More than half the land in Ukraine is cultivatable, and 18% is wooded. Full of rich plains, Ukraine has a moderate climate, with a more Mediterranean weather pattern on the Crimean coast. The northern and western areas receive the most rainfall, and summers range from pleasant to very hot in the south. With such local and weather conditions, Ukraine is home to numerous flowers, both native and imported.
Hollyhocks make up nearly 60 species of plants that are native to middle and southwest Asia. They are popular as ornamental garden plants, and are usually found in shades of dark purple, red, and white, with native versions often including other shades.
Hollyhocks are resistant to dry conditions, and thrive in sun-drenched locations where other flowers may succumb.
The morning glory is another plant native to Ukraine. They flourish even in poor or arid soils, and make good vines for creating shade when it is hot. Morning glories grow rapidly, twine readily around lattices, and have vivid blossoms that bloom for one day. They are often grown on trellises for decorative or shade-enhancing properties.
The marigold from Ukraine is of genus Glebionis. It is a perennial flower that reaches heights of nearly a yard and has intense yellow flowers 35 to 55 mm in diameter. This marigold is cultivated in many places beyond its native habitat, reaching the west with the advent of agriculture.
Camomile is daisy-like flower that has a fragrance similar to that of an apple.
Camomile is sometimes used to create green pigment. It is commonly used in medicinal situations, and there are dozens of conditions for which camomile has been normally used as treatment, including the common cold, nausea, and nervousness.
Cornflower is a petite, intense blue plant native to Europe. It is an annual flower that grows to an average height of half a meter and has gray-green stems. The flower heads on these plants are slightly over 1 inch in diameter. Because of heavy use of herbicides, the cornflower is now endangered in its native habitat.
The peony is a generous, graceful, delicate flower ranging in hue from white to deep red. Peonies flower in early summer. Peonies love to be left alone when they’ve naturalized. Those that are transplanted may not flower again for many years. But once it is comfortably established, it produces big, blowsy blooms every year.
One of the real lilies, known as the White Lily is native to Ukraine. The plant forms its bulbs at the base. They have a low ring of leaves that survive through the winter, then wilt in the hot weather. Reaching heights of over 1 m, this lily emerges in late spring and has elegant six-petaled scented white blooms.
Bluebells have stems that average 10 inches long and which arc over at the top. The flowers are blue and pendulous. The petals form a bell shape, and theblossoms occur on one side of the stem only. Bluebells usually have a pungent, pleasant scent. Under suitable conditions, bluebells can multiply successfully and rapidly.
The flowers native to Ukraine are numerous and broad-ranging. The temperate climate and fertile soils of Ukraine provided the origin for native plants that are now enjoyed throughout the world.