What was once green can bloom into bright and dazzling colorful flowers. And while all types of blossoms can boast their exciting beauty, the usual sunflowers, roses, and lilies are completely overdone these days when it comes to flower gardens. And if you want yours to have more value and stand out from the crowd, why not branching out and adding some of the unique flowers in your garden? Not sure which one you should go for? Not to worry!
We’ve got you covered! Below, we’ve listed some of the most unusual blooms yet gorgeous that will definitely set your flower area apart from your neighbors’ garden.
1. Bird of Paradise
The Bird of Paradise is not only two-toned but also has a distinctive shape. Strelitzia reginae, the scientific name of the flower, is a tropical plant native to South Africa. It grows in the wilderness, where it can benefit from humid and warm conditions.
It usually grows in warmer zones with bright sunlight or partial shadow in fertile soil. Therefore, Northerners will have to cultivate it as an annual plant.
2. Snail Vine
The snail vine, also known as the corkscrew vine (vigna caracalla), is easy to grow and cultivate, and even a gardening novice will succeed with this fabulous fuchsia-colored flower. Lightly scented, this unique flower has petals that spiral like a snail shell.
You can simply plant the snail vine seeds in medium soil under a sunny spot, and you will see the first sprouts after about 6 weeks. The hotter your summer is, the more lovely the flower will be.
3. Himalayan Poppy
Similar to a gorgeous sky-blue umbrella, with a fuzzy yellow in the middle, the plants can stand more than 24 inches tall. Cultivate the flowers in USDA Hardiness zones 5 to 7, under some shade, and in soil that drains well but can be kept uniformly moist.
These are a bit more difficult to grow than the two previous blooms, but if you manage to keep a little moisture around their roots, you will get wonderful poppies.
4. Silk Tree
Native to Asia, the Albizia julibrissin, better known as the silk tree, has an exotic look suitable for zones 6 to 9. They grow to a height of 20 to 35 feet, and their delightful, silky flowers have a delicate aroma. On top of this, the fern-like leaves are often pleasantly dark.
They enjoy growing under full to partial sunlight.
5. Crown Imperial
Fritillaria imperialis Rubra or Orange Crown Imperial is a spring bulb flower that can measure up to 1 meter high. Multiple bell-like orange flowers that form a “crown” at the top of the plant’s stem are the most one-of-a-kind and attractive spring bulb flowers, and the only drawback is that they stink a little. The six white, circular, shiny dots under each flower further add to their uniqueness.
Best adapted to the agricultural zones 5 to 8, this flower should be placed in full exposure to the sun and in well-drained ground.
6. Secret Lust Coneflower
Secret Lust or Echinacea Secret Lust is not really true to its popular name of “coneflower”. Instead of displaying a cone in the center of the flower, it has a puffy “hairstyle” of small petals. Gardeners who have an eye for details will also notice that the flower changes color twice during its growth, from dark orange to reddish pink. The plant reaches approximately one meter in height.
Secret Lust will flower marvelously in zones 3 to 8 in full sun exposure and well-drained soil.
You are now good to go to make your flower garden different from the most common ones. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and let us know how your garden with the unique flowers turned out.