20 Green Flowers to Give Your Garden Humble Beauty
Green may not be associated with flowers, but green flowers have their own unique beauty. Having green shades makes them look more humble than other bright flowers.
However, they provide sheer elegance and relaxing tones. Green flowers are also ideal as neutral gifts. Here are 20 flowers with green varieties you can plant at home.
1. Dianthus (Dianthus)
Dianthus flowers are mostly pink or lilac, and green blooms are rare. They have layered petals that emit spicy fragrance. Green dianthus is a perfect companion for summer bouquet. The flowers can be combined with more brightly-colored blooms.
2. Bells of Ireland (Moluccela laevis)
The actual Bells of Ireland flowers are white and small, but they are hidden in rows of sepals that form a flower-like shape. They are annual plants that can be removed after blooming season. Bells of Ireland cannot tolerate hot, dry, and humid climate, and heavy rain can make them “fall”.
3. Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ (Hydrangea paniculata)
Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ changes color from light green to white and pink in summer. The Limelight variety has good bloom distribution with prominent round blooms. They are perfect as fence plants, border plants, or cut flowers.
4. Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa)
Pincushion flowers love full sun, organic soil, and temperate climate. They have a wide range of colors, perfect for decorating plant beds or borders. Pincushion flowers have annual and perennial varieties. They can invite butterflies to your garden.
5. Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium)
Lady’s Slipper orchids have a unique oval shape with small “wings” and one large petal. The dainty appearance is perfect when paired with brighter flowers. These orchids are among the easiest to care. They love full sun with partial shade and hate extreme heat or cold.
6. Dahlia (Dahlia)
Green is a rare color for dahlias, but this humble color looks elegant on the flowers’ many-layered petals. Most dahlias are annual plants, which bloom in spring and summer before becoming dormant in winter. Green dahlias are great as an appreciation gift.
7. Spider Mum (Dendranthema grandiflorum)
Spider Mums got their names from long buds that bloom into thin, long, layered petals. When in full bloom, these green flowers are great as arrangement centerpieces. They thrive on acidic soil, under full sun or partial shade.
8. Calla Lily ‘Green Goddess’ (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
The Green Goddess is Calla lily variety that has cream-green colors on its “petals” (modified leaves in reality). They bloom from late spring to early fall, creating an elegant display. Calla lily Green Goddess is ideal as border or pond plants. They can be planted after the last frost disappears.
9. Hypericum Berries (Hypericum androsaemum)
Popular with the name St. John’s Wort, the plants don’t have actual flowers. The “flowers” are unripe berries that have a bright green color, which will later turn red. Unripe Hypericum berries are great as accents in an arrangement.
10. Gladiolus ‘Green Star’ (Gladiolus hortulanus)
Gladiolus ‘Green Star’ has elegantly ruffled petals with lime green color. The color is smooth, without any specks or markings. They bloom from March to May and perfect as cut flowers. The Green Star is quite hardy and can still handle mild winter, but not frost-tolerant.
11. Zinnia ‘Envy’ (Zinnia elegans)
The ‘Envy’ variety of zinnias has either semi or fully double blooms, with soft lime green color. Zinnias last the longest among many summer flowers, until a rainy season or frost comes. The flowers are great as the centerpiece in an arrangement.
12. Daylily ‘Green Mystique’ (Hemerocallis)
Daylily ‘Green Mystique’ has creamy white petals with soft green edges. The flower blooms in the mid and late summer. The evergreen variant does not go dormant during fall and winter, but it is less frost-tolerant than the dormant type.
13. Cymbidium Orchid ‘Green Overnight’ (Cymbidium)
Green Overnight is the green variant of Cymbidium orchids. The flowers are small and delicate, perfect to accentuate an arrangement. One stalk can have six to ten small flowers. The flowers represent elegant grace and beauty, and look perfect with white flowers like hydrangea.
14. Chrysanthemum ‘Mist’ (Chrysanthemum)
Chrysanthemum has ‘Mist’ varieties that consist of several green flowers, such as Green Mist, Lime Green Mist, and Star Mist. Some flowers have a full green color, while others have white petals with green centers. These green flowers are perfect as bouquets or planter gifts, representing well wishes.
15. Green Hellebore (Helleborus viridis)
Green Hellebore is a perennial European plant that blooms from early spring to April. The flowers can grow on chalk-based soil and limestone. Some flowers have hairy leaves. The large petals create early visual treats in the spring garden.
16. Green Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Green carnations were once famous as the “symbol” of Oscar Wilde. Now, they are available as fresh spring flowers. Green carnations are also traditional symbols of St. Patrick’s Day, and are often visible in the celebrations. They grow on slightly alkaline soil, with full sun.
17. Flowering Tobacco ‘Antique Lime’ (Nicotiana)
Antique Lime is the green variant of flowering tobacco. The flowers are slightly smaller than the pink or white variants. Antique Lime has fuzzy, fragrant flowers that attract hummingbirds. Antique Lime plants are perfect for cottage gardens.
18. Cockscomb (Cleosia cristata)
Cockscomb has a unique look that makes it perfect as arrangement part. The green one looks great when combined with star-shaped or wide-petaled flowers. Cockscombs are hardy plants, and you can grow them indoor or outdoor. The unique shape symbolizes humor, light-hearted nature, and friendship.
19. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
Green daisies have similar characteristics to their common relatives. They are cheery summer plants that grow in planters or on gardens. Green daisies look great when paired with daisies of different colors, such as red and white. You can give them as friendship gifts or well wishes.
20. Green Rose (Rosa chinensis viridiflora)
Green rose is the ancient variety of roses that we know now. These roses have fewer petals, which are actually sepals. Unlike modern roses, green roses are hardier and require almost no care. They are great as bouquet fillers among larger, more colorful blooms.
Green flowers are rare and humble at the same time. These qualities are what you need to create unique garden visuals or floral arrangements.