Happy St Patrick’s Day! Ireland has had an association with the colour green since the 11th century, and it’s customary to wear a shamrock leaf, green clothing or green accessories on the famous festival day. But, I want to look at how can you celebrate with flowers! Here are 10 unique GREEN blooms!
Gladioli ‘Green Star’
It’s actually true, Gladioli are available in every colour of the rainbow, and this green variety is truly sumptuous. An easy to grow bulb for any sunny border, you can grow your own bouquets with a designer touch!
Dianthus ‘Green Trick’
Like the Sweet William that never opens, this unusual carnation is actually a ball made up of thousands of green feathers! It makes a good garden plant, with a bushy habit and an endless supply of those dreamy florist stems.
The Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)
This Filipino native calls the rainforest home, and the stems can reach an impressive 18 metres in length. But, the wow factor has to be the luminous blue-green flower trusses!
The perfect vintage look rose, ‘Lemonade’ is a cut flower bunching variety with cupped blooms of minty green. Unfortunately not strong enough to grow outdoors as a border type though.
Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose)
Cut stems of various garden shrubs are really in vogue at the moment, and the green blush of this Viburnum just oozes style. An easy shrub for the border, blooms open with this divine green tinge, turning to bridal white, and later falling to make way for the brightest red berries!
This baby sister Amaryllis is a showstopper, thanks to the spidery flowers in the cutest tinge of peppermint. Easier to grow than you may imagine too, and carries an RHS Award of Garden Merit too.
Bells of Ireland (Molucella laevis)
The most perfect flower for St Patrick’s Day, this Bells of Ireland is an easy annual for growing in beds and borders. Furthermore, the intriguing green flowers are a flower arranger’s dream!
Primrose ‘Green Ruffles’
A keen spot during my recent trip to Japan, this ruffled little Primrose was actually un-named, so this is merely my own nickname for the little beauty!
These green spider Chrysanthemums are some of my absolute favourites, but sadly they can’t be grown outside in Europe, as they need daylight manipulation in order to bloom. Darn it!
An interesting little perennial with spring blooms that are actually groups of tiny yellow florets, framed by lime green bracts (coloured leaves). Thrives in woodland areas.