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27 Bright and Colorful Flowers For Your Garden {Pictures}

Colorful flowers make your yard pop as nothing else can. They are like the finishing touches of the artist’s brush that bring the canvas of your yard to life. There are so many beautiful flowers, vegetables, and other plants to choose from. Let’s explore some of them today. 

collage of beautiful colorful flowers

When planting flowers, consider not only the bright spots of color for your yard but also the flower arrangements inside. You can enjoy lovely vases of colorful flowers from spring to fall with seasonal accents with a little planning.

Some flowers make better cut-flowers so if you know you plan on doing that, then planning before you plant can be helpful. There are flowers that thrive in part shade and those that love to drink up the full sun all day long, and everything in between. 

Before you head out to the garden center to start your shopping, I’m going to show you some colorful flowers for each season and for different common colors to help you get an idea of what you like and what you’d want in your own landscape. 

You don’t have to work too hard to get the beauty you want in your garden. Mother Nature has done most of the work for us already! All you need to do is think about what colors of nature you want to experience in your backyard and of course in your front yard 😉

If you’re looking for some indoor choices, growing succulents is fun and probably the easiest!

Colorful Spring Flowers

colorful spring flowers

Let’s take a look at some beautiful colored flowers that bloom in spring. Consider tulips, crocus, hyacinths, primrose, daffodil, or pansies for some great spring color. 

Late spring blooms like oriental poppies, salvia, peonies, and clematis are some great examples. 

Colorful Summer Flowers

pink petunia flowers

And now let’s look at some colorful summer flowers. 

  • Fuchsia
  • Angelonia
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Limelight Hydrangeas 
  • Yarrow
  • Purple Wave Petunia
  • Profusion Zinnias
  • Evergreen Candytuft
  • Sea Holly
  • Globe Amaranth

There are so many vivid colors in summer-blooming flowers. These are just a few to get you started, but it’s not an exhaustive list.  

Colorful Fall Flowers

red celosia flowers

There are also some beautiful flowers that bloom in the fall. Here are some to consider: 

  • Croton
  • Balloon Flowers
  • Celosia
  • Cornflower
  • Chrysanthemum (“mums”)
  • Amaranthus
  • Cosmos
  • Hardy Fuchsia
  • Canna
  • Sumac
  • Goldenrod
  • Sunflowers

The flower colors of fall can also be very beautiful in your garden and around your landscaping. 

Colorful Winter Plants

a beautiful yellow and purple pansy flower in snow

Winter isn’t all dead and gone. There are even some colorful winter plants you can enjoy in your garden or around your landscape. Here are some to consider: 

  • Camellias
  • Winter Jasmine
  • Winterberry Holly
  • Native Serviceberry
  • Holly Bush
  • Scilla
  • Japanese Quince 
  • Winter Aconites
  • Pansies
  • Mahonia
  • Snowdrops
  • Crocus
  • Helleborus
  • Clematis
  • Daphne  
  • Cyclamen 

Single Color Garden Flowers

Sometimes all you want is a huge pop of color in your garden. That’s alright. Let’s look at some ideas for single-color gardens.

It can also be beautiful to gather blue flowers. These are not as common and add a lot of interest.

Red flowers

A garden filled with red flowers in different shades can add a bit of drama and energy to your front yard.  You’ll turn a lot of heads with the vibrancy of red. There are a variety of colors that fall on the red spectrum and this range of colors can also include shades of pink. There are some very beautiful flowers that fall in this category. 

an abundance of red flowers in the garden

A gorgeous combination of different shades of red flowers makes a lovely combination that pleases the senses.

1. Peonies

red colored peonies

Peonies are stunning! Mixed in your red garden, they will please the eyes as well as the nose 😉

2. Red poppies

red poppies

These delicate flowers bring a pop of color wherever they show up. I have some by my mailbox that come back year after year. They make me so happy every time a new one blooms!

3. Red Ddisies

red daisy flowers

Easy to grow, these button-like flowers are adorable! They have an adorable yellow center that really makes the whole flower stand out. These will also look lovely in a bouquet of flowers, like a cut flower arrangement. 

4. Red lilies

red lilies

A few stunning red lilies added to your flower beds will steal the show in your red garden or as a focal point plant in a garden with other colors. The red lily will truly pop.

Some of these red flowers can also be in different shades. Violet flowers are common, for example. A variety of colors on the spectrum can be found in some species. Let’s take a look at blue flowers next. 

Blue flowers

All colors are beautiful in flowers, but there’s something special about the blue flowers: they can electrify your flower beds!

5. Common grape hyacinth – muscari

Muscari - Common Grape Hyacinth

Stunning clusters of pretty blue flowers will bring a smile to your face every time you walk by. Can you picture these in your garden or greeting your front path? 

6. Agapanthus

agapanthus flower

I love this delicate flower: the perfect companion to yellow, red, or white flowers. It likes full sun areas, moist but well-drained soil, and average watering. It’s a very low maintenance plant. 

7. Balkan anemone

bright blue Balkan Anemone flower

This vibrant blue flower is so precious! A star in any garden will contrast with any other flower, creating an interesting dynamic. I love the striking shade of blue and the pretty yellows in the center. 

8. Bluebell

bluebell flowers

Dainty bell-shaped blue flowers that bloom in the spring will surely catch your eye. I remember a forest full of these from my childhood. So pretty!

9. Blue hydrangea

blue hydrangea flowers

 

I’m so intrigued with hydrangeas: I love how you can change their colors by the composition of the soil! This blue hydrangea has such intense and vivid color! It’s absolutely breathtaking. 

10. Cornflower

ladybug on a cornflower

This adorable flower pops up in the most unexpected places and beautifies wherever it grows. Cornflower is easy to care for and has such a unique and lovely appearance. There are different types of cornflower that can be of different colors. 

Next, let’s take a look at some beautiful yellow flowers you may want in your garden or landscape. 

Yellow flowers

11. Yellow gladiolus

Yellow gladiolus with orange edging

Stunning yellow-orange gladiolus: one of my favorite flowers!

12. Yellow lilies

Yellow lily flowers

These cute yellow lilies will brighten any garden!

13. Buttercups

buttercup flower

Pretty buttercups: they come in my yard on their own. So bright and cheery!

14. Pansies

A field of yellow pansies

Coming in so many colors, pansies are easy to grow and very enjoyable. These yellow pansies are like little bright eyes greeting you from the flower beds.

15. Daffodils

Yellow daffodils

Gorgeous daffodils announce spring is here. These are known for their classic yellow color and very unique shape. Once you see daffodils, you will always be able to recognize them. 

Pink flowers

16. Bleeding heart

bright pink bleeding heart flowers

Dainty and delicate, these bleeding heart flowers will put a smile on your face. I think this is one of the most unique and interesting pink plants you can have. 

17. Pink roses

beautiful pink roses

Roses are a wonderful romantic addition to the garden. Pink roses are gorgeous and most smell delicious! Add roses to your front yard. They can be a variety of shades of pink from light pink with shades of white, to deep pink that looks almost violet. Sometimes you can even get different shades of pink in the same rose. 

18. Pink tulips

pink tulips

Tulips are such adorable spring flowers! There are lots of pink shades of tulips and I love them all 😛

19. Camellias

Gorgeous pink camellia japonica flower

Camellias are just so pretty. I love how soft and feminine they appear. Here are some tips for growing camellias.

Purple flowers

20. Lavender

Lavender flowers

Lavender is one of the most well-known purple flowers. And there are more benefits than just their gorgeous appearance. Bees love lavender flowers! You will too when you see how easy it is to grow your own, and how good they smell.

Colorful Flowers For Your Garden

 

As pretty as focusing on one color in your garden can be, most people will want to combine different colors. A red, white, and blue theme garden looks stunning around the fourth of July. Soft pinks, reds, and purples create a very feminine look.

hyacinth flowers close-up in the garden

You could also choose to plant a random mixture. There are wildflower seed packets that contain many different kinds of flowers in different colors. This is a nice way to add a lot of color to your backyard if you’ve been feeling like it’s boring. Don’t worry about it all matching, these mixtures always look great.

a field of wildflowers

You can get as in-depth with choosing different colors for your garden as you want. Some people will really get into it making sure that each color combination evokes a specific emotion or feeling.

If you’re at a loss for color combination ideas you can head to your local florist. They are masters at knowing which flowers and colors to put together. Take a step back at all of the offerings and see if anything stands out to you.

Another idea is to visit the neighbor’s yard. If someone else has a “greener” thumb than you have they might be a great resource to turn to when you need help deciding on the best colors for your garden.

Colorful Foliage For Your Garden

Many people like to focus on the different greens that are out there. Even though green is a single color there are various shades and hues of green. Dark green can look absolutely gorgeous when mixed together with lighter shades.

21. Caladium

caladium leaves with red and white speckles

Caladiums are great for shady garden beds or containers. They look gorgeous from early summer until frost.

22. Heuchera

Heuchera leaves

Heuchera is a beautiful addition to any garden. With leaves coming in several different colors, from purples to silver, red, and bronze, and speckled, they make a gorgeous spectacle in your garden. And when it blooms, its small bell-shaped flowers are just an extra delight to see.

23. Hosta

hostas in the garden

Shade-loving perennials, hostas will brighten even the most boring spot with their gorgeous foliage. There is a lot of color in these leaves, and the flowers are pretty too!

24. Red coleus

red coleus

Easy to grow, Coleus comes in many colors, both solid and mixed. Make sure you water them well during dry times: they need their water!

25. Variegated canna

variegated canna leaves

These tropical beauties are stunning! Growing in green, bronze, black, variegated, or striped foliage, their flowers also come in many colors: pink, orange, yellow, red, and even bi-color.

Colorful Vegetable Gardens

Don’t forget that vegetables add color too! When you’re growing vegetables your first thought probably isn’t about which colors look best, but you can make a conscious effort to combine the best-looking vegetables to create a dramatic effect in your yard.

26. Tomato plants

tomatoes on the plant

Tomato is one of the first that comes to mind for me when I think about colorful garden foods. Grow the best tomatoes with these tips for growing tomatoes.

27. Zucchini Plants

yellow zucchini plant

Everyone can grow zucchini! We always have extras for family, friends, and neighbors. And when we gave it to everyone, we freeze some for later.

Colorful Fruit Gardens

28. Strawberries

Strawberry on the garden

Adding color to the garden is an amazing way to add beauty to your yard. You can really have fun with the natural colors that are out there. Check around for inspiration and get started with your own colorful flower garden today. Let’s take a look at some of the different types of bright and colorful flowers you might use in your landscape. 

Exotic Colorful Flowers

plumeria flowers

When you want something outside of the norm, you might consider some exotic colorful flowers. Of course, you’ll need to be sure they can survive in your climate, but here are some examples: 

  • Plumeria
  • Blue Passion Flower
  • Salvia Splendens
  • Heliconia
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Lotus Flower
  • Amaryllis
  • Protea
  • Anthurium 

Any of these could make a popular choice in your exotic garden.

Bright Colorful Flowers

red anemone flowers

Here are some of the brightest colorful flowers you might consider for your  garden: 

  • Dahlias
  • Sunflower
  • Mint Julep 
  • Red Anemone 
  • Viola
  • Dracula Celosia
  • French Marigold
  • Sweet Pea
  • VIBE Ignition Purple
  • Jolt Pink Dianthus 
  • Sedum
  • Lamium
  • Very Berry Creeping Wintergreen
  • Bee Balm
  • Coralbells
  • Nubia Clematis

Colorful Perennial Flowers

pink sedum flowers

Here are some beautiful perennials that will brighten up your yard for the season and then return again and again. 

  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Amsonia
  • Peony
  • Astrantia 
  • Baptisia 
  • Foxglove
  • Salvia
  • Sedum
  • Coneflower
  • Lavender 
  • Daylily
  • Hellebore 
  • Aster
  • Catmint
  • Penstemon

Colorful Annual Flowers

purple vinca flowers

These beautiful annual flowers will give you bright colors all year long. 

  • Angelonia
  • Begonia
  • Cosmos
  • Celosia
  • Geraniums 
  • Stock
  • Chrysanthemum 
  • Vinca
  • Zinnia
  • Calendula 
  • Cornflower
  • Dahlias
  • Nasturtium 
  • Impatiens 

Small Colorful Flowers

light blue forget me not flowers

Sometimes you want some color in the garden but you want smaller flowers. Here are some to consider: 

  • Baby’s Breath
  • Forget-Me-Not
  • Fairy Foxglove
  • Lobelia 
  • Snow-in-Summer
  • Rock Cress
  • Kenilworth Ivy
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Thyme 

Now, what if you want to go big with your flowers?

Large Colorful Flowers

Spectacular Flowering Perennials, Kelvin Floodlight, Yellow Flowering Dahlia Bulb, Plant, Flower

Some large colorful flowers with big, beautiful blooms include:

  • Giant White Moonflower
  • Titan Sunflower
  • Kelvin Floodlight Dahlia
  • Supernova Angel’s Trumpet
  • Big Brother Lily
  • Big Daddy Hydrangea 
  • Round and Purple Allium
  • Moy Grande Hibiscus
  • Fireworks Clematis 
  • Altas Magnolia 
  • Tree Peony
  • Oriental Poppy

Colorful Flowers for the Garden and Landscape – Conclusion

As you can see, there is no shortage of beautiful colorful flowers for your garden. These gorgeous flowers will help you create a special design in your garden or home landscape. You can create a rainbow of colors that will bring you much joy day in and day out, for a long time to come. 

27 colorful flowers for your garden
 

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