While some gardeners will say that all flowers are pretty, there are some flowers that are undeniably more alluring and eye-catching than others. Growing showy types of flowers will result in a colorful and rich garden that can be admired by all who pass by. Many pretty types of flowers can also be harvested for lush, beautiful fresh flower bouquets.
A member of the ginger family, dancing ladies (Globba winitii) is a tropical perennial native to Thailand and Vietnam. Reaching an average height of about 2 feet, dancing ladies boasts long, bright-green lance-shaped leaves accented by cascading blooms that "dance" in the wind. The flowers are available in a range of colors, from white to royal purple or even a bi-colored pink and white. Dancing ladies makes an excellent container plant, and the flowers can be trimmed for long-lasting cut flowers. Dancing ladies does best in USDA zones 8 to 11, in full shade. A fertile, well-draining soil that's enhanced with organic matter is ideal for this nutrient-hungry plant. Water dancing ladies often, keeping the soil consistently damp to the touch.
A member of the mallow family, scarlet hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is a flowering perennial native to the Southern United States. The summer and fall blooming plant has a shrub-like habit, with long green leaves and enormous hibiscus blooms, which may be 8 inches across. The bright red or scarlet blooms of the plant make it a popular ornamental in USDA zones 7 to 11. Scarlet hibiscus should be grown in full sunlight. A wetlands native, scarlet hibiscus does best in soils that are moist or wet, even water logged. The plant will tolerate flooding and is ideal for those who want some color near a pond.
Bearded iris (Iris germanica) is an upright flowering perennial native to Southern Europe and parts of the Mediterranean. The plant reaches a height of several feet, featuring a thick stem and fleshy long green leaves. The flowers of the plant are silky and delicate, and vary in color from white and yellow to blue and yellow or even blackish purple. Bearded iris is low maintenance and grows in a wide range of conditions, thriving in USDA zones 4A to 10A. Bearded iris does best in full sunlight with a little shade in the afternoon. Water the plant frequently until established. The pretty flowers of the bearded iris make long-lasting cut flowers.