The innumerable flowers of this beautiful world fill a spectrum of colors, sizes, shapes, bloom times, and habitats. With careful design, a single garden could contain plants that, collectively, provide nonstop blooms from spring through fall, and perhaps even through winter, in every possible hue. Imagine what a sight that would be, from the tiny blossoms of creeping groundcover to stunning flowering vines twisting above your head — a paradise of color and fragrance.
With such remarkable diversity, it’s hardly surprising that plants have colorful names to match, with names of flowers from A to Z and from elegant to humorous. Consider the lovely jessamine or aptly named Dutchman’s breeches.
Whether you’re researching flowers, looking for creative names, or browsing for inspiration, an alphabetical list of flowering plants can come in handy.
We’ve created a separate list for each letter of the alphabet (some of the sparser letters may be combined), with all of them listed here for easy reference. They mostly contain herbaceous annuals and perennials, with a few shrubs or vines here and there.
Though this may not be a comprehensive list, it includes photos, physical descriptions, and growing requirements for each plant to help you choose the best new additions for your garden.
A To Z Flowers List With Pictures
Are you a lover of flowers? Maybe researching flowers? Our list here will give you an idea of the different flowers you can add to your flower garden. I hope you enjoy our collection of flowers from A to Z. Remember to share with others, and pin for later 😉
We start off the alphabet with a list of 11 amazing flowers, divided into four annuals and seven perennials. Bright, easygoing African daisies can fill in gaps among established plants, while asters provide color year after year.
So many beautiful flowers begin with B that I could barely narrow this list down to 18! From the classic begonia to the tropical bird of paradise, there's something for everyone among these spectacular flowers.
We ended up with a lucky 13 captivating flowers for the C list. Choose among unique native plants like catchfly or cardinal flowers, or try something more exotic, such as celosia or the popular carnation.
The fun flower names continue, with four annuals and 10 perennials that begin with the letter D. Drumstick flower, devil's trumpet, Dutchman's breeches, and others offer nomenclature as entertaining as their blossoms are beautiful.
Four annuals and seven perennials grace this list of elegant flowers beginning with the letter E. Delicate everlasting, lovely bluebells, and fragrant evening primrose are just a few examples of the lovely flowers described here.
Pick a fresh bouquet of fabulous flowers from this list of plants that start with F. Freesia, French marigold, and false sunflower make excellent additions to cutting gardens, while other flowers provide attractive ground cover or fit well in cottage gardens.
The gorgeous blossoms in this collection of 13 flowers that start with G will add beauty to any garden, from carefully landscaped beds to wildflower plots. Many of these are well-known, such as geranium, gladiolus, and gardenia.
Plant a bit of paradise with some of these heavenly flowers that start with H. The seedpods of honesty and foliage of hostas add just as much loveliness as their blossoms, providing interest throughout the growing season.
Take a closer look at this list of 10 intriguing flowers beginning with the letter I. The unique Iceland poppy thrives in cooler regions, while Irish moss is not, in fact, moss but does make a wonderful ground cover.
Royalty or not, you can grow a garden worthy of envy. From plants with regal names like king's spear to the more whimsical, unique kangaroo paw, you're sure to find a new flower to grace your garden among this list of kingly flowers that start with K.
You don't have to be a wizard to grow a magical garden! A tropical Mandevilla vine or cluster of whimsical mayapple plants may be just what you need to cast a spell on anyone who enters your beautiful outdoor space.
Design an attention-grabbing landscape with a few of these notable flowers that start with N. Plant nasturtiums in the vegetable garden, Nolana in a hanging basket, and hardy nepeta in the spot where nothing seems to grow for an unforgettable display.
Add a wow factor to your outdoor space with these outstanding flowers that start with O. Choose elegant ocean pearls for your cottage garden, Ornithogalum for the woodland garden, or oriental lily for a cut flower plot.
Beautify your garden with a few of these pretty flowers that start with P. From the small but lovely, common pansy to the big, challenging protea, you're sure to find something to fit your space and skill.
Flower gardens have been around for centuries, and it doesn't look like their appeal will go away any time soon! Whether you choose true timeless classics like tulips or tea roses or opt for something a bit more unique like toad lily, these flowers will add lasting beauty to your landscape.
Unsurprisingly, only a few, unique flowering plants begin with the letter U. Yet while it lacks in numbers, this list makes up for it in diversity, packing in a bromeliad and cactus among the shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants.
One of the greatest joys of flowering plants is the bright colors they add to a landscape. Many of the flowers on this list, such as Venus-looking glass and Virginia bluebells, are also native to the U.S., so you can support local pollinators while also beautifying your outdoor space.
Add wonder to your outdoor space with a few wonderful flowers that start with W. Wishbone flower provides bright, annual color, white wood aster brings butterflies to shade gardens, and wintersweet adds cheer to the winter landscape with its winter blooms.
You may have thought such plants didn't exist, but a handful of flowers do begin with the letter X. Fittingly, many of them, like xanthisma, are great for xeriscaping, while xyris and others prefer a wetter habitat.
Interestingly, nearly every flower that starts with Y features yellow petals, and most of them have the word yellow in their name. Yet despite this commonality, they vary in many other aspects, from the desert native yucca to the moisture-loving yellow pitcher plant.
Here at the last letter of the alphabet, we find many colorful flowers suitable for a range of gardens. From the finicky, tropical zebra plant to vibrant, easygoing zinnias, there's a zesty flower for every yard.
We’re still working our way through the alphabet, so keep coming back to read about more flowers as we continue to add to this list!
Flowers from A to Z books
If our lists above only whet your appetite, you might want to take a look at these books, full of flowers from a to z.
Serena Manickam is a freelance editor and writer and sustainable market gardener in rural Virginia. She holds a BA in environmental science and runs Fairydiddle Farm, a small market garden in which she grows no-spray produce and herbs to sell at a local farmer’s market.