Everyone loves flowers, in part because just about any special occasion in your life can be made much better when there are fresh flowers added to the mix.
There’s nothing quite like fresh-cut flowers to tell someone “happy birthday” or “Merry Christmas,” and whether you want to grow them yourself or you just have a deep appreciation for them, it’s good to know there are hundreds of them to choose from.
Many flowers do better when you live in certain parts of the country, while others will look great regardless of where you live. A little online research will help you determine which flowers do best in your part of the world, and if you’re planning to grow them yourself you’ll have to pay close attention to the recommendations regarding where to plant them, how much to feed and water them, and anything else important to be a successful grower.
Flowers are popular for numerous reasons, even when you “mess up” in a relationship and want to find the perfect way to say “I’m sorry”! If you’re looking for the most beautiful flowers on the planet, just know that the 10 listed below are just the tip of the iceberg. There are truly dozens more flowers for you to love and appreciate, but the following flowers are some of the most popular kinds.
A universal sign of love and romance, roses come in more than 100 species and colors and, therefore, can suit everyone’s tastes and preferences. Although red roses are a very popular choice around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, other colors are just as beautiful, especially the white ones, and the infamous Juliet rose, which comes in a pale pink shade that everyone loves.
The timeless elegance of roses makes them a very special flower indeed, and in certain cultures each color signals a different meaning, giving this flower a different type of ambiance. When it comes to flowers, roses will never go out of style, so they are one type of flower you’ll always appreciate.
There are more than 28,000 species of orchids, and they are a very old flower as well. In fact, some experts believe they’ve been here longer than the continents have, making them very old indeed. With the exception of Antarctica, orchids are found in every corner of the globe, and they do especially well in tropical climates.
The blooms of the orchid often grow down to the ground, which gives them a very elegant look. Their colors include violet, orange, pink, white, and red, so regardless of what you’re planning to do with them, they can accommodate you every time and provide you with an instant improvement to your home or office.
When it comes to elegance, nothing beats the tulip. With their long narrow leaves and cupped blooms, tulips have more than 150 species and more than 3,000 varieties for you to choose from. Originating from the Netherlands, you can visit this country today and see field after field of tulips in a wide variety of colors, and you will never get tired of looking at them.
Tulips are a bulb plant and, therefore, do better if your yard experiences a good freeze before winter starts. They come in colors such as red, pink, purple, and bright yellow, and they are not difficult to grow as long as you follow the instructions carefully. If you want to add a little class and ambiance to your home, tulips are what you want.
With 42 species and roughly 20,000 sub-varieties, dahlias truly offer something for everyone. They bloom every year and originated from Central America, where they are still used by some people as food as well as decoration.
Most dahlias are medium-sized flowers, but there is one type – called the “dinner plate dahlia” – that has a diameter of about 10 inches, making them a very impressive flower indeed.
The dahlia is also the national flower of Mexico and has even been used for medicinal purposes by some groups such as the Aztecs, who used the dahlia to help with epilepsy and even used their stems as straws. Common colors for the dahlia include various shades of pink, purple, and red.
5. Cherry Blossoms
If you’re planning to go to Japan in the springtime, you’ll have the privilege of seeing cherry blossoms everywhere.
The only reason they are in the Washington, D.C. area is because they were a gift to that city from the Japanese, which is why this is the only place in the United States that you can find them. With beautiful shades of pink and white, these are stunning flowers that you’ll never forget once you experience them.
In fact, the Japanese consider cherry blossoms to be great flowers to give for just about any purpose, including friendship and of course, love. Seeing these trees lined up along streets and sidewalks is a sight to behold, and you’ll never regret paying the area a visit if it provides you with the privilege of seeing these beautiful flowers.
The King protea, or Protea cynaroides, is the national flower of South Africa and not only is this one of the rarest flowers in existence, but it is also one of the most extraordinary species of sugarbushes.
The protea is also a very large flower, growing up to roughly 12 inches in diameter. It has long pink petals and a furry center, and if you use it in a flower arrangement, it is certain to steal the show.
In Africa, the protea flower represents hope and change, and it looks a lot like a star with its slender blossoms and large center. Currently, the flower is cultivated in more than 20 countries and some of its species include the sickle-leaf sugarbush, large-nut sugarbush, cloud sugarbush, and wagon sugarbush, among others.
7. Passion Flowers
Passion flowers offer more than 400 species to enjoy and are native to Mexico and South America. More often than not, passion flowers come in colors such as blue, purple, or lavender, so they are eye-catching flowers as well. They are very showy flowers and, therefore, always look great in your garden, and their shape and size can actually vary from one species to another.
In addition to petals, some passion flowers have spiky petals as well, so it looks like they have two different layers of blossoms. Most passion flowers have edible fruit two to eight inches long and one to two inches across. Places such as South America, south Florida, South Africa, and the Caribbean use the fruit to make fresh juice to drink. This is indeed one very versatile flower.
Anemones are so named because the word “anemos” means wind, which is also why the flower is sometimes called the windflower. There are roughly 120 species of the anemone flower, and it usually comes in colors that include violet, pink, red, and even white and purple. It is a dainty flower and, therefore, doesn’t do well in a drought, very windy days, or if the ground gets overly wet.
While the blooms are small, the flowers can get up to five feet tall, making them an often regal-looking flower that will automatically enhance the look of your home or office. This is an adorable flower that people love because of its many colors and its unique overall look, making this one flower you’ll never regret purchasing or planting.
Begonias are brightly colored and are, therefore, a favorite for gardeners regardless of where they live. They were first discovered in 1690 in Brazil, and they bloom in spring and complement any garden they’re in. There are also a lot of different types of begonias – more than 1,700 species – so you can easily find one that suits your preferences and tastes.
Begonias even do well if they are kept inside if you water them regularly and keep them near a sunny window. These flowers do not do well if they are consistently kept in the shade because they need a lot of sun to thrive. Begonias are popular flowers and a favorite of almost everyone, and if you choose to grow some yourself you’ll understand why.
10. Stargazer Lilies
The stargazer lily, or lilium stargazer, is an Oriental lily and they are beautiful flowers and so named because of their gorgeous star shape.
If you’re looking for a flower that will fill the entire room with a great aroma, the stargazer lily is the perfect choice. Most stargazer lilies are a rose-pink in color with freckles and a creamy-colored center. The petals are nice and large, making them a very showy flower indeed.
Many of these lilies get up to 36 inches high and can have a spread of 10 to 14 inches wide, so the word “showy” is not far-fetched when talking about these flowers. They are fairly easy to grow and look great in gardens and as cut flowers, so feel free to add them to a bouquet of flowers whenever you like. They are indeed a very versatile flower!