Green Flowers – A Gardener’s Guide


Green Flowers – Yes, they do exist! It may seem to some that green flowers don’t exist.  It’s hard to find them in a garden or see them growing naturally, and so very easy to assume that there aren’t any in this particular color.  Some theorize that this may be because flowers have evolved to have bright colors and scents to attract insects for pollination purposes. That is absolutely true, however not every plant uses a combination.  There are many beautiful varieties that have no discernable scent.  Just as they exist, so too do drab flowers with powerful aromas.  Green flowers tend to fall into the latter category, although the delicate blossoms may be considered more attractive than drab depending on whose looking. Because of the rarity and mysterious appeal of green flowers, interest in them has peaked over recent years.  Many people are using them in combination with more vibrant colors to produce contrast in their gardens or to produce unique looking bouquets and arrangements for the purpose of decoration. Green Flowers – Common Varieties Due to this spiking interest, we’ve put together a list of common green flowers that you may wish to consider planting in your garden or using in an arrangement for gift or home decoration.  Although many of the following are not purely green, they all have at least a significant green pigmentation in the petals that is unmistakable. ·        Lady’s Mantle.  There are over 300 species of lady’s mantle, many of which are popular choices for building rock gardens due to their alpine nature.  The intense green leaves compliment other plants nicely.  It is possible to notice green flowers as well. ·        Dill. Dill is an herb native to Asia that is used to create pickles and flavor other foods.  The plants produce tiny green flowers in clusters atop long stems. ·        Broccoli.  Although you may not consider broccoli when planning a garden, the large green bunches that have caused children nightmares for hundreds of years are actually the flowers of the plant.  Combining broccoli plants with more traditional varieties can create a truly unique look.  The little buds eventually sprout into pale green flowers that look almost greenish-white. ·        Foxglove.  This plant, named for the ease at which its long bell-like flowers can fit over a human finger, comes in a wide variety of colors.  The white blossoms are often tinged with faint green, creating a fresh and attractive appearance. ·        Gladiolus.  Gladiolas are named after the trademark sword of a Roman gladiator, the gladius.  This is due to the sword-like spikes of flowers that grow up from the ground.  The “green meadows” variety has been bred to have green flowers. ·        Day lily.  Day lilies are not truly members of the lily family, but have been named as such due to their appearance.  The flowers open at sunrise and wilt at sunset, often being replaced by a new flower on the same stem the next day.  The “green puff” variety has been bred to have green flowers. ·        Tobacco.  Tobacco plants sport light green flowers that are rather nice to look upon.  You may wish to consider adding a few tobacco plants to your garden for an interesting touch. ·        Zinnia.  The zinnia is a long-stemmed plant that is largely favored by butterflies, making it in turn favored by gardeners who wish to draw greater numbers to their yard.  The “envy” variety has been bred to have green flowers.  This plant can be very beneficial to have in order to boost pollination and health amongst the species in your garden. Gardening with Green Flowers Finding the various breeds of green flowers available can be challenging in some circumstances, but highly rewarding.  If you can manage to put together a garden heavily featuring this rare color, or which uses it to contrast appropriately with other more vibrant colors, you can surprise yourself by creating something that is impossible not to love. A garden center is a good place to start if you’re looking for more information or for specific breeds themselves.  They will more than likely carry at least something that will work, and if not they can at least direct you to where to go.  If you’re hoping to buy fresh-cut green flowers for a bouquet or arrangement, your local florist’s shop is the place to visit. Florists also carry seeds, and are skilled with information regarding techniques use to alter the color of blossoms.  They might be able to set you up with a supplier or at least point you in the right direction for finding rarer green varieties.  By skillfully combining various species in your garden, or by using artistic decorative combinations for inside your home, you can succeed in creating visual spectacles that friends and family alike will enjoy, and that your neighbors will envy. 

Copyright (c) 2008 – Brant Florist

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