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10 Beautiful Flowers to Inspire Your Dream Garden

Marvel at gardeners' stunning pictures of beautiful flowers. These breathtaking blooms will have you racing to the garden center to get more plants.

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purple passionflowerCourtesy Joe Bob Hall

Purple Passionflower

“I have been a photographer for decades, focusing my time on the beauty provided by beautiful flowers. I’ve grown to love the purple passionflower for its unique features. My love grew immensely when I discovered this vine growing in the flower garden adjacent to an antique shop. I was able to capture this mature bloom along with a bud soon to open,” says Joe Bob Hall. Check out the top 10 vines for hummingbirds.

Water lilies in San Francisco, CaliforniaCourtesy Leslie Howells

Water Lilies

“I saw these water lilies in San Fransisco, California, one summer. This shot shows some of the life stages of this beautiful flower. This photo is now one of my very favorites,” says Leslie Howells. Check out the top 10 purple flowering plants to grow in your garden.

Hydrangea with a Honey Bee on top.Courtesy Lance Bruce

Hydrangea Blossoms

“Last year, I was taking some test shots with a new lens on a Nikon D500 and happened to stumble across this scene—a hydrangea with a bee. I didn’t really think much of the shot at first, but during processing it came to life and now it’s one of my favorites. Watching nature at work is amazing,” says Lance Bruce. Check out the breathtaking hydrangea species you need in your garden.

Moth orchidCourtesy Tim Smith

Moth Orchid

“I decided my portfolio needed a few beautiful flower photos. With such a pretty moth orchid in full bloom on my porch, the subject choice was easy. The plant was in a pot, so I moved it in front of some nice backyard greenery. This photo is special because the orchid was a gift for my wife. I was pleased with the results,” says Tim Smith. Looking for more garden inspiration? Check out the best container garden ideas.

Persian shield plantsCourtesy Robert Blumenstock

Pretty Purple Foliage

“Persian Shield Plants have wonderful purple foliage that is quite striking. I’ve recently renewed my interest in nature and my passion for photography, which is how I learned about this plant. Aside from being outdoors more, I’m working in the backyard, growing my own wildlife-friendly habitat and pollinator garden, and contributing to various local arboretums and gardens as well as education programs,” says Robert Blumenstock. Here’s how to grow wildflowers for butterflies in your own backyard.

Pink poppyCourtesy Tom Morack

Pink Poppies

“In late spring last year, a friend from a nearby town gave me this beautiful pink poppy. I placed a black poster board behind the flower and took this picture with a Nikon D750,” says Tom Morack. Love pink flowering plants? Discover 10 shrubs with pink flowers.

SunflowerCourtesy Stephanie Schick

Sunny Sunflowers

“Becoming what my friends call a birder, I now have feeders all over my yard. Sometimes unexpected plantings pop up after birds drop morsels under the feeders. This sunflower in the midst of roses was certainly a surprise. Even though it wasn’t supposed to be there, I could not bring myself to pull it. The center’s geometric patterns caught my attention and became my focus,” says Stephanie Schick. Don’t forget about these other classic yellow flowers to grow.

Blanket flowerCourtesy Richard Schnuerer

Beautiful Blanket Flowers

“This image of a blanket flower was taken at the Inniswood Metro Gardens in the city of Westerville, Ohio, where I’m always on the lookout for different hummingbirds, as well as butterflies and other insects. The colors of this bloom really set it apart, and I had to take a lasting image. I hung this photo on my wall, and to this day I still enjoy looking at it,” says Richard Schnuerer. We found 16 long-blooming flowers for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.

Indian paintbrushes and bluebonnetsCourtesy Ted Belling

Indian Paintbrushes and Bluebonnets

“Driving on Highway 81 outside of Duncan, Oklahoma, my wife and I passed wildflowers growing in the median. I parked on the side of the highway, walked over to the median and got down on my knees to take pictures of the Indian paintbrushes and bluebonnets,” says Ted Belling. Check out the best national parks to visit for spring wildflowers.

Night blooming Argentine Giant cactusCourtesy Spencer Fairbanks

Night-Blooming Giant Cactus

“Cactuses bloom here in Arizona each spring, but this night-blooming Argentine giant I saw in Fountain Hills is pretty rare. The great majority of this species’ blooms are white instead of pink. This particular bloom caught my eye one early morning as I was on my way to the store. The flowers stay open for about six hours before wilting in the late morning. I quickly went home to grab my Nikon D750 and 50 mm lens, and I got the shot I wanted!” says Spencer Fairbanks.

Next, check out these easy flowers anyone can grow.

Rachel Maidl
Rachel Maidl is a senior editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. She enjoys bird-watching in her urban backyard and local state parks, gardening for pollinators and researching new plants. Her favorite backyard visitors are the bumblebees that visit her sedums.