Nothing can be better for gardening enthusiasts like you than having fresh blossoms replenish your surroundings with soothing essence and positive vibes.
If you have been gardening for some time now and are planning to introduce new flowering plants to your collection, below is a list of the top 12 flowers, starting with the letter G.
Whether you are looking for medicinal plants or plants with fragmented blossoms, the list has got you covered.
Flowers That Start With G
Here is my collection of the top 12 flowers that start with G.
Gaillardia is a short-lived perennial plant that is also known as a blanket flower. The characteristic feature of the blanket flower is its richly colored and daisy-like flowers.
Gaillardia slowly spreads on the ground, and that is how it got its common name, “blanket flower.”
On average, the plant can attain a height of 24-inches and a width of 20-inches. Being fast-growing plants, you can either grow them directly from seeds or nursery starts.
As the blanket flower is a short-lived species, you must take care of its requirements, including full sun, well-drained & slightly acidic soil (no clay), and frequent watering.
Note that the plant is slightly toxic to humans. Hence, Gaillardia is not suitable for indoor planting.
If your favorite color is white and you are looking for a flowering plant that produces creamy-white leaves, you will love this subtropical plant, Gardenia.
The plant is beloved for its slightly fragmented and waxy creamy-white leaves. Moreover, its shiny and dark green leaves are irresistible too.
Belonging to the tropical and subtropical regions, the plant is heat-loving and prefers outdoor rather than indoor settings.
Hence, it is advisable to cultivate Gardenia in an open garden to ensure continuous sun and humidity.
However, note that too much direct sunlight is again harmful to the plant as the same can harm the delicate leaves, and buds may fall off.
If it is warm outside, keep the plant in partial shade. You may need to manage the watering of the plant depending upon its size and age.
The scientific name of Geranium is Pelargonium x hortorum. Geranium is a popular bedding plant.
However, you can also cultivate it in hanging baskets, pots, and other containers. Unlike the other plants in this guide, Geranium’s growing conditions vary from species to species.
There are over 400 species that are native to the eastern part of the Mediterranean region.
If you are growing the plant indoors, make sure it receives moderate sunlight for maximum hours.
During day hours, try to maintain the indoor temperatures around 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit and 55 degrees Fahrenheit during the night.
If growing outdoors, choose a spot that receives maximum sun during the day and move the plant indoors as the temperature falls.
The scientific name of Gaura is Gaura lindheimeri. Gaura belongs to the Onagraceae, and all the species in the family are collectively called beeblossoms.
It is a popular perennial flowering plant native to North America.
Appearance-wise, the plant gives an impression of butterflies and bees flickering in the breeze. That is how it got its name, beeblossoms.
Unlike other plants, which may need to be moved from one place to another for ideal growing conditions, you need not do the same with Gaura. Hence, choose a perfect spot where it can flourish for several years.
Experts recommend seeding the plant indoors in either pots or containers and planting them outdoors after 3-4 weeks.
Full sun, well-drained rich soil, and frequent watering are what Gaura asks for without neglect.
The scientific name of Gerbera is Gerbera jamesonii. Gerbera is everyone’s first choice for its bright and joyful daisy-like flowers. First grown in South Africa, the flowering plant is widespread in South America and Asia.
It gets its name in honor of a German botanist and medical doctor, Traugott Gerber. Another interesting characteristic of the plant is its varied colors and sizes.
For example, you can find the plant’s petals in pink, yellow, salmon, orange, and white colors. On maturing, the average height of the flower is 2 to 3 inches.
You can grow the plant either from seeds or seedlings.
The former is the cheapest yet dangerous method as the seeds loses their viability upon contacting air. On the other hand, seedlings are much easier yet costly.
The scientific name of Gladiolus is Gladiolus spp. It is a classic perennial flower. It belongs to the iris family, whose common name is sword lily. Gladiolus resembles the regular Lillies except for their sword-like large colorful blooms.
With so many colors to choose from, you can cultivate Gladiolus both indoors and outdoors.
The average height of the plant is around 2 to 5 feet. The flowers of Gladiolus, again, are available in different sizes.
You have the miniature flowers 2 to 3 inches to large flowers over 5 inches in diameter.
Since the plant is winter hardy, it is advisable to grow it in spring when the soil reaches a temperature up to 55°F. Depending upon the variety, it may take 60-90 days for the plant to blossom.
The scientific name of Goldenrod is Solidago, and it belongs to the sunflower family due to its very close resemblance to sunflowers.
The meaning of “Solidago” in Latin is “to heal,” and that’s why you can use it in the production of medicines against inflammation, urinary health, cancer prevention, weight control, and the likes.
Like a sunflower, Goldenrod also shares application in several herbal supplements and teas.
8. Grape Hyacinth
The scientific name of Grape Hyacinth is Muscari.
If you are looking for a small plant due to space restrictions indoors, you can consider Grape Hyacinth who can only reach up to 6 to 8 inches (15-20 cm) in height.
Appearance-wise, it appears as if little violet beads are strung together along the stem of the plant.
Although the plant doesn’t ask for much attention, it is advisable to plant it in the fall to get enough moisture.
Furthermore, Grape Hyacinth doesn’t like extreme conditions. So, don’t cultivate it where it’s too dry or wet.
It would help if you refrained from using fertilizers as their chemicals can affect the plant’s growth instead of ramping it.
The botanical name of Gypsophila is Gypsophila. It belongs to the carnation family, Caryophyllaceae, and has several species.
The majority of which are in Turkey, which accounts for over 35% of all.
The remaining species are in Eurasia, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Gypsophila is famous in bridal bouquets as it combines well with any flower. Due to this, you can use them as filler plants.
However, the plant is not suitable for indoor cultivation as it requires ample sunlight and room to spread besides well-drained, slightly alkaline, or neutral soil.
Like other perennial plants, you should not disturb Gypsophila as it hates roots disturbance.
10. Globe Amaranth
The scientific name of Globe Amaranth is Gomphrena globosa. It is native to Central America. A suitable indoor and outdoor plant, slight care, and regular maintenance can help the plant reach up to a height of 6 to 12 inches (15-31 cm).
Appearance-wise, the leaves of Globe Amaranth are oval and arranged alternately along the stem for a fuller look.
The flowers start blooming in June and last till mid to late October. The various shades of the flowers of Globe Amaranth include pink, yellow, white, and lavender.
11. Globe Thistle
The scientific name of Globe Thistle is Echinops. It is native to the east to central Asia, Europe and south to the mountains of tropical Africa.
The plant belongs to the daisy family Asteraceae and is popular for its vibrant blue or white spherical nectar-rich flowers.
Due to this, they attract bees and butterflies throughout their blooming period.
Note that Globe Thistle is a fast-growing plant.
Hence, it is advisable to trim off its leaves and flowers on a timely basis to let new flowers take their place.
Furthermore, the plant is drought tolerant and deer resistant. Upon maturing, the plant can reach a height of 2 to 5 feet. Ensure full sun, well-drained acidic soil, and partial watering to the plant during summers.
12. Golden Chamomile
Golden Chamomile or German Chamomile or Matricaria recutita is popular for its nectar. It is a perennial flowering plant. Often short-lived, Golden Chamomile is native to Europe, the Mediterranean, and Western Asia.
A true outdoor plant can reach up to 55-60 cm in height.
The plant has no commercial or culinary uses; however, there are some medicinal uses.
Some popular subspecies of Golden Chamomile include Cota tinctoria subsp. australis, Cota tinctoria subsp. fussii, Cota tinctoria subsp. parnassica, and many more.
To grow the plant in your cottage or open garden, you must ensure full to partial shade, well-drained acidic soil, and adequate moisture. The humidity levels need to be low to moderate for optimum growth.
This list has got you covered in the sear from indoor to outdoor flowering plants, from fragmented options to non-fragmented ones.