Winter is certainly upon us now in Edinburgh and what better way to forget about that than looking at some lovely summery pictures of flowers. Below is a selection of flowers that could help you sell your home - or at least that's according to a survey carried out by Homebase (repeated in the Daily Telegraph).

1. Roses


(photo:Nathalie Owen/FlickrCC)

There are over 100 species of rose. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles.


2. Sweet Peas


(photo:Rob Young/FlickrCC)

Sweet Peas are annual climbing plants, growing to a height of 1-2 meters (nearly six feet and six inches), where suitable support is available. It was a popular bloomer in the Victorian era.

3. Lavender



Viewers will like the smell of this one. The most widely cultivated species, lavandula angustifolia is often referred to as lavender, and the  colour is named for the shade of the flowers of this species.


4. Fuchsia



The first species of Fuschia, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in about 1696-1697 by the French monk and botanist, Charles Plumier.

5. Tulips



The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. In the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century the contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. This phenomenon has subsequently been called Tulip mania.

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