Picture this: a garden where the flowers aren’t just beautiful; they’re colossal. We’re talking about blooms that make you stop in your tracks and say, “Wow!” From towering sunflowers to dinner plate-sized dahlias, these plants are proof that when it comes to nature’s beauty, size does matter. So, get ready to be wowed by 15 remarkable plants that flaunt some seriously big blossoms.
Mammoth Russian Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
In the world of sunflowers, the Mammoth Russian variety reigns supreme. These sun-worshippers can grow up to 12-24 feet high, producing colossal 10-16 inch-wide flowers that create a breathtaking sight.
Corpse Flower (Rafflesia arnoldii)
You won’t easily forget the Corpse Flower, which is as unforgettable as its name. This Indonesian native has massive blooms that can span up to 3-4 feet! But here’s the kicker – these impressive blossoms emit a smell akin to rotting meat. Nature’s way of making sure you remember it, right? Corpse Flowers thrive in the lush rainforests of Indonesia.
Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla)
As the name suggests, the Bigleaf Magnolia doesn’t hold back. Its leaves are as huge as its ornamental white blooms, stretching from 8-12 inches. You can find these giants gracing the woodlands of the southeastern United States.
Indian Summer Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia hirta)
The Indian Summer Rudbeckia, a short-lived perennial, showcases bold, 6-10 inch-wide flowers. For an intense yellow hue, simply plant it in direct sunlight, and watch it shine.
California Giant Zinnia (Zinnia ‘California Giant’)
Zinnias are known for their colorful and cheerful blooms, and the California Giant Mix is no exception. With flowers spanning 3-5 inches across, these zinnias come in a delightful mix of shades, including white, pink, purple, yellow, and orange. They’re the perfect choice to add vibrant hues to your garden.
Candle Larkspur (Delphinium ‘Cobalt Dreams’)
With striking blue flower spikes that can grow up to 2-3 feet tall, the Candle Larkspur is a dazzling addition to any garden. It’s not just beautiful; it’s also heat and humidity-resistant.
Shimadaijin Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Shimadaijin’)
The Shimadaijin Tree Peony enchants with scented blooms that span 5-8 inches wide. You’ll find these magnificent flowers in shades of pink, yellow, white, magenta, and red on a 4-5 feet tall plant.
Oriental Lily (Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’)
These pure white, fragrant flowers aren’t just lovely; they’re also quite tall, measuring almost 8-12 inches. With clusters of blooms, they create an illusion of even greater grandeur.
Primal Scream Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Primal Scream’)
This daylily variety screams elegance with its tangerine orange, 6-8 inch wide blooms. What sets it apart? It’s a tetraploid, boasting four times the number of chromosomes for truly huge blossoms. If you’re looking to infuse your garden with a bit of fiery drama and a whole lot of vitality, ‘Primal Scream’ is the botanical superstar that’s ready to take center stage. Just be prepared for a floral spectacle that’s nothing short of electrifying!
Limelight Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’)
The Limelight Hydrangea starts with chartreuse-colored flowers that later transition to a pink hue. These clusters of blossoms can be as wide as 6-8 inches, adding a splash of color to any garden.
Ornamental Onion (Allium ‘Globemaster’)
The Ornamental Onion surprises with spherical blooms that open as violet-purple orbs, measuring up to 10 inches wide. These beauties are right at home in gardens and thrive during late spring and early summer.
Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
The Sacred Lotus, also known as the Egyptian Lotus, adds an aura of mystique with its rose-colored, 8-12 inch wide blooms. They’re not just visually stunning; they also release a unique and captivating fragrance.
Night-Blooming Cereus (Selenicereus grandiflorus)
If you’re a night owl, you’ll appreciate the Night-Blooming Cereus. This orchid cactus flaunts 6-9 inch-wide flowers, and as the name suggests, they only bloom at night, filling the air with a captivating fragrance.
King Protea (Protea cynaroides)
Hailing from South Africa, the King Protea is a regal beauty known for its artichoke-like blooms, reaching impressive sizes of 6-10 inches wide. These pointy and colorful bracts make it a standout in gardens and thrive in a Mediterranean climate.
Dinnerplate Dahlia (Dahlia)
If the world of flowers were a talent show, the Dinnerplate Dahlia would undoubtedly be crowned the heavyweight champion! These magnificent blooms are the real showstoppers in the garden, and they don’t disappoint when it comes to size. With petals that span a jaw-dropping 8-12 inches in various mesmerizing hues, they’re not just flowers; they’re floral frisbees!
Bloomin’ Marvelous: A Bigger, Bolder Garden Awaits!
In the world of horticulture, size does matter! So, there you have it, our fantastic fifteen, each flaunting its unique charm and impressive blossoms. Now it’s your turn to turn your garden into a botanical spectacle. Just remember, “Go big or go home!” With these magnificent plants, your garden will truly be larger than life. Go ahead, let your green thumb and your love for the grandeur of nature bloom.
Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa’s work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.