More commonly thought of as the color of the foliage surrounding a beautiful bloom, a selection of unique flowers grow in green and can add some variety to your garden.

If you are looking to add some intrigue, try growing Bells of Ireland or adding Hellebores to your backyard. To learn more about sun and soil needs as well as a growing tip, scroll through our guide.

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Hellebores Helleborus

Helleborus is a perennial with leathery leaves that protect a circle of tiny stamen-like petals. They have a long blooming period, lasting anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks and ranging in color from white to purple.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

Do not plant these too deeply. Make sure the crown is only just covered by soil.

Rosa

With over 2,000 varieties and hundreds of years of cultivation, the rose has an extensive family and a long history. Old roses, which are classified as existing prior to the 1867 tea rose, generally have more fragrance, more complicated blooms and greater disease resistance. Modern roses offer an endless color selection and all-season blooms.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 11

Flower Tip

Plant roses in an area where they will receive at least 5 hours of sun a day.

Dianthus caryophyllus

Carnations are popular for the spectrum of colors they come in. They grow full blooms of serrated petals on a long, narrow stalk.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Remove spent flowers promptly to encourage continued blooming.

Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum

Commonly referred to as Mums, Chrysanthemums are a classic addition to a fall garden. There are hundreds of varieties that give you choices between color, height, flower size and even time of bloom.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Pinching is the most important care technique for Mums. It entails removing the main steam which forces the plant to grow two new stems.

Cymbidium Orchid Cymbidium

Cymbidium Orchids are loved for their long-lasting bloom and the fantastic range of color. They blossom in winter and can have up to 15 or more flowers per stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 10

Flower Tip

Orchids are generally more difficult to care for. The Cymbidium Orchid is said to be one of the easier varieties. It should still be protected from strong mid-day sun and freezing temperatures.

Daylily Hemerocallis

Daylilies grow easily and spread quickly despite their delicate appearance. Their trumpet-shape bloom grows on top of a tall, leafless stem. They can be found in many different colors as there are tens of thousands of hybrids in existence

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

If you remove wilted flowers, the bloom time can be long even though each individual flower only lasts for one day.

Zinnia Zinnia elegans

Zinnias have a bright, daisy-like heads on a tall, slender stem. They grow up to 3 feet and bloom annually.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

These flowers are relatively easy to grow. Remove faded blooms to ensure continued flowering and fertilize lightly.

Gladiolus Gladiolus hortulanus

This perennial favorite grows beautiful, showy flowers. Growing up to 6 feet high in a multitude of color, Gladiolus make a great cut flower.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

6 - 10

Flower Tip

Dig the flowers up before the first from and store them through winter. Be sure to keep them from freezing.

Dianthus Dianthus

Belonging to the same family as carnations, Dianthus are colorful, hardy annuals. They emit a spicy fragrance and can most frequently be found in hues of pink, purple and white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Plant Dianthus in a spot where it will receive at least 6 hours of sun. They also should be fertilized every 6 to 8 weeks.

Bells of Ireland Moluccela Laevis

Bells of Ireland is an annual grown for its tall, dark green stems covered thickly by lighter bell-shaped leaves. Small flowers bloom but are mostly hidden by the lush leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

These cool weather plants do not transplant well. Keep soil moist and fertilized.

Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla

These big, sky blue blooms will definitely brighten up your garden. They have large heads composed of many smaller flowers.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 9

Flower Tip

Increasing the acidity of the soil with help your hydrangeas turn a clearer blue

Hypericum Berries Hypericum androsaemum

Hypericum, commonly called St. John's Wort, grows between 1-3 feet tall and has large oval leaves with clustered flowers. Hypericum Berries are commonly used in flower arrangements both before they ripen and once they turn deep red.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 8

Flower Tip

Roots often survive winter and will send up new shoots in spring even if the plant dies above ground.

Calla Lily Zantedeschia

Calla Lilies are very popular for their elegant bell shape both in gardens and as cut flowers. They grow well outdoors and as houseplants.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Typically planted after the threat of frost, Calla Lilies should be planted deep and watered well. Aside from regular watering and fertilizer they are fairly low-maintenance.

Spider Mum Dendranthema grandiflorum

Noted for their long, narrow petals that cover the entire flower head, Spider Mums are spring blooms that come in many different colors. The drooping petals resemble spider legs which is where it got its name.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Spider Mums like slightly acidic soul. Adding peat to more neutral soil will help with growth.

Dahlia Dahlia

Dahlias are colorful flowers with many spiky petal which form their large, round heads. They range in color and size.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Dahlias struggle in cold soil. Wait until the ground temperature reaches 60 degrees.

Cockscomb Celosia

Cockscomb comes either in striking upward spires or crested with a fascinating twisted form. Either variety will provide a showy pop of color.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

2 - 11

Flower Tip

Spider mites can be a problem if the weather gets too hot.

Lady's Slipper Orchid Cypripedium

This little orchid only has two leaves that branch out from the central stem. The unique flower looks much like a lady's slipper, closed tightly with a small opening.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 7

Flower Tip

Some species are endangered which is why collecting and transplanting from the wild is strongly discouraged. Soil should be kept moist to mimic the shady woodlands they grow in natively.

Scabiosa Scabiosa

Also known as pincushion flowers, Scabiosa is an interesting flower with a pincushion-like center and an outer layer of petals.This summer bloomer can be found most often in shades of blue, white and purple.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 7

Flower Tip

In order to keep the plant flowering, you must remove withering blooms.


Photo Credit: Rose via anne beaumont, Carnation via The Bex, Daylily via Fungus Guy, Zinnia via Swallowtail Garden Seeds, Bells of Ireland via Magnus Manske, Cockscomb via Rameshng, Lady’s Slipper Orchid via Björn S….