My name is Charlona, and I garden in Houston. I love all kinds of flowers and try to garden for as many pollinators and their caterpillars as possible. I was looking at some of my photos and started noticing all the amazing different shapes of the flowers. So I thought I would share with GPOD some different types of flowers from my garden.
Cat’s whiskers (Orthospiphon aristatus, ZoneS 9–11) has gorgeous white flowers, and is also widely grown as a source of medicinal tea in Asia.
Crossandra infundibuliformis (Zones 10–11 or as an annual) is a long-blooming tropical that produces these bright yellow flowers most of the growing season.
Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ (Zones 9–11 or as an annual) produces many of these little clusters of brilliantly colored blooms, which are wonderful in the garden and equally great in fresh or dried flower arrangements.
Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Zones 8–11) has some of the most brilliantly colored flowers out there and thrives in hot climates, growing either as a small shrub or dying back to the ground and then coming back from the roots in the colder end of its range.
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