All flowers are elegant in their own way, from vibrant blooms the size of a dinner plate to delicate blossoms that could fit on a pinhead. In this article, we’ll narrow the scope a bit and explore 11 elegant flowers that start with E.
Annual Flowers that Start with E
1. Emilia (Emilia sp.)
These lovely dandelion-like flowers bloom in the summer until frost with red, pink, purple, or yellow blossoms. Also aptly called tassel flowers, they have indistinct, bunched petals atop tall, sparsely branched stems.
Emilia should be planted in a sunny area with good drainage. They can become weedy, so take care to deadhead regularly.
2. English daisy (Bellis perennis)
This cheery flower blooms in shades of red, pink, and white from spring all the way through fall as long as the weather remains mild. Though technically a cool-season perennial, it is often grown as an annual due to its intolerance of heat.
Plant English daisies in well-draining soil in full sun or, in warmer climates, in part shade. In ideal conditions, English daisies will self-seed (see more self-seeding flowers)and can spread aggressively, so take care to deadhead regularly to prevent invasive growth and encourage more blooms. They also do well in containers.
3. Everlasting (Chrysocephalum apiculatum)
Also known as yellow buttons, common everlasting produces an abundance of tiny yellow flowers on a mass of frilly, gray-green foliage. Plant this low-growing flower in containers or borders and watch as butterflies flit around the summer blooms.
An Australian native, everlasting grows best in well-draining soil and full sun.
4. Everlasting daisy (Xerochrysum bracteatum)
Not to be confused with common everlasting, everlasting daisy, though also native to Australia, has larger, daisy-like flowers in a range of bright colors. It is easy to grow in full to part sun and average to dry soil, and it has moderate drought tolerance.
The flowers bloom from late spring until the first frost, and most varieties grow to about two or three feet high. Excellent for fresh bouquets, they also retain their shape and color when dried.
Perennial Flowers that Start with E
5. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
Commonly called purple coneflower, echinacea is a wonderful native wildflower of North American prairies. The light purple, daisy-like flowers bloom from summer to fall. In addition to attracting pollinators, echinacea is a common ingredient in immune-boosting teas and herbal supplements; the leaves, as well as the flowers, can be brewed fresh or dried for later use.
Echinacea tolerates drought and prefers full sun and well-draining soil. Too much shade can lead to floppy plants and powdery mildew.
6. Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)
An alpine member of the daisy family, edelweiss has fuzzy, white modified leaves commonly mistaken as the petals of flowers, while the flowers themselves are unremarkably tiny, yellow, and short-lived.
This small, hardy plant originates from the steppe of Asia and requires full sun and excellent drainage. Although a short-lived perennial, it may self-seed in the proper conditions.
7. Elecampane (Inula helenium)
Although this bushy herbaceous herb typically grows no taller than a foot and a half, the daisy-like flowers with feathery, yellow petals stretch up to five inches across. Elecampane is native to central Asia but has naturalized in the U.S.
It prefers full sun and tolerates all but heavy clay soils.
8. Enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea lutetiana)
This hairy plant features loose clusters of small, pink to white flowers in the summer. Despite its intriguing name, it does not belong to the nightshade family but to that of evening primrose and willowherb.
The canadensis variety is native to North American woodlands and thus prefers shade and moist soil; others include the Eurasian and alpine varieties.
9. English bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Native to France and England, English bluebells have been planted in gardens since the 1500s. The bluish, bell-shaped flowers appear in mid-spring and bloom all on the same side of each daintily-curved stalk.
Also called wood hyacinths, they prefer shade to part sun but will tolerate full sun in cooler northern climates. English bluebells multiply readily in ideal conditions and grow happily when left to naturalize in woodland gardens or under a shade tree.
10. Eryngo (Eryngium sp.)
Commonly called sea holly, eryngo produces silvery or blue thistle-like flowers surrounded by attractive spiky bracts in the summer and into fall. The unique blossoms attract bees and butterflies and make an interesting addition to fresh bouquets.
When planted in full sun and dry soil, eryngo requires little care once established.
11. Evening primrose (Oenothera sp.)
These lovely yellow, white, or pink cup-shaped flowers are remarkably easy to grow, and the fragrant blossoms open during the day from spring through fall.
They prefer full sun and tolerate drought.
Unfortunately, some varieties spread rather aggressively, so take care when selecting an evening primrose to grow, and consider planting it in a pot or well-contained bed.
I hope you enjoyed browsing through this list of elegant flowers, and may your garden be filled with stunning blooms!
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.