to medicinal uses or just sheer beauty," says Kate Karam, landscape architect and editorial director of Monrovia, adding, "these lucky flowers have been recorded by gardeners and academics for decades."
And luckily for you, these auspicious flowers aren't hard to find—or grow. So, if you'd like to add a little good fortune to your garden—and life—try planting these seven flowers in your yard.
Often associated with Mother Mary, some religions consider marigolds as protection from evil spirits, says Amy Enfield, instructor and content developer for Scotts Miracle-Gro. "And for others, they represent the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and are symbolic for good fortune," she says. Marigolds need full sun, as well as well-drained soil, and they'll bloom from spring until the first fall frost.
Cecile Brunner Climbing Rose
This rose is a "favorite for cutting, especially for miniature bouquets," which may have led to the flower's association with finding luck in love, says Karam. "Its small, pointed buds open to fragrant, light pink, double blooms in large sprays," she describes. As a climber, it's perfect for a garden trellis or arbor and should be planted in full sun and layered with compost. "Water it weekly, or more often in extreme heat," Karam says.
"In Chinese culture the chrysanthemum is offered to elders as a symbol of longevity and good luck," explains Enfield. Gold chrysanthemums may be especially lucky, as they are said to represent wealth and prosperity, she says. For optimal growth, plant chrysanthemums in well-draining soil, in a spot that receives full sun. Then, keep the soil around chrysanthemums moist, "watering whenever the top one-inch of soil is dry."
These huge blooms "represent love, fertility, luck, and success," says Karam, who especially loves the Itoh peony for its yellow blooms that are uniquely flushed with lavender and pink. "In time, the yellow and pink fade to pale white [leaving] a large dark burgundy flare in the center," she describes. To grow peonies, plant them in enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained soil, with their crowns just below soil level. Make sure to water them regularly.
Sunset Pink Azalea
"Azaleas are associated with abundance, especially pertaining to beauty or intelligence," says Karam. But the sunset pink azalea is an especially hardy variety, she adds, making this flowering plant a different kind of lucky for gardeners who may have a back thumb. This type of azalea "thrives in humus-rich, acidic, well-drained soils," say Karam. She adds that it should be "sheltered it from harsh sun exposure in hot summer areas" and watered both deeply and regularly in first few growing seasons to establish root system."
According to Enfield, "Victorians associated amaryllis with strength because of their height and sturdy stems" This plant "also stands for success, and are sometimes given as gifts for achievements," she says. While amaryllis is often spotted at Christmas, this red—and sometimes pink or white—bloom starts hitting stores in the form of bulbs in mid fall. To plant amaryllis, pot it in a six- to eight-inch container filled with a high-quality mix. Then, place the container in a spot with bright-but-indirect light, and water it sparingly.
Like azaleas, all gardenias represent good luck, Karam says, "but you'll need no luck at all when growing this gardenia. This superior grafted selection out-performs others, and its large white flowers and glossy evergreen foliage enhance any landscape or container." Her best advice? "Plant it near an entry or outdoor seating to best enjoy the sweet fragrance." (Just make sure it's in rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soil.)