10 Gorgeous Green Flowers for Your Garden
Green isn't just for leaves. Plant these annual and perennial green flowers, and the stunning lime and emerald-hued blooms will steal the show.
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Green Star Gladiola
Gladiolus, Zones 8 to 11
This rising star is ideal for adding tiers of height to your garden. About 10 to 12 of the 3-inch florets along the stem open all at once during their July and August performances. Butterflies are also big fans of these green flowers. Grow Green Star near burgundy, white or purple blooms.
Why we love it: Reaching 4 feet tall, these pastel giants add drama to summer bouquets.
It’s not the color of these nearly 3-inch double and semidouble chartreuse blooms that invokes garden envy—it’s how easy zinnias are to grow. They grow quickly from seed, pop with color all summer long and they make lovely cut flowers. Plus their 2-foot height shades out weeds.
Why we love it: In addition to all the pros of zinnias, they happen to be hummingbird and butterfly magnets.
Little Lime Hydrangea
Hydrangea Paniculata, Zones 4 to 8
Little Lime is a dwarf version of the popular Limelight hydrangea, but it still puts on a big show. Growing between 3 and 5 feet, it makes an attractive border for smaller spaces. Sturdy stems mean this smaller specimen knows how to hold its head up high, refusing to be overshadowed.
Why we love it: The gorgeous pale green flowers change to a pretty pink in the late summer, as it begins to blush when fall is in the air.
Green Gambler Hellebore
Helleborus, Zones 4 to 9
As part of the Winter Thriller series of Lenten rose, the Green Gambler is a sure bet, paying off in long-lasting green flowers. Look for cultivars featuring a burgundy wine silhouette for even more interest. Typically flowering in their second year when starting from seed, plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and flower just when you need them most: winter. Plant in partial or full shade for best results.
Why we love it: It’s an early bloomer, showing its petals in early spring. Perhaps with a little luck, you’ll have green blooms for St. Patrick’s Day.
Lime Green Flowering Tobacco
Nicotiana Alata, Annual
This sun-loving plant has a pleasant aroma and an even more pleasant appearance. Growing about 3 feet high and nearly 2 feet across, it makes your garden glow with 1½-inch starry flowers that bloom from sunny summer right into autumn.
Why we love it: Flowering tobacco smells sweeter by evening and into the night, making your star-studded moon garden even more dreamy.
Consider that this exquisite yellow-green amaryllis produces two stems growing 2 feet high, each with four to six shooting starlike blooms. From large bulb to blossom takes about eight weeks. Plant in a container 2 inches or more wider than the bulb.
Why we love it: It’s easy to grow outdoors in summer and performs well indoors in decorative containers during cold winter months.
Sophistica Lime Green Petunia
Petunia X Hybrida, Annual
Petunias are perhaps the most popular annuals, but these lime green flowers add a special rarity and striking contrast to hanging baskets and potted arrangements. This designer seed produces large 3½-inch flowers with somewhat star-shaped blooms, growing about 10 to 15 inches high and unfurling to an impressive 10 to 12 inches wide.
Why we love it: Petunias tolerate heat and forgetful gardeners, requiring watering only about once a week (but try to check containers daily).
Bells of Ireland
Moluccella Laevis, Annual
These so-called Irish beauties will have your garden ringing with the green. It’s the bell shape that keeps them true to their name. They feature tiny fragrant white flowers that grow in large green calyxes (the protective layers around the petals). The result is striking bloom spikes that bring your garden to new heights from July to September. They perform best in cool weather. Plant in full sun for best results.
Why we love it: If you’re fluent in the language of flowers, then you know that Bells of Ireland are a symbol of good luck.
Green Jewel Coneflower
Echinacea Purpurea, Zones 3 to 9
Coneflowers may not be rare, but green flowering ones? They’re hidden jewels. These easy-to-care-for perennials reach up to 24 inches and grow in large containers as well as garden beds. Their 4-inch blossoms make an appearance all summer and are beautiful cut flowers. While they tolerate partial shade, they also take the heat of full sun.
Why we love it: Fritillary, monarch, painted lady and swallowtail butterflies appreciate the nectar of coneflowers, and the seeds of spent flowers feed hungry blue jays, cardinals and goldfinches.
Green Spirit Tulip
Tulipa, Zones 3 to 8
Creamy ivory petals with striations of lime green turn the heads of tulip lovers when this 2-foot beauty blooms in early spring. Plant bulbs in the fall in full sun or partial shade.
Why we love it: One word: stripes. Everyone knows vertical stripes are the most flattering.
More Green Flowers to Love
- Spring Green celosia (above)
- Green Wizard rudbeckia
- Benary’s Giant Lime zinnia
- Lady’s mantle
- Coconut Lime coneflower
- Lime Sorbet columbine
- Lime Frost daylily