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5+ Unusual Flowers to Grow in the Garden

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Flowers are too overdone with roses, marigolds and impatiens. You might be able to find some new and unusual plants for your garden.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy rare flowers. Not only are they inexpensive, but many of these unusual flowers are also easy to grow.

These are nine lesser-known, but more interesting-looking flowers that you can add to your garden.

Bat Flower

Although the bat flower (Tacca domicilii) is native to the jungle, it can be grown in your garden. This dramatic tropical plant can reach 3 feet in height, so make sure it has a large pot. It will likely need to be replanted every year if it is in a smaller container.

Unusual and Rare Flowers for the Garden
Unusual and Rare Flowers for the Garden

The plant should be kept in shade and planted in soil that is not too wet. The plant is as fond of humidity as it is cold. You might find yourself reaching for your sweater when you are outside.

Snail Vine

The snail vine is easy to germinate and grow. Even beginning gardeners can succeed with it (vigna caracella). The snail vine is a delicate, fragrant and pale-colored flower that has petals that resemble a snail shell.

Place the seeds in a sunny place in average soil and wait six weeks for the delicate, pink flowers to bloom. Your vine will be happier and stronger if it has a hot summer. It can grow up to 25 feet tall if you allow it.

Glorybower

Unique Flowers for amateur Garden
Unique Flowers for amateur Garden

Glorybowers, also known as bagflowers or bleeding-hearts, is a half hardy shrub that can reach 12 feet when the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit in winter (zone 7). The slow-growing plant is able to adapt well to container cultivation in colder areas.

Keep the plant in a container or the ground, and give it at least half a day of sunlight. You might also like vining plants such as clerodendron, or the bleeding heart vine.

Guinea Hen Flowers

There are many interesting and uncommon specimens in the Fritillaria genus, but none as fascinating as the Fritillaria meleagris. These flowers are native to Europe’s grassy meadows, but they haven’t gained the same popularity as other spring bulbs.

These flowers are known for their low-slung blooms, which when pollinated become upright. Zones 3-8 are the best zones for Guinea hens. These tiny flowers can be grown at the border for a closer look or to force the bulbs indoors.

Unique Flower Planters That Will Beautify Your Garden
Unique Flower Planters That Will Beautify Your Garden

Hoya

The hoya plant is also known as a “wax plant” and lives in an epiphytic environment, nestled in a bark crevice or tree branch. It is a tropical flower with delicate fragrance that requires little maintenance.

The hoya plant, which grows in small, ball-shaped clusters and can be trained to become a vine, can grow between 2 and 4 inches. Your hoya plant will need a well-draining soil mixture, such as an orchid potting blend, and you should mist it regularly. Hoyas love a protected spot that doesn’t get below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Gold Finger

Bright, tubular-shaped flowers such as the gold finger (Juanulloa ausrantiaca) are a favorite among hummingbirds. This tropical plant can bloom all year in frost-free areas provided it gets enough light. Gold fingers will go dormant if there isn’t enough light. The plant can be grown as a small vine, or as a shrub. It will reach a size of 4 feet by 4 inches.

Lady’s Slipper

It is easy to see why lady’s slipper attracts plant collectors around the world. These plants look like orchids but are hardy in zone 4 and can thrive in shade gardens. Gardeners should be responsible for adding endangered Cypripediums to their gardens. They should also ensure that they only purchase Cypripediums from nurseries and not wild ones.

These woodland plants need moisture, dappled sun, and an unshaded location. The only thing a fertilizer lady needs is humus, which can be made from soil decay. Chemical fertilizers may cause plant death.

Red Button Ginger

Red button ginger (Costus woodsonii), like many tropical plants, thrives in bright sunlight. They can grow to as high as 4 feet in the ground and up to half the height when grown as containers. The unusual yellow flowers that emerge from the red cones are edible if they can be picked.

Red button ginger is a tropical tree, but it can bounce back from light frosts. Even after hard freezing, it can grow back from its roots. The bright red-orange, waxy flowers make it a beautiful addition to any yard or container garden.

Sensitive plants

This sensitive plant, also known as the humble or Mimosa pudica, is a fascinating one. It responds to touch and amazes both children and adults. Seismonastic movements is the scientific name for this plants’ extraordinary reaction to touch. The plant’s drooping when you stroke it with your finger doesn’t seem subtle. People once believed that the Mimosa pudica had animal-like nerves or muscles.

Although the sensitive plant can be grown in containers up to 1 foot high, it is an invasive weed in many parts of the country. It is best not to plant it in a place where it can spread and intrude on the native plant’s territory. The plant will eventually produce small, pink flowers as it matures. Sensitive plants thrive in sunny areas with temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

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