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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.

close up of Abutilon tigers eye flowerWith these brilliantly patterned flowers, it’s easy to see how this variety gets its name: Abutilon ‘Tiger Eye’ (Zones 9–11 or as an annual).

close up of hanging Angels trumpet flowersAngel’s trumpet (Brugmansia, Zones 8–11) has distinctive, deliciously fragrant, hanging blossoms.

close up of Blue butterfly bush flowerBlue butterfly bush (Clerodendrum ugandense, Zones 8–10) has a fantastic color, and it’s easy to see the shape of a butterfly in that flower. It is a long-blooming shrub.

close up of yellow Senna alata flowersSenna alata (Zones 9–11) goes by the common names of “candelabra bush” or “candle plant.”

close up of Cats whiskers flower spireCat’s whiskers (Orthospiphon aristatus, ZoneS 9–11) has gorgeous white flowers, and is also widely grown as a source of medicinal tea in Asia.

close up of small yellow Crossandra infundibuliformis flowersCrossandra infundibuliformis (Zones 10–11 or as an annual) is a long-blooming tropical that produces these bright yellow flowers most of the growing season.

close up of white datura flowerDatura is a relative of the Brugmansia, but the fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers face up rather than hanging down.

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.

close up of red and orange pride of barbados flowersPride 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.

close up of small blue spiderwort flowersSpiderwort (Tradescantia, Zones 5–10) is a native perennial. Each individual blue flower is short lived but produced in great abundance.

close up of red texas star hibiscus flowerTexas star hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus, Zones 6–9) is native to wet areas in the southeastern United States and produces these brilliant red flowers in summer.

 

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