301 Different Types of Flowers With Names and Pictures

Finding the right flowers for your home or garden can be very challenging. Not only do you have to think about seasonality, but you have to consider color, climate, environment, sunlight, and more. In this article, gardening enthusiast Jason White walks through over three hundred different types of flowers including their names and pictures of each!

Types of Flowers in Garden

Picking the best flowers for your outdoor space can be tricky, but not anymore! In this guide, you’ll learn about 301 different types of flowers, all with names and pictures, to help you choose the best blooms for your gardens.

Whether you’re looking for pretty perennials, awesome annuals, or stunning shrubs, we have got something for every gardener and garden. Many of these flowers are quite unique when it comes to both their color and the environments that they will thrive in.

We made the decision to focus here mostly on specific flower species. But for those larger groups, we have described the genus complete with some excellent examples for you to choose from. So, let’s take a look at our list of favorite flowers for your garden, in alphabetical order. 

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Achillea Desert Eve Deep Rose  

Achillea Desert Eve Deep Rose
These bright pink flowers are a great addition to any butterfly garden.

Scientific Name: Yarrow 

Part of the Desert Eve Series, this is one of the earliest blooming Yarrows. It is a wonderfully bright herbaceous perennial that produces large clusters of bright pink flowers. It blooms profusely in late spring for several weeks, and each flower has a fluffy yellow center. This flower is aromatic, semi-evergreen, and compliments most other blooms in any setting. Butterflies adore all Yarrows, so this is a must for any wild or cottage garden. 

African Daisy  

African Daisy
These flowers bloom all summer long and into fall.

Scientific Name: Osteospermum 

This is an excellent choice for anyone looking for bright, beautiful blooms all through summer into fall. There are around 70 species of Osteospermum and an increasing number of cultivars, and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) lists about 900 varieties. One stem carries a single flower, comprising a central disc surrounded by bright petals. The petals of some species are variegated in color, offering the most stunning bloom. Most petals are flat, but some produce spoon-shaped petals, such as the Osteospermum Sunny Philip. Depending on what zone you live in, different species can be annuals or perennials. 

African Lily  

African Lily
Purple is the most common color for African Lilies, but they also come in white or blue.

Scientific Name: Agapanthus africanus 

Other names include the Star of Bethlehem or the Lily of the Nile, despite only being native to the South of Africa. These evergreen perennials reach heights of up to one meter and produce erect stems carrying a globe-shaped display of blue, lilac, or white blooms. Each globe has showy trumpet-shaped flowers that do well in salty sea winds, making them ideal for a coastal garden. 

African Marigold  

African Marigold
These bright blossoms bloom from early summer through fall.

Scientific Name: Tagetes erecta 

Sometimes known as the Big Marigold, this bushy annual is prized for its large double flowers. Each blossom measures two to four inches across and comes in orange, yellow, and white shades. They are long-blooming from early summer until the first frost, and they need minor assistance to thrive. They are ideal for beds, borders, and patio pots. 

African Violet

African Violets
These flowers are commonly found indoors where the conditions are ideal for growth.

Scientific Name: Streptocarpus Saintpaulia

African Violets are one of the most popular plants for indoor gardens. Most species naturally live in the mountains, usually under the cover of other plants. Because of this, they require moderate temperatures and light, which can easily be found and controlled inside of homes. However, some indoor gardeners shy away from growing them because their care can be intimidating. These plants come in almost every color and have a frilly or fringed texture to the petals. They will bloom nearly every day if in bright and dependable lighting. The foliage is typically green or variegated, with a slight fuzz in texture.

Alpenrose  

Alpenrose
This evergreen shrub works well as a border in gardens.

Scientific Name: Rhododendron ferrugineum 

This upright evergreen shrub produces glossy, dark-green leaves and clusters of tubular rose pink to crimson flowers. It blooms in the early summer and grows in a compact and upright habit. The Alpenrose can grow up to five feet high, looking great in the rear of borders and at the side of water gardens. It prefers full sun to partial shade and is hardy in zones four to nine. 

Amaryllis  

Amaryllis
These flowers are very popular during the holiday season.

Scientific Name: Hippeastrum 

This is a popular bulb given as a gift around the Christmas holidays, thanks to their large, brightly colored blooms supported by large stems. There are five types of Amaryllis; large flowering, double flowering, small flowering, cybister, and trumpet. The most popular is the large flowering, single flower Amaryllis, which grows up to 10 inches tall. The bigger the bulb, the more stems and flowers they produce. They may be planted outdoors (deep south only) and are easy to bring into bloom. Amaryllis Clown is an award-winning old favorite that is reminiscent of candy canes. 

American Lotus  

American Lotus
As an aquatic perennial, these flowers grow in ponds or natural pools.

Scientific Name: Nelumbo lutea 

This might not be as popular as the Sacred Lotus that is more often seen in cultivation. But these flowers provide a blanket of elegance thanks to their pure white petals and a yellow center. They grow up to 12 inches across and are a sight to behold. It is a marginal aquatic perennial that also produces large umbrella-like leaves. They are native to eastern North America. 

American Wisteria  

American Wisteria
These beauties grow on trellises or other support structures to create purple drapes.

Scientific Name: Wisteria frutescens 

American Wisteria is a vigorous climber with twining stems, blooming from late spring through to summer. It forms drooping six-inch-long clusters of pea-like lilac-colored flowers, which give off a delightful aroma. American Wisteria is less damaging to structures than Chinese or Japanese species. It grows up to 30 feet tall and requires a solid structure to support itself once it matures because it can become quite heavy. 

Angels Fishing Rod  

American Fishing Rod
Another name for Angels Fishing Rod is Fairy Wand.

Scientific Name: Dierama pulcherrimum 

Sometimes known as Fairy Wand, this pretty evergreen perennial looks great anywhere in the garden. Particularly where you can appreciate its arching stems, such as along edges, walls, or over ponds. The grass-like stems produce bell-shaped white, pale pink, or magenta flowers that bloom for several weeks at the start of summer. They need full sun, rich soil, and are relatively easy to maintain. 

Anise Hyssop  

Anise Hyssop
Other than providing a pop of color, these flowers can also be used in tea for their aroma.

Scientific Name: Agastache foeniculum 

Sometimes known as Hummingbirds Mint, it adds perfect vertical lines to any landscape. The leaves emit an anise scent when bruised, and they are sometimes used in herbal teas and jellies. It is a clump-forming perennial that produces vertical spikes that hold onto tubes of lavender flowers. It is long-blooming from summer to fall, hardy, easy to care for, and attracts pollinators. 

Aztec Lily  

Aztec Lily
The Aztec Lily is a unique bloom that thrives in full sun.

Scientific Name: Sprekelia formosissima 

This is a tender perennial bulbous flower treasured for its vivid blooms. They are vibrant red, measuring six inches wide, consisting of three upper arching petals and three drooping petals. Aztec Lilies bloom in late spring and sometimes rebloom in fall. They can be left outdoors in mild climates, where they are also evergreen. They like full sun and grow up to 12 inches tall. 

Bachelors Button  

Bachelors Button
Another common name for this flower is Cornflower.

Scientific Name: Centaurea cyanus 

Also known as Cornflower, this pretty little bloom looks like a daisy, except in bright blue, pink, lavender, and maroon hues. They are annual plants that bloom from late spring to late summer. They are carried by long stems and usually with double heads. These flowers are a magnet for butterflies, hardy in zones 2 to 11, and like full sun to partial shade. Ideal for bedding, borders, containers, and cutting. 

Balloon Flower  

Balloon Flowers
These pretty flowers open from buds that look like balloons, which is how they got their name.

Scientific Name: Platycodon grandiflorus 

This is a herbaceous perennial flower that produces plentiful bell-shaped deep blue or light pink flowers. Balloon Flowers bloom from balloon-like buds. Just be sure to resist popping them. Their stems emerge in late spring, be careful not to disturb them. They look ideal in cottage gardens, containers, and beds, and should be planted in groups for best effect. 

Basket of Gold  

Basket of Gold
The Basket of Gold looks good year-round, with pleasant foliage and bright yellow blooms.

Scientific Name: Aurinia saxatilis 

This is a low-growing plant that has been awarded the RHS award of garden merit. It is an evergreen perennial that will fill your garden with a golden carpet of flowers for up to six weeks. When not in bloom, the gray-green foliage is also attractive. Appreciates full sun, but afternoon shade in hot climates is needed. It provides nectar for pollinators, and it is low maintenance. 

Bear Grass  

Bear Grass
Bear Grass grows in a club shape with tufts of white flowers at the top.

Scientific Name: Xerophyllum tenax 

This flowering perennial plant is native to North America. It produces tall stalks that shoot from the base, reaching up to four feet. They carry slightly fragrant white flowers that form in an upright club. Unfortunately, deers eat the flowers, and bears eat the evergreen foliage. But they provide unusual shapes and texture to all gardens and look great when planted in larger groups. 

Bearded Irises  

Bearded Irises
Irises come in a wide array of colors and enjoy the full sun.

Scientific Name: Iris germanica 

There are thousands of varieties and cultivars in this genus, and they are thought of as the showiest members. All blooms produce three upright petals and three dropping petals with a beard in the center to guide the pollinators and frilled edges. Most Bearded Irises bloom from spring, and some rebloom in the summer and fall. They prefer full sun and hardy in zones 3 to 10. 

Bee Balm Flower  

Bee Balm Flowers
These joyous flowers are summer perennials favored by gardeners.

Scientific Name: Monarda didyma 

This plant is a member of the mint family, producing a delightful scent – many compare it to bergamot orange. There are many species of Monarda, 16 of which are native to North America. They are one of the showiest summer perennials, making them a huge hit with gardeners. Scarlet-red flowers are collared by red-tinged bracts. They bloom for up to six weeks, and their tall stems and seed heads provide winter interest. 

Beeblossom  

Beeblossom
Beeblossom flowers bloom in succession for weeks at a time.

Scientific Name: Gaura lindheimeri 

This perennial plant is native to Texas and Louisiana. It produces thin grass-like stems that carry pretty flowers. Flowers are white, sometimes with pink tinges, and look a lot like butterflies from a distance. It blooms from early summer to fall, and not all at once, meaning you can enjoy beautiful displays for weeks on end. This is a low-care plant that looks great when planted in mass. 

Begonia  

Begonias
One of the more popular options on our list is the Begonia, which comes in many colors and sizes.

Scientific Name: Begonias tuberhybrida 

Tuberous Begonias are one of the most popular long-blooming bulbs. With so many qualities and options, there is an option for every garden. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, petals, and habits. Begonias thrive in shady areas where other flowers find it challenging to grow, and they require minimal effort. They make a fab addition to beds, borders, containers, and hanging baskets. 

Belladonna Lily  

Belladonna Lily
You may find these at your nursery under the name Jersey Lily or Naked Lily.

Scientific Name: Amaryllis belladonna 

Sometimes known as the Jersey Lily or Naked Ladies, this award-winning Amaryllis is a bulbous perennial. It produces large clusters of trumpet-shaped baby pink flowers with a white and yellow throat. With curved anthers and a sweet aroma, it is strikingly beautiful for both humans and pollinators. It opens in the late summer and fall, providing a stunning display for the fall. It grows up to three feet tall and is easy to care for. 

Bigleaf Lantana  

Big Leaf Lantana
Butterflies love Lantanas, so these would make a great addition to a butterfly garden.

Scientific Name: Lantana camara 

This bushy evergreen shrub produces clusters of tightly-packed brightly colored blooms. Color options include red, purple, orange, yellow, and white, often mixed in the same group. Providing color to seemingly dull patches. After frost, the flowers give way to purple berries that birds and small mammals feast on. Dwarf and trailing cultivars are also available. 

Baby’s Breath  

Babys Breath
Baby’s Breath is often used as a bouquet filler, but they look fabulous in gardens as well!

Scientific Name: Gypsophila paniculata 

Although this option is mainly known as a favorite in the world of cut flowers and bouquets, it deserves a spot in the garden too. This perennial flower produces clouds of pink or white tiny flowers, looking attractive in itself or adding contrast to most other flowers. It grows up to three feet tall in decorative mounds, and the flowers are long-lasting until fall. 

Bearberry  

Bearberry
The clusters of white to pink flowers have a delicate look to them.

Scientific Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 

This is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that is extremely winter hardy. The red stems produce glossy green leaves that turn red to purple in the winter. In mid to late spring, it forms graceful clusters of white to pink flowers. After several weeks the blooms give way to bright red berries that provide an essential source of winter nutrients for birds and mammals, including bears. 

Beauty Bush  

Beauty Bush
This large bush works excellently as a colorful border or hedge.

Scientific Name: Kolkwitzia amabilis 

This is an upright deciduous shrub with a vase-shaped habit. It grows up to 10 feet tall, making it perfect for hedges or the background. From mid to late spring, it blooms small light-pink flowers profusely that last for several weeks. Blooms are followed by capsule-like fruits that birds love. After that, the bark peels, adding extra seasonal interest. 

Bird of Paradise  

Bird of Paradise
This South African native flower looks like the head of a colorful crane.

Scientific Name: Strelitzia 

Strelitzia is a genus of five species of perennial flowering plants. It is commonly known as the Bird of Paradise flower. It is sometimes called the Crane Flower in its native land of South Africa. They produce a fan of petals in different but always vibrant and contrasting colors. They are pollinated by birds and need bright sun and well-drained soil to thrive outdoors. 

Black-Eyed Susan  

Black Eyed Susan
These happy yellow flowers are commonly found along roads or in yards.

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia fulgida 

There are many species of this flower. They are super floriferous, producing up to 80 flowers of golden-yellow, starburst-shaped blooms per plant. They measure up to 2 ½ inches wide with a dark central cone. Black-Eyed Susans, or Rudbeckia, bloom midsummer through to early fall and add a splash of summer sun to any garden. They are easy to grow, like full sun to partial shade, and attract many pollinators. 

Black-Eyed Susan Vine  

Black Eyed Susan Vine
If you need a colorful vine to cover a wall or climb a trellis, the Black-Eyed Susan Vine is a good option.

Scientific Name: Thunbergia alata 

This is a twining evergreen vine that has lush heart-shaped, sometimes variegated leaves. Skimming the top of the foliage are beautiful orange-yellow flowers with large dark-purple throats. Although many different colored cultivars are available. They bloom from the start of summer until the fall, and it is renowned for growing quickly, reaching heights of eight feet. Ideal for a trellis, unforgiving wall, or trailing in hanging baskets. 

Bleeding Heart  

Bleeding Heart Flowers
These shade-loving flowers have a unique and stunning look.

Scientific Name: Dicentra spectabilis 

This is an elegant old-time favorite that is a herbaceous, delicate perennial. The stems are arched, studded with lockets of pink flowers, with protruding white petals. Hence the name, bleeding heart. They only bloom for four to six weeks in late spring, tending to disappear in the mid-summer. They are ideal for shaded borders, woodland gardens, and underplanting roses and shrubs. 

Blue-Eyed Grass  

Blue Eyed Grass
Blue-Eyed Grass is a good option for lining walkways or driveways.

Scientific Name: Sisyrinchium angustifolium 

This semi-evergreen perennial is prized for its dense, narrow grass-like foliage adorned with delicate violet star-shaped flowers. The centers of the petals are black in color with bright yellow stamens. This flower looks excellent along walkways, rockeries, or naturalizing plants. It will self-seed in optimal conditions and prefers full to partial sun. 

Blue Lechenaultia  

Blue Lechenaultia
Blue Lechenaultia is a brightly colored shrub that tends to flower the second half of the year.

Scientific Name: Lechenaultia biloba 

This plant is native to Western Australia, and it was discovered in 1839. It grows as a spreading shrub that reaches heights of one meter. It flowers from July to December, adding a last punch of color to your garden. Flowers are blue to dark blue in color, sometimes cream, and have six beautiful spreading petals. This rare flower needs well-drained soil to stay healthy. 

Blue Passion Flower  

Blue Passion Flower
Passion flowers are wild-looking, exotic plants that love to climb trellises or walls.

Scientific Name: Passiflora caerulea 

Also known as the Common Passion Flower, this is an RHS award-winning bloom considered one of the most attractive climbers. It is a vigorous and semi-evergreen climber that has twining tendrils. The three-inch exotic-looking flowers appear sporadically from summer to fall, followed by egg-shaped orange fruits. It is easy to grow and does best when allowed to grow or droop freely rather than be kept neat. 

Bluestar  

Bluestar Bush
Hence its name, these flowers are shaped like stars that grow blue.

Scientific Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana 

Also known as Blue Dogbane, this flowering perennial produces early bloom, attractive summer foliage that changes to golden hues in fall. The flowers are star-shaped and arranged in clusters on top of sturdy stems. Bluestar is low maintenance, pest and disease resistant, and native to the US, making it a top choice for all American gardens. It needs moist and loamy soils to thrive. 

Bluet  

Bluets
Another name for these little beauties is Quaker Ladies.

Scientific Name: Houstonia caerulea 

Also known as Quaker Ladies, this is a flowering perennial plant that boasts delicate and compact blooms. The flowers consist of four petals tipped with pale blue, gradually changing to white with a yellow center. This wildflower grows in small clumps, usually amongst mosses around the base of large trees. It needs sandy soil and looks great in a rock garden. 

Brazilian Plume  

Brazilian Plume
These bright blooms are also known as the Flamingo Flower.

Scientific Name: Justica carnea 

Also known as the Flamingo Flower, this is an evergreen shrub that produces showy plumes of pink to crimson-colored flowers. They attract hummingbirds and butterflies and bloom from early summer through to fall. This plant can grow up to six feet tall, and it prefers part to full shade. They look great in containers, and they can also be a houseplant. 

Busy Lizzie  

Busy Lizzie in Garden
Impatiens are a common flower in many gardens.

Scientific Name: Impatiens walleriana 

Impatiens are a herbaceous perennial in frost-free regions, but elsewhere it is considered a half-hardy annual. It is one of the most well-known Impatiens species. The blooms have five petals and come in a wide variety of colors. They typically bloom from early summer through to late fall and are easy to care for. Busy Lizzies require shade to thrive and are ideal picks for hanging baskets. 

Butterfly Bush  

Butterfly Bush
If you have the desire to attract butterflies, Butterfly Bush is an excellent option.

Scientific Name: Buddleja davidii 

Buddleja might be listed in the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States. Still, it is undeniably beautiful, which is why many gardeners choose it for their beds and borders. It is a compact deciduous shrub that produces arched branches adorned with tapered tubes of small, bright flowers. They bloom from mid-summer through to the first frost. As you might expect, butterflies love this flower.

California Poppy  

California Poppy
The bright blooms of the California Poppy come in gold, white, red, pink, cream, or orange.

Scientific Name: Eschscholzia californica 

Also known as the Golden Poppy, this flower will provide an instant punch of summer vibrancy into your garden. However, they aren’t always gold. California Poppies can also be white, red, pink, cream, and orange. They grow loosely, carrying a single or double silky flower, and look great spread in a border. They are quick to grow, easy to care for, and bloom from spring to fall or through winter. 

Calla Lily  

Calla Lily
The Calla Lily is a popular choice for wedding bouquets.

Scientific Name: Zantedeschia aethiopica 

Sometimes referred to as the Arum Lily, it is a flowering plant native to South Africa. They need full sun and constantly moist soil and are perennials in subtropical and tropical climates. There are two types of Zantedeschia; either hardy or tender. Hardy Zantedeschias tend to be pure white, and they can survive the winter and emerge in the spring. Tender Zantedeschias feature almost every color of the rainbow, and there’s even a black Calla Lily. They have chalice-shaped flowers (spathe) that surround a finger-like stalk (spadix.) Wherever you place them in your garden, they’ll take center stage for sure. 

Camellia  

Camellia
Camellia blooms tend to last through winter, providing color to your garden.

Scientific Name: Camellia sasanqua 

There are around 250 species of Camellia, and Camellia sasanqua is a gorgeous fall flower. As the rest of your garden begins to fade, the Camellia opens and extends the colorful joy of your garden. Depending on where you live, they can continue blooming well into winter. They grow to around three inches wide, and each flower only lasts a few days. The shrub itself can grow up to 12 feet tall. Colors range from white, light pink, rose to cherry red and are delicately scented. 

Canada Violet  

Canada Violet
The Canada Violet blooms white flowers.

Scientific Name: Viola canadensis 

More commonly known as the Canadian white violet, it is a clump-forming perennial. It is clear to see that it is part of the Viola genus, thanks to the five delicate petals featuring yellow at the base and purple veins on select petals. The leaves are heart-shaped and dark green in color. Canadian Violets look great in wildflower or woodland gardens, and they require partial shade and aggressively self-seeds. 

Candy Cane Sorrel  

Candy Cane Sorrel
It is easy to see why these flowers have the name Candy Cane Sorrel.

Scientific Name: Oxalis versicolor 

There are many Sorrel options available for your garden. Still, this one offers a spectacular show of contrasting color in midsummer through to fall. The blooms are red and white, swirled together to earn the name Candy Cane Sorrel. It is an RHS award-winning bulbous perennial with clover-like foliage. It is native to South Africa, likes full sun to part shade, and is easy to grow. 

Candytuft  

Candytuft
Candytufts come in white most often, but they also come in a few other bright colors.

Scientific Name: Iberis sempervirens 

This is one of the purest white flowers you can find in any garden, making it an elegant option. It is a woody-based, low-reaching perennial that graces edges and borders for weeks in spring and early summer. Large clusters of white flowers adorned with yellow dots contrast against the dark green foliage. It grows in bushy mounds and is evergreen in warm winter climates. 

Canna Lily

Canna Lily
These tropical flowers come in orange, red, or yellow.

Scientific Name: Canna 

The Canna genus consists of around 10 species, and there are many cultivars available. They are not true Lilies but are just as beautiful. Canna Lilies are large tropical and subtropical herbaceous perennials. They have large flat leaves that gradually unfurl, revealing their green and sometimes variegated colors. The flowers sprout from the top and are usually red, orange, and yellow. They attract hummingbirds, bees, and bats and add an exotic touch to any garden. 

Cape Leadwort  

Cape Leadwort
The cheerful flowers of the Cape Leadwort bloom from spring through summer.

Scientific Name: Plumbago auriculata 

This densely packed evergreen vine is native to South Africa, and it is an RHS Garden Merit winner. It produces five-petalled sky-blue trumpet-shaped flowers on short racemes. It blooms from spring through to summer, and it can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide. Cape Leadworts can also be used as a groundcover and looks great in beds, wall-side borders, and Mediterranean-themed gardens. 

Cardinal Climber  

Cardinal Climber
Another name for the Cardinal Climber is the Cypress Vine.

Scientific Name: Ipomoea quamoclit 

Sometimes known as the Cypress Vine or Hummingbird Vine, this tender vine is fast-growing and vigorous. It can grow up to 15 feet tall in one season, making it ideal for covering up an unforgiving wall. It produces bright green, fern-like foliage. Cardinal Climbers bloom from summer to fall, forming tubular star-shaped flowers that measure one inch wide. Their bright scarlet color and rich nectar attract butterflies and hummingbirds far and wide. It needs full sun and something to hold onto. 

Cardinal Flower  

Cardinal Flower
The vibrant scarlet color of these flowers gives it the name Cardinal Flower.

Scientific Name: Lobelia cardinalis 

This flower is an excellent addition to late summer landscapes. It is a perennial that produces flower spikes full of cardinal red, two-lipped blossoms. They grow up to four feet tall, and they add architectural interest to all gardens. Although they are short-lived, they are worth the wait thanks to their dramatic and bright appearance. They like wet soils, hence why they are also called Bog Sage. 

Carnation  

Carnations
Carnations are a very popular option of flower for bouquets.

Scientific Name: Dianthus caryophyllus 

Also known as the Clove Pink, it is believed to have originated from the Mediterranean region, mentioned in Greek literature over 2,000 years ago. It is a herbaceous perennial that produces slender stalks carrying lightly scented blooms. The natural color is bright purple to pink, but other colors and various patterns are available. They require full sun and well-drained soil. They make great cutting flowers, often used in ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. 

Catmint  

Catmint
Catmint is also known as Catnip or Nepeta.

Scientific Name: Nepeta nervosa 

This Catmint is not that well known, but its noteworthy blooms are worthy of any landscape and much more profuse than other Catmints. This flowering plant bears dense spikes of blue to purple flowers from midsummer to fall. It is excellent at the front of sunny borders, in containers, or as cut flowers. Pollinators love it, as do cats. 

Checkered Lily  

Checkered Lily
The unique pattern of the Checkered Lily comes in reddish-brown, purple, or crimson.

Scientific Name: Fritillaria meleagris 

If you’re looking for a uniquely patterned flower, this could be a sure bet for your garden. The bell-shaped lily-like blooms are reddish-brown, purple, or deep crimson in color with white speckles, providing a checkered pattern. They sit on top of tall, slender stems that grow up to 16 inches tall. Blooming throughout spring, they look great when planted with shorted spring blooms. Hardy in zones four to eight, it will bloom year after year in the best conditions. 

Chinese Pink 

Chinese Pink
The petals of the Chinese Pink are fringed on the edges.

Scientific Name: Dianthus chinensis 

This is a stunningly showy flower that is a biennial or short-lived perennial. It is prized for its impactful white and pink contrasting flat petals. They are heavily fringed with a dark central eye, adding a delicate prettiness to any garden. The flowers sit on slender stems and narrow leaves. They are ideal for beds, edging, and containers.

Chrysanthemum  

Chrysanthemum
Mums are very popular flowers for autumn gardens or floral arrangements.

Scientific Name: Chrysanthemum indicum 

This flower is one of the most popular flowers worldwide, used as a staple in bouquets. Also known as the garden mom, it is a showy flower that comes in various shapes and sizes. Dark foliage gives way to multi-branched stems carrying profuse flowers. Two RHS award-winning examples include “Ruby Mound” and “Grandchild.” It is a herbaceous perennial plant that requires full sun, and they are of most interest in the fall. Mums are easy to grow, and a favorite amongst gardeners of all skill levels.

Clematis  

Clematis
These stunning flowers can climb and trail walls or trellises.

Scientific Name: Clematis 

Clematis are members of the Ranunculaceae family. They are divided into 12 main groups and include more than 300 species and hundreds of hybrids. With so many to choose from, you are truly spoilt for choice. Their commonality is that they are climbers and long-flowering. They come in different shapes, shades and have various blooming periods throughout the year. Examples of RHS winners include “Nelly Moser,” “Niobe,” and “The President.” 

Cliffbush  

Cliffbush
This shrub grows to be bushy with fragrant flowers.

Scientific Name: Jamesia Americana 

From the Hydrangea family, this is a bushy deciduous shrub that grows to two meters tall. The foliage is coarsely toothed and hairy beneath. It produces fragrant white or pink waxy flowers on panicles in late spring. They need well-drained soil and make a great addition to cottage gardens. 

Climbing Rose  

Climbing Rose
Another beautiful climber on our list is the classic Climbing Rose.

Scientific Name: Rosa 

Nothing looks as elegant as a Climbing Rose in full effect. Whether it trails over a trellis, fence, or porch, they are pretty flowers that come in a wide range of colors and shapes. Most varieties reach up to 12 feet high and produce a delightfully fresh aroma. Most rebloom throughout the summer and the fall. Excellent varieties include “A Shropshire Lad,” “Buff Beauty,” “Cecile Brunner,” and “New Dawn.” 

Cockscomb  

Cockscomb
These bright flowers look great in a garden, in a vase, or dried as an arrangement.

Scientific Name: Celosia cristata 

This unique-looking flower is similar to the cockscomb on a rooster’s head, hence the name. It traditionally grows in the red variety but also blooms in yellow, pink, orange, and white. Cockscomb has irregular growth habits, with some plants growing only a few inches tall and others reaching a few feet. Leading to wonderful garden surprises! It is an annual but self-seeds enough to provide flowers for the following year. 

Common Evening Primrose  

Common Evening Primrose
These joyful blooms open up in the evening and close by morning.

Scientific Name: Oenothera biennis 

This is a showy, bowl-shaped, yellow flower that sits atop a purple-tinged flower stem. They bloom profusely from early summer to early fall. They are called Evening Primroses because the bloom opens in the evening and remains open until the following morning. The whole plant is edible, lemon-scented, and attracts night-flying moths at night and bees in the morning.  

Common Gorse  

Common Gorse
This evergreen shrub grows hardily in many US hardiness zones.

Scientific Name: Ulex Europaeus 

This is an evergreen shrub that produces an abundance of small yellow flowers. They are coconut scented and bloom throughout the year, peaking during spring. Although this plant has its appeal, it is invasive in some areas and considered a fire-climax plant. Meaning it readily catches fire in hot regions. But it also survives frozen temperatures, making it a hardy option for many gardeners. 

Common Lilac  

Common Lilac
Lilac is sweetly scented and is known for its iconic purple color, but it comes in other pastel colors as well.

Scientific Name: Syringa vulgaris 

This is a deciduous shrub that is described as one of the most effective flowering shrubs. It produces plentiful blooms in late spring for four weeks or so, making Common Lilac the longest-lasting bloomer. Flowers create a fresh fragrance and come in a variety of pastel colors. They can grow up to 15 feet tall and are commonly used as screens or hedges. 

Common Mallow  

Common Mallow
These lilac-colored flowers bloom from summer to fall.

Scientific Name: Malva sylvestris 

This erect biennial or perennial produces upright stems smothered in bright pastel purple flowers, with each petal adorned in darker veins. They bloom from summer to fall and are much loved by bees for their pollen. It is native to the British Isles, and it is ideal for cottage gardens. It is easy to grow and does best in full sun or part shade. 

Common Spotted Orchid  

Common Spotted Orchid
Each stem of the Common Spotted Orchid blooms 20-70 flowers.

Scientific Name: Dactylorhiza fuchsii 

This is a tuberous and terrestrial orchid variety that produces spikes of 20 to 70 white, pink, or purple flowers. Each petal is adorned with dark spots or other patterns. It blooms in late spring to early summer, and it is tolerant of many conditions. The common spotted orchid grows up to 24 inches tall and does well in part shade. It is an ideal addition to beds, borders, rock, or cottage gardens. 

Common Vervain  

Common Vervain
Pollinators love this flower, and humans have had many uses for it for thousands of years.

Scientific Name: Verbena officinalis 

Also known as the Holy Herb, this inconspicuous wildflower is not just a pretty plant. For millennia, it has been used in ceremonies against disease, black magic, and even vampires! The long branching spike produces tiny tubular lilac flowers, reaching heights of 20 inches. It is excellent for shady woodland gardens or on the edges of borders to protect your garden from evil spirits. 

Common Zinnia  

Common Zinnia
Zinnias are a very popular flower in gardens for their hardiness and bright blooms.

Scientific Name: Zinnia Elegans 

These brightly-colored blooms are a sight to behold in any garden. Zinnias bloom from early summer through to the first frost with a wide range of colors, shapes, and heights to choose from. They typically grow up to three feet tall, with rows of petals exposing the center of the flower. They are easy to grow but need air circulation, so don’t be tempted to crowd them. Outstanding cultivars include “Macarenia,” “Pop Art White and Red,” and “Queeny Lime Orange.” 

Conebush  

Conebush
Though not technically a flower, this shrub gives off vibrant colors in the fall.

Scientific Name: Leucadendron salignum 

This evergreen shrub is prized for its wonderfully bright bracts. Although this technically is not a flower, it looks like a flower thanks to the bright red and cream bracts. Against the color-changing foliage throughout the seasons, it is excellent for adding seasonal interest and fiery color. It needs full sun and can be cut for special bouquets. 

Coneflower  

Coneflowers
These joyful blossoms are incredibly easy to care for and are loved by pollinators.

Scientific Name: Echinacea 

Coneflowers are another staple in most gardens. They are prized for their striking cones surrounded by a range of colorful, primarily drop-down petals. They are part of the Asteraceae family, like daisies and asters, and are a truly American plant. There are many varieties of Echinacea, and the blooms of all are carried by long, erect stems. They are low maintenance, thriving on neglect. 

Coral Bells  

Coral Bells
Coral Bells provide color all year-round, from the foliage to the bright blooms.

Scientific Name: Huechera 

Commonly known as Alumroot, Coral Bells is native to North America, and they thrive in light shade. Heuchera is a genus of semi-evergreen perennials that produce delicate stems of tiny bell-shaped flowers. There are many species and colored Heuchera to choose from. The foliage is purple-bronze in color, leaving a winter interest long after the blooms disappear. These flowers are great for shade gardens, and they make an excellent ground cover.  

Cranesbill  

Cranesbill
This is another flower on our list that provides color all year-round.

Scientific Name: Geranium wlassovianum 

Although there are many Hardy Geranium varieties, this is one of the first to flower and last to disappear. The flowers are saucer-shaped and deep purple in color, with white centers, darker veins, and pretty stamen. The leaves are also prized for their changing color, from purple to green to golden. Add them to the front of beds to appreciate their blooms and foliage. 

Creeping Mahonia  

Creeping Mahonia
The sunny yellow flowers of the Creeping Mahonia give off a sweet fragrance.

Scientific Name: Mahonia repens 

Also known as the Oregon Grape, this is an award-winning evergreen shrub. In the spring, the shrub produces racemes of bright yellow fragrant flowers. In the late summer, they give way to blue to purple berries that resemble small grapes. The foliage remains green until the winter when it transforms into a rusty hue. Making it a fantastic option for multi-seasonal interest. 

Creeping Mazus  

Creeping Mazus
The low-growing Creeping Mazus has many uses for its beautiful blooms.

Scientific Name: Mazus reptans 

This plant is a semi-evergreen perennial producing blue to purple, rocket-shaped blooms from late spring to early summer. The flowers form in clusters with white and yellow markings around the center. It looks excellent when used as groundcover, in rock gardens, or underplanting shrubs. It is native to the Himalayas, and it needs full to part shade. 

Creeping Phlox  

Creeping Phlox
The star-shaped petals of the Creeping Phlox come in pink, white, or purple shades.

Scientific Name: Phlox subulata 

This is a popular evergreen perennial that acts as a bright ground cover. With profuse star-shaped flowers in various pink, purple, or white shades, it forms a colorful carpet for around four weeks in spring to summer. It is native to eastern and central America and occurs naturally in dry, rocky places. Phlox requires little maintenance, it is hardy in zones 3 to 9, and pollinators love it. 

Crown Imperial 

Crown Imperial
These short-bloomers can grow up to 44 inches tall.

Scientific Name: Fritillaria imperialis 

This showy bulbous herbaceous perennial produces a display of orange pendant, bell-shaped flowers. They are topped by a crown of tiny leaves that look a little like the top of a pineapple. They grow up to 44 inches tall, and they bloom in mid to late spring for three to four weeks. These flowers are ideal for back borders, and they emanate a musk-like odor to which pollinators are drawn to. 

Crown of Thorns  

Crown of Thorns
The Crown of Thorns is named as such because it was legendarily used to make the crown of thorns for Christ.

Scientific Name: Euphorbia milii 

This is a sprawling evergreen shrub adorned with small yellow flowers held in red bracts that resemble petals. The succulent branches are covered in long, sharp, black thorns and bright green leaves. According to legend, the crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ was made from the stems of this plant. Making it a talking point for any garden. It is very showy, and it flowers continuously through the year. 

Cupcakes White  

Cupcakes White
Cupcakes White are a type of cosmos flower that can grow up to five inches in diameter.

Scientific Name: Cosmos bipinnatus 

This is a semi-hardy annual cosmos flower that is noted for its unique shape. It boasts extra large, single, pure white-colored flowers up to five inches across. It looks like a cupcake because the petals are fused together, forming a bowl around the yellow center. The foliage is light and feathery, adding an extra layer of delicate design. It needs full sun and grows up to four feet tall. 

Cyclamen  

Cyclamen
The foliage of Cyclamen flowers is heart-shaped, adding to the overall romantic aesthetic of the plant.

Scientific Name: Cyclamen persicum 

There are around 20 species of Cyclamen. This plant is named the Florists Cyclamen because it is widely available in florists and stores. Especially during the holiday season. It is a tender tuberous perennial that produces fragrant flowers from fall to late spring. Meaning they are great additions for any garden looking for winter color. They feature butterfly-winged reflexed petals that rise from heart-shaped patterned leaves. 

Daffodil  

Daffodil
These sunny perennials can brighten up any garden.

Scientific Name: Narcissi 

The Daffodil is another staple in most gardeners’ landscapes. They are flowering bulbs noted for their mostly yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. Narcissus is the Daffodil genus comprising many different species, which are categorized into 12 types. They are all easy to plant and will return year after year. They signify the start of spring and reward our gardens with bright, cheerful blossoms. 

Dahlias  

Dahlias
If you are going for a colorful addition to your landscape as well as flower arrangements, dahlias are a great option.

Scientific Name: Dahlia 

There are 42 species and thousands of Dahlia varieties, meaning there is a Dahlia for everyone’s garden needs and tastes. There are eight groups of Dahlias, based on the size and shape of the flower. Blooms range from 2 to 14 inches in diameter and come in any color you can imagine, some with stripes or tips. They are the national flower of Mexico, they thrive in full sun, and are hardy in zones 8 to 11. They are herbaceous perennials and bloom summer through to fall. 

Daylily  

Day Lily
Daylilies come in a variety of colors and are very low maintenance.

Scientific Name: Hemerocallis 

Daylilies are often called the “perfect perennial.” This is because they are easy to establish, low maintenance, are showy, high tolerance for drought and pests, and come in a wide array of colors. There are more than 60,000 registered cultivars, meaning you are spoilt for choice. Depending on which one you select and your climate, bloom time ranges from one to five weeks. Daylilies are named because their blooms only last for one day, although some species are reblooming. 

Dutch Hyacinth  

Dutch Hyacinth
Dutch or Common Hyacinth comes in purple, pink, white, black, or blue flowers.

Scientific Name: Hyacinthus orientalis 

Also known as Common Hyacinth, this is a popular plant for gardens and bouquets worldwide. They are spring-blooming bulbs that come in a multitude of colors, even black flowers. They produce a rich fresh fragrance, so be sure to plant them where you can enjoy their scent. Their bright green leaves provide extra impact, and they prefer full to partial sun. 

Dutchmans Breeches  

Dutchmans Breeches
Unfortunately, these unique-looking flowers have a very short bloom time.

Scientific Name: Dicentra cucullaria 

This is a unique-looking bushy perennial that forms bushes of feathery blue-green leaves. In the second half of spring, it will produce pantaloon-shaped flowers that are white in color studded with yellow tips. The arching stems add an air of grace, but sadly they die soon after flowering. They thrive in part shade and make a great addition to woodland or cottage gardens. 

Egyptian Blue Water Lily  

Egyptian Blue Water Lily
One of the impressive flowers on our list is the Egyptian Blue Water Lily.

Scientific Name: Nymphaea caerulea 

This aquatic perennial is one for the water-loving gardeners out there. The lily pads grow up to 16 inches and float on the water’s surface. The blossom has blue upright petals that surround thick yellow stamens. It blooms all summer and requires full sun and tranquil water. Unfortunately, this plant is endangered and rare, but nonetheless a stunning addition. 

English Lavender  

English Lavender
Lavender is one of the most popular flowers for its fragrance, so plant it where you can enjoy it.

Scientific Name: Lavandula angustifolia 

This is a bushy shrub that consists of aromatic, gray-green leaves. It produces long stems that support short, dense spikes of fragrant, pale to deep purple blooms in summer. It requires well-drained soil and looks spectacular in hedges or as an edging to pathways. Plant this somewhere that you can appreciate the summery perfume. French or Spanish Lavender is sometimes better suited to warmer regions. 

English Rose  

English Rose
These delicate blossoms add a touch of elegance to any garden or landscape.

Scientific Name: Rosa 

The genus Rosa contains between 140 and 180 species, so you have lots of choices when picking a rose to grow. Although some roses are difficult to care for, the English Rose flowers all season long and produce lots of lush, scented flowers on hardy bushes. They need regular watering and well-drained soil to perform well. They are ornamental woody perennials that come in a wide range of colors and are popular cutting flowers. 

Everlasting Flower  

Everlasting Flower
If you are looking for a good flower to dry for bouquets, the Everlasting Flower is an excellent option.

Scientific Name: Helichrysum bracteatum 

This is a truly joyous summer flower that will look the part in any garden. It is a short-lived tender perennial or annual, producing daisy-like blooms. The petals feel like stiff paper, and the central yellow disc is surrounded by yellow, orange, pink, red, or white hues. They bloom in summer through to fall and retain their shape and color when dried, hence their name. 

Fairy Duster  

Fairy Duster
These bright red flowers bloom all year round.

Scientific Name: Calliandra californica 

This is an evergreen woody shrub that produces stunningly explosive flowers that look like fireworks or feather dusters. They also bloom all year round, with a peak display in spring through to fall, which is another reason why gardeners love them. The foliage is fern-like and forms an upright habit. It is virtually pest and disease-free and grows up to six feet tall. 

Fairy Iris  

Fairy Iris
Another name for the Fairy Iris is the Wild Iris.

Scientific Name: Dietes grandiflora 

Also known as Wild Iris, this is a rhizomatous evergreen perennial producing large Iris-like flowers. The flowers consist of six white petals, three of which are adorned with brown dots and the others with a yellow stripe. From the center, three lilac arms stretch out, creating a beautiful display. Their season of interest is in summer, and flowers quickly rebloom. 

False Bucks Beard  

False Bucks Beard
False Bucks Beard flowers are bright and feathery.

Scientific Name: Astilbe japonica 

This species of plant is native to Japan and recently introduced to the state of New York. Its beauty has led to many cultivars, such as “Rheinland” and “Montgomery.” Many of whom have won the RHS award of garden merit. There are 18 species in the Astilbe genus, and they are hardy herbaceous perennials that produce bright feathery plumes of flowers. This flower is excellent for pond-side planting. 

False Rue Anemone  

False Rue Anemone
These delightful white flowers make a fabulous choice for ground cover.

Scientific Name: Enemion biternatum 

This woodland perennial is noted for its charmingly delicate white flowers, with petals that cluster around the bright yellow stamen. They form in thick colonies providing excellent ground cover. Although they are dormant in summer, new leaves appear in fall. They are found in woodlands and along streams, tolerating heavy rain, making them ideal for wet climates.  

Fan Flower  

Fan Flower
Another name for the Fan Flower is the Half Flower.

Scientific Name: Scaevola aemula 

This is a relative newcomer to American gardens, coming from Australia. They bloom from spring into fall and flower tirelessly. They hold five petals spread in a fan-like shape and are sometimes known as the Half Flower. Colors include blue, pink, purple, and white with bright yellow and white centers. They are drought-tolerant, and salty coastal air does not bother them. 

Feverfew  

Feverfew
Feverfew Flowers are a good choice for edging a garden or landscape.

Scientific Name: Tanacetum parthenium 

These are short-lived perennials that profusely bloom small, white flowers in the summer. Depending on the variety, bloom shapes can range from open daisy-like blooms to rounded balls. They last several weeks and make great options for cut flowers and perfect edging flowers. The evergreen lacy foliage is fragrant too. 

Fiddleneck  

Fiddleneck
Bees love the blooms of Fiddleneck Flowers.

Scientific Name: Phacelia tanacetifolia 

Sometimes known as the Scorpion Weed, it is native to the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. It is one of the best plants for bees, and it looks great in gardens too. It produces clusters of blue to lavender bell-shaped flowers with long stamens, giving it an explosive appearance. They bloom from late spring for up to five months in ideal conditions. It is a hardy annual that is low maintenance and mainly disease and pest-free. 

Fire Pink  

Fire Pink
Hummingbirds love the nectar from these vibrant flowers.

Scientific Name: Silene virginica 

This is a showy perennial that produces clusters of scarlet red flowers, with thick petals cut in at the tip. They glow like embers in the sun against their green, slim stalks. They are wildflowers found in woodlands and are rich in sugary nectar. Their primary pollinator is the hummingbird, and they require complete to partial sun. It is short-lived but produces unmissable pops of color. 

Firecracker Bush  

Firecracker Bush
The tubular flowers of the Firecracker Bush give it the nickname Trumpet Flower.

Scientific Name: Bouvardia ternifolia 

It’s easy to see why this flower is also called the Trumpet Flower. It is a small upright bush that produces trumpet-shaped red flowers in clusters. They grow so many flowers that they hide the shrub for months. This plant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators as they are packed with rich nectar. They need complete to partial sun and bloom from late spring through to fall. 

Firecracker Flower  

Firecracker Flower
Another name for the Firecracker Flower is the Brazilian Fuschia.

Scientific Name: Justicia rizzinii 

Also known as the Brazilian Fuchsia, it is a bushy evergreen shrub with rich green leaves. Among the leaves, you’ll find clusters of long tubular, red through to yellow flowers that resemble firecrackers. They are showy and should be placed where they can be seen up close, such as containers or in entryways. Awarded the RHS garden merit, it needs partial shade and moist soil. 

Fivespot  

Fivespot
The purple spots on each of the five white petals give this flower its unique look.

Scientific Name: Nemophila maculata 

This is a small trailing annual that carries bowl-shaped white flowers. There are five petals, each marked with a purple spot, hence its name. This annual blooms profusely from mid-spring through to mid-summer, and pollinators cannot resist them. Fivespot grows easily in cooler climates but cannot tolerate hot or humid weather. This versatile flower is ideal for hanging baskets and is hardy in zones 3 to 10. 

Flame Nasturtium  

Flame Nasturtium
This bright blossom will do whatever it takes to reach precious sunlight.

Scientific Name: Tropaeolum speciosum 

The Tropaeolum genus contains around 80 species of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants. This variety is native to Chile, and it is a hardy herbaceous perennial. It will climb over or through other plants to reach sunlight. The blooms are scarlet, funnel-shaped with clawed petals, creating a showy display. 

Flaming Katy  

Flaming Katy
The flowers of the Flaming Katy bloom in many different colors.

Scientific Name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana 

This bushy, evergreen succulent produces lovely clusters of flowers that sit above the thick, shiny leaves. The leaves are scalloped and look beautiful all year round. It typically blooms twice a year, and the flowers last up to six weeks. Colors include red, orange, yellow, and pink. Flaming Katy is a houseplant that can be grown outdoors when protected from the frost. 

Flamingo Flower  

Flamingo Flower
The Flamingo Flower can bloom all year long in the right environment.

Scientific Name: Anthurium andraeanum 

This evergreen perennial exotic flower is sometimes called the Tail Flower. It has been awarded the RHS Garden Merit Award. It can bloom all year long in the right conditions, with one plant producing four to six flowers throughout the year. Flowers are six inches long, usually red in color, waxy in appearance, and have a tail-shaped spadic. It needs high humidity, constant moisture, and hummus-rich soils. 

Flannel Flower  

Flannel Flower
This flower is actually in the same family as carrots.

Scientific Name: Actinotus helianthi 

This is native to the bushland surrounding Sydney, Australia. Gardeners are surprised to learn that it is not a part of the daisy family but a species of the Apiaceae family, the same as the carrot. It is an herbaceous shrub covered in fine, downy hair that is flannel-like in texture (except for the petals). The petals are white and thin and flower in spring.   

Floss Flower  

Floss Flower
Floss Flowers are one of the few annuals that withstand partially shaded environments.

Scientific Name: Ageratum houstonianum 

Ageratum means long-lived in Greek, and that’s because they bloom from mid-summer through to the fall. This is one of the only annuals that can tolerate partial shade, making it hardy in zones 2 to 12. Colors include blue, lavender, purple, pink, red, bi-color, and white. Floss flowers make a top choice for beds, borders, mass planting, and mixed containers. They’re easy to grow – just don’t let them dry out. 

Flower Cornlily  

Flower Cornlily
If you are looking for a rare option for your garden, these are a beautiful addition.

Scientific Name: Ixia polystachya 

There are many species of Ixia, but this one is found in Cape, Africa. It produces white and yellow star-shaped flowers with a pistachio-colored center. They are cormous perennials, and up to 20 blooms are carried on wiry stems. Flower cornlilies are rare but offer a unique splash of color compared to usual yellows, reds, and pinks. They are top choices for borders and containers. 

Flowering Quince  

Flowering Quince
These flowers grow on a thorny bush that would work well as a barrier or border plant.

Scientific Name: Chaenomeles speciosa 

This multi-stemmed deciduous shrub produces beautiful flowers ranging from red, orange, pink, or white in color. They bloom up to 14 days in the late winter to early spring and are then followed by yellow-green fruits used in jellies and preserves. It is a messy-looking shrub with a thorny habit growing up to 10 feet tall. Making it an ideal choice as a barrier plant. 

Flowering Tobacco  

Flowering Tobacco
If you are looking for a fragrant flower to add to your garden, Flowering Tobacco is an excellent option.

Scientific Name: Nicotiana alata 

This is one of the most widely grown commercial non-food plants in the world. But it also makes an excellent ornamental flowering plant thanks to its delicate flowers and variety of colors. It makes an ideal addition to flower beds, and the blooms are four inches in width. It is one of the most fragrant Nicotiana varieties, so be sure to plant it where you can smell it. 

Forget-Me-Not  

Forget-Me-Not
These stunningly blue flowers bloom lavishly during the summer months.

Scientific Name: Myosotis sylvatica 

This is a well-known, short-lived perennial that features bright blue, sometimes pink or white, tiny flowers with white or yellow eyes. They bloom profusely spring through to summers, and their nectar and pollen are loved by all. The foliage form low mounds of semi-evergreen, fuzzy leaves. It looks great under other flowers such as Tulips or Roses.

Four o’Clock Flower  

Four o’Clock Flower
These flowers bloom in the late evening and close in the morning, hence the name, Four o’Clock Flower.

Scientific Name: Mirabilis jalapa 

This bushy, flowering perennial produces trumpet-shaped flowers with five brightly colored petals, often in shades of red or pink. They are named after how they bloom. These flowers typically open in the late afternoon and remain open until the morning. They are fragrant, so be sure to plant them where you can see and smell them. Note they are toxic to people and pets. 

Foxglove  

Foxglove
Foxglove flowers are beautifully bell-shaped and come in many colors.

Scientific Name: Digitalis purpurea 

Known as the Common Foxglove, this flower adds a vertical dimension to flower beds. It is a biennial or short-lived perennial producing tubular rosy-purple flowers with white speckled throats. It blooms early to midsummer, attracts hummingbirds, and birds in the fall who are seeking the seedheads. They can be fatally poisonous if consumed. 

Fragrant Rondeletia  

Fragrant Rondeletia
Fragrant Rondeletia also goes by the name Panama Rose.

Scientific Name: Rondeletia odorata 

Also known as the Panama Rose, ironically, this plant is not scented, and it doesn’t look much like a rose. Instead, it produces round clusters made up of lots of blooms. Each tiny flower consists of five orange petals and a deep yellow throat. It is a vibrant candy-colored addition to any garden that blooms for most of the year, attracting butterflies. 

Frangipani  

Frangipani
These tropical blooms are tolerant of high heat and have a lovely scent.

Scientific Name: Plumeria rubra 

This exotic flower is highly fragrant and is spiral-shaped, white, red, or pink in color, with yellow centers reaching up to four inches across. In tropical areas, they bloom all year round and are tolerant of extreme heat. Blooms sit on a deciduous shrub with leathery foliage. These are loved by adults and children alike, often being picked for leis or worn in the hair. 

Freesias  

Freesias
These fragrant flowers are among the favorites of florists.

Scientific Name: Fresia 

Freesia is a genus in the Iridaceae family, and it is a herbaceous perennial flower. Thin, arching stems produce 5 to 10 trumpet-shaped flowers that come in red, pink, blue, yellow, and white coloring. They are prized for their fresh fragrance and are typically grown for cut flowers, but they have a place in all perennial borders thanks to their bright colors. They need full sun and well-drained soil. 

Fuchsias  

Fuchsias
The blossoms of fuchsias typically come in unique, two-toned colors.

Scientific Name: Fuchsia 

Fuchsia is a genus of beautiful flowering shrubs or small trees. There are around 110 species to choose from, with thousands of cultivars. They are among some of the most stunning summer flowers, making them a favorite in most gardens. The blooms dangle in clusters and come in beautiful pinks, purples, peach hues, and white, often two-toned. They grow in various habits and are ideal for hanging baskets or simple flowering hedges. 

Garden Balsam  

Garden Balsam Flower
Garden Balsam flowers are loved by pollinators such as bees and birds.

Scientific Name: Impatiens balsamina 

This is an annual plant that is native to India. The flowers are pink, mauve, lilac, red, or white, and they grow around one inch in diameter. The leaves are spirally-arranged with toothed edges. Nectar-feeding birds and other pollinators love them. It is used as an ornamental plant and looks fab in containers. It requires sun to partial shade to thrive. 

Garden Peony  

Garden Peony
These gorgeous flowers grow well in gardens but also work amazingly as cut flowers.

Scientific Name: Paeonia officinalis 

Also known as the Common Peony, it is native to Southern Europe and was later introduced to North America. It was used for medicinal purposes at first, then grown for its ornamental values. It is an herbaceous perennial that produces deep red to pink blooms in late spring. In addition to the Garden Peony, there are many other cultivars available. They are low maintenance and long-lived. 

Garland Flower  

Garland Flower
The flowers of the Garland Flower bush grow so densely that they cover the whole bush.

Scientific Name: Daphne cneorum 

The Garland Flower is a trailing evergreen shrub noted for its dense clusters of bright pink highly fragrant flowers. They bloom in spring but sporadically bloom in summer when conditions are optimal. The flowers are so lush that they cover the entire evergreen bush, meaning lots of ground color. It prefers full sun to partial shade and is a top choice for beds, borders, or rock gardens. 

Gayfeather  

Gayfeather
Another name for Gayfeather is Button Snakeroot because of its long and slender appearance.

Scientific Name: Liatris spicata                                                                    

Sometimes known as Button Snakeroot, it is prized for its vertical fluffy flower spikes and grass-like foliage. The blooms range from purple, rosy red, and white in color. They bloom from top to bottom over four weeks and provide continued seasonal interest and bird nourishment long after. They are easy to grow, reach four feet tall, and are hardy in zones three to nine. 

Gerbera Daisy  

Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera Daisies grow in a wide range of colors and are great for floral arrangements.

Scientific Name: Gerbera jamesonii 

Also known as the Transvaal Daisy, this is a popular flower across the world noted for its brightly colored petals. It is an upright, evergreen perennial that blooms throughout the year but peaking in early summer to late fall. It is one of the most prized ornamental flowers globally, great for cut flowers and focal containers. Gerbera Daisies in the garden will turn heads for sure. 

Gillyflower  

Gillyflower
The clustered blooms of the Gillyflower grow vertically in many different colors.

Scientific Name: Matthiola incana 

Also known as vintage stock, this is a member of the Brassicaceae family, the same as cabbages. However, these short-lived perennials are much prettier and form upright clusters of highly fragrant showy blossoms. They come in various shades, and they are a favorite of florists due to the strong aroma and vertical drama. They look fabulous in borders and containers, too. Plant them close enough so you can enjoy their sweet scent. 

Gladioli  

Gladioli
Yet another flower that is lovely in vases is the Gladioli.

Scientific Name: Gladiolus 

Also known as Sword Lilies, the flowers grow from round, symmetrical corms. The stems produce funnel-shaped flowers from the middle to the tips and come in a wide range of colors. There are many groups of Gladioli to choose from. Still, they all add vertical drama to any bed, border, container, or bouquet arrangement. They are hardy in zones 5 to 11, depending on which type you choose. 

Globe Amaranth  

Globe Amaranth
These little blossoms dry well and keep their vibrant color.

Scientific Name: Gomphrena globose 

Native to Central America, Globe Amaranth is an annual tropical plant that requires full sun. It blooms continuously throughout the summer into fall. The long-lasting flowers are pom-pom-shaped and come in a variety of vibrant colors. They are prized for their everlasting dried arrangements, which attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and swallowtails.    

Globe Flower  

Globe Flower
Globe Flowers are low-maintenance flowers that bring bright color to any garden.

Scientific Name: Trollius europaeus 

This graceful flower is an upright perennial that produces large, bowl-shaped yellow flowers that look a lot like Buttercups. They provide a luminous carpet of golden color from late spring onwards. They prefer damp environments and look great when planted in large groups. It grows up to three feet tall and is low maintenance and very adaptable. 

Globe Thistle  

Globe Thistle
Another spherical-shaped flower on our list is the Globe Thistle.

Scientific Name: Echinops bannaticus 

Globe Thistle, or Echinops, belongs to the Sunflower family. It is a clump-forming perennial that produces globe-shaped blue to gray heads. They grow in mid to late summer and self-seed easily. They are elegant-looking flowers and are great for all types of gardens, including low-maintenance ones. Making them ideal for gardening beginners. 

Gloxinia

Gloxinia
These delicate houseplants are moderately difficult to care for but have a stunning display that proves their worth.

Scientific Name: Sinningia speciosa

Gloxinia plants are similar in appearance to African Violets. They come in white, purple, pink, red, or blue, and often have a white edge to the fringed petals. These tropical perennials prefer to live in areas with partial shade. They only bloom once in a life cycle, so you will have to replant once the bright display dies out. However, most Gloxinias available today are hybrids of the plant that rebloom for a few years.

Golden Bell  

Golden Bell
This shrub plant has blooms that take over the entire bush to coat it in a golden color.

Scientific Name: Forsythia suspensa 

Also known as Weeping Forsythia, it is a large, deciduous shrub that grows up to 10 feet tall and wide. It produces abundant bright-yellow flowers that bloom in early to mid-spring. Bringing much-welcomed color to any garden after winter. It is ideal for adding architectural height and as a screen too. It is noted for its profuse blooms, low maintenance needs, and overall hardiness. 

Golden Marguerite  

Golden Marguerite
These golden-yellow, daisy-like flowers are sure to brighten up any garden.

Scientific Name: Anthemis tinctoria 

Sometimes known as Dyers Chamomile, this is a fragrant flower that is reminiscent of chamomile. It is a striking flower that will brighten up your garden throughout the summer and sometimes longer. The flowers are daisy-like, except for the protruding dome-shaped center. It is a vigorous perennial that is very easy to grow. They like full sun, and butterflies love them. 

Gooseneck Loosestrife  

Gooseneck Loosestrife
It is easy to see why these plants heave earned the name Gooseneck Loosestrife.

Scientific Name: Lysimachia clethroides 

This is a clump-forming perennial plant that is native to China and Japan. It produces elegantly arched flower spikes full of tiny star-shaped flowers. It is shaped much like a gooses neck, hence its name. The leaves turn reddy-orange in the fall, and it is an RHS award-winner for its elegance and color. Full to part shade is required, and be sure to control its easy spread. 

Grape Hyacinth  

Grape Hyacinth
The grape-like clusters of blue flowers give this flower its name, Grape Hyacinth.

Scientific Name: Muscari armeniacum 

This multi-award-winning Grape Hyacinth species, known for its winter hardiness, easy-to-grow attributes, and multiple uses. It produces clusters of tiny, grape-shaped cobalt-blue flowers sitting on top of thin green stems. They bloom in mid to late spring and reach eight inches tall. They look fantastic when planted in large groups or sprinkled among contrasting-colored flowers. 

Great Blanket Flower  

Great Blanket Flower
Great Blanket Flowers look similar to daisies, but with two-colored petals.

Scientific Name: Gaillardia aristata 

This is a long-lived perennial wildflower that produces daisy-like blooms. The red centers are surrounded by thin petals, changing from red to yellow. They bloom from late spring to fall, and the seeded centers are prized by birds in the fall through to winter. These stylish flowers look great in rock gardens, wildlife gardens, or containers. They are relatively simple to care for. 

Great Bougainvillea  

Great Bougainvillea
Beautiful bougainvilleas bloom excellently in coastal regions around the world.

Scientific Name: Bougainvillea spectabilis 

This is a thorny ornamental shrub that is native to South America. It grows up to 40 feet tall and is evergreen in moist regions. The flower itself is tiny, but the surrounding waxy bracts give it its wonderful color. They come in vibrant colors, including yellow, orange, red, magenta, pink, purple, or white. It has a high salt tolerance making it an ideal choice for coastal gardens. It is hardy in zones 9 to 10 but can be planted in hanging baskets in cooler regions. 

Groundcover Roses  

Groundcover Roses
The thick clusters of delicate flowers come in a variety of colors.

Scientific Name: Rosa 

This is a trailing and spreading shrub rose with shiny leaves and prickly stems. They carry profuse, dense clusters of single or double blooms that are fragrant and come in a wide variety of delicate colors. Groundcover Roses usually rebloom and are ideal for covering slopes and banks that need an injection of year-long color. They are one of the easiest types of rose to care for and are disease resistant. Excellent cultivar examples are “Flower Carpet Appleblossom,” “Sweet Drift,” and “Popcorn Drift.” 

Guernsey Lily  

Guernsey Lily
Another common name for this flower is the Spider Lily.

Scientific Name: Nerine sarniensis 

Sometimes known as the Spider Lily, it is a bulbous perennial that produces large umbels of trumpet-shaped blooms. The flowers are bright scarlet, pink, or white with wavy petals and yellow stamens. They have an iridescent sheen that makes them shimmer in the sun. They only flower for a few weeks in the late summer, but they add a touch of tropical fire to all landscapes. 

Hanging Lobster Claw  

Hanging Lobster Claw
These tropical flowers attract birds because of their sweet nectar and bright colors.

Scientific Name: Heliconia rostrata 

Sometimes known as the False Bird of Paradise, this is a large evergreen perennial that produces very showy and ornamental blooms. The clusters hang from the tall banana leaf stems throughout spring and summer, made up of bright red bracts with yellow-green tips. They are followed up by dark blue fruits. The flowers and fruits attract birds for their nutrients and nectar. It grows up to six feet tall and is hardy in zones 10 to 11. 

Harlequin Flower  

Harlequin Flower
The Harlequin Flower is a low-maintenance option for adding a bright splash of color to your garden.

Scientific Name: Sparaxis tricolor 

These brightly colored and patterned showy blooms add lovely splashes of color to all gardens. They are cormous perennials that form wiry stalks, carrying up to five star-shaped open flowers. Harlequins feature red, yellow, orange, lavender, or white shades, with a yellow center ringed in black, hence its common name. They perform well in full sun and require little maintenance.  

Heartleaf Bergenia  

Heartleaf Bergenia
These charming flowers form clusters of color that are often used in bouquets.

Scientific Name: Bergenia cordifolia 

All the way from Siberia, this evergreen perennial is prized for its hardiness and beautiful deep-pink flowers. They are clump-forming and sit above leathery, heart-shaped leaves that are used in floral arrangements. The leaves turn purplish-bronze in the winter, adding winter interest. They are low maintenance, and they look great on banks, beds, and rock gardens. And are easily grown in most conditions.  

Hibiscus  

Hibiscus
Another tropical option on our list is the Hibiscus flower, which is often used in teas.

Scientific Name: Hibiscus 

The Hibiscus genera contain several hundred species that are all native to subtropical and tropical regions globally. The large, exotic flowers come in a wide range of colors and have prominent stamens. Sometimes known as Rose Mallow, this genus features annual and perennial plants, woody shrubs, and small trees. Some Hibiscus change color throughout their lifetime. 

Himalayan Blue Poppy  

Himalayan Blue Poppy
These cheerful, blue blossoms are short-lived.

Scientific Name: Meconopsis baileyi 

This is not a true Poppy and requires different care from flowers found in the Poppy family. It is prized for its blue flowers, and despite being a short-lived perennial, it truly deserves space in your garden. The blooms are large, cup-shaped, with contrasting orange stamens. It grows up to four feet tall and prefers partial shade and cooler, damp summers than hotter climates. 

Hollyhock  

Hollyhock
Hollyhocks come in a wide array of colors including red, pink, white, purple, and more.

Scientific Name: Alcea rosea 

Known as the Common Hollyhock, it is an ornamental plant that looks great at the rear of any garden, thanks to its height. It is a robust biennial or short-lived perennial. It grows up to two meters with an abundance of large, funnel-shaped flowers. Flower colors include red, pink, purple, white, black, and bi-colors. These are great for pollinators. 

Honesty  

Honesty Flower
Another common name for the Honesty Flower is the Silver Dollar, which references its seed heads.

Scientific Name: Lunaria annua 

This spectacular erect biennial produces soft and small lilac blooms that sit above the lush green foliage. These bloom only for a few weeks from mid-spring. They are replaced by round but flat seed heads that are silver in color, so this plant is sometimes referred to as Silver Dollar. It has won the RHS Garden Merit Award and looks excellent wherever you plant it. 

Honeycup  

Honeycup Flower
This plant offers color in its foliage and blooms throughout most of the year.

Scientific Name: Zenobia pulverulenta 

This is a semi-evergreen shrub that grows upright with a spreading habit. The red stems arch elegantly, carrying waxy green to gray leaves that turn reddish-yellow in the fall. In spring, it forms clusters of anise-scented bell-shaped white flowers. It is often confused for Lily of the Valley, and it is a slow grower that likes moist soils and does well next to streams. 

Hot Water Plant  

Hot Water Plant
These dazzling blossoms are great for hanging pots and baskets.

Scientific Name: Achimenes longiflora 

This flowering plant is related to the African Violet and is also known as Mothers Tears or Magic Flower. It is a long-blooming perennial that produces flowers from summer to fall. The flowers are funnel-shaped and come in a wide variety of colors. Petals are usually adorned with darker stripes with a yellow throat, and they are ideal for hanging baskets and containers. 

Hydrangea  

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are a popular option for their rich blooms and leaves that offer color throughout the year.

Scientific Name: Hydrangea arborescens 

This variety of Hydrangea is native to the Eastern United States, and it blooms profusely from early summer to fall. The large flowered-domes holding hundreds of tiny flowers open lime-green in color, gradually changing to creamy-white. The deciduous shrub is wide, and the green leaves gradually change to a buttery yellow in the fall. Adding plenty of color to your garden throughout the year. 

Ice Plant  

Ice Plant
These dainty little flowers are great for rock gardens or as ground cover.

Scientific Name: Delosperma nubigenum 

This flower is native to the mountainous areas of South Africa, and it is an evergreen succulent that produces bright yellow, daisy-like flowers. They are prized for the continuous reblooming from spring to fall. The foliage transforms into a bronze carpet in the winter, providing prolonged interest. It’s ideal as a rock garden or ground cover option. It needs full sun and dry to medium soil. 

Iceland Poppy  

Iceland Poppy
These vibrant flowers come in yellow, red, orange, and pink.

Scientific Name: Papaver nudicaule 

Iceland Poppies are hardy but short-lived perennials that produce large bowl-shaped flowers. They sit on top of fuzzy, tall stems among feathery foliage that is blue-green in color. They are lightly fragranced, and they typically come in red, orange, pink, and yellow blooms. Iceland Poppies are not native to Iceland but are hardy in zones 3 to 10. 

Indian Blanket  

Indian Blanket
Firewheel is another name for Indian Blanket from the flame-like appearance on the petals.

Scientific Name: Gaillardia pulchella 

Also known as the Firewheel, this flower adds a touch of spice to any landscape. They are native to the US and are showy wildflowers that produce daisy-like blooms. Indian Blankets bloom from late spring to fall, rich in nectar, attracting important pollinators and birds who enjoy the seed heads. They are easy to grow and resilient, needing little attention. 

Indian Pink  

Indian Pink
If you need a colorful option for a border in the shade, Indian Pinks may be the best option for you.

Scientific Name: Spigelia marilandica 

This is a striking woodland plant that displays clusters of scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers that are yellow inside. The edge of the bloom splays outwards, creating a yellow star, and they point stiffly toward the sky. The blooms are skinny but two inches in length. These flowers thrive in full to partial shade and are ideal for front of shaded borders. 

Italian Asters  

Italian Asters
Pollinators love Italian Asters and will flock to your garden if they are present.

Scientific Name: Aster amellus 

This Aster is renowned for being one of the first to flower and inject splashes of color late in the blooming season. Flowers are lavender to blue with bright yellow centers. They are low-growing compact perennials that look great in borders and rock gardens. Bees and butterflies are attracted to these blooms, and they are drought tolerant. 

Jacobs Ladder  

Jacobs Ladder
These plants are good for the back of gardens because of their height and splash of color.

Scientific Name: Polemonium caeruleum 

This is an upright spring perennial noted for its sprays of cup-shaped flowers sitting on top of lush green foliage. They grow up to 24 inches tall, and the leaves bear leaflets, which is why this flower is also known as the Ladder to Heaven. The flowers are deep-blue in color with long yellow stamen. They look great in containers, beds, and borders. 

Japanese Anemone  

Japanese Anemone
These blossoms are some of the longest-blooming perennials on our list.

Scientific Name: Anemone hupehensis 

This is an RHS award-winning flower that finds itself in the Buttercup family. It blooms in late summer through to fall, helping with the transition between seasons. It produces masses of double-deep pink or white cup-shaped flowers. A ring of gold stamens surrounds the center, and it is one of the longest-blooming perennials. It is a whole or part sun lover, and it can grow up to three feet tall. 

Japanese Iris  

Japanese Iris
The Japanese Iris is often confused with an Orchid.

Scientific Name: Iris ensata 

These are regarded as some of the most beautiful Irises as they are ruffled and may be single, double, or peony flowered. They are beardless and look a lot like Orchid blooms. The Japanese Iris comes in blue, lavender, pink, violet-red, and white, with a yellow dot at the center. They grow up to four feet high, making them the tallest, and bloom in summer. 

Japanese Toad Lily  

Japanese Toad Lily
The speckles on the petals of the Japanese Toad Lily give it a unique and precious appearance.

Scientific Name: Tricyrtis hirta 

This is an exotic choice that produces Orchid-like flowers surrounded by hairy leaves. It grows around stream banks and shaded rocky cliffs and is a shade-loving perennial. They make showy white to pale purple flowers, sprinkled with hundreds of purple freckles and a yellow throat. This flower is best grown in moist woodland gardens. 

Kaffir Lily  

Kaffir Lily
These plants create fire-like clusters of red-orange flowers.

Scientific Name: Clivia miniata 

Also known as the Natal Lily, it is an evergreen perennial that produces large clusters of RHS award-winning flowers. They are orange to red in color with a yellow throat and are funnel-shaped. Each cluster has 15 to 20 blooms, creating a long-lasting fiery display. This plant produces the most flowers when pot-bound, so it’s a great option for containers as a focal point. 

Kangaroo Paw  

Kangaroo Paw
Native to Australia, the Kangaroo Paw comes in a few different colors.

Scientific Name: Anigozanthos flavidus 

Unsurprisingly this flowering perennial is native to Australia. It is evergreen and produces uniquely-shaped blooms that can be yellow, orange, red, pink, or green in color. The flowers are clustered at the ends of the stems, with pointed lobes curving at the tips, earning their common name. This plant is hardy except for frosts and blooms over a long period. It looks great as a backdrop plant. 

King Protea  

King Protea
One of the most unique-looking flowers on our list is the King Protea.

Scientific Name: Protea cynaroides 

This is the national flower of South Africa, also known as the Cape Artichoke Flower. It is a unique-looking flower, with some gardeners calling it out-of-this-world unique. It is an evergreen shrub that is prized for its giant flower heads. Each head consists of a central bouquet of small inner flowers surrounded by colorful bracts. Most plants will produce 6 to 10 flower heads. It requires full sun. 

Kings Mantle  

Kings Mantle
The Kings Mantle comes in a regal purple shade that attracts pollinators.

Scientific Name: Thunbergia erecta 

If you’re looking to add a touch of royalty to your garden, look no further than the Kings Mantle. It is an upright climbing plant, reaching two-meter height, producing large violet flowers adorned with a yellow center. They bloom in summer through to fall, and it is attractive to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. It is sometimes known as the Bush Clock Vine. 

Lacespine Pincushion Cactus  

Lacespine Pincushion Cactus
The Lacespine Pincushion Cactus is one of the first cactus to flower.

Scientific Name: Mammillaria lasiacantha 

Also known as the Golf Ball Cactus, it is covered in white to pale pink spines that create the lace look.  It produces white and pink flowers with a darker line through the middle, surrounding dark yellow stamens. Despite the spikey cactus look, the lace effect and delicate blooms make an ideal addition to any garden. It is one of the earliest cacti to flower, starting in February.

Ladys Mantle  

Ladys Mantle
Ladys Mantle can become invasive, so it is best to prune it back regularly.

Scientific Name: Alchemilla mollis 

This RHS award-winning perennial forms dense, leafy mounds with foliage that is toothed and hairy. From late spring to early summer, it blooms star-shaped, green to yellow flowers. The bright but subtle green color finishes off the border or edges neatly. Alternatively, it blends in with other more vibrant colored flowers well. Just be warned as they can become invasive, so remove spent flowers promptly. 

Ladys Slipper Orchid  

Ladys Slipper Orchid
This orchid gets its name from the slipper shape of the bottom petal.

Scientific Name: Cypripedium macranthos 

This is a hardy terrestrial orchid that produces bright mauve-pink flowers in the late spring. The bottom petal forms a slipper shape that inspired the common name, Lady Slipper. The blooms are highly veined, with a white to yellow center. The leaves are bright green, typically veined, and form a neat upright shape. They look great in containers or under shrubs. 

Lance-Leaf Tickseed  

Lance-Leaf Tickseed
Lance-Leaf Tickseed looks similar to a daisy flower.

Scientific Name: Coreopsis lanceolata 

This is a herbaceous perennial that produces large bright yellow daisy-like flowers. The yellow center is surrounded by darker stamen, adding a touch of red to the bloom. The petals are toothed and sit above tender stems and fuzzy foliage. Pollinators love them, and they are tolerant of drought, humidity, and heat. Making them an easy option to care for. 

Larkspur  

Larkspur
Larkspur, or delphinium, comes in purple, pink, blue, and white.

Scientific Name: Delphinium 

Delphinium is a genus that consists of more than 300 species. Commonly known as Larkspur, they are perennial flowers noted for their showy spikes of flowers. Blooms come in shades of purple, blue, pink, and white. They are popular in cottage gardens or those looking for architectural height as some of them reach up to six feet tall. They are a favorite for many gardeners, but they can be a challenge for those in hot, dry climates. 

Lenten Roses  

Lenten Roses
The blossoms on the Lenten Rose can last up to two months at a time.

Scientific Name: Helleborus orientalis 

This flower is native to the dry climates of Turkey and Greece, and it is called the Lenten Rose because it blooms during the Christian season of lent. Making it an early bloomer for gardens needing a quick injection of color after the winter. This evergreen perennial looks excellent at the front of a border where you can admire its delicate saucer-shaped flowers. Each plant can hold up to 50 flowers lasting two months. 

Licorice Root  

Licorice Root
The roots of the Licorice Root flower are what is used to flavor the candy.

Scientific Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra 

This flowering herbaceous perennial is from the Fabaceae family. It is typically grown for its sweet and aromatic roots, which is where licorice flavor comes from. However, it also produces beautiful blooms that look like cones standing upright. They are lilac to purple in color and add texture to any garden. 

Lilac Tasselflower  

Lilac Tasselflower
Lilac Tasselflower, or Cupid’s Shaving Brush, is a good option for beds or borders.

Scientific Name: Emilia sonchifolia 

Sometimes known as Cupids Shaving Brush, this is a tropical annual herb native to Asia. It grows up to 16 inches tall, and one plant will produce several pink or lilac flower heads. They are urn-shaped with 30 to 60 florets per head. This pretty flower looks excellent planted in beds and borders. Just be sure not to plant it near kitchen gardens as it can negatively affect crop yields. 

Lily of the Valley  

Lily of the Valley
If you have a shady sot in your garden, Lily of the Valley is a nice option for it.

Scientific Name: Convallaria majalis 

Lily of the Valley is a lover of shade. Making it an ideal addition to shady areas where other flowers would not perform or under shrubs. It is a low-growing perennial that produces bright green lush foliage. The arching stems have up to 15 bell-shaped flowers that are sweetly scented. This makes an excellent cut flower for high-end bouquets. 

Lily Tree  

Lily Tree
The delicate flowers of the Lily Tree are soft white and emit a sweet aroma.

Scientific Name: Magnolia denudata 

This is an RHS award-winning Magnolia considered by many gardeners to be the most beautiful. It is a deciduous shrub that produces exceptionally pretty flowers. The cup-shaped blooms open upright and are creamy to ivory in color. It blooms late winter to early spring, making it a focal point for the winter garden. This tree can grow to 40 feet tall, so be sure to plant it somewhere suitable. 

Lisianthus  

Lisianthus 
These dazzling flowers grow in shades of purple, pink, blue, or white.

Scientific Name: Eustoma russellianum 

This flower is native to warmer climates like the southern US, Mexico, Caribbean, and northern South America. They are herbaceous annuals producing showy funnel-shaped flowers on long, straight stems. They come in all shades of pink, purple, white, and blue. It is a small genus and is usually found in grasslands. They can be tricky to grow, which is why they are high-end cut flowers. 

Liverleaf  

Liverleaf
The flowers of the Liverleaf plant are small but colorful.

Scientific Name: Hepatica nobilis 

This is a small evergreen plant that grows in woodlands. They produce delicate blue blooms, although they can also be white and lavender. These daisy-like blooms have a yellow center and white stamen for a beautiful contrast. These look great in containers or at the front of any edging or border. 

Love in a Mist  

Love in a Mist
These spectacular flowers grow in a mist-like foliage.

Scientific Name: Nigella damascena 

This is a popular bushy annual plant that produces lush, spidery foliage creating a green mist around the blooms. The blooms themselves are full of alternate purple flowers with a green stamen that blooms from early to late summer. The flowers are replaced by balloon-shaped seed capsules that look great in the garden or cut flowers. 

Love Lies Bleeding  

Love Lies Bleeding
The blood-red cattails of the Love Lies Bleeding flower add a pop of color to any garden bed.

Scientific Name: Amaranthus caudatus 

This striking flower is renowned for its unusual long tassel-like racemes of small corally-crimson flowers that stand out against the large green leaves. Also known as cattails, the tubes of flowers grow just as long. The plant grows up to 8 feet tall, adding height for a back border or as an architectural feature. It is hardy in zones 2 to 11, likes full sun, and moist but well-drained soil. 

Macedonian Scabious  

Macedonian Scabious
These bright flowers attract all sorts of pollinators from bees to butterflies.

Scientific Name: Knautia macedonica 

This is a herbaceous perennial that produces masses of pincushion flowers. They are deep crimson in color and bloom from early summer through to fall. This plant attracts all kinds of pollinators and perform best in climates with cool summer nights. They are simple to grow and look great in all types of gardens and fresh or dried bouquets. 

Madeiran Squill  

Madeiran Squill
The blossoms of this flower are picky when it comes to living conditions.

Scientific Name: Scilla madeirensis 

This is a rare bulbous perennial that is native to the island of Madeira. In late fall to early winter, when most other perennials are finishing up for the year, this Squill blooms a cone full of amethyst blooms. Packed with tiny flowers topped with yellow dots, it is about the size of an Amaryllis. The foliage is lush and fleshy. This stunning plant can be picky when it comes to growing conditions. 

Madonna Lily 

Madonna Lily
The beautiful blossoms of the Madonna Lily have a sweet scent to them.

Scientific Name: Lilium candidum 

This flower has a great symbolic history and dates back 3,000 years. It forms bulbs at ground level, and stems grow to around three feet tall. Blooms come out in summer, and they produce a sweet aroma. They are pure white and have yellow printed on their throats. This elegant lily is a centerpiece for any landscape, and be sure to plant them where you can enjoy their scent. 

Majorwort  

Majorwort
The blooms of the Majorwort flowers bloom from late spring to early summer.

Scientific Name: Astrantia major 

This perennial flower forms dramatically colored clusters of tiny flowers crowded together like pins on a cushion. It has a neat habit, and the blooms sit on nearly black stems surrounded by lush leaves. It blooms late spring to early summer and sporadically throughout the rest of the season when in ideal conditions. Ideal climates are sunny but cool, with consistently moist soil. It’s easy to grow and looks great in borders. 

Maltese Cross  

Maltese Cross
The brilliant scarlet of the Maltese Cross flower stands out in any garden.

Scientific Name: Lychnis chalcedonica 

This herbaceous perennial provides long seasonal interest, is easy to establish, simple to maintain, and pretty. Making it a top pick of gardeners. It grows upright stems sitting atop bright green foliage. On top of the branches form clusters of bright scarlet-colored flowers. Plant in sunny, moist spots where you need a pop of color. 

Maximilian Sunflower  

Maximilian Sunflower
These ginormous flowers grow up to 10 feet tall.

Scientific Name: Helianthus maximiliani 

This Sunflower is a North American species, and it was named for the Prince of Wied-Neuwied on his travels. It grows up to 10 feet tall, and it is a bold and bright statement for any landscape. This perennial produces long, hairy, and stiff stems that carry lots of yellow flowers. They bloom from late summer into the fall, and it attracts a multitude of pollinators. Plant at the back of borders and give them space to spread. 

Meadow Bistort  

Meadow Bistort
The pink to lilac flowers bloom from late spring to late fall.

Scientific Name: Bistorta officinalis 

This flowering plant is native to Europe and parts of Asia. It is a herbaceous perennial that grows up to 31 inches tall. It blooms from late spring into late fall. Meadow Bistorts produce erect stems that carry racemes of pink to lilac flowers, each with protruding stamens creating a fluffy appearance. It requires moist soils, and without adequate watering, it will become dormant. 

Meadow Rue  

Meadow Rue
The delicate flowers of the Meadow Rue plant grow to be white, pink, or purple.

Scientific Name: Thalictrum aquilegifolium 

This clump-forming perennial usually grows to about three feet in height. It is prized for its lacy, blue-green foliage combined with the dense panicles of fluffy flowers. Flowers present themselves in delicate pink, purple, or white in color. They bloom in late spring, lasting for several weeks, and are easily grown. 

Meadowsweet  

Meadowsweet
These white blooms attract pollinators, especially bees, with their delightful fragrance.

Scientific Name: Filipendula ulmaria 

Also known as Queen of the Meadow, this is a herbaceous perennial plant commonly found in damp meadows. This plant produces elegant creamy-white flowers that sit in tight clusters. They are highly fragrant and bloom from summer to fall, and attract various insects, including bees. It does well in damp gardens or alongside streams or water gardens. 

Mexican Aster  

Mexican Aster
Mexican Aster, or Garden Cosmos, are beautifully colored pink, red, orange, white, and more.

Scientific Name: Cosmos bipinnatus 

Also known as the Garden Cosmos, this Aster is a medium-sized half-hardy annual. However, they self-seed and reappear for several years. The flowers are broad and brightly colored, sometimes with colored tips and patterns. They attract butterflies and birds and look great in any garden for a pop of color. The stems break easily in the wind, so plant them in sheltered areas. 

Mexican Bush Sage  

Mexican Bush Sage
This tall plant is a great option for a colorful border or in a container.

Scientific Name: Salvia leucantha 

This is an evergreen shrubby perennial that is considered by many to be one of the prettiest Salvias. It produces velvety ornamental flowers, consisting of purple sepals surrounding a fluffy white flower. They sit on tall spikes that bloom from late summer to the first frost. It can grow up to six feet tall and is excellent for borders or containers. Hummingbirds and butterflies are top fans. 

Mexican Sunflower  

Mexican Sunflower
These vividly colored blooms add a pop of color to gardens and in vases as cut flowers.

Scientific Name: Tithonia rotundifolia 

Also known as the Goldflower of the Incas, this flower is a warm-favoring annual that produces showy daisy-like blooms. Bright orange and yellow in color, they appear from midsummer through to fall with fuzzy centers. It grows up to six feet tall and grows to be relatively bushy. Despite its furry, heart-shaped foliage, deer ignore it. This flower looks great in borders and in vases as a cutting flower. 

Million Bells  

Million Bells
Million Bells flowers are becoming increasingly popular among gardeners.

Scientific Name: Calibrachoa 

Calibrachoa, also known as Million Bells, is a trendy plant for the garden. The one-inch wide flowers come in various colors, sometimes two-toned, patterned, striped, or double blossomed. They are often compared to Petunias and make wonderful trailing plants suited for containers and hanging baskets. It is mainly grown as an annual. 

Mini Lobata  

Mini Lobata
Another name for these unique flowers is the Spanish Flag for its coloring.

Scientific Name: Ipomoea lobata 

Sometimes called the Spanish Flag, the bright colors on the funnel-shaped flowers cascade from red to yellow. They gradually fade to cream by the end of summer. It is usually grown as an annual. It is a climber that reaches up to 16 feet tall, making it ideal for trellises and covering unsightly fences. The leaves are usually three-lobed and bright green in color.  

Miss Willmotts Ghost  

Miss Willmotts Ghost
If you are looking for a pale white flower to add contrast to brighter flowers, this flower is for your garden!

Scientific Name: Eryngium giganteum 

This is an unusual-looking flowering plant that looks fantastic standing against other brightly colored flowers. The egg-shaped flower head is densely packed with tiny flowers that begin as pale green, gradually changing to steel-blue. The head is surrounded by spikey silver to white bracts, adding a ghosty feel to any landscape. It is an RHS winner, and it is drought tolerant. 

Mock Orange  

Mock Orange
The flowers of the Mock Orange shrub have a captivating fragrance.

Scientific Name: Philadelphus coronarius 

This is a deciduous shrub that produces straight, stiff branches. From late spring blooms appear in dense clusters of cup-shaped flowers. The flowers are brilliantly white, with yellow stamens, and are highly scented. It grows up to 12 feet tall, and once matured, it will produce hundreds of flowers at any one time. Making it an outstanding addition to any landscape. 

Morning Glory  

Morning Glory
The flowers of the Morning Glory plant open in the morning and close in the evening, giving the plant its name.

Scientific Name: Ipomoea purpurea 

This exotic climbing annual is prized for its pretty purple to blue colored trumpet-shaped blooms. The flowers open in the morning to expose their white throats and close in the evening. This plant climbs quickly, making it ideal for covering up unsightly fences or trellises. It can grow up to 10 feet tall in one season! It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. There are several varieties of Morning Glory flowers, each with its own color. 

Mountain Witch Alder  

Mountain Witch Alder
The leaves of the Mountain Witch Alder have showy color in the fall months.

Scientific Name: Fothergilla major 

This is a slow-growing deciduous shrub that is native to southeastern America. It has won RHS awards for its beautiful bottle-brush white flowers. The leaves change from green to orange, red, and purple-red in the fall. It spreads in an upright habit, and it is virtually disease-free. It needs full sun to part shade to keep it looking its best. 

Moonflower  

Moonflower
These climbing plants are a great match for a trellis or fence.

Scientific Name: Ipomoea alba 

This wonderfully peculiar flower earns its name from how it blooms. The flowers open within minutes at dusk and close at the sight of the morning sun. The flowers are pure white and reveal a pale green star and light scent at night. They are also prized for their sizable heart-shaped foliage and fast climbing habits, making them a top choice for hiding fences or filling trellises. 

Night-Scented Stock  

Night-Scented Stock
Another nocturnally blooming plant on our list is the Night-Scented Stock.

Scientific Name: Matthiola longipetala 

This is a sprawling annual that is named after its nighttime blooming habit. Flowers open in the evening and release a super-strong sweet aroma. The flowers are small and delicate, white to pale lilac in color. It blooms from spring to fall, and they are easy to grow. Be sure to plant them where you can enjoy their scent – on the edge of beds and in containers is ideal. 

Nodding Wakerobin  

Nodding Wakerobin
The Nodding Wakerobin thrives in full to part shade.

Scientific Name: Trillium flexipes 

Common in the midwestern US, it is a clump-forming perennial that produces attractive large, heart-shaped green leaves. It comes into its own in mid to late spring when it blooms. The flowers have three large white petals, three slender green sepals, and a black center. It prefers part to full shade and is ideal for woodland and wildflower gardens.

Obedient Plant  

Obedient Plant
The Obedient Plant is named as such for how the stems bend how you position them.

Scientific Name: Physostegia virginiana 

This herbaceous perennial grows in an upright habit that is prized for its full spikes of lilac to pink tubular flowers. The spikes can be bent in any direction and stay in position, hence its common name, the Obedient Plant. It blooms from summer through to fall and is adored by hummingbirds and bees. It is hardy in zones three to nine and performs well in full to partial sun. 

Ohio Spiderwort  

Ohio Spiderwort 
The blossoms of the Ohio Spiderwort only last about a day.

Scientific Name: Tradescantia ohiensis 

As a vigorous herbaceous perennial, the Ohio Spiderwort is favored for its clusters of three-petaled, mostly blue (sometimes rose) colored blooms with bright yellow stamens. Each flower only lasts around one day, but it blooms profusely for six weeks and is never out of blooms. This flower is relatively adaptable and looks terrific in beds, borders, or cottage gardens. 

Old Lady Cactus  

Old Lady Cactus
If you live in a warm climate, you can plant a cactus outdoors, but they also do well inside.

Scientific Name: Mammillaria hahniana 

The Mammillaria family has around 200 cacti species, most of which are native to Mexico. So, it goes without saying that you need to live in a warm climate to grow this cactus outdoors. In the summer, they form a crown of purple to red flowers, adding a tropical touch to your borders and containers. They are covered in white spikes and white down, hence its name. It needs sandy and porous soil to thrive. 

Oleander  

Oleander
These tall plants can grow up to 20 feet high, making for an excellent border or garden backdrop.

Scientific Name: Nerium oleander 

This is a flowering shrub or small tree that yields ornamental blooms year-round, peaking in the summer. It produces white, red, or pink five-petaled flowers that grow in clusters at the end of each branch. They usually make a sweet scent, but not always. As it grows up to 20 feet tall, it is an ideal option for the back of gardens. Oleander was a favorite of Van Gogh, who often featured them in his artwork. 

Oriental Lily  

Oriental Lily
The colors of the Oriental Lily can be pink, red, or white.

Scientific Name: Lilium orientalis 

Oriental lilies are best known for their highly fragrant flowers that bloom mid to late summer, adding one last injection of vibrant color. Colors range from white, pink, red, yellow, some with patterns, spots, and bi-colors. Most gardeners adore the aroma, but the FDA reports that this plant is toxic to cats. They are easy to grow and do their best in full sunlight. Their popularity means that there are many species and cultivars to choose from. 

Oriental Poppy  

Oriental Poppy
The showy petals of the Oriental Poppy add a nice touch of color to any garden in hardiness zones 3-8.

Scientific Name: Papaver orientale 

Oriental Poppies are incredibly showy flowers that deserve a spot in all gardens. They produce large, silky-satin flowers that come in orange, red, pink, or white shades with a darker center. Some have frilled petals, and some have large seed pods. They grow up to three feet tall and look great in borders and in groups. They are hardy in zones three to eight but do better in cooler summers. 

Ornamental Onion  

Ornamental Onion
The flowers of the Ornamental Onion attract butterflies to your garden.

Scientific Name: Allium giganteum 

This is one of the tallest of Alliums, with each stem topped by a ball-shaped cluster of tiny star-shaped purple flowers. They bloom in late spring to early summer, and blooms are long-lasting and ornamental. They look great in large sweeping drifts when planted in groups of 10 or more or amongst more delicate textured plants. It attracts butterflies too. 

Ox-Eye Daisy  

Ox-Eye Daisy
These daisies bloom for up to six weeks in a season.

Scientific Name: Leucanthemum vulgare 

This is a hardy and profusely blooming perennial prized for its incredible floral display. If you are searching for a typical-looking daisy with white petals and a sunny-yellow center, look no further. They bloom for up to six weeks and grow up to two feet tall. They thrive in full sun and appreciate shade in hot summer regions. 

Oyster Plant  

Oyster Plant
The oyster plant gets its name for how the leaves taste.

Scientific Name: Mertensia maritima 

This is a spreading perennial that forms rosettes of oval-shaped blue to green leaves. The leaves apparently taste like oysters, hence their common name. In late spring, it produces clusters of bell-shaped flowers. Oyster plants bud in pink and open in bright blue hues and sit on branches. They are ideal for cottage, rock, or coastal gardens. They grow up to six inches tall and prefer sandy soil and partial sun. 

Ozark Sundrops  

Ozark Sundrops
The flowers of the Ozark Sundrop only open for one day.

Scientific Name: Oenothera macrocarpa 

Sometimes known as the Missouri Evening Primrose, it produces large, fragrant bright yellow blooms on top of narrow shiny leaves. It is a low-growing perennial, ideal for a rock garden, banks, groundcover, or containers. The flowers only open for one day, but it blooms profusely from late spring to early fall. 

Paperbush  

Paperbush
The blossoms of the Paperbush have a delightful scent.

Scientific Name: Edgeworthia chrysantha 

This is a bushy, deciduous shrub that reaches heights of six feet. It is prized for its fragrance and winter interest. The naked stems produce clusters of gradual white and yellow-toned tiny flowers, blooming for up to six weeks from late winter to spring. In Japan, it is used to make high-quality paper, hence its name. It looks great when planted with shade-tolerant evergreens. 

Paraguay Nightshade  

Paraguay Nightshade
The flowers of the Paraguay Nightshade, or Blue Potato Bush, bloom from summer to fall.

Scientific Name: Lycianthes rantonnetii 

Also known as the Blue Potato Bush, it is a fast-growing shrub that produces slim arching stems adorned with bright-purple, yellow-centered flowers. It is related to Deadly Nightshade, so be careful not to ingest any part of this plant. This plant blooms from summer to fall and compliments mixed borders. It needs full sun and moist, well-drained soils to thrive. 

Parrots Beak  

Parrots Beak Flower
Though they are native to the Canary Islands, these flowers prefer cooler weather.

Scientific Name: Lotus berthelotii 

This is a trailing evergreen perennial that is native to the Canary Islands. The trailing silver needle-like leaves hang, holding onto bright crimson flowers. The blooms are shaped like parrot beaks, hence the common name, and are an exotic addition to containers and hanging baskets. It flowers in the colder weather of spring and dislikes hot temperatures. 

Pasque Flower  

Pasque Flower
If you need a purple or blue flower for your rock garden, Pasque Flowers are a good option.

Scientific Name: Pulsatilla vulgaris 

Pasque flowers are early-blooming perennials that produce large and showy flowers that are two to three inches wide. One plant can produce up to 30 bell-shaped blossoms. Colors range from purple to blue and hold a bright yellow center full of fluffy stamens. The foliage is silky and fern-like, and they make ideal choices for the front of borders and rock gardens. 

Peace Lily  

Peace Lily
Peace Lily plants are mostly planted indoors but can live outdoors in hardiness zones 10 or 11.

Scientific Name: Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum 

Although this flowering plant is more commonly known as an indoor plant, Peace Lilies are also suitable for the garden in shady places in zones 10 to 11. It does not like direct sun, not even in short bursts, so it needs to be planted in full shade. This makes it an excellent option for shaded areas where most other plants would not survive. It produces spoon-shaped spathes and has lush green tall foliage. 

Pearly Everlasting  

Pearly Everlasting
This blanket of white is a great accompaniment for more colorful blossoms.

Scientific Name: Anaphalis margaritacea 

This is a bushy perennial that is topped with clusters of button-like flowers. The disc centers are small and yellow, surrounded by white-papery bracts that look like petals. It has been awarded the RHS Garden Merit, and it makes an ideal companion for colorful plants on any border. Plus, it is excellent as a cut flower for dried bouquets. It blooms in mid-summer to fall. 

Perennial Flax  

Perennial Flax
Though these flowers are small, they grow in clusters to create a beautiful blanket of color.

Scientific Name: Linum perenne 

The Linum Perenne is an exquisitely delicate bloom that produces tufts of narrow leaves and bright blue saucer-shaped flowers with a yellow throat and white stamen. They measure one inch across and bloom in late spring for up to 12 weeks. The blooms only last for one day, but it flowers profusely. These flowers look fab when planted on mass. It is simple to grow and ideal for hot and dry areas of your garden. 

Perennial Sweet Pea  

Perennial Sweet Pea
Another name for the Perennial Sweet Pea is the Everlasting Pea.

Scientific Name: Lathyrus latifolius 

An award-winning climbing perennial, also known as the Everlasting Pea. It is a strong climber that forms racemes of up to 11 white to rose pea-like blooms. They will grow along the ground, searching for nearby vegetation or support structures to climb. They bloom all summer and grow up to nine feet tall. 

Persian Buttercup  

Persian Buttercup
There are many paper-thin layers of petals that make up the bloom of the Persian Buttercup.

Scientific Name: Ranunculus asiaticus 

This wonderfully elegant flower is a favorite of florists and gardeners. The annual or perennial plant produces a wide range of colored blooms, including white, orange, pink, yellow, and red. The petals are crepe-paper thin, consisting of many layers. They sit on top of sturdy stalks and lush foliage. They bloom for around six weeks in early summer, and they prefer cooler seasons. 

Peruvian Lily  

Peruvian Lily
The petals of the Peruvian Lily are red, yellow, or orange in color with speckles or stripes.

Scientific Name: Alstroemeria aurea 

There are many species in the Alstroemeria family, but this is one of the hardiest. It is a tuberous perennial that produces clusters of small orchid-like flowers. Sporting orange, yellow, and red hues, petals are striped and spotted. They bloom in early to mid-summer, bringing splashes of gold to your garden. They grow up to 3 feet tall and work well as an accent plant. 

Petunia  

Petunia
These are one of the most popular flowering plants gardeners put in their gardens.

Scientific Name: Petunia 

Petunia is a genus of around 20 species, and it is an annual flowering plant of South American origin. It is one of the most popular garden plants. Meaning that there are hundreds of cultivars to choose from, all in different colors and patterns. All produce tubular flowers that can tolerate different climates, except for frost. They look great in beds and hanging baskets. 

Pig Laurel  

Pig Laurel
The blossoms of the Pig Laurel form round clusters.

Scientific Name: Kalmia angustifolia 

Awarded the RHS garden merit, it is a bushy evergreen shrub that produces lots of deep-pink saucer-shaped flowers in summer. The throats are green and adorned with white stamens. The blue-green foliage is glossy and changes to red hues in the fall for added seasonal interest. They like part shade and moist soils. Deadhead the blooms to promote better flowers next year. 

Pincushion Flower  

Pincushion Flower
Pincushion flowers are small but they attract pollinators.

Scientific Name: Scabiosa atropurpurea 

This is an annual or short-lived bushy perennial that produces intensely colored pincushion-like blooms. The flowers are burgundy in color, with feathery petals on the outside, deepening in color nearer the center. They measure two inches across and bloom from spring to fall. They do well in full sun and are hardy in zones 4 to 11. 

Pineapple Lily  

Pineapple Lily
This particular plant gets its name from the unique pineapple shape it grows in.

Scientific Name: Eucomis pallidiflora 

Also known as the Giant Pineapple Lily, this is a bulbous perennial with an unusual appearance. It is native to South Africa and resembles a pineapple, hence its common name. It produces white to green flowers arranged on a raceme, appearing in summer. Pineapple Lilies are topped by a head of up to 30 bracts, giving it its pineapple resemblance. 

Pink Flowering Almond  

Pink Flowering Almond
The delicate, soft pink flowers of this plant are a sight to behold in any garden.

Scientific Name: Prunus triloba 

This shrub sometimes becomes a small tree adorned with white to pale pink flowers with long delicate stamens. It is a sight to behold in full bloom, adding waves of soft color to any landscape. It is native to China but popular around the world. The stones produced in fall are often used in China to make beaded bracelets, which could be an option for curious crafters. 

Plantain Lily  

Plantain Lily
This plant does very well when planted in the shade and blooms during warm months.

Scientific Name: Hosta sieboldiana 

Sure, these shade-loving plants are prized for their foliage, but they also produce pretty blooms. The trumpet-shaped flowers placed on tall shooting stems are usually mauve or white. The foliage is large and blue-green in color, and they are great for underplanting shrubs or adding focal interest. They are notoriously loved by slugs, so be sure to protect them. 

Poppy Anemone  

Poppy Anemone
If you are looking for a plant that is easy to establish and will come back each year, this plant is for you!

Scientific Name: Anemone coronaria 

These poppy-like blooms come in a wide range of red, pink, purple, blue, white, or bi-colored colors. They have dark centers adorned with fluffy stamen and can be single or double-flowered. Poppy Anemones bloom in mid to late spring and make lovely cut flowers. They are easy to establish and will come back year after year. 

Pot Marigold  

Pot Marigold
Pot Marigolds are a very easy plant to take care of in just about any area of the US.

Scientific Name: Calendula officinalis 

This is a popular annual plant that provides weeks of color, typically from late spring through to late frost. It is a popular plant native to Southern Europe and hardy in zones 2 to 11. Pot Marigolds are quick to grow, easy to maintain, and self-seeds easily without being invasive. It produces daisy-like blooms that range from white, yellow, orange, sometimes with contrasting petal tips. 

Purple Mountain Saxifrage  

Purple Mountain Saxifrage
This plant is native to mountainous areas and does well in high altitudes.

Scientific Name: Saxifraga oppositifolia 

This is a popular mat-forming evergreen perennial in rock gardens and containers. It creates a thick carpet of tiny dark green leaves, making way for bright purple or magenta flowers in the springtime. Adorned with orange anthers and a dark throat, these blooms add contrasting colors to any garden. It is native to high mountainous areas, likes part shade in rich soil, and is hardy in zones two to seven. 

Queen Annes Lace  

Queen Annes Lace
This tall plant can grow up to three feet high.

Scientific Name: Daucus carota 

This is a white, flowering, sometimes a biennial plant that grows up to three feet tall. The stalks are stiff and carry dense umbels full of tiny white flowers. They sometimes have a small red center. The root is edible when young, although it becomes too tough to consume. However, it bears a close resemblance to deadly Poison Hemlock, so it’s imperative not to confuse it. 

Queen of the Night  

Queen of the Night
This rare flower only blooms at night once a year, making it a prized flower for any gardener.

Scientific Name: Epiphyllum oxypetalum 

Sometimes called the Orchid Cactus, this exotic flower produces a spectacular display at night time. The white blooms are highly fragrant and grow up to 12 inches wide, with spikey bracts in the background. They usually open for one night only, providing a show for you and your visitors. In zones 10 to 11, it can be grown outdoors, and it grows up trellises and walls well. It is not fussy about conditions just as long as it is fertilized sufficiently. 

Quesnelia  

Quesnelia
As a Brazilian native, Quesnelia prefers warm, humid climates of the tropics.

Scientific Name: Quesnelia arvensis 

This is a bromeliad from the genus Quesnelia native to Brazil. It grows up to two feet tall and produces dark green shooting leaves marked with conspicuous spines. The Quesnelia forms a white stalk in the center adorned with a red bloom and blue petals. It grows along the coast and in swampy forest areas. It is an ideal addition to shady, humid, and wet areas. 

Rain Lily  

Rain Lily
Rain Lilies are best enjoyed from above where you can see the full range of color in the blooms.

Scientific Name: Zephyranthes grandiflora 

This is a bulbous perennial plant that boasts large, bright pink flowers that face upright. Rain Lilies have a white throat with floppy yellow anthers, looking a little like Water Lilies. They bloom from mid to late summer for several weeks and are one of the most favored Rain Lily species. They look great in rock gardens, in containers, or along pathways where you can enjoy them from above. 

Red Campion  

Red Campion
Many gardeners favor Red Campions for their ease of care and maintenance.

Scientific Name: Silene dioica 

Also known as Adders Flower, it is a semi-evergreen perennial wildflower found in moist meadows. It produces clumps of downy leaves and profuse delicate pink flowers with a white throat. They are pretty and also low maintenance, making them a favorite of gardeners. They like full sun to partial shade and look great in beds and borders. 

Red Hot Poker  

Red Hot Poker
Red Hot Poker flowers are some of the most impressive on our list for the gradient color in the egg-shaped blooms.

Scientific Name: Kniphofia rooperi 

There are around 70 species in the Kniphofia genus, and this is one of the most stunning. It has large, egg-shaped flowers that are red at the top of the spike, gradually changing to yellow. At up to four feet tall, the stems are tall, thick, and imposing, ideal for adding vertical drama to your garden. This perennial blooms in late summer, and they are hardy in zones six to nine. 

Red Spider Lily  

Red Spider Lily
Red Spider Lilies have long, thin stamens that resemble spider legs.

Scientific Name: Lycoris radiata 

This is a bulbous perennial that produces umbels or four to six coral-red flowers. The petals are curled, and the stamens are exceptionally long, giving them an elegant eyelash effect.  They bloom in late summer to early fall, giving you one last burst of summer color. It grows up to 24 inches tall. They look great as an ornamental plant in groups of three to five or on mass for a sheen of coral carpet. 

Red Torch Cactus  

Red Torch Cactus
The Red Torch Cactus has red, yellow, or orange flowers that bloom from spring to early summer.

Scientific Name: Echinopsis huascha 

This is a columnar cactus that grows up to three feet in clumps. From spring to early summer, the stems produce large funnel-shaped flowers that are typically red, orange, and yellow in color. The blooms grow up to four inches tall and three inches wide. It is hardy in zones 9 to 11 and prefers full sun and dry spells between watering to look its best. 

Red Valerian  

Red Valerian
The Red Valerian is a good option for a border plant.

Scientific Name: Centranthus ruber 

This popular perennial is easy to grow, pest and disease resistant, attracts pollinators, and produces long-blooming showy flowers. Making it a firm favorite of gardeners. It blooms from early summer to fall, producing dense clusters of crimson star-shaped flowers and blue-green foliage. It grows up to three feet tall and looks great as a border plant or in rock gardens. 

Rock Purslane  

Rock Purslane
The bright flowers of the Rock Purslane only open up for one day.

Scientific Name: Calandrinia grandiflora 

This is a succulent plant that grows in mounds of narrow evergreen blue-green leaves. From spring to fall, it produces tall stems that carry large, showy magenta flowers. They only open for one day, but it blooms profusely throughout the seasons, meaning you are never without color. It is hardy in zones 9 to 11 but can be grown as an annual in cooler regions. 

Rock Rose  

Rock Rose
The petals of the Rock Rose are wrinkled and almost crepe-like in appearance.

Scientific Name: Cistus monspeliensis 

Sometimes known as the Montpellier Cistus, this is an evergreen shrub native to southern Europe and northern Africa. It has narrow leaves with a sticky surface providing a year-long texture to your garden. The plant produces panicles of two to eight flowers, each with five white petals and five sepals. The blooms have a wrinkled appearance, a lot like crepe paper, providing extra texture throughout spring and summer. 

Rock Soapwort  

Rock Soapwort
Rock Soapwort is an excellent climber and will scale walls and rocks.

Scientific Name: Saponaria ocymoides 

This RHS award-winning plant is a mat-forming semi-evergreen perennial that produces blooms for around three to four weeks. It has profuse bright pink flowers that cover most of the olive-green foliage. It climbs rocks and walls well, making it ideal for these needs. Its easy to grow in cooler climates but does not like hot or humid summers. It is hardy in zones two to nine. 

Rocky Mountain Columbine  

Rocky Mountain Columbine
Rocky Mountian Columbine flowers are two-toned with a strikingly unique appearance.

Scientific Name: Aquilegia caerulia 

This perennial is Colorado’s state flower, and they are native from Montana to Arizona and New Mexico. Rocky Mountain Columbine features star-shaped two-toned purple and white flowers with bushy yellow stamens adding a pleasing contrasting center. They grow in a bushy upright clump with sky-facing blooms that sit above fern-like foliage. And they are short-lived, blooming for four to six weeks between spring and summer. 

Rosinweed  

Rosinweed
Rosinweed flowers can grow quite wildly so it is best to plant them where they can spread.

Scientific Name: Silphium integrifolium 

Don’t be put off by the mention of weed in the name. This wildflower looks similar to a cheerful Sunflower. It is named after the sticky sap that secretes from broken stems. Rosinweeds can spread aggressively and should be planted where it can grow, such as wildflower gardens or meadows. It is a hardy, drought-tolerant plant that produces cheery yellow blooms that reach six feet tall. 

Rosy Garlic  

Rosy Garlic
Another name for Rosy Garlic is Ornamental Garlic, as they are beautiful when they flower.

Scientific Name: Allium roseum 

Also known as ornamental garlic, this elegant perennial is scented with a sweet but unmistakable onion aroma. It produces long stems holding clusters of pale to rich pink star-shaped flowers. It grows up to 16 inches high, towering above rich green foliage. This flower looks fabulous when planted in groups of at least 20. It grows easily in the full sun and attracts butterflies. 

Round-Headed Rampion  

Round-Headed Rampion
These wild-looking blossoms grow in blue to violet tubes that form round heads.

Scientific Name: Phyteuma orbiculare 

Also known as the Pride of Sussex, this is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows up to 20 inches tall. The erect stems produce various shaped leaves, leading to a round cluster of tiny flowers. The flower heads consist of blue to violet small tubes that open at the top, sometimes speckled with white dots. Plant in groups for the best visual impact. 

Roundleaf Liverleaf  

Roundleaf Liverleaf
Another delicate yet stunning wildflower on our list is the Roundleaf Liverleaf.

Scientific Name: Hepatica americana 

This is a beautifully delicate wildflower that is one of the earliest wildflowers to bloom. It produces bowl-shaped flowers that are typically light blue to lavender in color. They are rich in nectar, making them one of the earliest sources for many pollinators. It grows up to nine inches tall and will happily form a pretty groundcover in woodland or rock gardens. Plant in large masses for the best visual impact. 

Saffron Crocus  

Saffron Crocus
These plants produce the most expensive spice in the world, saffron.

Scientific Name: Crocus sativus 

This flower is renowned for its precious red stamens. Which is the source of culinary saffron and is supposedly the most expensive spice in the world. It is a fall bloom that produces large, lilac-purple flowers with darker veins. It grows up to five inches tall, and it is great for beds, borders, banks, rock gardens, and containers. This perennial bulb requires full sun and is very showy. 

Satin Flower  

Satin Flower
Satin Flowers grow best in hardiness zones 2-11.

Scientific Name: Clarkia amoena 

Also known as the Farewell to Spring, it is native to coastal northwestern California. It is an annual that produces racemes of cup-shaped, satiny flowers. Color options include lavender, red, pink, or lilac, usually with a blotch of contrasting color at the base of each petal. They bloom in late spring to mid-summer, and they ask for good air circulation. They are great for borders and containers and are hardy in zones 2 to 11. 

Sea Thrift  

Sea Thrift
Sea Thrift prefers to grow in infertile soil while getting full sun.

Scientific Name: Armeria maritima 

This evergreen perennial is native to Great Britain and was featured on the British threepence in the mid 20th century. It grows compactly, producing slender stems that carry round clusters of pink, lavender, and white flowers. They bloom in the latter half of spring and sporadically in summer if they are happy and deadheaded. They like full sun and infertile soils to look their best. 

Seaside Daisy  

Seaside Daisy
Seaside Daisies have a Daisy-like appearance with a yellow center.

Scientific Name: Erigeron glaucus 

This flower is native to the coastal regions of Oregon and California. It is a low-growing perennial that produces lovely pink-lavender-colored ground cover. The centers are bright yellow like most Daisies, and they are a perfect addition to any garden needing a splash of color. The leathery foliage is almost completely covered when in bloom from mid-spring to late summer. 

Serbian Bellflower  

Serbian Bellflower
Another name for the Serbian Bellflower is Trailing Bellflower for how it trails over walls or edges.

Scientific Name: Campanula poscharskyana 

Also known as the Trailing Bellflower, this sprawling perennial looks excellent cascading over walls or edging borders and pathways. It produces star-shaped pale violet blooms with a white throat and yellow stamens. Serbian bellflowers bloom profusely, and the lush green foliage is semi-evergreen, sometimes evergreen in warmer regions. It is easy to grow and adds a punch of color to any landscape. 

Shooting Star  

Shooting Star Flower
What makes this flower so unique is how the petals grow in an upward fashion.

Scientific Name: Dodecatheon meadia 

Also known as the Pride of Ohio, this striking flower produces large umbels of 8 to 20 blooms. They are deep pink, light pink, or white in color, with five upward-facing petals. The prominent downward-facing stamens give the appearance of a wind-blown umbrella. They bloom for around a month in the late spring and are herbaceous perennials. Plant these in groups for an incredible display. 

Showy Beardtongue  

Showy Beardtongue
Showy Beardtongue is a native plant to the western state of California.

Scientific Name: Penstemon spectabilis 

This native Californian flower is an evergreen perennial that provides a spectacular display of wide-mouthed two-toned flowers. Leafy stems give way to up to 100 flowers on their upper half, contrasting against the green, leafy branches. They are fast-growing, fuss-free, and attract a wealth of beneficial pollinators. Hardy in zones 8 to 11, plant in large groups for dramatic effect. 

Showy Milkweed  

Showy Milkweed
Butterflies are very attracted to Showy Milkweed, so they are a great addition to a butterfly garden.

Scientific Name: Asclepias speciosa 

This perennial plant is also known as American Silkweed, prized for its unique-looking blooms. It produces spherical clusters of pink and white flowers in the late spring. They are highly fragrant, and butterflies and bees cannot resist them. This plant is a critical source to the Monarch butterfly, whose population is steadily declining. So find a place in your garden for them and do your bit for the species. 

Showy Speedwell  

Showy Speedwell
Showy Speedwell has become an increasingly popular plant in the US.

Scientific Name: Hebe speciosa 

This is another exotic spiky flower that is known for its ornamental display. It is native to New Zealand but is becoming particularly popular in the US. The leaves are shiny and evergreen and reach shrub heights. It produces tubes of tightly-packed small flowers, each having two very long stamens giving it its whiskery appearance. 

Siberian Bugloss  

Siberian Bugloss
The dainty bright blue blossoms of the Siberian Bugloss resemble Forget-Me-Nots.

Scientific Name: Brunnera macrophylla 

Siberian Bugloss is a charming herbaceous perennial that produces large, heart-shaped leaves that are deep green and sometimes variegated. The blooms are similar to Forget-Me-Nots and make delicate sprays of small bright blue flowers. They look fabulous amongst other vibrantly colored blooms such as Tulips. They are low maintenance and easy to grow, hardy in zones three to seven. 

Silver Lupine  

Silver Lupine
Silver Lupine is a fragrant and easy-to-maintain plant that does well in sandy or rocky soil.

Scientific Name: Lupinus albifrons 

This is one of the showiest and fragrant Lupines. It is an evergreen perennial that produces beautiful palmate leaves that are silky and gray. From spring, it grows long clusters of blue to magenta pea-shaped flowers. It can grow up to five feet tall and needs sandy or rocky soil to do well. It is low maintenance, and it attracts pollinators. 

Siskiyou Lewisia  

Siskiyou Lewisia
This plant generally has two tones in the petals, which is fairly uncommon in flowers.

Scientific Name: Lewisia cotyledon 

This delicate evergreen perennial is an RHS award winner that adds a touch of charm to any landscape. It is an easy grower that produces rosettes of fleshy dark foliage. It blooms brightly colored flowers in late spring, usually pale pink to vibrant magenta, yellow, orange, and salmon pink petals. Each petal usually sports two tones adding to its charm. The plant grows up to 12 inches tall and looks great in rock gardens or containers. It is hardy in zones three to eight. 

Slender Deutzia  

Slender Deutzia
These spring-bloomers are dainty and elegant in appearance.

Scientific Name: Deutzia gracilis 

This is among one of the most popular species of Deutzia out of a group of about 60. They produce ornamental flowers that can grow up to three feet in height, making them an ideal backdrop for gardens. The flowers are white and fragrant, blooming in the spring. A prized RHS award-winning cultivar is “Nikko,” a dwarf version ideal for smaller gardens. 

Snapdragon  

Snapdragon
Snapdragon is commonly used to add height and color to gardens.

Scientific Name: Antirrhinum majus 

The name originates from how the showy flower reacts to having its throat squeezed, causing the mouth to snap open. This animated flower is a favorite with children and avid gardeners alike. Snapdragons are short-lived perennials but typically grown as annuals, blossoming from spring to fall. They are fragrant and bloom in a wide variety of bright colors. Bumblebees and hummingbirds love them. 

Sneezeweed  

Sneezeweed
Sneezeweed blooms in late summer and fall to add a pop of color to your autumn garden.

Scientific Name: Helenium autumnale 

This upright perennial blooms in late summer through to fall when most other perennials are starting to fade. The long stems are cloaked in slender leaves, giving way to daisy-like flowers. The protruding center is surrounded by bright yellow petals. They are resistant to disease and tolerate any kind of soil, even very wet soil. They look beautiful in drifts and borders. 

Snowdrop  

Snowdrop
Snowdrops bloom in early spring and often pop up out of the snow.

Scientific Name: Galanthus nivalis 

This is a popular flower found in many gardens. It is one of the earliest to bloom, and the foliage often peeks through blankets of snow in late winter. They are small bulbous perennials that provide a delicate aroma in early spring. The white flowers nod with a small green spot on each petal. They grow up to 10 inches tall and look great wherever planted, especially in large groups or in sweeping drifts. It is hardy in zones three to eight. 

Snow in Summer  

Snow in Summer
Jerusalem Star is another common name for the Snow in Summer plant.

Scientific Name: Cerastium tomentosum 

Sometimes known as the Jerusalem Star, this is a short-lived perennial that produces a dense groundcover of snowy-white flowers in the summer. The blooms are star-shaped with notched edges, and the foliage is silver to gray in color. This low-growing plant looks great anywhere you need ground cover, as well as on rock gardens and stone walls for its cascading effect. 

Snowdrop Windflower  

Snowdrop Windflower
These dainty flowers grow to be 18 inches tall and have a lovely fragrance.

Scientific Name: Anemone sylvestris 

The Snowdrop Windflower is a delicate late spring bloomer that grows up to 18 inches tall. The dark green foliage gives way to thin stems that carry the charming blooms. The flowers are pure white, with a pink underside and yellow stamens. They are fragrant and easy to grow in whole or part shade. These pretty blooms look wonderful under shrubs or as a groundcover. 

Snowy Angels Trumpet  

Snowy Angels Trumpet
the flowers of Snowy Angels Trumpets hang downward and have a mouth-watering fragrance.

Scientific Name: Brugmansia suaveolens 

The award-winning Snowy Angels Trumpet is a tropical semi-evergreen shrub that produces wonderful pendulous trumpet-shaped blooms. This plant produces pure white flowers from midsummer to fall, but other species have different colored trumpets. It creates a delicious aroma in the evenings, and it makes an ideal focal point for any garden. They are heavy feeders and need full sun to thrive. This shrub might look angelic, but all parts are highly toxic if ingested. 

Solomons Seal  

Solomons Seal
Solomons Seal is a prized plant in the gardening world.

Scientific Name: Polygonatum multiflorum 

This perennial performs well where others do not, in part to full shade. This makes it an ideal filler for unused spaces. It produces arched stems that hold small clusters of two to six tubular creamy colored flowers tipped with green. They stand gracefully, making them a prized ornamental choice. The blooms give way to blue and black berries, and the foliage turns yellow in the fall.  

Southern Blue Flag  

Southern Blue Flag
Southern Blue Flag plants prefer wet soil conditions.

Scientific Name: Iris virginica 

Although we have featured many Irises, the Southern Blue Flag also needs a spot in our guide. It is a perennial that produces long stems in the late spring, each carrying two to three violet-blue flowers. They are veined with a yellow mark and do well near water. This aquatic plant is a great addition to moist gardens. They grow up to 36 inches tall and have striking sword-shaped leaves. 

Spanish Bluebell  

Spanish Bluebell
Gardeners love these flowers because they are low maintenance and don’t typically fall victim to many pests or diseases.

Scientific Name: Hyacinthoides hispanica 

Spanish Bluebells are excellent bulbous perennials to plant in any garden because it is low maintenance, disease, and pest-resistant. It produces sturdy stalks that carry bell-shaped flowers that hang. Blooms range from violet-blue, lavender, pink, or white. They thrive in partial sun or full shade and are ideal for woodland gardens, rock gardens, and naturalized areas. 

Speedwell  

Speedwell
Speedwell often comes in purple but it also can grow to be pink, white, blue, or violet.

Scientific Name: Veronica longifolia 

Also known as Long-Leaved Speedwell, this species is prized for its abundant and elegant flowers. They are easy to care for and long-blooming perennials that add vertical lines to the back of any garden. Speedwells grow up to four feet tall and come in white, pink, blue, violet, or purple colors. They need full sun and will attract pollinators. 

Spider Flower  

Spider Flower
Another fragrant and exceptional flower on our list is the Spider Flower.

Scientific Name: Cleome hassleriana 

This is a fast-growing annual that produces large airy clusters of small flowers. They have long spiky stamens, giving it the spider look. They are highly fragrant and come in purple, pink, and white hues. Spider flowers bloom from summer up to the first frost, and dried seed heads provide nourishment for birds in the winter. They are low maintenance and look best in groups of at least six. 

Spider Flower

Spider Flower Peaches and Cream
The Peaches and Cream variety of Spider Flower is an excellent option for your garden.

Scientific Name: Grevillea 

Grevillea is a large genus of plants with over 300 species and more cultivars. They are evergreen shrubs that produce showy flowers that can be small and spider-like or large and toothbrush shaped. They come in a wide variety of colors and bloom over a long period, sometimes well into winter. A hybrid named “Peaches and Cream” produces a particularly pretty flower for your garden. 

Spotted Zygopetalum  

Spotted Zygopetalum
These tropical orchids are special in appearance because of the rare speckled pattern on the petals.

Scientific Name: Zygopetalum maculatum 

This Orchid is native to the mountains of Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia. It blooms in the spring with 8 to 12 blooms that measure around one inch wide. The top petals are green with dark red irregular spots, and the bottom petal is white with crimson veins. It is attractive, adding an exotic touch to any landscape. Keep it moist but not soggy and out of direct sunlight. 

Spring Beauty  

Spring Beauty
Pollinators are highly attracted to these beautiful flowers when they bloom.

Scientific Name: Claytonia virginica 

This is a delicate perennial that is native to North America that is often found in woodlands. It produces clusters of small star-shaped blooms that are pale pink to white in color with deep pink veins. They are an essential source of nectar to pollinators. They also grow from an underground small, potato-like edible root. This plant looks great as a groundcover or in rock gardens, especially when planted in large numbers. 

Spring Blossom  

Spring Blossom
The prolonged tips of the Spring Blossom give it an appearance similar to that of a starfish.

Scientific Name: Jaborosa integrifolia 

This rhizomatous herbaceous perennial finds itself in the Solanaceae family, making it related to the potato. They are native to South America. The flowers are white in color and look a lot like starfish. And they are wide-spreading and are great for rock gardens. 

Spring Starflower  

Spring Starflower
Many gardeners grow Spring Starflowers for how easy they are to plant and maintain.

Scientific Name: Ipheion uniflorum 

This is a small bulbous perennial from the Amaryllis family. It produces six-petaled star-shaped flowers that come in blue, pink, and white hues. Each petal is lined down the middle, leading to the brightly colored yellow stamen. They are sweetly scented, and gardeners regard them as one of the easiest bulbs to grow. They are short-lived but look great under shrubs or planted in mass. 

Star Jasmine  

Star Jasmine
If you are looking for a flower that smells incredible, Star Jasmine is a perfect option for you.

Scientific Name: Trachelospermum jasminoides 

This is an evergreen shrub that produces an abundance of star-shaped flowers, almost covering all foliage. The foliage is glossy, dark, and the leaves are oval in shape. It grows profusely and is used as a climbing option to cover fences, walls or create sectional hedges. With support, it can grow up to 20 feet high. The flowers smell divine, and it is renowned as an excellent option for novice gardeners. 

Star of Bethlehem  

Star of Bethlehem
The Star of Bethlehem does not attract many pests or diseases, making them easy to keep alive.

Scientific Name: Ornithogalum magnum 

This is a bulbous perennial that is native to the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. It produces upright racemes packed with small, star-shaped flowers. The white flowers have a green stripe underneath, and they bloom from the bottom up. They grow up to 24 inches tall and like full sun to part shade. They are virtually pest and disease-free and an excellent choice for borders and containers. 

Starry Eyes  

Starry Eyes Flower
Starry Eyes are tender perennials that typically have a blue-purple center.

Scientific Name: Nierembergia gracilis               

This evergreen perennial grows up to two feet tall and wide. It is a clump-forming plant with dark green foliage. Where the heat and humidity are high, it is nearly everblooming, meaning months and months of color. The flowers are white and star-shaped, with soft purple lines surrounding the throat. This plant looks fantastic in a container. 

St. Johns Wort  

St. Johns Wort
St. Johns Wort produces a blanket of bright, yellow color all ovr the shrub when in peak bloom.

Scientific Name: Hypericum calycinum 

If you’re looking to add a carpet of golden sun to your garden from summer to fall, look no further than this semi-evergreen shrub. It produces so many blooms that it almost covers the foliage entirely. The flowers are rose-like and have bushy stamens topped with red anthers, adding striking beauty to any landscape. It is a popular option for borders and ground cover. 

Stonecrop  

Stonecrop
There are many types of Stonecrop that come in varying textures, colors, and sizes.

Scientific Name: Sedum 

Many types of Sedums offer a wide range of colors, sizes, and habits. There are three popular varieties categorized into upright, creeping, or mat-forming, depending on your garden needs. They are perennials that all produce broccoli-like clusters packed full of tiny flowers. Seasonal interest can last up to six months and attract butterflies and bees. As the weather cools, colors tend to intensify. Look for outstanding cultivars such as “Brilliant,” “Class Act,” “Matrona,” and “Purple Emperor.” 

Sugarbowl Clematis  

Sugarbowl Clematis
Sugarbowl Clematis is a non-vining bush clematis that typicaly grows in upright clumps with hanging violet blooms.

Scientific Name: Clematis scottii 

This is a herbaceous perennial that produces urn-shaped, nodding blooms. Flowers are usually dark violet in color, sometimes pink or white. It blooms profusely in early spring to late summer. The blooms give way to fuzzy seed heads providing further interest in the fall. Although part of the Clematis group, it is non-vining. Instead, it looks great in borders and rock gardens. 

Sunshine Mimosa  

Sunshine Mimosa
Powderpuff is the more common name for the Sunshine Mimosa Flower for its fluffy appearance.

Scientific Name: Mimosa strigillosa 

Also known as the Powder Puff Flower, this striking bloom is a mat-forming perennial. It blooms from spring to late summer, and it produces lavender to pink ball-shaped flowers. The stamens are tipped with contrasting yellow, adding colorful excitement to all gardens. It is native to all US states that border the Gulf of Mexico and does well in full sun and sandy soil. 

Sweet Pea  

Sweet Pea
One of the most sweetly fragranced flowers on our list is the Sweet Pea.

Scientific Name: Lathyrus odoratus 

This is a bushy deciduous shrub that is prized for its highly fragrant blooms. This plant produces short-tubed, white to cream flowers with long stamens that form a line along each stem from late winter through to early spring. It grows up to 10 feet tall and wide, making it an ideal backdrop or screen. Just be sure you can appreciate its winter perfume and pretty flowers. 

Sweetest Honeysuckle  

Sweetest Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle is an ornamental climber that emits a very seet and delicious fragrance.

Scientific Name: Lonicera fragrantissima 

This is a bushy or climbing annual that is prized for its delicious sweet aroma. The flower clusters sit on top of winged stems and come in a range of enchanting pastel colors. With five petals, each wavy in appearance, they are pretty additions to any garden or space. They bloom from spring to fall and do best in cooler mild climates. Bees and butterflies love them too. 

Table Mountain Watsonia  

Table Mountain
The salmon-colored petals stand out in contrast next to the dark purple stems of the Table Mountain Flower.

Scientific Name: Watsonia tabularis 

Who said the color salmon was a thing of the past? This glorious evergreen perennial produces spikes carrying between 20 to 30 trumpet-shaped flowers. The stems are dark purple in color, contrasting with the pink salmon blooms. They can grow up to five feet tall and look great when planted in large groups. It attracts birds and is a showy offering that all gardeners adore. 

Tall Verbena  

Tall Verbena
Butterflies are incredibly attracted to the sweet nectar of Verbena flowers.

Scientific Name: Verbena bonariensis 

This perennial plant produces lilac clusters of blooms sat on top of slender and willowy stems. They sit proudly, swaying in the summer breeze, leaving the lance-shaped foliage to do its thing on the ground. This RHS award winner is full of nectar, appealing to hummingbirds and butterflies. It blooms in early summer until the first frost. It grows quickly, reaching up to six feet in height. 

Tender Geraniums  

Tender Geraniums
Red is one of the most common colors of Tender Geraniums, but they also come in orange or white.

Scientific Name: Pelargonium 

These are not to be confused with the “Hardy Geraniums,” which belong to the genus Geranium. Tender Geraniums are what gardeners think of when it comes to bright bedding flowers. They have a long blooming period and are simple to care for. They usually come in red, orange, and white hues, although other colors are available. Tender Geraniums are typically grown as annuals, and there are three types; zonal, regal, and angel. 

Texas Mountain Laurel  

Texas Mountain Laurel
These beautiful and aromatic blossoms bloom in the spring.

Scientific Name: Sophora secundiflora 

There are many reasons to find space for this flowering evergreen shrub in your garden. In spring, it blooms highly fragrant, swinging clusters of brightly colored blue to purple flowers. Their aroma is similar to grape soda or bubblegum. They attract butterflies, birds, and bees. After blooming, it also produces seed pods that decorate the tree like Christmas ornaments. It is exceptionally hardy and looks great as a patio or street tree or as a screen, growing up to 25 feet. 

Tiger Flower  

Tiger Flower
The radiant red of the Tiger Flower blooms in the summer, adding a showy display to gardens.

Scientific Name: Tigridia pavonia 

Also known as the Peacock Flower or Mexican Shell Flower, this easy-to-grow bloom provides a dazzling display in summer. The large flared blooms are two-tonal and brightly colored, in a combination of pink, red, yellow, orange, or white with contrasting spots. They grow up to six inches wide. Each flower only blooms for one day, but with so many stems, the flowering period lasts several weeks. 

Tiger Lily  

Tiger Lily
The one-of-a-kind appearance of the Tiger Lily makes it a favorite among gardeners.

Scientific Name: Lilium lancifolium 

There is nothing dull about this flower. Its bright and showy orange blooms with dark spots make them stand out from the crowd. It is hardy and straightforward to grow, and mature plants can hold up to 40 flowers. They bloom when most other lilies finish up for the year, and they come back year after year. They need full to partial sun and are hardy in zones three to nine. 

Toothed Aloha  

Toothed Aloha
Toothed Aloha is a very easy plant to take care of, so beginner gardeners plant them for this reason.

Scientific Name: Nemesia denticulata 

This mat-forming perennial is native to South Africa, and it has gained the RHS Garden Merit Award. It is a vigorous semi-hardy perennial that is sometimes grown as an annual. It produces pretty racemes of light purple flowers from summer to early fall, with yellow throats. They look similar to Snapdragons and are ideal for novice gardeners. 

Treasure Flower  

Treasure Flower
Treasure Flowers grow in various colors and patterns, making for quite a show in any garden.

Scientific Name: Gazania 

These are showy perennial flowers that produce daisy-shaped blooms. However, they are larger and patterned with dark edges, spots, rings, and variegated petals. Their cheerful colors include red, pink, orange, yellow, and white. There are two types of Gazanias, either trailing or clumping. They like full sun and do well in sun-baked garden spots where other flowers would wither. 

Tree Mallow  

Tree Mallow
Tree Mallow makes a great option for a background shrub.

Scientific Name: Lavatera maritima 

This is a semi-evergreen sub-shrub that produces large tropical-looking flowers that look similar to Hibiscus blooms. They are pale lavender in color, gradually darkening nearer the center. This shrub blooms heavily throughout the summer and sporadically throughout the rest of the year. This makes a great option as a background plant and is almost pest-free. 

Trumpet Vine  

Trumpet Vine
These climbing plants can be harmful to buildings, so it is best to keep them under control or plant them away from structures.

Scientific Name: Campsis radicans 

This is a vigorous woody climbing vine that produces lots of showy flowers. The blooms appear in clusters at the end of branches. They are trumpet-shaped, three inches long, and come in vibrant shades of red and orange. Trumpet vines bloom from early to late summer, creating a bright show of Mediterranean color. They can damage structures, so be careful planting them near your home, but they look lovely on a trellis or arbor. 

Tulip  

Tulip
Tulips come in a wide variety of colors and are a favorite cut flower in bouquets.

Scientific Name: Tulipa 

There are around 15 groups of Tulips, based on the flower type, size, and blooming time. And with several thousand varieties and cultivars to choose from, it was difficult to pick just one. They are one of the most popular bulbs for the garden, and they are a symbol of spring. Single or double heads, fringed or straight edges, and a whole rainbow of colors to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice. Usually planted as tender perennials and tend to decline in performance after several years. 

Urn Plant  

Urn Plant
Urn Plants only bloom once in a dramatic display of pink and purple.

Scientific Name: Aechmea fasciata 

This tender evergreen perennial produces a stunning rosette of arching silver and green leaves to create an urn shape. When the plant matures at three years, it gives way to one pure pink flower spike surrounded by pink bracts and purple flowers. Although they only bloom once, the display lasts for months and produces offsets. It grows up to three feet tall and needs some shade. 

Virginia Sweetspire  

Virginia Sweetspire
This highly versatile plant does well in many garden applications, from hedges, borders, or backgrounds.

Scientific Name: Itea virginica 

This is a rounded, upright shrub that produces bottlebrush spikes covered in star-shaped flowers. The blooms are lightly fragranced, creamy to white in color, and plentiful. It attracts all kinds of pollinators and pleases gardeners thanks to its long seasonal interest and low maintenance. This plant grow up to 10 feet tall and looks great at the back of borders or as a hedge. It is versatile and does well in wet soils near streams. 

Violet Slipper Flower 

Violet Slipper Flower
The Violet Slipper has a very unique look and beautiful culoring.

Scientific Name: Jovellana violacea 

This is an upright-forming semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial. They have toothed leaves presented in opposite pairs, but the flowers are the star of the show. Violet slippers are two-lipped, bell-shaped nodding blooms, looking much like a slipper. Their flowers are usually pale purple, marked with small purple spots and a yellow throat. It flowers throughout summer, adding visual impact. 

Vipers Bugloss  

Vipers Bugloss
Another common name for Vipers Bugloss is Blueweed.

Scientific Name: Echium vulgare 

This is an annual or biennial plant that grows in an upright habit. It produces cylindrical spikes of bell-shaped flowers that are usually vibrant violet with pink, nubbed stamens. It can grow up to 20 inches tall, and it is a British native. Ideal for cottage gardens, naturalized gardens, beds, and borders. It self-seeds freely, so be sure to remove the flowering spikes after the season if you want to control it. 

Wallflower  

Wallflower
Wallflowers thrive in cool climates in moist, well-draining soil.

Scientific Name: Erysimum cheiri 

This is a short-lived evergreen perennial that produces spikes topped with 10 to 30 bright yellow-orange flowers. The blooms are sweetly scented, and there are several cultivars bearing different colors. They bloom in spring, like full sun, and look great at the front of borders or in containers. They are also ideal for dried bouquets. 

Water Lily  

Water Lily
Water Lilies are an excellent addition to ponds and pools to keep the water clear.

Scientific Name: Nymphaea 

Nymphaea is a genus of tender and hardy aquatic flowering plants containing around 36 species. There are two types of Water Lilies; Hardy Water Lilies and Tropical Water Lilies, which have different qualities. Not only do they come in a rainbow of colors and shapes, but they also assist in keeping your water garden healthy. They do this by reducing algae, providing shelter for fish, keeping the water clean by absorbing nutrients, and much more. 

Wavyleaf Sea Lavender  

Wavyleaf Sea Lavender
This flower does excellently as a dried flower as it retains the color very nicely.

Scientific Name: Limonium sinuatum 

This is an erect growing short-lived perennial that is sometimes grown as an annual. It produces thick clusters of small, funnel-shaped flowers on winged stems. They bloom from the summer through to early fall, and come in shades of lavender, pink, violet, rose, yellow, orange, and white. They are one of the most popular choices for dried bouquets as they retain their color. It has a high salt tolerance, making it ideal for coastal gardens. 

Wax Plant  

Wax Plant
The Wax Plant, or Porcelain Flower, has pretty litte blooms that have a delicately sweet fragrance.

Scientific Name: Hoya carnosa 

This is also known as the Porcelain Flower, and it’s easy to see why. It is a popular houseplant grown for its pretty blooms and sweet scent. But it also grows well in containers and hanging baskets. Numerous star-shaped flowers are presented in umbels and are typically white to light pink in color. They produce excess nectar, which drips from the plant, attracting pollinators from afar. 

West Indian Jasmine  

West Indian Jasmine
West Indian Jasmine does well in warm, humid hardiness zones of 9-12.

Scientific Name: Ixora coccinea 

West Indian Jasmine is a tropical plant usually found in tropical Asia, although it is found in many subtropical climates in the US. In tropical climates, they flower all year round. Known as the Jungle Geranium, it produces large domed heads packed full of tiny flowers blooming in vibrant pink, orange, yellow, red, or pure white. It is an evergreen shrub with glossy, handsome foliage. 

White Dipladenia  

White Dipladenia
The stunning display of white and orange can grow up to 10 feet and are great climbers.

Scientific Name: Mandevilla boliviensis 

An exotic vine native to Bolivia, it provides a tropical touch to any garden. It blooms throughout the summer, producing sprays of up to seven funnel-shaped flowers. The white flowers have orange throats that sit against shiny dark green leaves. This is a top pick for pergolas, trellises, and containers and grows up to 10 feet tall. This tropical plant needs full sun.  

White Egret Orchid  

White Egret Orchid
It’s not hard to see why this flower has the name White Egret Orchid.

Scientific Name: Habenaria radiata 

This is a hardy Orchid that produces exquisite flowers resembling a snowy egret in flight. The blooms measure 1.5 inches wide with two fringed side petals, borne on an upright stalk. Up to eight blooms per stalk flower for four weeks in late summer. They are found in the grassy wetlands of Asia, making them ideal for bog gardens and pond areas, and are relatively rare. 

White Turtlehead  

White Turtlehead
White Turtlehead is named for its flowers which closely resemble the head of a turtle.

Scientific Name: Chelone glabra 

This is an erect perennial that produces showy spikes of two-lipped flowers in late summer through to fall. Blooms are white or pink-tinged and are shaped like turtleheads, hence the name. The spikes grow from attractive dark green foliage, and they grow up to 36 inches tall. They like medium to wet soils and do well in drizzly regions. 

White-Topped Pitcher Plant  

White-Topped Pitcher Plant
These unique plants are carnivorous and consume any insects that fall into the pitcher.

Scientific Name: Sarracenia leucophylla 

This fascinating carnivorous perennial is noted for its upright, slender pitchers, producing two rounds of crops for extended seasonal interest. They begin as green in color and gradually turn into white with brown veins, with frilled lids. In the springtime, they produce bright red flowers that are somewhat fragrant. Insects are captivated by the irresistible pitchers and become stunned by the nectar, eventually falling into the tubes. This plant grows up to 36 inches and needs moist soil. 

Wild Pansy  

Wild Pansy
Wild Pansies prefer cooler climates and thrive in the summer.

Scientific Name: Viola tricolor 

Also commonly known as Johnny Jump Up, it produces three-toned blooms that measure one inch across. The flowers sit across thin, spreading stems and bushy foliage and typically feature dark purple, lilac, and yellow petals with veins and blotches. They bloom from spring to fall, prefer cooler climates, and spread quickly. They look great in beds, borders, rock gardens, and containers. 

Winky Double Red-White  

Winky Double Red-White
These rare flowers have unique double, upward-facing blooms that grow in red and white shades.

Scientific Name: Aquilegia vulgaris 

This is a showy variety of Columbine that is great for both the garden and containers. It blooms heavily in large bouquets from late spring to early summer. It has a bushy habit with sturdy stems, carrying crimson and white variegated blossoms. This particular Columbine is a cultivar from the Winky Series, known for its unique floriferous blooms. They might be short-lived, but they self-seed to form large colonies that look fabulous in any type of garden. 

Wishbone Flower  

Wishbone Flower
Another plant with two-toned petals on our list is the fabulous Wishbone Flower.

Scientific Name: Torenia fournieri 

This is a bushy annual that loves shady areas. It produces plenty of two-lipped trumpet-shaped flowers that are pale lavender in color rimmed with dark-purple edges. The yellow stamens stand in a wishbone shape, hence its common name. They bloom profusely from early summer through to the first frosts. These flowers look great in rock gardens, containers, and window boxes. 

Wolfs Bane  

Wolfs Bane
Wolfs Bane is a highly toxic plant and should be handled with caution.

Scientific Name: Aconitum napellus 

This flower produces spikes of showy blue ear-shaped flowers that bloom in mid to late summer. It is native to the northern hemisphere and needs full to partial sun. Also known as the Devils Helmet or Queen of Poisons, this toxic plant needs to be handled with care (and gloves!) It also needs to be planted away from places where children and pets might find it. 

Yellow Jewelweed  

Yellow Jewelweed
These dainty little flowers resemble babies wearing bonnets.

Scientific Name: Impatiens pallida 

This plant is prized for its uniquely attractive blooms. It is a leafy annual that produces yellow pendant flowers decorated with red specks. They are so delicate that they look like delicate earrings. They bloom from early summer until the frost, adding one final touch of color to gardens. These flowers are also called Touch-Me-Nots, because the seed pods burst at the slightest touch, shooting a long distance. This plant will only do well in wet gardens. 

Yellow Loosestrife  

Yellow Loosestrife
These flowers are very easy to grow and can become invasive is left alone.

Scientific Name: Lysimachia punctata 

This perennial plant is named after a Macedonian King. So, if you’re after a flower fit for a King, look no further than this option. It serves as a great ornamental option and blooms from spring to summer. The upright stems are packed full of yellow, cup-shaped flowers with a red center. It is easy to grow. Just be mindful of easy spreading. 

Yellow Toadflax  

Yellow Toadflax
The cheery blossoms of Yellow Toadflax add color and height to any garden.

Scientific Name: Linaria vulgaris 

This is a perennial upright-forming plant that boasts profuse yellow and white flowers. They look a lot like Snapdragons and bloom from late spring to the first frosts. It is described as a weed; it self-seeds easily and finds itself on the poisonous plant database. But in the right gardening hands, it can provide beautiful blooms in the full sun. 

Final Thoughts 

We hope you have enjoyed grazing through our list of 301 different flower types, complete with names and pretty pictures. With a brief description of each flower and its individual needs, as well as the common and botanical name, you should be ready to get creative in your outdoor space. 

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