I have a special affinity for blooms in shades of green, probably because they’re not particularly common in the flower world. In general, flowers need to be brightly-colored or a brilliant white that distinguishes itself from the surrounding foliage, in order to draw in pollinators and ensure fertilization. So green-flowered plants are a little rare, but just about always worth seeking out. This year, I bought a new hippeastrum bulb (also known as “amaryllis”, these bulbs can be planted outside in Florida and are a great investment here) called ‘Evergreen’. It began blooming last week, pale green stars on tall sturdy stems.
With a stack of seed catalogs on my desk, I was inspired to start leafing through, looking for other green blooms to add to my garden. Here are a few of my favorites:
Not all of these will grow well in Florida’s difficult climate, but I’m thinking of trying out Envy Zinnia and Green Wizard Rudbeckia this year. What about you – what green flowers do you love to grow? Tell us in the comments below, or check out this Birds & Blooms list for more inspiration.