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80 Popular Types of Flowers (2022 List & Photos)

An extraordinary list of the most popular types of flowers with detailed descriptions. The best part is for each flower we offer additional articles that list out more types with more information. This is the ultimate flower database for gardeners.

 

Backyard garden with many types of flowers and plants

Where would we be without plants? Well first of all, we wouldn’t be able to breathe, but if we remove the dramatics, we can all agree that the world would be an excessively dull place without our green friends. Plants provide nutrients, shelter, oxygen, and of course, beauty. Though much of this beauty comes from shape, and aroma, there is no quality of a plant more enchanting, than its flower.

Today we’re going to be focusing on flowering plants. Where they grow, how you can help them grow, their physical characteristics, and how they reproduce. So whether you’re looking to expand your plant and flower identification skills, you’re in search of the next addition for your garden, or you just like looking at pictures of flowers, this is the right place to be.

To start out your acquaintance with our friendly flower plant friends, we will first describe the differences between perennials, annuals, shrubs, cacti, succulents, ornamental grasses, bamboo and bonsai trees. After that, we’ve compiled a super list running through individual flowering plants A-Z. So sit back, and get ready for a mildly exciting lesson on some of the world’s most beautiful flowering plants.

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General Types of Flowers

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Perennials

White and violet perennials in the garden.

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Perennials are plants which will continue to bloom season after season. They will first bloom during the spring or summer, then die back in autumn or winter, depending on the species and growing location.

The following spring, a perennial will re-emerge not from new seedlings, but directly from their previous root stocks. This type of vegetative reproduction is common for plants like ferns, liverworts, onions, and orchids. Their reproductive growth comes from various structures like bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, or woody crowns.

This type of reproductive process has allowed for these plants to adapt to very severe climactic and environmental conditions. They can survive drought, flooding, fire, cold season, dry season, and anything else that mother nature can throw their way. This is because their reproductive tools are safe underground, whereas annual plants produce seeds which must then beat all odds in order to germinate.

There are evergreen perennials which retain their foliage throughout the year, regardless of the season,  as well as deciduous perennials, which will lose their foliage around the same time every year.

 

Annuals

Annual flowers

Types of Annuals

Annuals are plants that will live for one life cycle, and then die. Within one year they will first bloom, become pollinated, produce seeds, disperse of those seeds, and then perish.

Depending on the season they live, there are either summer annuals or winter annuals. Summer annuals germinate during spring or early summer and mature  by autumn while winter annuals, germinate during the autumn and mature during spring.

Annuals are exceptionally important plant species to their local ecosystem because they provide nectar for many species of insects. Though it may sometimes seem a nuisance to keep replanting the same annuals in your garden each spring, just remember, you’re doing it for the bees!

*Here’s a hot tip! If you want to keep an annual alive, all you must do to keep it growing is to snip off their flowers before they are fully grown, as this indicates the end of their life cycle. I have done this with my basil plant for years, and it will continue to provide for me pesto ingredients as long as I snip away the flowers. But don’t throw them away! Basil flowers make for a punchy and beautiful edible garnish.

 

Shrubs

Shrubs

Types of Shrubs

Shrubs are small to medium-sized woody plants which have persistent woody stems. There also some small trees that can be considered as large shrubs. Something is usually considered as a shrub as long as it is under 6 meters tall and has a multi-stemmed trunk system

Shrubs can be either deciduous or evergreen, meaning that it will either lose its leaves annually, or its leaves will remain green and persist all year long. Shrubs can have either broadleaves which are usually associated with deciduous plants, or needle-like or scale-like leaves which are usually associated with evergreen conifers.

Shrubs are classified differently depending on their structural forms. As such, there are dense foliage, mid-dense foliage, sparse foliage, and very sparse foliage cover shrubs for shrubs between 2-8 meters high. For shrubs less than 2 meters high, the classification is dense foliage, mid-dense foliage, sparse foliage, and very sparse foliage cover shrubs.

 

Cacti

Cacti in the desert

Types of Cacti

Cacti are plants which live in extremely dry environments that are often subjected to drought conditions. Cacti have various adaptations to retain and conserve water as a result of the environments they grow in. Most cacti have thickened and fleshy plant parts for this purpose, to help protect the plant from heat, and as a way to retain the most amount of water possible.

Many cacti have spines in place of leaves. These spines are highly modified leaves which in addition to conserving water through the reduction of water loss, they defend the plant against herbivores and camouflage in some species. They also provide some shade to the plant which lowers the surface temperature of the plant while conserving water.

The stem is where photosynthesis takes place in cacti plants. These plants have short growing seasons and long dormancy seasons. The stem of a cactus is fluted to allow it to contract and expand easily to absorb any rainwater. Cactus stems are some shade of green, bluish or brownish green. These colored plant cells contain chlorophyll, which is how plants photosynthesize.

Some cacti have globe-shaped stems which help in increasing the volume of water storage by having the most minimal surface area for transpiration. They react quickly to rainfall as a result of their extensive, shallow roots which absorb any water reaching the ground. Their roots are spread out widely and  grow only in the top soil.

 

Succulents

Succulents

Types of Succulents

Succulents are plants which are more thickened and fleshier than normal as a result of their water-storing tissues. This is an adaptation to retain water in arid conditions, as succulents store water in leaves and stems. These plants are resistant to drought.

They are adapted to survive in steppes, semi-deserts, and deserts as well as climates with high temperatures and low precipitation. They can also be found in sea coasts and dry lakes that have had exposure to high levels of dissolved minerals that may be dangerous to other plants.

Succulents have underground reproductive organs such as bulbs, corms, and tubers which have these water-storing tissues. They have other features to enable them to retain and conserve water such as a reduced stoma, absent or reduced leaves, crassulacean acid metabolism, and mucilaginous substances among others.

Various succulent species come in an incredible array of different shapes, sizes, and growing patterns. These are some of the strangest looking plants on the planet, and they often grow in a very fractal manner. Succulents are small plants, are often found growing in the wild as ground cover.

 

Ornamental Grasses

Garden with ornamental grasses

31 Types of Ornamental Grasses

Grasses are monocotyledonous plants with narrow and parallel leaves. This means that though there are many individual blades of grass, an entire field is operating as one entire plant system. (Aspen trees function in the same way!)

Most ornamental grasses are herbaceous perennials, and they come up in spring from their roots and go dormant in fall. This is when a lovely green lawn dies off in the later summer due to heat and lack of water, and regrows come spring. Others such as bamboos are evergreen while some have woody tissues.

Ornamental grasses include sedges,cat-tails and rushes with a striking linear form, color texture, motion. Some ornamental grasses are bunch grasses and tussock grasses while others make up extensive systems of multiply branched rhizomes.

Bamboo

Bamboo in planters on a deck

10 Types of Bamboo

Though technically also a grass, bamboo deserves its own entire category. Bamboo has been around for 30 to 50 million years, and is pretty well identical in appearance today as it was all of those millions of years ago.

If you didn’t already guess, bamboo is a resilient plant, and grows like a weed wherever it lives. Its roots grow so deep into the earth that is is near impossible to entirely remove the root system of a bamboo plant. Depending on the species of bamboo, it can grow literal inches within one day!

There are 2 main types of bamboo; clumping and runner. Clumping bamboo has one mass root system with shoots emerging directly from that clump of roots. Runner bamboo has a different type of root system that is very wide spreading, and individual canes sprout out all along the length of this root system. Clumping bamboo is usually contained to one area, whereas runner bamboo can spread in many different directions.

 

Bonsai Trees

Collage of different bonsai trees

Types of Bonsai Trees

Bonsai trees do not grow naturally in such tiny sizes. There are very ancient techniques and traditions that have been passed down to manipulate this type of plant growth. Some methods include bud pinching and wiring branches, but the fundamental aspect of bonsai is by containing the root system of the tree.

Bonsai trees will not organically be able to create the same type of crown as it would if it were growing in the wild, and so bonsai growers will very carefully manipulate the growth so that an exact miniature replica of the tree can be achieved within the home.

A bonsai will flower just like the tree would in the wild, and for a short while can provide an absolutely magnificent and miniature flurry of color.

Specific Types of Flowers (A to Z)

Now it is time do look at some individual species of flowering plants. Instead of organizing into perennials, annuals and so forth, we’ve created our listing from A to Z, to help with easy navigation for all of you who know exactly what you’re looking for!

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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

26 Types of Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera plants are evergreen perennials – this means that their foliage will remain green and persist all year long, and that it will continue to thrive and bloom year after year. These plants are used for both medicinal and agricultural purposes. Aloe vera is very commonly known as an elixir to help soothe sun damage, and aloe vera pulp also goes into making delicious and thirst quenching juices!

Aloe vera plants can be found growing in very warm and tropical climates, and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. They can survive quite prosperously in areas that receive low amounts of annual precipitation because of their ability to retain water in their long, thick, and fleshy leaves. Aloe vera cannot tolerate snow or frost, and prefers to exist in super sunny conditions.

Aloe vera plants are super unique and interesting looking, and their leaves are filled with a gooey wet substance. This is both edible to animals and humans. They can grow to be absolutely massive, and they produce beautiful and unique flowers as well. Adding aloe to your garden ensures you’ll never have to leave a sunburn un-soothed, and, let’s face it, who doesn’t love squeezing those weird plump leaves?

Alstroemeria Flowers

Alstroemeria Flowers

32 Types of  Alstroemeria Flowers

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Alstroemeria flowers are more commonly called a Peruvian lily, or the lily of the Incas. Though they are originally native plants to South America, they have become naturalized in the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Madeira Island and the Canary Islands as well. These plants are strictly divided into either a winter growing plant or a summer-growing plant.

These long-lived perennials bear incredible flowers that can range in many different shades of red, orange, purple, green, or white, with stunning flecks and stripe patterns for some extra flare. These plants are a very popular choice for special flower arrangements and bouquets.

Amaryllis Flowers

Amaryllis Flowers 

32 Types of Amaryllis Flowers

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Amaryllis flowers are usually known by a different name, and you may have heard of them as a belladonna lily, a Jersey lily, a naked lady, or an amarillo flower. Though they are not true lily flowers, they hold a very similar shape, and of course, a similar level of beauty in their striking flower shape and vibrant coloring.

This bulbous plant tends to grow in mountainous regions, and their evolutionary track has caused these plants to adapt in order to survive the constant wildfire of their growing regions. Native to South Africa, they have since been naturalized in Australia, and are widely cultivated in tropical parts of the united States as well.

Anemone Flowers

Anemone Flowers

29 Types of Anemone Flowers

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Part of the same botanical family as the beloved buttercup flower, members of this genus are usually called windflowers. They are native to temperate and somewhat subtropical regions of nearly every continent. These flowers make for a wonderful addition in the garden, and they are a lovely pop of color in flower bouquets as well.

Here’s a cool little story about the anemone flower: it is said that this flower is a product of the love between Adonis and Aphrodite from greek mythology. The goddess, Aphrodite, who was in love with the mortal man, Adonis. Adonis was one day killed with a boar (oh dear) and the tears of Aphrodite mixed with the boars blood, and out pops an anemone flower! (There’s a cool little tidbit for ya when giving tours of your garden).

Aster Flowers

Aster flowers

32 Types of Aster Flowers

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Aster flowers are a huge genus of plants consisting of 180 different species. Many of them perennials, asters are found in Europe and Asia, and are a very popular garden plant because of their great diversity of flower colors, and super easy care as well. Some other members of this botanical family are daisies and sunflowers as well.

These plants bear wonderfully star shaped flowers that can be many different shades of white, purple, or blue. Some of the most common varietals are the New England aster and the New York aster, which tend to have the most striking color.

Aster plants have a rather late blooming season, which helps extend the life of your colorful garden. They can be anywhere from 8 inches to a meter tall, so choose your variety wisely! The flower attract many different types of pollinators, and can be used in rock gardens, as a border plant, or as a potted plant!

Azaleas

Azaleas

12 Types of Azaleas

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Azaleas are often called “the royalty of the garden”.  This flowering shrub is part of the rhododendron genus and can be found in abundance in both the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere. They are a shade loving plant and are best planted underneath one of the favorite trees on your property.

Azaleas are gorgeous flowers and they tend to bloom for many weeks. There are over 10,000 different cultivars of azalea flowers! Though they are slow growing, their eventual bloom is well worth the wait. Deadhead the flower heads every year so that they are ensured to come back around the following spring!

Begonias

Begonias

12 Types of Begonias

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Begonias are a very common houseplant, or a colorful addition to a summer garden bed. They grow prosperously in both tropical and subtropical climate conditions. This giant family contains over 2,000 different begonia species, making it the largest genera of flowering plants!

These perennials are a typical under shrub, they have waxy dark green flowers and uniquely shaped flowers that can be almost any color under the sun, including white, pink, yellow, scarlet, and orange. They can grow and flower all year round in warmer regions.

A couple things to keep in mind when introducing a begonia to your garden is that they prefer warm temperatures, they do not like to exist in full sun conditions, and their soil should be neither completely wet or completely dry.

Bellflowers

A bunch of bellflowers in the garden

14 types of bellflowers

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Welcome to the genus campanula. The common name for this flower type is the bellflower, and it’s not hard to guess where it got that nickname. The flowers are shaped like perfect little bells! Campanula is actually the latin word for “little bell”. This genus includes close to 500 different species, and they can be either annual, perennial, or biannual.

This plant species is super widely distributed all over the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, and they can also be found in the more tropical regions of Africa and Asia as well. They can also handle alpine habitats, making them a very resilient and adaptable little plant!

Bellflowers have brow leaves that a lovely glossy green, and flowers are comprised of 5 perfect flower petals. Flowers are usually a striking shade of blue or purple, though there are some cultivars that produce pink flowers as well.

Blanket Flowers

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The common name for members of the genus gaillardia is the blanket flower. This group of flowering plants are cousins of the sunflower, and both flower species have exceptionally lovely flowers. They get this common name because of their natural color pattern that closely resembles the intricate color work of First Nations blanket weaving.

Blanket flowers can be either annual or perennial herbs. They come equipped with long stems that emerge from a floret of basal leaves. Flower heads are comprised of 15 ray florets and can be many different shades of purple, orange, red, white, or sometimes a mix of  2 colors!

Blanket flowers are wonderfully easy to introduce to your garden space, and once they are established, they will continue to literally blanket an area with incredibly stunning flowers (that attract many different pollinators too!).

Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans

43 Types of Black-Eyed Susans

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Black eyed Susan is the common name form a species of flowering plant in the asteraceae family. Some other common names include brown eyed Susan, brown betty, gloriosa daisy, yellow daisy, yellow ox eye daisy, English bull’s eye, or the golden Jerusalem daisy. These plants are native to North America, but are now naturalized all over the planet.

The plants are usually annual, though some species are perennial or biannual. Plants have mostly basal leaves and stout stems, whereat the top you can find a flower head comprised of yellow ray florets with a striking black disc in the centre.

Black eyed Susans are an excellent option for nearly every landscaping or gardening purpose. They can be used along garden borders, as container plants, in both wildflower and cultivated gardens, and they grow prosperously in the wild as well.

Bleeding Heart Flowers

Bleeding heart flowers

27 Types of Bleeding Heart Flowers

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The bleeding heart flowering plant is a proud member of the poppy family. Originally native to China, Japan, and Korea, they have now luckily been naturalized all over the world. And thank goodness, for there are not many things more enchanting than flowers that are shaped like perfect hears.

These plants have rather delicate root systems, and therefore are not tolerant of many things. They prefer to exist right in the middle of all conditions; soil should be not too dry and not too moist, they should not receive too little or too much sun, and temperatures should not be too hot or too cold. The bleeding heart plant is essential the Goldilocks of plants!

Bleeding heart plants can grow to be between 12 and 18 inches in height and they produce flowers comprised of pendant petals – the outer petals are pink, and the inner petals are pink. Want to know a crazy thing about the bleeding heart flower?

If you flip the flower upside down and pry apart the body of the flower, the white inner petals will pop out (like a pop-up card) and it will be the perfect shape of a lady with great posture. For this reason, the flower has also been nicknamed “lady in a bath”. Isn’t that just adorable?

Bluebell Flowers

bluebell flowers in a field with big trees

6 Types of Bluebell Flowers

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If you are an expert gardener, you probably know this plant by the name of hyacinthoides, but most people know of them as the simple bluebell. So many plants are named simply after their flower shape, aren’t they? Bluebells are part of the asparagaceae family, and they occur naturally in northwestern Europe, and are native to France and England.

These perennial plants can be anywhere from purple, to blue, to pink, to white. Keep an eye out for their blooming season, as they can only be seen for a few weeks within April and May! The flowers are wonderful fragrant and make for a lovely companion flower in a bridal bouquet.

The bluebell flower gets its name because the flower bloom ends up being too heavy for the stem to be able to hold it upright, and so the flower ends up drooping down in a rather charming way. They are shade loving, so remember that when choosing a place to incorporate them.

Bluebonnets

Beautiful bright bluebonnet flowers growing in a cluster with one indian paintbrush flower

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Part of the genus lupinus, bluebonnet is the common name given to any purple or blue flower that is from that species. This is a very successful flower in the southwestern United States specifically, with special attention on Texas. Texans love the bluebonnet. It’s their state flower, there are fields of them everywhere, and they even have a bluebonnet festival every spring!

The shape of the flower is the indicator of the flowers’ name. The petals grow in such a way that resembles the hats that pioneer women would have worn to shield their faces from the sun.

Bluebonnets are wonderfully successful flowers that are quite easy to introduce to your garden space. That being said, they do require rather specific growing requirements that can really only be found in the southwest!

Blue-Eyed Grass

Tall stems of the blue eyed grass plant with small blooming flowers against a blurry green grass background

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Blue eyed grass is actually a member of the iris family, and is not a true grass in the slightest! Though its leaf blades grow in a very similar fashion to regular grasses, they are not a monocot. This plant is native to North America and can be added to almost any garden, as it grows very prosperously in many different growing conditions.

This plant has a clumping growth habit with super tall stems and long leaves. Their flowers are very small and violet, with a very noticeable yellow “eye” in the centre, which is where the plants’ name derives from.

Blue eyed grass isn’t only a great addition to your garden to give it a natural wildflower look, but it’s also highly beneficial for pollinators, and the foliage of the plant makes for excellent nesting materials for birds and small mammals as well.

Borage

Incredible purple fuzzy buds and bloomed flowers of the borage plant

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Borage is one crazy looking plant. Native to the Mediterranean, it prefers to live in locations that have high heat, high humidity, and plenty of sun. This plant is wonderful for its contribution to the local natural ecology.

Borage plants are naturally insect repellent, as their leaves and stems are completely covered in fuzzy hairs, which on a minuscule scale, must feel quite prickly. They produce incredible purple and blue flowers that are star shaped, and tend to hang in a downward fashion.

Not only are they beautiful, but borage is one of the best companion plants you could have in your garden. Not only for the natural ability to repel pests, but because they introduce vital nutrients and minerals in the soil just by being there. They’re often planted alongside strawberries and tomatoes, and are said to improve the flavor of the fruit!

Bottlebrush

Several bright red bottlebrush flowers in bloom growing on a large shrub

Learn More About Bottlebrushes!

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Another classic case of plants being named after the shape of their flowers, the bottlebrush plant gets its name from its highly unique flowers. This desert perennial is native to the driest and hottest places of Australia, and have become naturalized in similar climates around the world.

These plants have a very long blooming season, bringing incredible color and texture to a gardenscape. They’re quite easy to care for, as they are affordable to purchase, and barely have any growing requirements. Bottlebrushes actually seem to thrive off of neglect!

Bouvardia

Beautiful small white flowers of the bouvardia plant with dark green leaves

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Bouvardia is a genus of flowering plants that contains a great variety of evergreen shrubs and small herbs. This is a native plant to central America, Mexico, and certain parts of the United States as well. They thrive in hot and dry growing conditions.

Bouvardia is known as an ornamental plant, either as a garden plant, potted in the house, or as a beautiful addition to a flower arrangement. They do require rather specific temperature and water conditions, so be aware of this when choosing your next plant friend!

These plants bear explosions of flowers that can be many different colors, like red, pink, orange, yellow, or white. In the language of flowers, bouvardia is actually a representation of excitement and enthusiasm, which is apparent by the way the flowers seem to explode with energy.

Brachyscome

Small pink flowers and dark green leaves of the brachyscome plant

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Brachyscome is a genus of flowering plants that are completely endemic to Australia. This means that they have only ever been recorded to exist naturally in Australia. Though they have been naturalized in other places since then, like in New Guinea and New Zealand as well.

This plant species consists of both annual and perennial shrubs. They are identified by the low rosette of basal leaves, and flower heads that are comprised of ray florets that can be blue, white, pink, or yellow, depending on the species.

Calceolaria

Lovely orange and red calceolaria plants in full bloom growing in a garden

Learn More About Calceolaria Plants!

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The calceolaria plant is one of a kind when it comes to the flowers that it produces. This plant has earned the nicknames of lady’s purse, pocketbook flower, and slipper flower for the incredibly unique shape of its blooms. They are a member of the calceolariaceae genus that consists of almost 400 different herbaceous perennial plants that are native to places like Mexico and the Andes.

They are mostly utilized as an ornamental plant, and prove time and time again to be the absolute show stopper in any garden. Calceolaria plants bring drama to windowsills and whimsey to dining room table centrepieces. All of this being said, they are by no means an easy plant to care for. Their bloom season is extremely short, and they have very specific growing conditions.

Flowers are most commonly either a yellow or deep orange or red color, though there are some that a purple with distinctive spots. Then there is the Darwin’s slipper variety that is barely recognizable as a flower it’s so unusual looking!

California Poppy

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Learn More About California Poppies!

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Also known as the golden poppy, California sunlight, or pot of gold, the California poppy is a species of flowering plant that is native to Mexico and certain parts of the United States. This beautiful orange specimen is state flower of California because of its incredible ability to bloom – regardless of the conditions – and because their color represents the iconic gold rush heritage of California.

This showy flower not only grows successfully in the wild, but it makes for a wonderful addition to any private landscape as well. Different cultivars will sometimes produce flowers that are red, orange, yellow and sometimes pink. Flowers bloom for a long time and nearly thrive off of neglect.

The California poppy is a wonderful option for novice gardeners as they do not have any specific growing requirements other than loving to be in the sun. They are super drought tolerant and thrive in poor soils, meaning that you can basically ignore them and they will continuously grace your garden with flowers.

Calla Lily

Single purple blooming flower of the incredible calla lily with long sword-like leaves

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The calla lily is not actually considered as being a truly lily, and is instead a member of the genus zantedeschia. Calla lilies are known for being beautiful. Their simplistic shape and vibrant colors make for a flower unmatched in their elegance. Their beauty may give the impression that they are difficult to care for, but they are remarkably resilient and will continue to bloom year after year.

These plants have been naturalized in every continent on the planet (except for Antartica) and are valued as a high end ornamental plant. A common addition to wedding bouquets, they also provide drama in home gardens and as dinner centrepieces as well.

The calla lily grows from a rhizome, which is a bulb that grows underground. A really cool thing about this plant is that these bulbs can be saved at the end of the summer, dried out, and kept throughout the winter. Once spring time comes back around they can be planted back in the ground to bloom once more!

Camellias

Camellias

28 Types of Camellias

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Camellias are an evergreen shrub that is part of the genus theacea. The flowers that this plant produces are known for being very large and conspicuous – a flurry of 9 petals that can come in many different colors, like white, yellow, pink, and red. Yellow stamens provide a lovely contrast to the color of the petals.

Camellias are relatively easy to care for, with their only demands being that they exist in nutrient rich soils and receive plenty of water to grow. Their natural growing range is in southeastern Asia, and so their growing conditions should attempt to mimic the climate of places like Japan and the Himalayas.

Camellias are a romantic flower and are commonly used in bouquets and flower arrangements. They are also used as garden plants as an evergreen shrub. Their evergreen foliage keeps gardens green and interesting all year long, and have a long blooming season of flowers that can be nearly any shade of pink.

Candytuft

Beautiful little white flowers of the candytuft plants growing in clusters

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Candytuft is a flowering plant that is strangely enough a member of the brassica family (brassicacea) which also contains plants like cauliflower, romanesco, and broccoli. Unlike those lovely vegetables, candytuft is purely used for its long blooming flowers and ground shrub growth habit.

Candytuft plants are a native plant to countries in Europe, though they have become naturalized all over the place. Though they are easy to care for once they are established, young plants can be rather sensitive to sunlight and water levels.

The candytuft plant is often used as a compliment plant. Its ground cover habit makes it a wonderful subshrub for other showstopper plants that are taller. They are often used as a border plant, as a container plant, or even in planters in front of windowsills.

Canna Lily

Heads of red and orange canna lily flowers popping up over their tall glossy leaves

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Chances are that you’ve heard of a calla lily, but far fewer people have actually heard of a canna lily! If lily’s were characters from Friends (though these plants aren’t actually even true lilies), the calla lily would be Rachel, and the canna lily would be Phoebe.

Perhaps this indicates a lot, perhaps it doesn’t indicate anything, but the canna lily is elegant in an entirely different way than the calla lily is. It has floppy flower petals resembling that of an iris, and colors can range form red, to orange or yellow. They can also have very striking leaves with deep green striped with maroon.

Canna lilies are grown as annuals and prefer to exist in moist soil that is acidic. They respond very well to soils that are rich in organic matter – similar to the conditions of a bog. They can be planted either indoors as a potted out container plant, or they will be very happy as a border plant in your garden as well.

Cardinal Flower

Bright red cardinal flowers growing on stems next to a pond

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Lobelia cardinalis, or the cardinal flower, is a member of the campanulaceae (bellflower) family. This unusual looking plant is a perennial with showy red flowers that emerge in terminal spikes. It’s the type of flower that makes you stop to take a closer look at it. Though very popular as a cultivated plant, it is becoming somewhat rare in the wild due to over picking.

The cardinal flower is a particularly wonderful choice if your intent is to create a hummingbird garden. Their tubular shape tends to deter pollinators like bees and wasps, leaving ample amounts of sweet nectar for various hummingbird and butterfly species.

The ideal conditions for the cardinal flower are moderate water levels, moist soil that is well drained, and any level of sun exposure. They are relatively easy to propagate and are commonly used as edging plants for a woodland garden look.

Carnations

Carnations

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Dianthus carophyllus, or commonly known as the carnation (sometimes clove pink as well) is a species of flower that is native to Mediterranean climates. Though due to thousands of years of cultivation by humans, they have come naturalized all over the planet. The scientific term for the carnation actually comes from the greek dios anthos which translates to “divine flower”.

It is not hard to guess where this flower got its nickname. Carnations are a beautiful herbaceous perennial plant that can grow to be around 35 inches in height. They have glaucous leaves, and stunningly robust flowers that have a sweet scent and can be nearly any color under the rainbow. Depending on the cultivar, they can come in green, blue, yellow, white, red, and sometimes two-toned.

Carnations are also very easy to care for. They only need to have soil that is well drained and exposure to full sun for the whole day. These flowers are a traditional symbol of love, and are used as gifts to loved ones, regardless of the occasion.

Catharanthus

Beautiful pink madagascar periwinkle plants growing on rocks

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Better known as the Madagascar periwinkle plant, catharanthus roseus is a plant that also goes by the names of bright eyes, Cape periwinkle, graveyard plant, Madagascar periwinkle, old maid, pink periwinkle, and rosy periwinkle.

These plants are originally endemic to Madagascar, but are so beautiful and so highly valued for their medicinal qualities that they have been cultivated and naturalized in tropical and subtropical regions all over the planet. Their roots have been used for medicinal reasons for centuries in ancient Chinese medicine practices and Ayurvedic medicine practices.

This evergreen subshrub has glossy green leaves and 4 petaled flowers with dark centres that slowly fade into lighter pink. They make for a wonderful bedding plant or as a ground cover plant. They are better kept indoors if they exist in a temperate place on the planet.

Cerastium Tomentosum

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The snow in summer plant is a member of the caryophyllaceae botanical family. It is easily identifiable by its felty “tomentose” foliage – hence it’s scientific name – and tiny, white, star shaped flowers. This silvery carpet is a wonderful ground cover plant that is often used to compliment rock gardens.

This evergreen perennial exhibits a creeping growth habit that can cover a wide area with dense foliage. Leaves re only about 30mm long, but leaves and stems are coating in very dense silvery hairs.

Snow in summer plants can be used ornamentally all over the planet or growing in the wild in rocky landscapes. It is not demanding whatsoever, and really only requires poor soils that are well drained and the ability to bask in the sun.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

22 Types of Cherry Blossoms

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Cherry blossoms are also recognized under the names Japanese cherry and Sakura, as they are a group of ornamental trees that are native to Japan (and are also the national flower of Japan!). Luckily, these trees are also widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Cherry blossoms are a sincerely beautiful thing to behold.

Many of the species on popular streets and in parks today are not wild trees, but are instead species that have been cultivated for centuries. These incredible trees bloom from March to April, depending on the warmth of their growing region, and light areas up with shocking flurries of light pink and white flowers.

Cherry blossoms emerge before the spring foliage does, creating a very exciting image of an entirely pink or white clusters of flowers covering the tree. People travel from far and wide to see the blooming season of cherry blossoms, and temperate regions of Japan and North America are some of the best places to do so.

Chicory

Bright violet purple flowers of the chicory plant

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Chicory isn’t a plant that you grow in your garden to be particularly ornamental, but it will make a great addition to your edible plant area. The common chicory (cichorium intybus) is a perennial herbaceous plant that is part of the daisy family, and has flowers that represent that familial link. They are also sometimes known as the blue daisy, coffeeweed, succory, or wild endive.

Chicory can grow in almost any condition and can be found grow along roadsides and disturbed sites all over Europe, North America, China, and Australia. It can become slightly confusing when trying to identify chicory, as certain cultures refer to it as endive, and some cultures refer to endive as chicory.

The main reason why chicory is grown commercially is because of its rootstock. The roots of the plant are not only edible and delicious, but they are incredibly nutritious. This excellent source of dietary fibre has a long history of being used as an alternative to coffee, and as a sweetening probiotic as well!

Chionodoxa

Single bright purple glory of the snow flower growing in deep snow

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Chionodoxa‘s common name is Glory of the Snow, and this is because this plant has a remarkably early growing season. Sometimes beautiful little purple flowers can pop their heads out despite a heavy cover of melting spring snow.

Glory of the snow flowers are a bright violet color with a an inconspicuous white centre and bright yellow stamens. These flowers are a very important source of nectar for pollinators that are early season risers.

Glory of the snow is a great way to naturalize a garden to make it appear like a woodland garden. They spread both by bulb and by seed and can very quickly cover an area. They prefer to grow in well drained soils in full sun all over the northern hemisphere, though they are native to Turkey.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

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Chrysanthemums are also sometimes called mums or chrysanths by expert gardeners who simply do not have the time to say the entire words (just kidding). This flowering plant is part of the asteraceae family and they are known all over the planet for being incorporated into bouquets to represent love. They are a native plant to eastern Asia and northeastern Europe.

These herbaceous perennials come in an innumerable amount of different varieties and cultivars of this flower and they can come in colors of white, yellow, red, or pink. More modern cultivars are able to have a different color per row of florets. Flower heads are composed of many rows of ray florets, creating a lovely and dynamic ornamental feature.

The pom pom shaped flowers are used as garden plants, container plants, and as a feature flower in bouquets as well. When growing in the garden they prefer to live in either partial shade or full sun, and they love to live in well drained soil.

Clarkia

Incredibly explosion of bright pink flower clusters of the clarkia plant

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The clarkia plant is a proud member of the genus onagraceae. This genus contains of 40 species, all of which are native to western North America (with a handful growing naturally in South America). These plants play a very important role in their local ecosystems, with a species of bee relying solely on clarkia flowers for nectar.

Clarkia plants were once called godetia plants, though members of the genus were absorbed by the clarkia genus do to their similarities. Clarkia flowers have four wonderfully floppy and crepe textured petals that are rather similar to that of a poppy. They come in incredibly striking pinks, reds, whites, and oranges.

Clarkias grow beautifully in the wild, and they also make for wonderful plants to plant in a cottage garden, for mass plantings, as a border plant, and even as a container plant. You can find them growing wild along coastal plains in the Pacific Northwest.

Clematis

Remarkable purple and pink clematis flowers with showy petals growing in rows

20 Types of Clematis Flowers

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The genus clematis contains about 300 different species of flowering plants within the buttercup botanical family, ranunculaceae. Clematis flowers are native to China and Japan, though hundreds of different cultivars have been naturalized all over the planet. They are sometimes referred to as traveller’s joy, virgin’s bower, old man’s beard, leather flowers, or vase vine.

Clematis gets its scientific name for the greek work for “a climbing plant”. This is because these plants are vigorously growing climbing vines, while others exhibit more of a shrubby growth habit. They are valued both for their attractive growth habit and for their beautiful flowers.

Different varieties have incredibly varying flower forms, though all of them are unique and beautiful. They perform well in cool areas with moist and well drained soil. Certain cultivars prefer full sun, whereas others perform better in partial shade. You simply have to research which variety will be happiest in your growing region!

Clover

Lovely cluster of white clover flowers growing in a field

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Trefoil and clover are the common names that are used for members part of the genus trifolium. It is possible that clovers are one of the most easily recognized plants for children and adults alike, as we have all spent an afternoon or two scanning a clover patch for that coveted four leaf clover.

Turns out that 1/5000 clovers grown will be a four leaf clover, so keep on searching! These perennial herbaceous plants grow prosperously within the northern hemisphere though there are certain species that can grow in Africa and South America as well.

Though clovers don’t have the most beautiful foliage or the most beautiful flowers that the botanical world has to offer, they will naturally improve the nitrogen content and overall quality of the soil. They make a wonderful addition to any property because of their contribution to soil health, and their overall resiliency!

Coneflowers

Coneflowers

35 Types of Coneflowers

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More formally known as echinacea, the coneflower is a herbaceous flower plant that is part of the daisy family (asteraceae). Echinacea is actually derived from the greek work ekhinos, which means “sea urchin”. This is in reference to the very spiny spherical centre of the flower.

You’ve likely heard of echinacea flowers before because of their important contribution to herbal medicine and remedies. Oils from the roots, flowers, and leaves are extracted and go into making different extracts and tinctures.

Echinacea flowers are simple in shape, and they won’t be the centre piece to your garden, but they are wonderfully attractive to pollinators which is always good for a green space. They grow naturally in eastern and central North America is prairies and wooded areas.

Coral Bells

Bright magenta coral bell flowers growing in a beautiful ornamental garden

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Coral bells are part of the heuchera genus, which is comprised largely of evergreen perennial plants. They are native to North America, and are commonly known as alumroot as well. They can be found growing in rocky soils near saline washed ocean shores, as well as in warm and dry canyons as well.

Coral bells are highly valued as ornamental plants because of their great variety of shapes, colors, types of foliage, and all around stunning contribution to garden spaces. Not only are their flowers beautifully shaped, but they often grow beautiful foliage of bronze colored rosettes.

Coral Vine

Incredible spring blossoms of the hot pink coral vine flowers growing against contrasted blue sky

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Coral vines (antigonon leptopus) are also known as Mexican creepers, though they tend to go by a different nickname depending on who you ask and where they live. It is important to know that coral vines, though native to Mexico, are considered as an invasive species, and it would be wise to research your area and if it’s safe to incorporate it.

Which is a shame, because coral vines are exceptionally beautiful. They have a lovely vining habit or ground cover habit coupled with showy flowers that can be white, pink, or dark rose. They’re also ornamentally valued for their stunning heart shaped leaves.

Coral vines are also easily propagated, and this can be done by seed sowing or by planting division. They prefer to exist in well drained soil, and full sunlight or partial shade. They exhibit the best growth habit if they are planted next to a trellis or arbor.

Cornflower

Several bright purple cornflowers with layers of ray florets growing in a lovely patch

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Let’s begin with a little story. Cornflowers used to be called bachelor’s button because traditionally, bachelor’s would place a cornflower in their shirt button hole to indicate that their heart was taken! More commonly known as the cornflower, they got this name because they proliferate best in various grain and corn fields.

These plants are native to Europe. They have become naturalized all over the world, though are currently endangered because of the heavy use of herbicides in their natural growing regions. This annual plant can grow to be up to half a metres in height with narrow leaves and intensely blue flower heads.

Cornflowers are used ornamentally for their stunning ray florets, but they are also used as an edible plant as well! Their flowers can be eaten raw or dried, ad are a traditional ingredient for tea and spice making. They also make for a gorgeous salad garnish.

Corydalis Flowers

Corydalis Flower

33 Types of Corydalis Flowers

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Papaveraceae is the botanical family of the genus cordyalis which is comprised of nearly 500 different species of flowering plants. Either perennial or annual plants, they grow all over the northern hemisphere as well as in the alpine of Africa, China, and the Himalayas.

Delicate foliage near the ground brings about lovely stems that bear interestingly shaped flower heads. These plants are closely related to the bleeding heart (which you would probably recognize more easily) and share a similar shape.

These plants can bear either yellow or blue flowers, and they are popularly used in shaded beds and as border plants. They are a perfect member for a rock garden, and require little maintenance as well.

Cotoneaster

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Cotoneaster is a genus of flowering plants that is native to the temperate regions of Africa, Europe, and Asia. Smaller species can be found ground growing along ridges at high altitudes, whereas larger species can be found growing in woodlands at lower altitudes.

Cotoneasters are prostrate shrubs that can grow to 5 metres in height, though other species can grow to be small trees or they exhibit more of a ground hugging habit. They are valued ornamentally for their herringbone branching pattern, beautiful dainty flowers of white, pink, or red, and attractive red berries.

Crocosmia

A garden of beautiful orange crocosmia flowers.

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Crocosmia, otherwise known as montbretia, is an extremely exotic looking plant that is native to South Africa. This plant has won a number of prestigious garden merit awards for its incredible contribution to elegant garden spaces.

Crocosmias are as equally beautiful as they are easy to care for. They are magnets for hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial insects. Simply ensure that they have moist and well drained soil and they will grace your property with shockingly elegant and exotic orange flowers for 8 weeks of the summer.

Crocus

Crocus

42 Types of Crocus Flowers

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The genus crocus consists of 90 species of flowering plants, and they are part of the iris botanical family (iridaceae). This specific family of plants grows from something called a corm, which is a type of bulbous root system that helps plants survive and thrive in harsh and adverse conditions — like winter freezing or summer drought.

Not only are crocus flowers resilient, but they are also exceptionally beautiful. Flowers are cup shaped which then taper off into a tube. Colors of flowers can range from white, yellow, lilac, or mauve. They tend to bloom in the winter, spring, or autumn, depending on their growing location.

Crocus’ are native plants to North Africa, the Middle East, southern Europe, and central Asia as well. They can be found growing in the wild in meadows, alpine tundras, coast side, or in woodlands.

Cuckoo Flower

Beautiful light purple cuckoo flowers growing at the end of a flower stalk covered in delicate rain drops

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Cardamine pratensis, lady’s smock, mayflower, milkmaids, or the cuckoo flower, gets its name because this plant blooms in the early spring around the same time that cuckoo birds start to sing their new season song.

This herbaceous, perennial flowering plant is native to most of Europe, though has become naturalized all over the planet. They are very commonly grown as an ornamental plant for their early blooming flowers with a delicate violet color and beautiful shape. Not only that, they’re easy to grow too!

They can be found growing in partial shade conditions in moist soil, usually in forested swamps and wet meadows.

Daphne

Beautiful flurry of bright pink daphne shrub flowers cascading over a brick wall as an ornamental plant

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Comin’ in hot with the daphne shrub! If you’re looking for an ornamental shrub that will shock passers’ by with their stunning flurry of blossoms, look no further than the daphne genus. This genus is comprised of over 70 evergreen shrubs that grow naturally in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Daphnes have an attractive shape and produce either pink or white flowers, which are then followed by adorable small red berries in the summer. Though they grow slowly, they will grace any property with an unparalleled beauty.

Be aware that it takes a certain level of green thumb in order to have a successful daphne shrub. They don’t transplant very well, and reaching the desired level of acidity, moisture, and drainage in its soil can be tricky. However, once it is established, it can be maintained quite easily!

Dandelion

Lovely little dandelion patch growing in the middle of a grassy lawn with yellow flower heads and lobed leaves

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We’ve all seen dandelions. They grow everywhere, from cracks in sidewalks, to old tree stumps, covering grassy lawns, and sometimes they even grow out of decaying matter (I’ve seen it, it’s true). What many may view as being a weed, the dandelion has so much more to offer to people who give it the chance!

Dandelions grow all over the planet, and there are many different varieties. Though they may not have particularly lovely flowers, they do wonders for their local ecosystems. They are one of the first flowers to sprout in the spring (which is very beneficial for pollinators) and they help bring up valuable nutrients to the topsoil for shallow rooted plants.

Every part of the dandelion plant is edible as well. From the roots, stems, leaves, and flowers. They are highly nutritious to humans, and they have tons of medicinal properties as well. Incorporating dandelions to your edible garden patch as a perennial will continue to bring salad greens, tea leaves, coffee substitutes to your kitchen.

Daffodils

Daffodils

11 Types of Daffodils

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It would be nearly impossible to recognize spring time as spring without the daffodil. That may be a bit of an exageration, but nothing screams end-of-winter like a beautiful, dainty, yellow teacup shaped flower.

These wonderfully easy-to-grow flowers are native to Europe and North Africa, and there are dozens of species but thousands of cultivars and hybrids. Flowers will usually emerge in the early spring and last a full month.

Daffodils are perennials, and so they will continue to blossoms year after year from their hardy and resilient underground bulbs. Just remember that they prefer full sun with nutrient-rich soil!

Dahlias

dahlias

53 Types of Dahlias

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Everybody loves a dahlia. With hundreds of species to choose from, you can see dahlias that have dainty lollipop sized flowers, or another type of dahlia that is the size of a literal dinner plate and can tower over a person!

Dahlias are related to daisies, as well as chrysanthemums and sunflowers. They’re a rather tender perennial and can’t survive cold winters. But never fear! Their tuberous roots can be dug up, kept in a dry and cool place, and planted once more the following spring.

Dahlias are dizzying with their gorgeous fractal petal pattern and striking arrays of colors. Simply remember to give them access to at least 8 hours of sunlight a day, nutrient rich soil, and not too much exposure to windy tunnels.

Daisies

Daisies

43 Types of Daisies

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Possibly the most easily identifiable flower on the planet, we’ve reached the classic daisy. Asteraceae is a large botanical family, and contains thousands of species. Though originally a native plant to Europe, they have become naturalized all over the planet. And thank goodness! What would a wildflower field be without daisies popping their heads out?

Daisies are a perennial plant that grow from creeping rhizomes, which makes them absolutely excellent at proliferation. This species can very quickly colonize lawns and fields, and will continue to sprout no matter how many times they are mowed down.

Though sometimes treated as a weed, daisies provide much for their local ecosystem. They improve soil health, and are a very valuable flower for those early spring pollinators.

Daylily

Incredible bright orange daylily flowers growing at the ends of long stems on a cloudy day

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The cultivation of daylilies has been present in China for many many centuries. They are a super star perennial plant species that are beautifully easy to care for, and have more uses than you may think!

An interesting aspect of a daylily is that it will only bloom for one day. This may seem a little bit disappointing, but a mature patch of daylily plants are  actually able to produce hundreds of blooms.

Make sure to harvest these blossoms before they are spent! Daylily flowers are edible, and have been used in traditional hot and sour soups for centuries. Coupled with their attractive evergreen foliage and easy care, daylilies are nearly unbeatable in their garden appeal.

Decumaria

Beautiful climbing hydrangea growing against a light blue house with dark shutters and bench out front

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Decumaria, otherwise known as the climbing hydrangea species, is a wonderful woody vine. They can be found growing in abundance in the wild, but make for a great cultivated plant if you’re looking something that has a climbing growth habit, sprouts long lasting blossoms, and is relatively easy to care for.

Climbing hydrangeas can be either semi-deciduous or evergreen (depending on their growing location) and will help decorate trellises, arbors, and stone walls all year long. They can also be grown as a ground cover plant, though they won’t actually bloom if they are grown this way.

Delphiniums

Delphiniums

25 Types of Delphiniums

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Do you ever look at a flower and find it hard to believe that something so intricate and divine could exist? Well, that is often the case with delphinium flowers. They are not commonly seen as they can be a rather intimidating plant to attempt growing.

Delphiniums grow incredibly showy spiky blooms along towering flower stems. They come in all the best colors; different shades of purples, pinks, and blues. They are best planted at the backs of gardens as they will quickly tower over and overtake other, small plant species.

Delphiniums love sun and they love moisture. They require fertilizer in the form of compost or manure, and they will thank you for a heavy layer of mulch to help keep the soil moist.

Desert Rose

Absolutely stunning light pink and dark pink desert rose flowers in bloom again spirally arranged glossy leaves and twisted branches

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Sometimes you have to wait for the good things, and that is definitely the case with the desert rose plant (adenium obesum).  This is a very slow growing plant, though the striking tubular flowers that it will eventually produce are well worth the wait!

Desert roses grow from very thick stems that are found in various succulent species. These thick stems help store water and nutrients, enabling these plants to survive extremely harsh and dry conditions.

Desert roses are native plant to Africa, and so it is very important that their natural growing range can be imitated in order for them to succeed. Growing a desert rose is a dedicated practice, so learn more before deciding to incorporate one to your green space.

Deutzia

Beautiful white fluffy flower clusters of the deutzia shrub in full bloom with narrow green leaves

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There aren’t many flowers more charming than that of the deutzia shrub. There are many different types of cultivars that produce white or pink flowers, though they all seem to be remarkably easy to grow and care for.

If you’re looking for a shrub that can bloom in full shade, is deer resistant, and sport a beautiful arching growth habit, you really needn’t look any further. Flowers emerge in small clusters (very similarly to hydrangeas) and will grace your property for a sublime few weeks.

Not only do they have a beautiful shape and flower, but they are known for having attractive foliage as well. Being a deciduous species, leaves will turn either bronze or red in the fall before they fall away, making them a wonderful plant of interest all year long.

Dianella

Beautiful and long blade like leaves of the dianella plant growing in a full garden

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Sometimes the main point of interest of a flowering plant isn’t its flowers! When it comes to the dianella plant, they are grown because of their highly ornamental and attractive foliage. Sometimes referred to as a flax lily, dianella is actually part of the monocot family, meaning it is a species of grass.

These perennial evergreen plants truly can’t be beat in terms of easy care, and all year long interest. They have elegant, sword shaped leaves that stay green all year, delicate purple flowers that bloom in the spring, which are followed by almost impossibly violet berries.

Dianellas make for excellent border plants, container plants, or plants you can use to help deter pesky deer from nibbling on plants that aren’t deer resistant. Once they are established they can stay happy forever.

Dianthus Barbatus

White, pink and rosy-red flowers

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Only recently gaining popularity, dianthus barbatus, or better known as the sweet william, is an overwhelming charming species of flowering plant. This herbaceous perennial sprouts flower clusters with beautifully ruffled petals in a variety of colors.

Planting a sweet william in your garden will only bring colorful joy. They are superbly easy to care for, and also attract valuable pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds to your property. Don’t hesitate, go get yourself some sweet william seeds from the nursery right away!

Dietes

Two beautiful dietes flowers with violet and yellow accents on white petals growing in a garden

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Whether you’ve heard it under the name of African iris, butterfly iris, or otherwise, the dietes flower has probably already shocked you with its beauty. It is actually a herbaceous ornamental grass, and their stunning blooms are a very welcome bonus to their ornamental value.

Sometimes when flowers are this beautiful, they can be difficult to maintain. But that is not the case with dietes plants. Though they can’t exist in many USDA growing zones, they can have their natural habitat imitated indoors rather easily.

Dill

Small garden planter filled with small dill seedlings with a homemade sign that says dill

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Alright alright, we don’t need to explain dill to you. Dill is everywhere! Dill goes great with soups, with stews, with fish dishes, with chicken, with salad dressing, and we obviously can’t forget about what the heck a pickle would be without dill!

Dill is an annual herb that is grown all over the world. It can be eaten fresh or dried, and is an integral part to many cultures of cuisine. Dill flowers are also very important to your local pollinating community!

Dill is a very east edible herb to grow, and it will soon become one of the most important member of it. It is a prolific seeder, and though your current plant will only last a year, if you let the plant go to flower, you can continue to have fresh dill year after year.

Disa

Bright red flowers of the disa orchid plant growing at the ends of long flower stalks in a lush garden

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So far in this article, it seems as though we’ve only covered plants that are easy to grow. Do not be mistaken in thinking that anyone can have a green thumb. Even the greatest gardeners and orchid-lovers of the planet don’t try to attempt growing a disa orchid.

It is said that one should forget everything they think they know about orchids if attempting to grow a disa variety. They are specific about every single growing condition. Not only with amounts of water or nutrients in the soil, but with the quality of those conditions as well.

That being said, these plants produce such elegant and striking flowers that it may make all of that effort and maintenance worth it.

Dutch Iris

Beautiful and tall dutch iris plants growing in a forest with white and purple flowers

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Iris hollandica, or dutch iris, is an variety of iris that resembles the elegant flowers of an orchid. There are many cultivars of this plant, as they produce a beautiful variety of colors and are a long lasting cut flower variety.

Since the dutch iris grows from an underground tuber, it is a wonderfully resilient plant. These bulbs will go dormant in the winter months and simply sprout up new plants the following spring. That’s one trusty perennial!

They are highly valued for their delicate foliage and long and sturdy stems. These features in combination with their unmatched flowers make for a show stopping garden plant, a staple container plant, or a reliable cut flower for flower arrangements.

Echinops

Beautiful dark blue echinops flower heads growing in a wild garden with purple black eyed susans

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Sometimes flowers are funny looking, and this is when we introduce the echinops plant, better known as a globe thistle. Globe thistles are awesome. They are resilient, they attract pollinators, and they have some of the oddest looking flowers one could imagine!

These blue, gold ball sized flowers are actually inflorescences made of spiny petals. They come in a variety of colors, from white, to pink, to blue, and once they are established in the garden, they will be sticking around for a while.

Echium

Incredibly tall red flower spikes of the echium plant growing in towers in an ornamental garden

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Echium plants are truly something to behold. A specific echium species is known as the tower of jewels, which makes a lot of sense once you see one for the first time. Mostly native to North Africa, central Asia, and the Macronesion Islands, they can also live in warm and dry places around the world.

The ornamental garden plants are members of the borage family. They grow as striking and dramatic flower spikes that can achieve heights over 2.5 metres! The flower spikes are made up of a bunch of tiny flowers of pink, purple, red, and many other colors.

These biennial plants will only experience one blooming season, but they sure are good at seed proliferation. So fear not, after they go to seed they will continue to grace your property with uniqueness and vibrancy.

Elder

Lovely dainty white flower clusters of the elder shrub in late spring growing beside large sunny field

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Part of the adoxaceae family, the elder plant, or elderberry plant, is a plant that provides us with the delicious elixirs of elderflower liqueur or deletable elderberry pies. It doesn’t only provide edible berries and flowers, but it’s a wonderful ornamental plant as well.

These plants are super duper dependent on nitrogen rich soil, so if you’re ever looking for a wild variety, stick around farms and homesteads. They’ll always grow near places where there is a lot of organic waste.

Elder plants have varying growth habits, but they grow beautiful green leaflets, followed by explosions of small, white flower clusters, which are then followed by gorgeous clusters of very dark red berries.

English Bluebell

Beautiful english bluebell flowers of light pink and violet accents growing in a tubular shape along stems with blurry purple background

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Consider yourself lucky if you’ve ever walked through a bluebell wood. This gorgeous and dainty flower will blossom in the understory of ancient woodlands, before their spring foliage emerges, and for a brief period of time will carpet the forest floor with a dizzying display of violet flowers.

English bluebells (hyacinthoides non scripta), or the common bluebell, is mostly native to the British Isles, though they have become naturalized elsewhere. This bulbous perennial plant will continue to come back year after year.

They are easily recognize by their “nodding” habit, where 5-12 tubular shaped flowers will grow on one side of a flower stem, encouraging it to nod to one side. Each flower is quite small, violet in color, and all around adorable.

Epimedium

Lovely tiny white and yellow epimedium flowers growing amongst huge heart shaped maroon flowers in the forest

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Some nicknames for the epimedium plant are barrenwort, bishop’s hat, fairy wings, or horny goat weed (we know that last one is weird, just read the whole article to understand why it’s called that).

This is a very varying flowering plant species. Though all endemic to China, they can be either deciduous or evergreen, they can grow as a solitary stemmed plant or in a tufted habit, they can have oval leaves or heart shaped leaves…

One commonality between the species is their flowers. They are borne in 4 parts, and are said to have a very spider-like appearance. But more ornamentally valued than the flowers, are epimedium leaves. They can emerge an olive color, maroon, bronze, sometimes pink, and some are even bicolor!

Eremurus

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Another show stopping garden plant you should consider is the eremurus plant. Better known as foxtail lilies or desert candles, these beauties can be found growing wild all over temperate Asia and Europe.

Whether they be copper, orange, yellow, white, or pink, foxtail lilies grow beautiful flower spikes. Accompanied by thin, strap-like leaves, these plants add a serious amount of drama to your garden.

Erica

Stunning multicolored heather shrub flowers growing on stems

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If you’ve never heard of an erica shrub, you’ve definitely seen of one. Their common name is either heath or heather, and they are a super duper popular garden plant to use for mass ground cover planting.

Why? Because they have lovely, soft, needle-like evergreen leaves that bring a pop of color to your garden in the drab, winter months, accompanied by tiny bell shaped flowers that stay in blossom for longer than anyone really understands. Flowers will be either pink, purple, red, or white.

Erigeron

Beautiful light violet fleabane flowers of the erigeron plant growing at the ends of flower stems in the sun

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No, we’re not talking about Flowers for Algernon (though those words are very similar), we’re talking about erigeron flowers! (That was a little joke for all you literature folks out there.)

Erigeron plants, better known as fleabane, are a large family of flowering plants that are part of the daisy family. They make it quite obvious too, as they are very similar in appearance to daisies. With flowers of lavender, pink, or white, and yellow disc centres, these guys bring a simple charm to gardens.

When they aren’t growing in gardens, they can be found growing wild in dry, mountainous regions or grasslands. They also grow wild in urban settings, and are notorious for poking their heads through stone walls and cracks in sidewalks.

Euphorbia

Amazing conspicuous yellow green flower clusters growing at the ends of evergreen stems of a euphorbia plant

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Okay, we can’t really get into specific here because euphorbia plants are just, all over the place. This is the largest flowering plant genus with over 2000 members, and they grow in many different places, with different leaves and flowers and growth habits, oh my!

Euphorbias can be anything from a short annual, to a large and long lived tree. These guys are native to the deserts of South Africa and Madagascar, so that gives you an indication of their growing requirements, and their exotic look.

Something they do all have in common is beautiful flowers, and often uniquely arranged, succulent leaves. They have very similar evolved growth habits as cacti, though they are not a cactus species!

Eustoma

Beautiful pink eustoma lisianthus flower of blush pink growing in a prosperous field

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Alright, to begin, eustoma plants are very high maintenance, and only either super-hero level green thumbs and cut flower cultivation specialists can really keep them happy. But nevertheless, this flower is more commonly known as a lisianthus or prairie gentian.

Native to the warmest parts of the southern United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, these herbaceous annuals will break your heart with their  overly specific growing requirements, but also with their stunning, funnel shaped, deeply colored flowers.

They serve one purpose, and that is to look gorgeous. They are most popular for formal bouquets as cut flowers, as they have very long, straight, and sturdy stems, topped off with flowers that can last for weeks in a vase.

Evening Primrose

Beautiful cluster of bright yellow evening primrose flowers in bloom in the evening sun

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Oenothera biennies, evening star, sundrop, weedy evening primrose, German rampion, hog weed, and king’s cure all are only some of the names used for the common evening primrose plant. These guys grow with enthusiasm all over North America in the most sunny and arid places.

They’re also popularly grown in gardens. Though they are lovely, they are most commonly planted as an edible and medicinal plant. Evening primrose oil is a mega supplement, but read the full article to learn about its benefits.

This is a biennial plant. In the first year it will produce a tight rosette of lanceolate leaves, and in its second year it will produce beautiful yellow flowers with 4 petals.

Fall Crocus

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A really interesting flowering plant is the fall crocus. More commonly known as the autumn crocus, it also goes by meadow saffron and naked ladies. Sure, naked ladies is a weird nickname, but you’re about to learn why.

The fall crocus has an unusual growth habit. Spring foliage will emerge as usual, but no summer flowers follow the foliage. Leaves will die back, and just as all other summer perennials are dying, the fall crocus will blossom with beautiful elegant flowers in the fall.

Purple flowers emerge from the dead grass and leaves, providing a much needed splash of color right before winter is due to set in. They look very similar to wild garlic, so take care with identification! Wild garlic is edible, fall crocus is not edible.

Ferns

Ferns in the forest

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Whether you saw a fern for the first time at your grandmother’s house or growing wild in a temperate rainforest, chances are that it left an impression. These striking plants can be very bushy with lovely shaped leaves, and to boot, they’re super easy to care for!

Ferns honestly shouldn’t even be listed in this list because they aren’t flowering plants at all. They actually reproduce via spores – the same way the mushroom species reproduce – and do not produce flowers or seeds!

Ferns are an absolutely perfect house plant to keep. They live forever, they don’t require much, and it is just such a pleasure to watch their coiled fiddleheads unroll into those beautiful fern fronds. On top of all that, ferns are actually an ancient species of plant as well and have prospered literally since the dinosaurs were alive.

Firecracker Vine

Beautiful image of sun streaming through striking firecracker vine bush

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Ipomoea lobata is the scientific term for the wonderfully exotic and tropical flowering plant, the firecracker vine. They are also known as the Spanish flag vine, love vine, or mini lobata.

These plants are part of the morning glory family, and have a very similar growth habit to them as well. Though they have wonderfully beautiful flowers, they are an invasive species and can very quickly take over an area, and even strangle other plants thanks to those climbing vines! So be careful when considering planting one.

Forget-Me-Not Flowers

Forget me not flowers

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Forget me not flowers are absolutely adorable. As you can see above, these precious little violet flowers may not seem like much when you see one individually, but spot an entire patch of them and you’re sure to be blown away.

The forget me not plant is a great gardens specimen to include if you’re looking for more of a wildflower look. They are common in rock gardens and cottage gardens alike. They’re also very easy to take care of!

These guys exist pretty much all over the world and they have flower blossoms that last all the way from early spring to after the first frost of winter has arrived. They’re dainty, they’re hardy, they’re everything you could ever want!

Forsythia Flowers

Yellow forsythia flowers

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Forsythia plants are one of the top members of the plant family that we have to thank for bringing us out of the winter blues. They are one of the first plants to burst alive with color in the very early spring: a welcome sign of warmer weather to come.

These bushy plants produce flowers before the spring foliage comes and creates an amazing display of nothing but bright yellow flowers. These perennial plants are easy to care for once they are established, but read the full article to learn all of those details!

Foxglove

Foxglove Flowers

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This flower takes relatively two years before its iconic bloom shows. It, however, produces very beautiful flowers despite its difficulty to grow. Foxgloves are planted in all types of sun and require well-drained soil to grow. They bloom in late spring to early summer.

Foxgloves are a very eye catching plant that produces flowers of a tubular shape along tall flower spikes. Foxgloves can also come in a multitude of different colors: from white to purple, pink to red, orange and everything in between.

The scientific term, digitalis, is in reference to the feature of the flower that is the perfect size to slip your finger into, very similarly to a thimble. Digilatis translate directly to “measuring a finger’s breadth”.

Freesia Flowers

Freesia Flowers

39 Different Types of Freesia Flowers

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Freesias are herbaceous perennial flowering plants that grow from a conical corm. Many species of freesias have fragrant funnel-shaped flowers that are narrow, but there are some species such as Flaxa that have flat flowers. These flowers can be planted in fall, and they come in colors of yellow, pink, blue-mauve and red.

Freesias are a very popular choice for wedding flower bouquets and other formal floral arrangements. However, they don’t only need to be reserved for the most special occasions. They can easily be incorporated into front gardens and window containers.

Remember that freesia plants grow from underground bulbs and that in colder areas those bulbs should be dug up before the winter comes, and stored in a cold and dark place for the season.

French Marigold

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If everyone planted a marigold in their garden, the world would be a better place. Not only because these flowers are quite a beautiful sight but because they make for absolutely wonderful companion plants.

The French marigold (tagetes patula) is a species of marigold that is is native to warm places like Mexico and Guatemala, so it is important to keep this in mind when considering planting one in your garden: they love heat!

French marigolds are super valuable to pollinators as they have long blooming seasons and are stuffed with nectar. They’re valuable to soil because they help add nutrients, and they are valuable to us because they have tons of ornamental and edible uses! Read the full article to find them all out.

Fuchsia

A beautiful pot of deep purple fuchsia.

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Holy moly, the fuchsia genus could be one of the most strikingly ornamental flowering plant species out there. This family hosts many different plant types growing from small shrubs to small trees, but the one thing they have in common is a wild array of vibrant colored flowers.

One thing to keep in mind about the fuchsia plant is that they are not the easiest to grow. They have a whole bunch of very specific growing requirements that can be difficult to maintain if you have any other type of responsibility in your life. However, a few minutes of attention every day can very well result in a happy plant.

Gaillardia

A lovely blooming blanket flower.

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Gaillardia is the scientific term that is used for the wonderfully lovely flowering plant more commonly called a blanket flower. This is a short lived perennial plant that will grow happily in the garden or as a container plant.

Blanket flowers are called that because they have a spreading mound growth habit that spreads out far and wide and covers an area like a blanket! They coat an area with beautiful autumnal colors that are rich in hue.

Above all else, blanket flowers are perfect garden specimens. They are so so so easy to care for and just want to grow! They are also prolific self seeders, so even though the original batch won’t last super long, their off spring will keep that colorful blanket alive.

Geraniums

Geraniums

63 Types of Geraniums

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This flower is popular among many people as a result of the variety of colors it comes in and because it can grow in areas which are hot. Geraniums are planted in all sun types, and they bloom in early summer to early fall. The right type of soil for geraniums to grow is in well-drained soil although it can handle a wide range of soil types and sun.

Geraniums are also commonly known as cranesbills, but whichever name you go by, you certainly know that geraniums are very popular garden plants. This is because they are easy to care for, there are tons of different cultivars, and they’re simply wonderful to look at!

Gerberas

Gerberas

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This flower falls into the genus of the family of sunflowers, asters, and daisies. They are characteristic of the plant family with simple but ornate flowers that last a long time and come in extraordinarily bright and happy colors.

Gerberas have a long vase life and are thus suitable for decorative purposes. They come in a wide range of colors from deep red, orange, pink, brilliant scarlet, light, and dark yellow. These flowers have the appearance of single flowers, double, crested doubles, and full crested doubles.

These flowers are not sensitive to light and prefer to live in sandy soil, though they really aren’t too picky about anything. Gerbera daisies are perfect for you if you don’t feel like doing much but want a plant that will thrive all the same.

Gladiolus

Gladiolas

23 Types of Gladiolus

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Going through these flowers, it’s becoming very apparent that it would be absolutely impossible to host an award show for flowers. They are all simply so beautiful and special in their own right that every single specimen would go home with its own prize.

One of those prize winners would be the gladiolus flower. It is part of the iris family, and this relation is apparent in the overall shape and look of their flowers. It is more commonly called a sword lily, though it isn’t actually a lily at all!

This is a perennial that is recognizable by its tall flower spikes. It blooms in mid-summer and is available in a multitude of colors. Gladiolas should be planted in the spring right after the frost has passed and the soil has warmed. Well-drained soil and full sun are other conditions suitable for its growth.

Goldenrod

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The goldenrod plant, which is part of the genus solidago, is somewhat of an unspoken hero in the plant world. Though for a long time many have avoided planting goldenrod because they suspected it was responsible for fall allergies (which ragweed is actually responsible for) they have tons of amazing things about them.

First things first, goldenrods are impeccably easy to care for. They grow prolifically in the wild and can just as easily be grown as a cultivated plant. They are quite charming with bright yellow flower spikes that grow in a tufted habit.

But the most impressive thing about the goldenrod plant is its medicinal value. It can be taken in a tea, in an essential oil, or can be eaten as a simple garnish. But it’s best to read the full article to found out all the amazing things about its medicinal properties!

Grape Hyacinth

Stunning dark purple grape hyacinth flowers in full bloom in the sun

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Muscari armeniacum, or the grape hyacinth plant, is part of the lily family, though the appeal to their flower type could not be any more different. Surely you didn’t even know you wanted a flowering plant that looked like a bundle of grapes until you saw the grape hyacinth.

There are bulbous perennial plants that are very enthusiastic growers. They can very very quickly take an over an area; their bulbs are hardy, and they also produce a great amount of seeds.

The grape hyacinth is a great option to your garden if you’re trying to achieve more of a wildflower garden look. If you just let them grow as they please, they will coat an area with robustly violet blue flowers.

Guzmania

Bright red guzmania flowers in focus all growing in a line

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Guzmania plants are pretty cool. They are more commonly known as air plants. Why? Because they are actually capable of growing outside of the soil! They are epiphytic plants, meaning that they can be rooted to other plant life without causing detriment to them. They have evolutionary traits that allow them to access everything need from air and water.

This tropical evergreen perennial plant is an amazing plant to try to attempt growing indoors. They do require a decent amount of care but they will reward your efforts with extremely long lasting blooms. We’re talking many many months and up to years of bloom time.

Heather

Heather flowers

Types of Heather Flowers

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Calluna is the scientific term used for heather shrubs, and the most common of that species is calluna vulgaris, or common heather. Heather shrubs are evergreen perennial plants that, though small, make for incredible companion plants for other perennials.

Heathers are wonderfully easy to care for with a wildly long flowering season. They bear normally purple, but sometimes white or pink papery flowers that fall off the plant and resemble little candies in the soil.

Gardeners value these evergreen perennials because they are also very cold hardy, and some plants can actually keep their leaves and flowers during the cold winter months. This provides ornamental interest in the most hostile of seasons!

Hebe

Beautiful hebe plant with lavender purple flowers and variegated leaves

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The hebes genus is native mostly to New Zealand, and they are actually the largest genus of plants to exist there! This isn’t the most popular shrub out there, but it is hard to tell why.

They are wonderful for their interesting and varying flower spikes, their evergreen foliage that comes in unusual colors, and their ability to grow almost anywhere.

The hebe plant is also awesome because it has such a wild variety of growth habits. There are some dwarf species to only grow 10 inches in height, whereas others can grow to a 7 metre tall tree! There is an option for whatever your gardening needs may be.

Helenium

A garden with orange Heleniums.

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We’re all very familiar with daisies asters, and sunflowers, but have you ever heard of the helenium plant? All of these flowering plants are from the same botanical family, but they each have something a little bit special about them.

The helenium plant, for example, has a very unusual historical use (read the full article to find out more!) but the familiar ray floret flower. These are usually late bloomers that will pop their heads up when other perennials are fading.

Gardeners love helenium because they are reliable, they have lovely autumn colors, they are perfect cut flowers for fall bouquets, and they also help attract valuable pollinators to your property!

Helichrysum

Beautiful side view of silvery sage foliage and bright yellow flowers heads of a helichrysum plant

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Many people firstly know of the helichrysum plant for its essential lil. It is commonly referred to as the curry plant, eternal flower, everlasting, strawflower, immortelle, or licorice plant. These common names from the fact that these flowers last an extremely long time well after they are cut, and because they have a very intense fragrance.

Helichrysum essential oil is a very powerful substance mainly used for tissue regeneration, though these plants are very beautiful to look at as well. They have silver, evergreen foliage and intense clusters of small yellow flowers. A helichrysum plant is essential to your garden for three reasons: it is medicinally beneficial, it attracts pollinators, and it’s beautiful!

Hellebore Flowers

Hellebore Flowres

8 Common Types of Hellebore Flowers

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Hellebore plants are more commonly known as the lenten rose, for they have flowers that greatly resemble roses and usually blossom around the same time of year that Christian people observe Lent.

Gardeners love hellebore flowers for their exquisitely elegant flowers that bloom for a very long time. They are deep and vibrant colors and attract many different pollinating species wherever they are. They also have evergreen foliage (everywhere but the very coldest of regions).

Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus Flowers

32 Types of Hibiscus Flowers

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The genus of hibiscus plants comprises over seven hundred species. They do well in native to warm temperate, tropical and subtropical regions. These tropical plants are also known as rose mallows and have large, showy flowers.

Many gardeners make the decision to grow their hibiscus plants in containers. This is because they prefer to follow the sun and the heat, and if you live outside of the tropics and want to keep them as a perennial plant, they will have to be moved indoors once the summer temperatures fade away.

Hosta

Hostas

57 Types of Hostas

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Hosta plants are valued by gardeners not only for their lovely flowers, but because they have awesome evergreen foliage as well! They have leaves that come grow in a lovely light chartreuse, to creamy white, to deep green.

Caring for hosta plants will vary greatly depending on the species. But their leaves tell you what they need! For example, the lighter the foliage, the more sun the pant will need. The darker the foliage, the less sun it will need.

Hyacinths

Hyacinths

20 Different Types of Hyacinths

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Hyacinths produce bulbous-like flowers which come in hues of blue, violet and indigo. They are easy to grow under full sun and in well-drained soils. Hyacinths bloom in mid-summer to early fall and are a non-invasive type of flowers.

Gardeners love these flowers because they smell absolutely wonderful (which also means that they attract pollinators to the area) and they are very easy to care for. Plant them once, and they’ll be in your garden forever.

Ice Plant

Three different colors of beautiful ice plant flowers growing in the garden

How to Care for an Ice Plant

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If you are to be introduced to the ice plant, you must first know that ice plants are greatly varying species. They are categorized into different subcategories based on their growth habit and growing regions. Oh, and did we mention, this is a succulent species?

There are some that have incredible ground cover growth habits, there are some known for having unusual leaves the look like little stones, and others that have fruit that look like figs. But most importantly, they have foliage that looks like they’re covered in tiny ice crystals! But you’ll have to read the full article to figure out what all of that is about.

Iceland Poppy

Absolutely beautiful pink and orange Iceland poppy flowers with paper thin leaves

How to Care for an Iceland Poppy

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Every poppy is beautiful. They have gorgeous papery thin flower petals that create this amazing floppy flower in gorgeous pastel colors, though the Iceland poppy differ in the way that it is the most cold hardy of the poppy species.

These flowers love to pop their little heads up in the wild, but they are a wonderfully reliable cultivated garden plant as well. They have showy blossoms with a long blooming season, and require almost nothing from you in terms of care!

Impatiens

Impatiens

71 Types of Impatiens

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Impatiens are one of the most popular annual plants amongst gardeners. They are valued because they come in a great variety of colors and are very fast growers (which is essential in an annual plant!) They are commonly planted in hanging baskets, window boxes, and in garden beds.

These are good for container plants and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. They are tolerant to damp soil and shady areas. Impatiens can be found in a variety of colors from violet, orange, red, pink and white. They grow in partial or full shades and in well-drained soils. Impatiens bloom in early summer to early fall.

Iris

Iris Flowers

41 Types of Iris Flowers

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Iris is popular for its gorgeous flowers, and it appears in the color spectrum as depicted from its name which is derived from the Greek word, rainbow. Iris flower has more than 250 species, and it grows in all sun types. In well-drained soil and during early spring to early fall, it flowers best.

Irises are very varying and there are over 300 different species! Not only are they incredible garden plants, but they grow very prosperously in the wild as well. They grow from hardy underground bulbs that keep the dormant through the winter, which then allows them to sprout up vigorously every spring.

Ixia

Focus image on pink and white ixia flowers growing in clusters along evergreen stem

How to Care for a Corn Lily Plant

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Cornflower, corn lily, or wand flower are all names that apply to genus ixia. This is a rather rare genus of plants and chances are, you’ve never actually seen one growing in the garden before.

This is because, if we’re being honest, they are not very easy to care for. But if you’re an adventurous gardener and are willing to put in the time, your garden could be graced with exotic flowers of brilliant colors.

Ixora

Beautiful clusters of bright red ixora flowers growing beside evergreen foliage

How to Care for an Ixora Plant

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Ixoria plants are a large family of evergreen shrubs and trees that grow very prosperously in places like Florida. There they are known as the West Indian jasmine, and in other places they are known as jungle flame, jungle geranium, rangan, or siantan.

They have brilliantly colored flowers that last a long time, and just as equally lovely foliage that lasts the entire year. Not only that, the roots of the ixora shrub have long been used in Ayurvedic medicine practices for their anti inflammatory properties!

Jade Plants

Crassula Ovata Hummel’s Sunset

18 Types of Jade Plants

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Scientifically known as crassula ovata and commonly known as either lucky plant, money plant, money tree, or jade plant, this succulent is native species to South Africa, but is very well known as cultivated house plant all over the world due to its ability to grow happily indoors in a sunny window. 

This is an evergreen plant with those characteristic succulent leaves that are fleshy and glossy green. Plants that are in a super sunny area will sometimes develop red tinges on the edges of their leaves, creating a gorgeous contrast.  

Folks don’t really grow jade plants for their flowers, simply because their beautiful evergreen foliage brings ornamental interest all year long. That being said, when they flower in the winter they do so with lovely little star shaped white or pink flowers that smell quite sweet! 

Jasmine Flowers

White jasmine flowers

10 Different Types of Jasmine Flowers

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You’ve heard of jasmine before, but have you ever considered planting one of your very own? Imagine having that intoxicating scent of jasmine wafting through your courtyard or sunroom.

Jasmine is an exotic plant and tends to live in warmer climates, though outside of that they can be kept as indoor plants. They are wonderful to use as climbing plants or as container plants.

They have clusters of star shaped flowers that come in pink, white, ivory, or yellow, though they all smell like heaven.

Kaffir Lily

Beautiful funnel shaped kaffir lily flowers growing in a bundle beside evergreen leaves

How to Care for a Kaffir Lily

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Commonly known as either the bush lily, natal lily, or kaffir lily, clivia miniata is a gorgeous exotic, tropical plant that is part of the amaryllidaceae botanical family. They get their common name from their flower shape which is similar to that of a regular lily.

Be warned, there is nothing simple about caring for kaffir lilies. They have pretty specific growing requirements are easily damaged, and they are also very slow growing. Many plants wont bloom until they are 2-5 years old!!

That being said, these exotic and gorgeous flowering plants will make your efforts well worth the wait with showy blossoms and striking evergreen foliage as well.

Kangaroo Paw

Beautiful focus image on bright orange kangaroo paw flowers

How to Care for a Kangaroo Paw Plant

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It would be quite the challenge to find a plant more strange looking than the kangaroo paw plant. This is a very uncommon flowering plant that is native to Australia.

It gets its name because the flower itself looks strikingly similar to the paw of a kangaroo! This fact gained the plant the floral emblem on Australia’s stamp! They also are used by Australian people as a medicinal plant and can be applied topically to scrapes and burns! Neat!

Knautia

Beautiful purple knautifa flower heads on a grey background

How to Care for a Knautia Plant

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The knautia plant is an absolutely wonderful carefree perennial that should be the first plant on every novice gardeners list. They are so lovely to look at and are just eager to grow nearly anywhere!

They are also known as widow flowers or scabious flowers and belong to the honeysuckle family. They’re so enthusiastic in fact that they can be hard to contain, so keep this in mind especially if you’re keen on having a very organized garden.

Kniphofia

Amazing close up image of a kniphofia flower patch growing with red and yellow petals

How to Care for a Kniphofia Plant

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Kniphofia is a fancy word for a cool flowering plant better known as torch lily, red hot oker (lol) or tritoma plant. These amazing plants bear impressive flower spikes that grow marvellously tall.

Another great aspect about this plant is that it is marvellously easy to grow considering how cool looking it is. On top of that, pollinators are very attracted to this wild looking flower spikes and will quickly turn your property into a butterfly sanctuary.

Laelia

Amazingly beautiful orange and pink laelia orchid flowers growing in the garden

How to Care for a Laelia Orchid!

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More novice gardeners can sometimes feel intimidated when it comes to growing orchids, but the laelia orchid is a species that has remarkably easy growing conditions to maintain. Because of this appealing quality, horticulturists will constantly hybridize with this species to apply that quality to other hybrid species.

This exotic looking flowers are elegant, funky and lovely all at the same time. They are ephiphytic – like post other orchid species – meaning that they grow their roots outside of the soil and attach themselves to tree bark! Orchids manage to get all of the nutrient they need to survive just from air and rainwater! Don’t believe me? Go read the full article and find out for yourself! 

Lantana Flowers

Lantana flowers

11 Main Types of Lantana Flowers

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If you’ve been searching for a vine-like plant that is suitable for a tropical climate and bears insanely ornate and fun looking flowers.. Look no further than the lantana plant. These plants can be trained in so many different capacities, but they will all bring tons of fluorescent colors to your garden.

Their hyper bright flower blooms are capable of blooming all year round in humid and warm climates, and they can be anything from yellow, orange, white, pink, red, blue, purple, and often a mix of all of those colors! They are also wonderfully fragrant and do a great job of attractive pollinators to your property. 

Laurel Flowers

Laurel flowers

24 Types of Laurel Flowers

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Scientifically known as laurus, or commonly known as bay tree, sweet bay, or bay laurel, this large evergreen shrub can be found growing wild all throughout the Mediterranean region, but have been cultivated as a garden specimen in many places around the world. 

These garden plants can be huge on your property, sometimes growing to be over 50 feet tall, but they have also be trained to fit in small pots and containers. They have pleasantly fragrant foliage and flowers that are commonly white or yellow. 

Another neat feature of these plants is the fact that they have aromatic leaves that are very commonly used as garnishres in Mediterannean cuisine. Bay leaves are eseential to add robust flavouring to soups, stocks, and stews alike. 

Lavatera

Amazing hot pink mallow flowers in full bloom

How to Care for a Lavatera Plant

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Lavatera plants are also known as the mallow plant family. These are a wonderful group of shrubby plants that produce gorgeous flowers that are remarkably similar looking to hibiscus flowers. They can grow either as annuals or perennials and are sure to attract pollinators to your property. 

Gardeners love these ornamental plants because they are supremely gorgeous, flowering enthusiastically, and you can basically plant them, forget about them, and they will readily become established in your garden. They’re drought tolerant, can live in a variety of soil types, and don’t require fertilizer in order to prosper. 

Lavender

Lavender

27 Types of Lavender

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Lavandula is a genus of about 47 different flowering plants that you have either smelled or grown in your own garden. Though they mostly grow all over the eastern side of the world, they have become naturalized in basically every temperate region on the planet. 

Though they are lovely and bring an enticing fragrance to your property, lavender is most well known in its dried form or in essential oil form. They are a very commonly incorporated into perfumes, potpourris, and tea. Lavender is famously known for having calming properties. 

How wonderful would it be to have grow a lavender plant on your own property! They have nearly ever blooming flowers that last for a long tie on the plant, and once they are dried up they can be picked away and used for any sort of application you could imagine, decorative, culinary, or otherwise. 

Lemon Verbena

Focus image on small white flowers of the beautiful lemon verbena plant

How to Care for a Lemon Verbena Plant 

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Aloysia citrodora is a herbaceous perennial plant that should be the next spring plant you add to your list. Once you start growing this lemon scented herb, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! 

The scent of their foliage is known for being so refreshing that ladies in the Victorian era would tuck fresh lemon verbena leaves into their handkerchiefs and periodically inhale the fresh scent to help cool them on hot summer days. 

Gardeners don’t just plant lemon verbena because they’re pretty. They are an amazing companion plant that can both repel pests and attract beneficial insects, they have foliage that brings a fresh spike of flavor to savoury and sweet dishes alike, and lemon verbena essential oil is known to help soothe issues like anxiety and insomnia! That’s one super hero of a plant! 

Lewesia 

Beautiful bright orange lewisia flowers growing in a bundle

How to Care for a Lewisia Plant 

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One often has the impression that the higher up you go in the alpine, the less likely you are to find striking flowers. This is most of the tie the case, as more showy flowers can have a hard time blooming in harsh conditions, but that is not the case when it comes to the lewisia plant. 

Lewisia plants are incredibly resilient plants that are the perfect specimen to plant on your property if you happen to live in region that experiences crazy hot summers, or if you have a garden with very infertile soil. 

Another cool part about lewisia plants is the fact that they are edible! Lewisia roots are commonly known as bitter root, and they have been eaten both for fuel and medicinally by Native American communities for centuries. 

Lilacs

Lilacs

23 Types of Lilacs

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Syringa vulgaris is a very well known deciduous shrub that is a happy member of the olive family. There are tons of lilac varieties that can be used in different sorts of garden applications, but the one thing that they all have in common is having an exceptionally delicious fragrance. 

This is a relatively fast growing large shrub or small tree with gorgeous but tiny purple flowers that bloom in the spring. You will often smell a lilac shrub before you see it, as its incredible fragrance wafts down streets and through gardens. 

Lilies

Lilies

40 Types of Lilies

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You’ve seen a lily before. They’re gorgeous, tropical looking, they smell incredible, they make for an excellent cut flower variety to put into bouquets, they can grow in containers, indoors, and any other place you can imagine putting them. 

Lilies grow from underground bulbs called rhizomes. These rhizomes basically act like a storage facility for all of the moisture and nutrients a plant could need in order to survive harsh environmental conditions. Because of these tough rhizomes, once you plant lilies in your garden, they are pretty much there to stay. 

Lily of the Valley

Gorgeus white flowers of lily of the valley growing next to tree

How to Care for a Lily of the Valley Plant

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Convallaria majalis could very possibly be one of the most dainty and adorable plants you could ever image. Their charming little tear drop shaped flowers grow on one side of a flowering stem to give them an exceedingly charming growth habit.

Not only are they gorgeous, but perfumists all over the world are constantly taking inspiration from these incredibly smelling flowers. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, lily of the valley plants are also super easy to grow and they can happily grow in a shade garden, under a tree, or in pretty poor soil as well. 

Linaria

Incredible yellow linaria flowers growing in the setting sun

How to Care for a Linaria Plant

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If you’re in search of a low maintenance flowering plant with charming yellow flowers, look no further than genus linaria. This genus is comprised of around 150 different species of plants that can grow either as annuals or herbaceous perennials. 

Another plus to planting a linaria species in your garden is the fact that they are good for you and good for the local ecosystem! They do nothing but attract beneficial pollinators, and their dried leaves can even be made into an herbal tea! 

Additionally, something that not all gardeners are going to know about, is the fact that linaria plants have traditionally been used in the process of natural pigment dyeing! Steeping their flower petals can achieve a stunning yellow or purple color. 

Lisianthus Flowers

Lisianthus flowers

Types of Lisianthus Flowers

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We’ve gone through a lot of wonderfully low maintenance plants, but sometimes gardeners look for a little bit of a challenge! If that is the case for you, you may want to consider a lisianthus flower. These are tender perennials that are more often grown as annuals because of their tricky maintenance.

Lisianthus flowers come in a wonderful variety of colors like white, cream, pink, purple, yellow, and red. These flowers are known for looking remarkably similar to roses, but actually last quite a bit longer in a vase. 

Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower

36 Types of Lotus Flowers

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Known as the Indian lotus, sacred lotus, or nelumbo nucifera, lotus plants are one of the only plants in this article that grows purple from water. They grow in the wild in slow moving rivers and fresh, still water. 

It has a very interesting growth habit in that the root of the plant grows in the soil below the surface of the water, and the leaves float to the top in order to photosynthesize. They produce gorgeous pink and white flowers. They can grow in water as deep as 8 feet! 

Lotus flowers are quite a sight to behold, but they are also loved because of their delicious and edible roots! Lotus root is a wonderfully starchy and slightly sweet tasting root that you will often find in a bowl of ramen. 

Love in the Mist

Beautiful white love in a mist flowers growing in a stand covered in dew

How to Care for a Love in a Mist Plant

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Love in a mist is an incredibly interesting flowering plant that was once one of the most popular garden cultivars in the western world. These unique looking annual plants will  have all of your neighbors craning their necks as they walk by, wondering what on earth it could possibly be. 

Along with their unique appearance, they are luckily pretty easy to care for as well! The main thing to remember is that they almost never survive being transplanted, so you have to be very certain when picking out there forever home. 

Lunaria 

Bright purple lunaria flower clusters growing above heart shaped leaves

How to Care for a Lunaria Plant

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Lunaria annua is an incredibly interesting flowering plant that has the strangest way of producing flowers. I won’t tell you here, so you’ll have to read the full article to find out all about it.. Their latin name comes from the fact that their seed pods look like a full moon! 

Lunaria plants grow from deep and sturdy taproots. This makes them tough, but it also makes them rather difficult to transplant, so be sure when you are planting them in their forever home! They will commonly perish after their second flowering period, making them biennials.

But don’t be sad about that! Their seeds are very easy to spot, and you can always harvest them and propagate an entirely new patch once the old ones fade away. Once you learn about these plants, you’ll be wanting them in your spring garden forever. 

Magnolias

Magnolias

32 Types of Magnolias

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There are over 210 different magnolia species, but every single one of them sure is to being incredible ornamental interest to your property. Did you know that magnolias are one of the few species that actually produces flower blossoms before its spring foliage? 

Magnolias are a very varying species, and there are some that grow as trees, others as shrubs, and they can be either deciduous or evergreen. They are characterized by amazing, huge, showy, and wonderfully fragrant star-shaped flowers. 

Mandevilla 

Bright pink mandevilla flowers with yellow throats blooming in a pot

How to Care for a Mandevilla Plant

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Mandevilla plants are absolute stunning tropical plants that are also commonly known as rocktrumpet plants. They are perfect in so many ways, and can be planting in a hanging basket, container, or directly in your garden (if you live in a tropical climate). 

Another reason why gardeners love these plants is because they naturally have a trailing or creeping growth habit, and they can very easily be trained to grow up an arbor or trellis, and bring a tropical feel to all landscapes. 

Matthiola

Various colors of beautiful matthiola flowres growing in a large field

How to Care for a Matthiola Plant

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Part of the brassica plant family, matthiola plants are far more appealing in terms of their beauty rather than the way that they taste. The growth habit of these plants is quite varying, with some growing to be annuals, others perennials, and some others as long living shrubs as well.

With relatively easy care, matthiola plants will shoot up glorious flower spikes with richly colored flowers with soft petals. They attract pollinators to the area, and they make for an amazing cut flower specimen because flowers last for a good while after they are snipped, and stems are nice and firm to hold in a vase. 

Marigolds

Marigolds

4 Types of Marigolds

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Marigolds are beautiful, aromatic and very enticing to hummingbirds and butterflies. They are available in shades of red, yellow and orange. Marigolds can be kept inside as they make a very beautiful bouquet. These flowers grow under the full sun, and they require well-drained soils. Marigolds bloom in early summer to mid fall and are good for adding color to the garden.

Marigolds are absolutely essential when it comes to companion planting. Gardeners worth their salt know that marigolds are one of the greatest flowering plants that can simultaneously attract beneficial insects and repel pests. They also make for beautiful dried flower bouquets. 

Mazus

Mazus Flowers

4 Types of Mazus Plants

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Mazus plants are known as being a very reliable ground cover creeping plant. These plants form a dense mat of dark green foliage accompanied by tiny little flowers that bloom in the summer time. They spread very quickly both above ground and below ground by the use of underground rhizomes, making them the perfect plant to fill blank and hard to reach spaces. 

Mimosa 

Two lovely pink flowers of the mimosa plant growing in the garden

How to Care for a Mimosa Plant 

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Okay, this is a very exciting plant. Plants by nature are very stationary by nature, as they are literally planted in the earth. So when a plant comes along that has a little bit of movement, people get really excited about it.

Mimosa pudica goes by a a few other common names that are all derived from the meaning behind their latin name which translates to shy, bashful, or shrinking. They also go by the names of sensitive plant, sleepy plant, action plant, shy plant, touch me not, prayer plant, shame plant, and humble plant.

These nicknames all come from a really cool characteristic that the mimosa plant has called Rapid Plant Movement, which only a small number of plant species have! Read the full article to learn everything else there is to know about these super cool plants. 

Moonflower Vine

Two lovely white moonflowers growing on vines in a dark garden

How to Care for a Moonflower Vine

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Moonflower vines are exceptionally cool plants. They’re related to the morning glory, meaning that they have a climbing growth habit. They can attach to walls, arbors, and trellises using neat little tendrils that stick themselves to surfaces like the feet of a gecko. 

Moonflower vines are also cool because they actually bloom in the evening as opposed to the day time. Morning glories open once the sun comes up, and moonflower open once the sun goes does. Not to mention they also have an exceptionally lovely scent, filling your garden with a sweet aroma. 

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

35 Types of Morning Glory

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A unique feature of morning glory flowers is the unravelling bloom that is seen early in the morning and withers back in the afternoon in the hot sun. These flowers bloom in early summer to early fall. They come in shades of violet, red, blue, pink and white. In some cases, they may have star markings. Morning glory flowers grow under the full sun, and they require well-drained soils. They attract hummingbirds.

Orchids

Orchids

Types of Orchids

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Orchids are among the two largest flower plant species. They have about 27,800 known species. Orchids come in a variety of colors such as white, red, pink, violet and orange. Among all its species, Phalaenopsis is the one that is grown in gardens. They require well-drained soil to grow. Orchids grow in full sun or under partial shades. They bloom in early spring to early fall, and they have a short lifespan.

Pansies

Pansies

Types of Pansies

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Pansies are early bloomers. They are a good way to know when spring is about to start as this is when they bloom. Pansies are very friendly and delightful flowers. They come in many shades such as pink, white, violet, blue, red and also yellow. Pansies bloom in spring, and they bloom in bicolor, singles or tricolors. Pansies are tolerant to frost which is a lot during spring.

Peonies

Peonies

31 Types of Peonies

These are perennial flowers which bloom from spring to summer. They are planted in the fall in deep, fertile humus rich, and well-drained soil and in the full sun.

Periwinkle Flowers

Periwinkle Flower

Types of Periwinkle Flowers

Periwinkles are known to last for up to three seasons. They are easily manageable and are also known as the long-lasting plant. Periwinkles produce flowers in a variety of colors from shades of violet, pink or white. In order to maintain the bloom through winter, periwinkles are brought indoors and placed in full sun. They grow under full sun or partial shade, and they require droughty soil to grow. These flowers bloom in mid spring to mid fall and are tolerant of heat.

Petunias

Petunias

Types of Petunias

Petunias require very minimum care and can adapt to any climate. As such, they are very recommendable and popular choice to beginner gardeners. They are equally as precious as they are hardy. And can withstand harsh climates. These flowers have a long bloom season and are mostly found in shades of pink, violet or white. Petunias grow under full sun and in well-drained soils. They bloom in early summer to mid-fall. These flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

Types of Poinsettias

These flowers have a short life span, scientifically known as Euphorbia pulcherrima. They do not do well in a lot of water and require warmth and light to grow.

Poppies

Orange poppy

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Poppies are well known as a war remembrance flower. In November, us Canadians donate to the Salvation Arm for a red poppy to pin to our clothing in remembrance of those who died in the 1st World War. Red is the most notable color, but the different types come in a variety of colors.

Primrose Flowers

Primrose Flower

Types of Primrose Flowers

These flowers come in many colors from shades of red, yellow, orange, indigo, blue, violet, pink and white. They are mostly grown indoors in containers although they are not meant to be long-lasting houseplants. As such, these flowers have a short lifespan. Poinsettias grow under partial shade and in well-drained soil. They bloom in the spring season and are non-invasive.

Proteus Flowers

Proteus Flowers

45 Types of Proteus Flowers

These flowers are not for all climates. They require well-drained, acidic soil and temperatures of 23F to 100 F. These flowers can be dried for floral arrangements.

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's Lace Flowers

All About Queen Anne’s Lace Flowers

Invasive? Technically yes. Beautiful? Yes. Many homeowners plant Queen Anne’s lace in their gardens to fill it out. It’s like the baby’s breath of gardens.

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

24 Types of Ranunculus

These flowers have over 60 species. The buttercup is one of the species of the ranunculus. Other species come in a variety of colors such as orange, pink, white, red and also purple. These flowers are known for their bulbous and closely formed peals. They grow under the full sun, and they need well-drained soil. Besides, they bloom in early spring to mid-summer. Ranunculus are good for cut flowers.

Rhododendrons

Pink Rhododendrons

11 Types of Rhododendrons

There are about 1,000 species of Rhododendrons. They are a very popular flower for backyard gardens in several parts of the world including North America.

Roses

Roses

22 Types of Roses

Roses come in over a hundred species. These flowers are the most categorized as a result of their trailing stems which have sharp prickles. This type of flower varies in both shape and size. They, however, come in a variety of colors that range from blue, white, red, pink, yellow and orange. As a result of the many species that roses have, they hybridize easily which allows gardeners to explore more than one variety. They require full sun to grow and also soil that is well drained. Roses bloom in late spring to early fall and are good for cut flowers.

Snapdragons

Snapdragons

Types of Snapdragons

Snapdragons have a mouth like petals which makes them very popular. Their petals can open and close when they are pressed gently between the fingers. This flower has a very short lifespan, but despite this, they make extremely beautiful bouquets and indoor arrangements. Snapdragons grow under full sun and in well-drained soils. They bloom in mid-summer to mid fall and are about one to 3.5 feet tall.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

33 Types of Sunflowers

Sunflowers are easily recognizable for their tall stalks and their bright yellow petals. These flowers are all-time classic wildflowers and do not have a wide variety of colors as other flowers do. They are mostly found in yellow, but sometimes they can have orange and red shades. Sunflowers grow in well-drained soil and under the full sun. They bloom in early summer to early fall.

Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

29 Different Types of Sweet Peas

These grow in colder zones and bloom in late winter to early spring. They do well in full sun and in the well-drained alkaline soil.

Tulips

Tulips

42 Types of Tulips

Tulips are known for their bright, bulbous flowers and very elegant stems. They come in about 75 species, and they produce a single flower in every stem. These flowers come in a dazzling variety of colors such as red, pink and violet. They make very elegant and beautiful bouquets in the house. Tulips require well-drained soils to grow, and they do well under the full sun. These flowers bloom in the spring season.

Verbena Flowers

A variety of verbena flowers

14 Common Types of Verbena Flowers

There are many types of Verbena flowers (250+ species). They come in many colors. Click the link above to learn all you need to know about this flower and the most common types.

Wisteria

Purple wisteria

10 Types of Wisteria

Wisteria, while a street in the popular TV show Desperate Housewives, is also a lovely vine-like flower.

Violets

Violets

37 Types of Violets

Violets are perennials. They come in shades of peach and pale violet. These flowers cover the ground with their foliage. They bloom once in the spring or summer, and then they re-bloom in early fall. Violets require well-drained soils to grow. They do well in full sun or partial shade. They are non-invasive.

Zinnias

Zinnias

7 Common Types of Zinnias

Flowers by Color

A good way to plan and design a flower garden is by color. Below we set out incredible galleries organized by flower color.

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Flowers Listed by First Letter (Alphabetical A to Z)

In this section we provide access to our galleries that organize flower and plants by their first letter of the common name.

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Plant and Flower Directory

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