How to Identify Flowers in a Garden


While some flowers such as roses are easy to identify, there are others that offer visual interest and appeal in a garden, but a homeowner will fail to recognize or identify them. This is especially true if the flowers were gifted and not purchased, or planted by the previous homeowner. Identifying flowers is essential in order for you to take care of them according to their individual needs, so they can thrive and flourish. Fortunately, identifying flowers is not as hard as one would think. Learn what type of flower is growing in your garden with the follow guidelines.

How to Identify Flowers in a Garden

Step 1

Understand that flowers are basically identified by two main characteristics- the shape of the petals and their hue or color. Purchase a helpful resource from a bookstore, or search for it online. It should contain flower types and descriptions, with detailed pictures on perennials, annuals and biennials. Refer to this resource when you study a flower so you can identify it easily.

Step 2

Note the color of petals. Some flowers come in a single color, while others have specs of different colors. There are also flowers that have a yellow centre, such as daisy, that has long white petals that join a yellow center. Notice the shape of the flowers and petals. Some flowers are bell shaped, while others are trumpet-shaped, star shaped or tubular. Petals can either be straight, like the sunflowers, or curly, like that of a lime.

Step 3

Consider the size of the flowers. Some are very large, such as the sunflower, while others such as flax and jasmine are small. Also study the number of petals on each flower. Some flowers have only one large petal, like lilies, while others have many petals around one another, such as roses or carnations. Some stems may have a single flower, while others such as hydrangeas have several clusters of flowers growing together.

Step 4

Touch the petals to determine the texture. Some are very smooth, such as roses, while others are grainy or waxy, such as ginger flowers. Consider the shape of the petals.

Step 5

Review the form of the flower. Notice how the flower bloom rests on the stem. Observe whether the bloom is directly over the stem, like a rose or tulip, or perched over shorter stems that connect to the mains tem, such as orchids or delphinium. The flower may be a bulb if it rises directly out from the ground.

Step 6

Collect all your observations about a particular flower in a garden and refer to your resource to identify it appropriately. You can also take it to your local garden center or nursery and ask a professional to identify it for you, after providing the detailed information.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Different flowers


  • Flower Shapes
  • The Flowers
  • Types of Flowers
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