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Green Flowers for Your Garden

By: Jennifer Howell
Forget four leaf clovers, gardeners that are lucky enough to grow green flowers get out-of-the-ordinary blooms that add charm and interest to the garden all season long.

Different types of Green flowers: Add green flowers like these beauties for an unexpected pop of color in the garden.

Rest your eyes on green flowers

With our increasingly demanding schedules and hectic pace, many of us are in need of a quiet oasis, a place to be still. Let green flowers help. Restful, healing and balanced, the color green can restore the senses. From a color psychology perspective, green is an emotionally positive color, a natural peacemaker. It combines the optimism of yellow and the calming effects of blue.

Because green is so ubiquitous in the garden, it is often taken for granted and may be overlooked as an important tool. When used thoughtfully, green functions with equal success as a backdrop or as a richly varied main stage color.

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Lady's mantle, hosta and coleus plants along a brick walkway: Echoed by the light green of the hosta foliage across the brick path, a row of chartreuse lady's mantle invites you to stroll serenely through this side yard flower bed.

Put green flowers to work

Design strategies with green involve its many shades and textures and the ability to both add structure with foliage and enliven the garden with flowers. On its own or as a supportive companion color, there are many ways green can work for you. As part of a mixed border, green flowers complement bold burgundies or purples, and highlight soft pastels. In a shady bed, chartreuse flowers glow and brighten. Here are 10 green flowers to renew your appreciation of green and its significant role in your garden.

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‘Tequila Lime’ zinnia (Zinnia hybrid)

Type Annual Blooms 3-in. lime-green flowers from early summer to frost Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained soil Size 30 to 36 in. tall, 12 to 15 in. wide

‘Starmaker Deep Lime’ flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata)

Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Star-shaped lime-green flowers from spring to fall Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained soil Size 10 to 12 in. tall, 8 to 10 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis)

Type Perennial Blooms Chartreuse flowers from late spring to early summer Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 10 to 18 in. tall, 18 to 30 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8

Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)

Type Annual Blooms Spires of yellow-green flowers in summer; make great cut flowers Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 18 to 24 in. tall, 9 to 12 in. wide

‘Coconut Lime’ coneflower (Echinacea hybrid)

Type Perennial Blooms Double green pompon centers with white petals Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well drained Size 24 to 30 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA cold zones 3 to 8

Rosanne Green lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum)

Type Annual Blooms Vibrant green ruffled flowers from midsummer to frost Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well drained Size 24 to 32 in. tall, 8 to 10 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10

Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias wulfenii)

Type Perennial Blooms Chartreuse flowers in early to late spring Light Full sun Soil Well-drained to rocky soil, drought-tolerant Size 3 to 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 7 to 11

‘Key Lime’ garden mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Type Perennial Blooms Chartreuse flowers from summer to frost Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 12 to 20 in. tall, 20 to 30 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 6 to 11

‘Lemonjade’ tall sedum (Sedum hybrid)

Type Perennial Blooms 5- to 7-in. panicles of yellow-green flowers in summer, blooms develop a rosy tint in cool temperatures Light Full sun Soil Well-drained to poor Size 16 to 18 in. tall, 26 to 28 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9

Chinese snowball (Viburnum macrocephalum)

Type Shrub Blooms 5- to 8-in. lime-green globe-shaped flowers fade to white in spring Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained, slightly acid Size 10 to 15 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9

‘Tequila Lime’ zinnia (Zinnia hybrid)

Type Annual Blooms 3-in. lime-green flowers from early summer to frost Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained soil Size 30 to 36 in. tall, 12 to 15 in. wide

Rosanne Green lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum)

Type Annual Blooms Vibrant green ruffled flowers from midsummer to frost Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well drained Size 24 to 32 in. tall, 8 to 10 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10

‘Starmaker Deep Lime’ flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata)

Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Star-shaped lime-green flowers from spring to fall Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained soil Size 10 to 12 in. tall, 8 to 10 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11

Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias wulfenii)

Type Perennial Blooms Chartreuse flowers in early to late spring Light Full sun Soil Well-drained to rocky soil, drought-tolerant Size 3 to 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 7 to 11

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis)

Type Perennial Blooms Chartreuse flowers from late spring to early summer Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 10 to 18 in. tall, 18 to 30 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8

‘Key Lime’ garden mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Type Perennial Blooms Chartreuse flowers from summer to frost Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 12 to 20 in. tall, 20 to 30 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 6 to 11

Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)

Type Annual Blooms Spires of yellow-green flowers in summer; make great cut flowers Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 18 to 24 in. tall, 9 to 12 in. wide

‘Lemonjade’ tall sedum (Sedum hybrid)

Type Perennial Blooms 5- to 7-in. panicles of yellow-green flowers in summer, blooms develop a rosy tint in cool temperatures Light Full sun Soil Well-drained to poor Size 16 to 18 in. tall, 26 to 28 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9

‘Coconut Lime’ coneflower (Echinacea hybrid)

Type Perennial Blooms Double green pompon centers with white petals Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well drained Size 24 to 30 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA cold zones 3 to 8

Chinese snowball (Viburnum macrocephalum)

Type Shrub Blooms 5- to 8-in. lime-green globe-shaped flowers fade to white in spring Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained, slightly acid Size 10 to 15 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9

Published: March 16, 2021
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