Plant & Flower Identification

8 Flowers With Thick Stems To Grow In Your Garden

Varieties of flowers with thick stems are often sturdy with wide blooms. The robust stems help the flowers receive sufficient water and keep them upright.

The thick-stemmed blooms are also suitable for floral arrangements since their freshness and sturdiness may last a long time.

Let’s go through 8 common flowers to understand more about their outstanding features.

What Are Flowers With Thick Stems? Top 8

flowers with thick stems

Thick stemmed flowers have multiple varieties, including lilies, Calla Lily, Gerbera Daisies, Lisianthus, Dahlias, Bergenia, tulips, Gladiolus.

All of them will stand upright add a charming touch to a corner of your garden.


Lilies are one of the common thick-stemmed blooms with dramatic and colorful flowers worldwide. I love their amazing beauty and incredibly sweet scent.

These flower species come in various colors, such as pink, orange, red, white, or yellow, with unique significance.

The lily flower family has many species, including day, calla, and Asiatic lilies. Depending on each variety, these blooms are perennials flowering from Spring to early Autumn.

This hardy plant may produce multiple flowers on a single tier. Depending on each species, they grow from seven inches to seven feet in height.

Calla Lily

Calla lilies are herbaceous plants that flourish in Africa. They look like Summer bulbs with cupped, waxy blooms showcasing in various colors, such as purple, pink, yellow, white, or black.

Thick-stemmed calla lilies may grow about 30 inches long. Apart from being herbaceous species, these flowers are semi-evergreen perennials that thrive through rhizomes.

Growing calla is easy because they don’t need much care. Proper cultivation and the right place are the most important considerations if you want to plant these blooms.

Grow them in well-drained and loose soil full of sunlight with favorable weather conditions.

Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera Daisies are perennials and thrive best in places with warm climates and annuals in cool temperatures. Their diameter ranges from 2.8 – 4.7 inches with thick stems.

The flower with a lot of petals has many colors, such as yellow, white, red, pink, or orange. It’s best to grow Gerbera in the Spring when the frost is over.

Besides, proper soil drainage is essential for planting these flowers as excess moisture may invite problems, such as root rot or crown disease.

So plant your Gerbera in a raised bed or container if your soil doesn’t drain well. Also, apply soil rich in compost to help your Gerberas develop better.


round flowers with lots of petals

This is a typical purple flower with thick stem with excellent application. Lisianthuses are tender biennials or perennials known as prairie gentian.

They are native to Nebraska, Colorado, and Northern Mexico. You might encounter them in fields and grasslands, and they will return year after year.

Lisianthuses are available in multiple colors, such as cream, purple, white, pink, and sometimes yellow, red, or apricot.

Besides, their leaves are lance-shaped, dark green, and somewhat fleshy. These flowers may grow from 1 – 3 feet tall and bear white bell-shaped blooms, big purple with flaring lobes on the straight stems.

Also, they are hardy and look fresh to become an ideal choice for wedding bouquets or any special occasion arrangements.


Dahlias are gorgeous flowers with various appearances, including round flowers with lots of petals.

The petals may come pointed or rounded with various colors, namely yellow, pink, orange, red, or white.

Flower diameters are often about two inches to over a foot, and their stems can reach from 12 inches – 8 feet in height.

Dahlias will thrive as annuals, blooming from mid-Summer until Fall or the early Winter. They require about 6 – 8 hours under direct sunlight to grow best, especially early morning sun.

When planting these blooms, consider choosing the nutrient-rich, well-drained soil type with a pH of 6.0 – 7.5.


Bergenia is a magnificent thick-stemmed bloom that may add great color and amazing structure to your garden. The plant has different varieties that differ in shade, height, and texture.

Bergenias require simple care as they may handle a wide variety of environments.

You just need to cultivate them in places with full sunlight and cool climates or partial shade with warm weather.

Also, mulch your Bergenias with a thick layer to maintain the moisture and avoid overwatering them.

You’d better remove spent flowers to give them a neat look. Besides, replant Bergenias every several years by digging them up and dividing their stems.


These thick-stemmed flowers are perennial, blooming in Spring, with a height of 4 – 27 inches. They manifest themselves in the shade of pink, yellow, and red, and are a reminder of the arrival of Spring.

The best time to grow these flowers is in mid-to-late Autumn before everything freezes and after the frost begins.

For best growth, it’s advised to plant within one month of receiving tulip bulbs. I always place these bulbs upside down and use the right soil type to cover them.

You shouldn’t grow your tulip flowers in a row to avoid making them look stiff and overcrowded or compete for nutrition.


big fluffy flower

Gladiolus flowers, also known as sword lilies, are available in various hues, even in brown or green. Gladiolus boast thick spikes, with blooms up to about 5-1/2 inches in diameter.

Gladiolus flowers prefer full sunlight. Thus, you should plant them in the proper location with sufficient natural light to help them flourish.

Yet, they also bloom in partial shade. Besides, choosing well-drained soil is suitable for growing gladiolus bulbs.

These thick-stemmed flowers don’t require too much water. Just water them once a week and give them a proper amount after they first grow.

Feed the newly emerging Gladiolus shoots with liquid fertilizer at a ratio of 10-10-10. Thrips may be a serious threat to Gladiolus flowers, so use insect soap to solve this problem.


The above are the 8 typical flowers with thick stems that are great for bridal bouquets or floral arrangements. They are diverse in varieties, from lily species and daisies to tulips.

Each species has unique characteristics with different sizes and colors.

Thus, you should have meticulous considerations to choose your favorite flower type for your specific purpose and give it proper care.

Samuel Mark

Hello I am Samuel. Samuel's Garden is a garden blog where I share my experiences in garden caring and tree growth. Hope you enjoy it!

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