16 Plants with Green Flowers for Unique Garden Designs

Close up of Nicotiana lime green flowers.
My Garden Life
March 4, 2024
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By Judy Stout

When there is already an abundance of green tones in the natural landscape you might ask yourself, “why would I want to add even more green?” To answer that, here are some reasons you might want to add green flowers to your garden scheme followed by a list of green flower suggestions to get you started!

Why to Grow Green Flowers

  • Many of the plants with green flowers produce blooms that can be described as “neon” or “chartreuse” in color. These vibrant shades stand out among different flower colors and they’re quite visible against a backdrop of deeper shades of green in the landscape or plants with purple or burgundy foliage.
  • Green is a calming color that lends a refreshing, cooling feeling to a space in the heat of summer when a mass of bright color may feel overwhelming.
  • Green flowers are a fun change of pace from the typical flower colors you might use year after year. They’re one of the least common flower colors and add uniqueness and novelty to a garden. Incorporating just one or two plants are sure to make great conversation starters!
  • Green flowers often attract some of the lesser discussed pollinators such as beetles, moths, and flies. They may not be as flashy as butterflies, but they can be beautiful and interesting in their own unique ways, and they make essential contributions to flower pollination throughout the plant world.

16 Plants with Green Flowers for Your Garden

If you’re still not convinced that plants with green flowers have a place in your garden design, have a look at the following list of plants. Not only do these produce green flowers, but many offer unusual flower forms that will appeal to anyone who wants to create a show-stopping flower garden with unique features.

1. Euphorbia (Euphorbia characias subsp. Wulfenii)

The genus Euphorbia encompasses some of the most varied species of the plant world; from poinsettias to cacti-like succulents, to the array of ornamental species that have become popular for home landscapes. All are easy to grow and offer unique flowers and foliage features.

A lush planting of Euphorbia characias 'Wulfenii' with spikes of chartreuse green flowers.

2. Green Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum species)

Green chrysanthemums are a naturally occurring color and they are available in spider and pompon types. Use them in the garden or as a focal point in a mixed container, just as you would other colors of mums. Green flowers offer great contrast for fall décor when paired with orange or white squash and pumpkins and darker mum colors such as those with orange, purple, or burgundy blooms.

Close up of two green pompon type chrysanthemum flowers.

3. Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ (Nicotiana alata)

Nicotiana, or also known as flowering tobacco, may have a delicate appearance but it’s a rugged performer that can stand up to full sun and hot conditions. The green flowers are lightly scented bringing fragrance to the garden.

Close up of the lime green flowers of a nicotiana plant.

4. Green Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

Green zinnias offer a fresh twist on this long-standing garden favorite.  Look for varieties such as ‘Green Envy’, ‘Queen Lime’ and ‘Tequila Lime’ that are readily available and easy to start from seed.

Close up of a green zinnia flower.

5. ‘Green Jewel’ Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

The ‘Green Jewel’ coneflower provides all the robust features you expect from a coneflower but with flower petals in a soft, lime-green tone. Coneflowers tolerate hot, dry conditions and are deer resistant.

Close up of the lime green flowers of 'Green Jewel' coneflower.

6. ‘Green Twister’ Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

‘Green Twister’ coneflower produces an abundance of flowers with magenta centers that blend out into brilliant lime-green petals. It’s a beautiful and unique green flower combination that is sure to grab attention! Plants bloom from late summer right through fall and are a favorite of butterflies and other beneficial pollinators.

Close up of the green and magenta flowers of 'Green Twister' coneflower.

7. Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)

Bells of Ireland is one of the best plants for adding vertical interest to a flower garden. The green flowers are produced on tall sturdy spikes with each bloom surrounded by a cup-shaped calyx that results in a combination that resembles a bell. This plant is a must-have for anyone planning a cutting garden as the stems are long-lasting and add great height to cut flower arrangements.

Tall spires of green flowers of the Bells of Ireland plant - Moluccella laevis.

8. ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)

The hardy hydrangea ‘Limelight’ produces dense flower clusters that emerge a vibrant lime-green and gradually transition to pink tones as they mature. The flower clusters are long-lasting making this one of the most popular flowering shrubs for home landscaping.

Lush lime green flower clusters of a hydrangea 'Limelight' shrub.

9. ‘Green Ball’ Dianthus (Dianthus barbatus)

‘Green Ball’ dianthus is possibly the most unusual variation on a species that is commonly known as “Sweet William”. This plant is a favorite of florists as the “fuzzy” green flower balls are long-lasting in cut arrangements. If uniqueness is what you are seeking, this is one you’re sure to want to add to your flower garden.

Close up of the unusual green ball flowers of the 'Green Ball' dianthus.

10. Hellebore (Helleborus species)

Hellebore, commonly known as “Lenten” or “Christmas rose”, has been steadily gaining in popularity through the years. Ongoing hybridization efforts continue to result in a dazzling range of color combinations and gardeners love this plant’s tolerance to shade, cold, and resistance to deer. The flowers are quite small and located in the center of colorful, petal-like bracts. The evergreen foliage is a welcome sight in winter as well as the flowers that appear as early as December, even in Northern regions.

Close up of the bloom of a green flowered Hellebore plant.

11. Pineapple lily (Eucomis species)

If a tropical flair is your favorite garden theme, then you’ll want to include a few pineapple lilies in your garden design. The long, thick foliage and tall flower clusters create an exotic combination that is sure to become a focal point of your garden. The green flowers are a magnet for bees and butterflies!

Close up of a flower stalk on a pineapple lily - Eucomis.

12. Gladiolus (Gladiolus species)

The name gladiolus is derived from the Latin word meaning “sword” and it reflects the erect, sword-like appearance of this plant’s foliage. The flowers appear on tall stalks held just above the leaves providing a stunning, vertical display of color that extends your flower garden up to eye level.

Close up of a green gladiolus flower stem.

13. Viridiflora Tulips (Tulipa viridiflora)

Viridiflora tulips come in a variety of color combinations but what they have in common is an abundance of green running through the petals. The species name is a combination of the Latin word “viridis” for green and “flos” which means flower. While there are some varieties with pure green petals, such as ‘Green King’, varieties with a touch of color are popular as well.  ‘Spring Green’ is a white and green combination and ‘China Town’ is a blend of soft pink and green petals.

A large clump of Tulipa viridiflora 'Spring Green' with the green and white flowers in full bloom.

14. Angelica (Angelica archangelica)

Angelica has long been a popular plant for herbal uses, but it’s tall stems topped with rounded umbels of whitish-green flowers also make it a stunning ornamental plant for a flower border. Anglelica’s impressive height literally takes a flower garden next-level by bringing blooms to eye level where they can more easily be enjoyed.

A tall stem with multiple green flower umbels on an angelica plant.

15. Supertunia® Picasso in Purple® (Petunia hybrid)

One of the most unusual petunia color combinations available, Supertunia® Picasso in Purple® from Proven Winners® produces purple petunia flowers rimmed in chartreuse green. This heat tolerant selection looks great in hanging baskets and pots and blooms all summer long!

A container potted with a lush Supertunia® Picasso in Purple® plant covered with purple and green bicolor flowers.

16. Green Cockscomb (Celosia cristata)

The unusual flower form of the cockscomb celosia becomes even more unique when it’s lime-green in color. Like all colors of celosia the flower heads are incredibly long-lasting in the garden or in a cut flower arrangement. 

A close up of red, green, and orange cockscomb flowers - Celosia cristata.

More Ways to Create a Unique Flower Garden

If you love experimenting with unique flower forms and colors, then you should try adding blue flowers to your garden designs. Discover which blue-flowered plants are best suited for your landscape in our list of 54 Plants with True Blue Flowers.

A beautiful clump of anemone blanda - blue Grecian windflower.


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