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Fancy Flower Names

By Michelle Wishhart ; Updated September 21, 2017
A large Chinese hibiscus in bloom.

Gardening with flowering plants is an enjoyable pastime that yields colorful blooms that can be admired for a season or more. Not all gardeners are satisfied with simple or common flowers such as the sunflower or daisy. They prefer fancy, more unusual blooms. There are a number of fancy flowers that can be cultivated with ease in the home garden.

Angel Trumpet

A member of the nightshade family, angel trumpet (Brugmansia suaveolens) is a flowering shrub or small tree that reaches an average height of between 6 and 15 feet. A native of Brazil, angel trumpet boasts long green leaves and tubular, downward-facing blooms. Colors range from creamy yellow to white or even pink depending on the cultivar.The shrub is a favorite specimen or container plant and looks lovely on a porch or patio. Angel trumpet is best suited for USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 12, planted in full sunlight. The plant will tolerate partial shade, but this could prohibit flowering. Angel trumpet requires a well-draining soil that is watered frequently. Along with other members of the nightshade family, angel trumpet is highly poisonous and should never be ingested.

Moth Orchid

Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis x) is a delicate perennial orchid that might only grow to be 6 inches high. The plant is commonly grown as a house plant, though it can also be grown outdoors in zones 10B to 11A. The orchid boasts a column of waxy, open-faced flowers, which may be in shades ranging from pink to lavender, red, yellow or white. Moth orchid does best in shade or dappled sun in a well-drained, neutral loam. The plant should be watered frequently enough to keep the soil moist. When growing moth orchid indoors, be sure to give the plant proper ventilation by turning on a low-power ceiling fan or leaving the windows cracked to draw in a slight breeze.

Chinese Hibiscus

Popular with both butterflies and birds, Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis) is a showy hibiscus species that can reach heights of 15 feet. A native of southern Asia, the tropical shrub produces large, silky blooms in a range of warm colors, notably hot pink or deep red. The plant does best in full sun in zones 9 and 10. In hot enough climates, Chinese hibiscus will flower in flushes almost all year long. The plant should be grown in a fertile, slightly acidic soil and watered frequently. Chinese hibiscus can be grown in a container, where it will reach a more diminutive size.


About the Author


Michelle Wishhart is a writer based in Portland, Ore. She has been writing professionally since 2005, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for City on a Hill Press, an alternative weekly newspaper in Santa Cruz, Calif. An avid gardener, Wishhart worked as a Wholesale Nursery Grower at Encinal Nursery for two years. Wishhart holds a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts and English literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.