Green flowers are unusual in the garden, although breeders have added many new cultivars in the past few years. Lime green compliments any color in the garden, but my favorite pairings are with hot pink, orange or lavender purple.
The above Flowering Tobacco is a naturally occurring color and not the product of breeding. Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ is a cultivar, possibly the result of crossing with N. langsdorffii. Other naturally green flowers are Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) and Helleborus viridis, H. odorus and H. foetidis.
Garden flowers with green cultivars include Gladiolus ‘Green Star,’ Zinnia ‘Envy,’ Dianthus ‘Green Trick,’ Lilium ‘Trebbiano,’ Chrysanthemum ‘Anastasia’ and C. ‘Green Kermit.’ When planning your garden for next year, consider adding some pizzazz with green cultivars. Do I dare say that your friends will be green with envy?