Flowers – Grevillea Collection

Grevillea, commonly known as spider flowers, is a genus of about 360 species of evergreen flowering plants in the family Proteaceae. Grevillea is very fast growing and can live 50 to 65 years. This evergreen has a rugged look. It can grow to be over 100 feet tall, but most mature trees are around 50 to 80 feet. Captured these flowers in Santa Monica, California.

Grevillea Collection

Flowers – Colorful Hydrangea

Blooming in spring and summer, the Hydrangea is considered a shrub. But despite their ability to be rather large showstoppers in your yard, how to grow hydrangeas isn’t a question even the novice gardener will need to ask – these beauties all but grow themselves. Reaching up to 15 feet in height, the hydrangea grows quickly and often fills in a space in just one summer. Captured these flowers in Hickory, North Carolina.

Hydrangea
Colors of the Hydrangea

Flowers – Lantana Fantasy

Lantana are fragrant natives of tropical regions in the Americas and Africa. These broadleaf evergreen shrubs are drought-hardy in landscapes and cold-hardy to slightly below freezing, so they can be grown as perennials in Florida and other warm regions. Found these flowers in Santa Monica, California.

Lantana Fantasy

Flowers – Bougainvillea Flowers Not What They Seem

The blooms of Bougainvillea aren’t actually blooms at all. The showy paper-like structures are a modified leaf called a bract. These bracts hide the actual flowers inside, which are small and trumpet-shaped in whites and yellows. The showy bracts are typically found on new growth, with the showiest display following their winter dormancy. Captured in Santa Monica, California.

Close up of a Red Bougainvillea Flower
Pink Shade Bougainvillea

Flowers – Beauty of Bougainvillea

A tropical vine with lots of color, Bougainvillea plants are tough as nails, which includes their nail-like thorns. These plants put on a spectacular show of color in spring on their fresh new growth. Bougainvillea is native to Central and South America and commonly cultivated in South Florida, Arizona, South Texas and Southern California. Here is a collection from Santa Monica, California.

Beauty of Bougainvillea

Flowers – Artichoke

Artichokes are such interesting things. While we consider the artichoke a vegetable, even though it’s a thistle and more specifically, the part that we eat (and that most people ever see in the store) is actually a flower bud — and sometimes called a head. Artichoke plants produce stunning purple flowers that are great for attracting bees and other beneficial insects to your garden. Found this artichoke in Santa Monica, California.

Flowering Artichoke

Flowers – Grevillea

Grevillea, commonly known as spider flowers, is a genus of about 360 species of evergreen flowering plants in the family Proteaceae. The flowers are zygomorphic and typically arranged in pairs along a sometimes branched raceme at the ends of branchlets. Captured these in Santa Monica, California.

Grevillea Superb
Grevillea Colors

Flowers – Fortnight Lily

The Fortnight lily goes by many names, including African iris, butterfly iris, Wood iris, and scientifically Dietes iridioides. The name Fortnight lily is based on the blooming cycle of the flowers, where new blooms come up approximately every two weeks. Spotted in Santa Monica, California.

Fortnight Lily

Flowers – Hibiscus

The hibiscus is a member of the mallow family which has nearly 300 species including trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. The beautiful, exotic-looking flowers are short-lived, typically blooming for only one day. Once finished blooming, the flower will close up and drop off. There is also a shell-like structure supporting the flower. This too withers and drops a few days after the flower fades. Here are images of white and red hibiscus flowers spotted in Santa Monica, California.

Hibiscus
Hibiscus Red

Flowers – Hosta Lily Waiting to Bloom

The most popular of all plants for shade, Hostas are prized for their marvelous foliage. The thin spikes of lavender or white, trumpet-shaped flowers that appear for several weeks in summer are a bonus, and they are a favorite among hummingbirds. Here is a Hosta lily ready to bloom in Santa Monica, California

Hosta Lily Waiting to Bloom

Flowers – Candelabra Aloe

Aloe Arborescens commonly known as the Candelabra plant is an evergreen perennial succulent. Flowers are arranged in a type of inflorescence called a raceme. The racemes are not branched but two to several can sprout from each rosette. Flowers are cylindrical in shape and are a vibrant red-orange color. Found this in Santa Monica, California.

Candelabra Aloe

Flowers – Cape Marguerite Daisies

Marguerite daisies can grow up to three feet tall with green foliage and a shrubby appearance, which makes them ideal for mass planting. Flower colors range from pure white to pink to bright yellow with a brown or yellow center. Found these in Santa Monica, California.

Bright Yellow Cape Marguerite Daisies

Flowers – Cannas

Cannas are spectacular summer bulbs. Paddle-shape leaves wrap in ruffles around stems, tapering to refined buds. The buds open into eye-catching flowers of red, orange, yellow, and pink from late spring or early summer to first frost. Cannas are commonly referred to as “bulbs,” although they are not true bulbs. They multiply beneath the soil from a rhizome, an underground stem. The red cannas are from Hickory whereas the golden ones are from Santa Monica, California.

Red Canna
Golden Canna
Canna

Flowers – Blazing Star

Commonly called blazing star, gayfeather, or prairie star, is a versatile North American plant with plenty of ornamental allure. Noted for their tall, stately plumes of amethyst or white and delicate grass-like foliage, it is an appealing, durable wildflower. This beauty was captured in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Blazing Star

Flowers – Bee on a Grevillea Flower

Grevillea Moonlight, a stunning shrub blooms all year in some climates. A fast grower, its large, moonlight-colored flowers and finely divided, gray foliage are a must for any southern-temperate garden. Frost and drought tolerant once established, it attracts bees and hummingbirds. Captured in Santa Monica, California.

Bee Attracted by Grevillea Flower