A Guide to Popular Flowers: H-L

Karume Azelas. Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.


Nature produces hundreds of beautiful flowers, because that’s how many plants reproduce. In this new series will be be posting on alternating Saturdays this Guide to Popular Flowers: A – Z. Two weeks ago we discussed key flowers in the A-G range. This this post will focused on H – L.

When it comes to choosing flowers online, the best approach is to be guided by a competent florist or others that know the appropriate flowers for various occasions. The zFlowers.com customer service team are always there to help you with solid advice. As we might expect, roses are the most popular flowers, followed by Gerberas, Lilies, Chrysanthemums, Eustoma, Tulips and Narcissus. Still other kinds are not popular worldwide, but are much loved in their respective countries or regions because of their distinctive characteristics or cultural associations. Here are some of the more frequently purchased blooms beyond the standard ones from H to L.

Hibiscus: Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. The popular tea from the flower produces a lovely, romantic red brew.

Hydrangeas: First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel. While the flowers are prized and known for their elegance, in its negative sense hydrangea symbolises frigidity and heartlessness.

Ipomoea: These ambitious crawlers were once upon a time very common garden flowers. They are now relegated to heirloom enthusiasts who are attracted by their large variety of of colours and ability to cover trellises. They are known as Morning Glory, because the large blooms open in the morning and fade in the evening.

Irises: Showy flowers, typically of purple or yellow, Irises are native to both Eurasia and North America and widely cultivated as ornamentals. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow. This name can also be given in reference to the English word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the name of the flower.

Jasmine: These small white flowers symbolise grace and elegance. Typically, the jasmine flower blooms in May, which in Roman Catholicism is considered the month of the Virgin Mary. Its beauty and sweet scent have also inspired writers to name the jasmine “the poet’s flower.” Brides often carry jasmine in their bouquets, meaning love and joy.

Kurume Azaleas:A large group of evergreen azaleas, known as Kurume Hybrids, has its origin near the Japanese city of Kurume. These azaleas tend to grow as upright medium height shrubs, with numerous small flowers in a full range of colours, blooming early to early midseason. The dense blooms make very colourful displays of the nature where they are available.

Lavendar: Prized for its intense but relaxing fragrance, purple lavender symbolises an odd mix of distrust, devotion, constancy, ardent attachment, happiness, success, luck and relaxation. It is cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils.

Lilies: Although they are not scented, Asiatic lilies come in a variety of lovely colours. Oriental lilies have larger, frequently spotted blooms and carry a heavenly perfume that fills a room. Brightly coloured blooms represent friendship and devotion, while white ones symbolise both sympathy and devotion.

Lisianthus: Sometimes called Eustoma, their delicate flowers are almost like silk.  Spectacular is the only description for this stunning African native, which comes in more colours than a rainbow. “Glads” flourish in some 260 different species, 10 of which are native to Eurasia, while the remaining 250 originate mostly in South Africa. The Gladiolus signifies remembrance, character and faithfulness.

These are only a few of many popular blossoms, many of them available when purchasing flowers online. The team at zFlowers.com can give guidance on which bouquets or floral arrangements will make the best impression for any occasion.

We hope these have been of interest and you will return to this bi-monthly flower guide series in our blog post Saturday after next. We will be reviewing flowers that fall into the M – R range.