Gypsophila spp., otherwise known as Baby’s breath, is a popular annual or perennial with more than 100 species within their genus.
Baby’s breath is native to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Baby’s breath is hardy to zones 3 to 9 and grows 2 to 3 feet tall with a similar spread.
Baby’s breath is a favorite flower filler but is just as lovely in the garden. Baby’s breath varies in appearance depending on the variety; some have a creeping habit, and others grow upright with slender stems. Both types contain mounds of greyish-blue foliage and airy clouds of snow-white or baby pink blooms during the summer.
Baby’s breath requires low maintenance; it thrives in at least 6 hours of full sun and tolerates various well-draining soil. However, it prefers slightly alkaline, sandy soil conditions. In addition, a baby’s breath has moderate watering requirements; one inch of water or rain is suitable for growing plants, whereas mature plants prefer arid environments and only need occasional water every second week.
Baby’s breath is a beautiful ornamental plant adorned in flower arrangements.
Calamintha nepeta is an herbaceous perennial with eight different species native to Asia, Africa, and parts of Europe. Calamint thrives in hardy zones of 5 to 7 and grows 12 to 18 inches tall and wide.
Calamint is a delicate and petite perennial perfect for cottage garden borders or novice gardeners. Calamint has aromatic, ovate grey-green leaves. The bushy plants produce loose clusters of tiny, two-lipped blooms in white, pink, lilac, or red from summer to fall.
Like Baby’s breath, Calamint thrives in at least 6 hours of full sun and a variety of well-draining soil types. However, contrary to baby’s breath, Calamint prefers slight moister soil. So, lightly water Calamint once the first inch of topsoil dries out.
Calamint tea is a fragrant and sweet tea that aids digestive problems.
2. Common Lilac
Syringa vulgaris is a deciduous shrub, counting up to 2000 different cultivars. Common lilac is native to Europe, hardy to zones 3 to 7, and grows 8 to 15 feet tall with approximately a 6 to 12 feet spread.
Easy growers and tough as nails, Common lilac bushes are among the best flowering shrubs, perfect for any garden! The Common lilac has gorgeous gray bark with gray-green to blue-green foliage. Blooming in spring, brilliantly fragranced, white or purple flower panicles boast atop their long shoots before the foliage fully matures.
The Common lilac thrives in a minimum of 6 hours of full sun and well-draining soil, similar to a Baby’s breath. However, the Common lilac prefers neutral, loamy soil. In addition, water immature Common lilac regularly to keep the soil slightly moist, and only water your fully grown Lilac plants in prolonged drought periods.
Common lilac flowers are perfect for decorative food items, and the plant is effective in lowering fever and improving digestion.
3. Sweet Alyssum
Lobularia maritima, or as we call it, sweet alyssum, is a colorful herbaceous perennial native to Europe. Sweet alyssum grows best in hardy zones of 5 to 9 and grows 3 to 9 inches tall and a 6 to 12-inch spread.
Sweet alyssum is a lovely but vigorous little plant with hairy, lance-shaped grayish-green leaves. From spring to fall, sweet alyssum produces a vivid carpet of delightfully scented white, pink, or purple four-petaled flowers.
Sweet alyssum is hardy to heat and drought and thrives best in 6 hours of full sun, similar to Baby’s breath. In addition. Sweet alyssum prefers medium moisture and well-draining soil. Provide the plant with at least 1 inch of water weekly.
Sweet alyssum treats common colds, coughs, and abdominal pain.
Silene, also known as campion or Catchfly, is a short-lived perennial native to the North American grasslands. Catchfly grows in hardy zones of 5 to 8 and matures up to 3 feet tall, depending on the variety.
Catchfly is a perennial, sometimes grown as an annual that blooms from spring through summer. Catchfly has rich green stems and sticky, elliptical leaves with panicles of beautiful tiny cleft-petaled blooms in white, pink, red, or blue colors.
Catchfly prefers full sun and moderately fertile and well-drained soil. As a result, Catchfly has moderate watering needs; water them as soon as the soil dries out.
Catchfly and Baby’s breath have similar sun requirements.
Catchfly roots treat constipation, intestinal pains, and external wounds like itching or scabies.
Cerastium tomentosum is a low-growing, short-lived perennial native to Italy. Snow-in-summer is hardy to zones 3 to 7 and matures 6 to 12 inches tall and 9 to 12 inches wide.
Snow-in-summer forms a dense mat of delicate, woolly, silver foliage dotted with perfect, snow-white, star-like flowers in late spring to early summer.
Snow-in-summer thrives in full sun and dry, well-draining sandy soil, much like Baby’s breath. In addition, Snow-in-summer prefers arid soil, so only water the plant during drought periods.
Snow-in-summer is an excellent ground cover for arid environments.
6. White Lace Flower
Orlaya Grandiflora is a hardy annual native to Europe. The white lace flower thrives in hardiness zones of 2 to 11 and matures up to 3 feet tall.
White lace flowers are elegant annuals with gorgeous grey-green, fern-like foliage. The plant produces large, flat-topped umbels of glossy, snow-white flowers atop finely divided foliage in summer through fall. Each flower has petite, central florets surrounded by a ring of more significant, pure white petals resembling a lace design, hence its common name.
White lace flowers thrive in full sun and well-draining soil similar to Baby’s breath. However, white lace flowers prefer moister soil to Baby’s breath. Therefore, regularly water white lace flowers in small amounts to prevent root rot.
White lace flowers are ornamental flowers, perfect for bridal banquets and floral arrangements, similar to Baby’s breath.
Erysimum is an easy-to-grow, short-lived perennial native to Southern Europe. Wallflowers prefer hardy zones of 6 to 9 and mature 1 to 3 feet tall.
Wallflowers are almost year-round bloomers, sporting months of rich, colorful blooms from mid-spring to fall. Wallflowers have charming, four-petaled flowers in hues like bright yellow, orange, red, blue, and violet held in dense racemes atop their attractive foliage.
Like Baby’s breath, Wallflowers thrive in full sun and dry, well-draining sandy soil, much like Baby’s breath. In addition, Wallflowers only need moderate watering. However, note that Wallflowers need frequent watering while growing.
Wallflowers are mostly grown as garden plants; however, they are occasionally used in Persian medicine.
Valeriana officinalis is a flowering perennial native to much of Europe and Asia. Valerian grows in hardy zones of 3 to 9 and grows up to 3 to 5 feet tall.
Valerian is a popular upright growing perennial with glorious sprays of sweetly perfumed, white, or pale pink flowers that rise atop its bushy foliage of bluish-green, lance-shaped foliage in early summer.
Valerian thrives in full sun with average, well-drained, sandy soil similar to Baby’s breath. However, Valerian needs consistently moist soil.
Valerian treats sleep disorders, anxiety, and digestive disorders.
9. Shasta Daisy
Leucanthemum x superbum is an herbaceous perennial native to Europe and naturalized throughout North America. The Shasta daisy is hardy to zones 5 to 9 and grows 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.
Shasta daisies are famous for their abundance of floral displays. These summer bloomers produce a sea of free-flowering, large, pure white, single daisy florets with golden-centered disks borne atop its basal rosettes of leathery, deep green leaves.
Shasta daisies thrive in full sun and any well-draining soil, similar to Baby’s breath. Shasta daisies are pretty drought tolerant and have low to moderate water requirements; water them during prolonged periods of drought.
Shasta daisy tea can treat coughs, bronchitis, and liver-and-kidney disorder.
Verbena x is a genus of herbaceous perennials and annuals containing more than 250 species. Verbena is mostly a cultivated hybrid; however, the parent species are native to Europe. Verbena thrives as a perennial in hardy zones of 9 to 11 and grows up to 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide.
Verbena is a low-growing sprawling perennial that forms a gorgeous mat of deeply divided or ovate, gray or green foliage. From spring to fall, rounded clusters of dainty flowers in white, pink, red, or purple colors bloom atop the lush greenery, almost entirely covering the ground-hugging plant.
Like, Baby’s breath, Verbena thrives in full sun and dry to medium moisture, well-draining soil. However, Verbena requires up to 10 hours of full sun. Once mature, Verbena has average watering needs but can tolerate slight drought.
The parts of the Verbena that grow above ground treat mild gum disease (gingivitis), swelling of the nasal cavity and sinuses, heart conditions, and depression.
11. English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia is an herbaceous perennial native to the Mediterranean and thrives in hardy zones of 5 to 8. English lavender grows 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide.
English lavender has charming narrow grey-green leaves protruding from its square stems. English lavender is celebrated during early to mid-summer for its dainty, wispy inflorescence that graces the tip of each upright growing stem in vivid bluish-purple flowers.
English lavender and Baby’s breath are summer bloomers, lovers of the sun, and prefer dry to medium, well-drained soil. Only water English lavender in cases of drought.
English lavender is common in medicinal purposes such as aromatherapy.
12. Queen Anne’s Lace
Ammi majus, or as we commonly call it, Queen Anne’s lace, is an upright hardy annual native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and West and Central Asia. Queen Anne’s lace grows in hardiness zones 3a to 9b and matures 3 to 4 feet high and 14 to 18 inches wide.
Queen Anne’s lace has attractive, finely divided, feathery foliage, perfect as garden fillers. In addition, Queen Anne’s lace carries large domed umbels with densely packed, flawless snow-white flowers born atop tall, slender stems from early summer to fall.
Queen Anne’s lace thrives in full sun and well-draining soils, much like Baby’s breath. In addition, Queen Anne’s lace has low to average watering needs.
Queen Anne’s lace is a traditional herbal medicine that treats chronic ulcers.
13. Ornamental Onion
Allium ‘Ambassador’is a bulbous cousin of the onion, native to the Northern Hemisphere. Alliums grow in hardy zones of 5 to 8 and mature approximately 46 inches tall.
Ambassador allium is one of the tallest ornamental flowering onions, blooming from late spring to early summer. It has sturdy upright stems and sizeable globe-shapes flower heads, densely packed with hundreds of light-purple, star-shaped flowers.
Ambassador allium thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, similar to Baby’s breath. However, Ambassador alliums only need watering once per week while blooming. However, they are relatively drought tolerant after their bloom period.
Ambassador allium has fantastic antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. People use Alliums to prevent blood clots, treat inflammations, and boosts immunity.
Iberis Sempervirens is a ground-hugging perennial flower native to the Mediterranean. Candytuft grows in hardy zones of 4 to 8 and matures to 12 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide.
Candytuft is a fabulous late spring bloomer with leathery, evergreen foliage and inflorescences of pure white, four-petaled flowers enlightened with yellow dots. Unfortunately, contrary to its sweet and pleasant name, Candytuft has a relatively unpleasant aroma.
Candytuft grows well in areas with full sun and well-draining soil, like Baby’s breath. However, Candytuft prefers gravelly soil. Therefore,Candytuft needs moderate watering approximately 1 to 2 times per week.
Candytuft can treat gout, rheumatism, and arthritis.
Sedum spp. is a succulent annual or perennial native to North America. Sedum thrives in a hardy zone of 3 to 10 and matures 6 to 24 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches wide.
Sedum often surprises homesteaders with a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. It is a hardy succulent plant with thick, fleshy leaves varying in shades of green. In addition, Sedum flaunts tiny; white, yellow, red, or pink star-shaped flowers late during the growing season.
Sedum thrives in areas with at least 6 hours of full sun and sandy, well-draining soil, like Baby’s breath. In addition, water a sedum plant roughly once per week until established; once the sedum plant is fully grown, it typically won’t need any supplemental watering.
Sedum treats pain and inflammation.
Amaranthus is a vigorous annual or biennial native to North America and Central America. Amaranth thrives in hardy zones 2 to 11 and grows 2 to 5 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide.
Amaranth is a striking erect annual or biennial with large, light green, ovate leaves. In addition, Amaranth boasts unusual long tassel-like racemes of burgundy, bright pink, orange, and whitish-green tiny flowers from late summer to early winter.
Amaranth does best in at least 6 hours of direct sun, much like Baby’s breath. However, Amaranth prefers moist, well-draining soil with average watering requirements (water the Amaranth no more than 1 inch per week).
Amaranth is an edible plant grown for its edible leaves and grain-like seeds to thicken soups.
Achillea millefolium is an herbaceous flowering perennial native to the Northern hemisphere of Asia, Europe, and North America. Yarrow grows well in hardy zones 3 to 9 and matures 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.
Yarrow is a sturdy and robust perennial with feathery, fern-like leaves and flower stalks up to four times its foliage height. Typically blooming from late spring to late summer, Yarrow boasts a profusion of conspicuous flat umbels in hues of pure white, bright yellow, crimson, peach, and red.
Like Baby’s breath, Yarrow thrives in full sun and a variety of well-draining soil types. In addition, Yarrow is relatively drought-tolerant but thrives best with 1 inch of water weekly.
The above-ground parts of Yarrow treat fever, common cold, absence of menstruation, dysentery, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. In addition, fresh leaves can relieve toothache.
Catnip is a member of the well-known mint family, scientifically known as Nepeta cataria. Catnip is native to Europe and Asia. It is hardy to zones 3 to 7 and grows between 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
Catnip is a late-spring to early fall bloomer. It has a clump-forming growth with aromatic gray-green, triangular to oval foliage with toothed edges topped with charming flower spikes of white flowers with lavender markings.
Catnip and Baby’s breath have similar sun and soil preferences of full sun (at least 6 hours) and well-draining, sandy soil. However, Once rooted, catnip is drought tolerant and does not need frequent watering.
Catnip’s dried leaves and flowers are traditionally used in tea to treat or prevent insomnia, headaches, and anxiety.
19. Flowering Spurge
Euphorbia corollate is an upright-growing herbaceous perennial native to North America. The Flowering Spurge is hardy to zones 3 to 9 and matures 24 to 36 inches tall and wide.
Flowering Spurge has a whorl of bluish-green foliage growing on its bright green, erect stems. From early summer to fall, the Flowering Spurge boasts large, airy clusters of petite, delicate flowers with five rounded white petals atop each main stem.
Flowering Spurge is often called native Baby’s breath due to its strikingly similar resemblance. Flowering Spurge thrives in full sun and a variety of arid, well-drained soil, similar to Baby’s breath. In addition, Flowering Spurge does need supplemental watering.
Flowering Spurge is a treatment for cancer, sores, pinworms, and urinary tract diseases.
20. Pine-Needle Milkweed
Asclepias linaria, commonly known as Pine-Needle Milkweed, is an upright perennial shrub native to California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Pine-Needle Milkweed thrives in hardy zones 9 to 11 and grows 2 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.
Pine-needle Milkweed is an upright shrub with dozens of erect stems that bear soft and textured leaves that resemble pine needles. From winter to fall, the Pine-needle Milkweed showcases the tiniest clusters of lightly fragranced, creamy white flowers at the tip of its stems.
Pine-needle Milkweed is drought and heat tolerant. It thrives in full sun and various well-draining soil types, similar to Baby’s breath. Pine-needle Milkweed requires occasional watering until established.
Pine-needle Milkweed is an excellent nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.
21. Summer Snapdragon
Angelonia Angustifolia is a tender perennial usually grown annually, native to Mexico and the West Indies. Summer Snapdragon grows in hardy zones of 9 to 11 and matures 18 to 30 inches tall.
Summer Snapdragon has flexible stems with narrow, pointed medium-green foliage. In summer, Summer Snapdragon boasts a profusion of showy spikes of gorgeous flowers in white and various shades of pink and purple. Their eye-catching blossoms exude a slight grape scent and are rich in nectar.
Summer Snapdragon needs a full day of sun to continue blooming, and it tolerates most well-draining soil types, similar to Baby’s breath. In addition, Summer Snapdragon is a hardy plant that will continue blooming during drought periods. Consider watering them whenever the soil feels dry.
Summer Snapdragon is a lovely ornamental perfect for garden beds.
22. Cup Plant
Silphium perfoliatum is a perennial flowering plant native to most parts of the eastern United States. The cup plant is hardy to zones 3 to 9 and grows 4 to 8 feet tall.
The cup plant is a tall, erect, sunflower-like perennial with coarse, green leaves that form a basin-shaped around its very long stems with rough, fine short hairs. In early to mid-summer, the cup plant blooms sunflower-like bright yellow flowers consisting of numerous disk florets.
The cup plant thrives in at least 6 hours of full sun, similar to Baby’s breath. However, the cup plant requires ample space and clay or wet soil conditions. In addition, the cup plant prefers regular watering.
Cup plant treats digestive disorders.
23. May Night Salvia
Salvia sylvestris is a rich-colored, herbaceous perennial member of the mint family, native to Europe and Asia. May Night Salvia grows in hardiness zones of 4 to 8 and matures 1.5 to 2 feet tall with 1 to 1.5 feet spread.
May Night Salvias are eye-catching, medium-sized perennials. They will reward you with masses of lance-shapes, green or silver foliage, and sturdy, free-flowering, long violet spikes from late spring throughout summer.
May Night Salvia is a hardy plant that thrives in full sun and sandy, well-draining soil, similar to Baby’s breath. May Night Salvia requires moderate watering until it fully matures.
May Night Salvia flowers are perfect for salads, cut-flower arrangements, or potpourri when dried out.
24. Sea Lavender
Limonium latifolium is a coastal perennial plant native to Coastal Areas. Sea lavender is hardy to zones 4 to 11 and grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
Sea lavender has gorgeous red-tinted stems with leathery, spoon-shaped rosette leaves and dense, cloudy sprays of petite papery silvery-white to lavender flowers in the summer.
Like Baby’s breath, Sea lavender thrives in full sun and sandy soil conditions, making it an ideal choice for coastal homeowners living in hot or dry climates. In addition, sea lavender is drought-tolerant and only requires occasional watering.
Sea lavender is an excellent choice for dry climate gardens’ beds and borders.
Aegopodium podagraria is the most popular species referred to as goutweed. Goutweed is an herbaceous perennial native to Europe and Asia. Goutweed is hardy to zones 4 to 9 and matures up to 2 feet tall.
Goutweed is a fast-growing and hardy perennial with a vigorous and spreading habit. Goutweed has compound green leaves with 3 to 15 leaflets per stem. In summer, flower stalks shoot up between the masses of green foliage displaying the finest white flower umbels.
Goutweed is a hardy plant that thrives in full sun, partial shade, or full shade. Similar to Baby’s breath, goutweed can survive in a wide variety of well-draining soil types. In addition, goutweed requires watering once per week.
Goutweed treats rheumatic diseases.
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