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Flowers That Start with H | Make a Breathtaking Backyard

I got this crazy idea to redo my garden and to plant only flowers that start with H. Why not? Last time I decided to redo my garden I planted only succulents. And the time before only plants with white flowers.

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There are trends in the gardening world just like in any other field, and there are also gardeners’ whimsies. Planting only flowers that start with H comes under both of these categories.

As you will see, there are plenty of plants with flowers that start with H, but it does not mean you have to have only them in your garden. You can nicely mix them with what is already growing in your garden as long as they play nice together.

Popular Flowers that Start with H

Heather

Common Name: Heather

Scientific Name: Calluna vulgaris

Type: Shrub

Heather is a low-growing perennial shrub with tiny bell-shaped flowers that grow in clusters on long thin stalks. They come in many beautiful colors such as white, pink, purple and red.

Blooming wild purple common heather (Calluna vulgaris). Nature, floral, flowers background. Flowers that start with H

Blooming wild purple common heather (Calluna vulgaris)

Heather grows wild in the bogs and moors of Europe but it is popular with gardeners because of its colors. It blooms from mid-summer to mid-fall.

Heather requires well-draining sandy acidic soil that has to be consistently moist. Give it about an inch of water per week. It likes full sun but will tolerate partial shade.

Heather is used in beer-making and heather honey. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties,

Hebe

Common Name: Hebe

Scientific Name: Hebe

Type: Shrub

Hebe is an evergreen low-growing shrub native to New Zealand. It is very versatile, thriving in different conditions and very easy to grow.

Beautiful closeup view of winter flowering shrub of violet Hebe Amy (Shrubby veronica, Purple Queen) with dark green leaves in Ireland - flowers that start with an h

Beautiful closeup view of winter flowering shrub of violet Hebe Amy (Shrubby veronica, Purple Queen) with dark green leaves

Hebe’s lovely spikey flowers come in a range of colors – white, pink and crimson to blue and purple. Hebes bloom from summer to the end of fall and some even in winter.

Hebe leaves are evergreen but change their color throughout the year, providing added interest in the garden.

Hebes attract birds and butterflies. They like full sun but tolerate partial shade. Plant them in well-draining, loose soil.


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Helenium

Common name: Sneezeweed

Botanical name: Helenium Autumnale

Plant type: Perennial, Annual

Beautiful daisy-like flowers bloom in late summer and in the fall when other flowers are fading away. It makes them desirable flowers that start with H to add to your garden.

A drift of bronze flower heads of Helenium Waltraut - Flowers that start with the letter H

A drift of bronze flower heads of Helenium Waltraut

Heleniums are native to North America and grow wild at the edge of moist forests. Little flowers are composite and come in all shades of orange, red and brown, often a few colors on the same flower.

Plant helenium in spring, in full sun, in the well-draining, moist soil. Keep the soil well-watered.

The name sneezeweed comes from the use of dried helenium in the production of snuff in the past. Butterflies love them.

Hepatica

Common Name: Hepatica, Liverwort, Liverleaf

Scientific Name: Hepatica nobilis

Plant type: Herbaceous perennial

Hepatica’s bright blue flowers are the kind of flowers that start with H you will want in your garden. They have wonderful vivid colors and flowers open in early spring. They like shady spots and are perfect for woodland gardens.

Flowering in the forest purpule Hepatica. Early spring flowers Hepatica nobilis. violet purple small flowers, wildflowers, Anemone hepatica protected species medicinal plant - Purple Flowers that start with H

Flowering in the forest purpule Hepatica. Early spring flowers Hepatica nobilis. violet purple small flowers, wildflowers, Anemone hepatica protected species medicinal plant

Hepatica is low-growing, up to 6 inches, so plant it in rich, loamy soil in front of the garden. Keep the soil well-moist. They will die down in summer and will come back next year.

Birds and butterflies love hepatica. Besides shades of blue, they also can be pink and white.

Holly

Common Name: Holly Bushes

Scientific Name: Ilex

Type: Shrub

There are 480 species of the ilex genus, but we are most familiar with American and British holly bushes with glossy leaves with serrated edges and bright red berries we use for decoration around Christmas.

American Holly (Ilex opaca) with red berries - Popular flowers that start with H

American Holly (Ilex opaca) with red berries.

If you want to have berries, you need to plant both male and female plants for cross-pollination. American Holly (Ilex opaca) the ‘Croonenburg’ variety has both female and male flowers so one is enough in the garden. It grows up to 60 feet.

Plant holly in full sun or partial shade, in the well-draining soil. It attracts birds, which feed on it.

NOTE: Holly berries are poisonous for humans; keep them away from small children.

Honeysuckle

Common name: Honeysuckle

Scientific name: Lonicera periclymenum

Plant type: Deciduous evergreen shrub/climbing vine

Climbing honeysuckles are grown for their beautiful, highly fragrant flowers. They bloom in summer, and flowers range from white, cream and yellow to pink, orange and dark red. Honeysuckle is the star of any cottage garden.

Orange flowers of Honeysuckle - Tall flowers that start with H

Orange flowers of Honeysuckle

The fragrance of the flowers attracts bees and butterflies. Red berries are eaten by birds but are poisonous to humans. Honeysuckle can grow to 6 feet.

Plant climbing honeysuckle in well-drained moist soil in partial shade. Give it something to climb on.

Hyacinth

Common name: Hyacinth

Scientific name: Hyacinthus

Plant type: Perennial bulbs

If planning to plant flowers that start with H, hyacinth should surely be among them. This harbinger of spring opens its intensely fragrant vividly colored blooms in early spring, together with daffodils. It keeps coming year after year. There are cultivars of hyacinths now in practically any color of the rainbow.

Large flower bed with large multi-colored hyacinths close-up, traditional Easter spring flowers, beautiful spring floral background - Perennial flowers that start with h

Large flower bed with large multi-colored hyacinths close-up, traditional Easter spring flowers.

Hyacinths are popular gifts and their bulbs can be even grown in water, without soil. Plant them in the garden in fall for spring blooms, or in a pot indoors, for spring color and fragrance.

In the garden, plant hyacinths in rich, well-draining soil in full sun. Dense flower clusters grow on a single stalk. Wear gloves when planting, bulbs are poisonous.

Flowers will fade away after a couple of weeks. Cut them down and you can leave bulbs in soil for the next season.


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Hydrangea

Common name: Hydrangea, hortensia

Scientific name: Hydrangea

Plant type: Flowering shrub

Hydrangea bushes, covered in large globes of blue or pink flowers, are a stunning sight in any garden from June to September, even longer in the South.

Hydrangea garden in Maishima, Osaka - Flowers that start with hydrangeas

Hydrangea garden in Maishima, Osaka

Plant hydrangeas in the fall or early spring in full sun. They tolerate partial shade. They grow almost 2 feet per year so give them enough space to spread. The whole plant is toxic to both humans and animals.

The flower color depends on the soil pH. Alkaline soil makes hydrangea bloom pink or red and neutral makes them blue or purple.

Hypericum

Common name: St. John’s wort

Scientific name: Hypericum

Plant type: Flowering bush

Hypericum is a hardy bush with beautiful yellow flowers that bloom in summer, followed by red berries in the fall.

Yellow inflorescences of St. John's wort Hypericum perforatum on a bright sunny day - Tropical flowers that start with H

Yellow inflorescences of St. John’s wort Hypericum perforatum on a bright sunny day

The Hypericum genus has more than 700 species, but what we grow in our gardens is hypericum perforatum or St John’s wort. It is a deciduous, semi-evergreen, summer-blooming shrub.

Hypericum is easy to grow and tolerant of practically any type of soil as long as it is well-draining. Plant in full sun for the best blooms, but hypericum will tolerate partial shade.

Hypericum extract is used to treat depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders

Tropical Flowers that Start with H

Hoya

 Common name: Wax plants or porcelain flowers

Scientific name: Hoya

Type: Evergreen, perennial, tropical/indoor vine

Hoyas are tropical plants that grow on trees. They are popular indoor plants in moderate climates because of their beautiful and fragrant flowers. You can have them growing in hanging baskets or pots, where their long tendrils will show their interesting waxy leaves.

Closeup Hoya Flower Blooming, Hoya Flower - Tropical flowers that start with H

Closeup Hoya Flower Blooming, Hoya Flower

Hoyas need humid conditions that resemble their native habitat and bright indirect light to bloom. Wait for the soil to dry completely before watering. Use well-draining soil for succulents.

Hoya carnosa has been found to remove pollutants from the air in the house. Some natives in tropical cultures use hoyas medicinally.

Heavenly Bamboo

Common Name: Heavenly Bamboo

Scientific Name: Nandina domestica

Type: Shrub

Heavenly bamboo is a very popular garden addition of flowers that start with H. This tropical plant native to Asia adapts very well to moderate climate. Its leaves change colors from a pale green in spring to dark maroon in fall, lasting through winter.

Red fruit and evergreen leaves of Nandina domestica - Flowers that start with H

Red fruit and evergreen leaves of Nandina domestica

In spite of its name, heavenly bamboo is not bamboo. It is a perennial shrub that grows up to 8 feet, but there are dwarf varieties.

Plant your nandina in full sun in well-draining soil with added organic matter. Requires moderate watering. Its berries are poisonous to birds.

Hibiscus

Common Name: Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon, Rose Mallow

Scientific Name: Hibiscus

Type: Deciduous shrub, Perennial

Hibiscus is a magnificent tropical plant that grows as a large bush in the tropics but it can be grown in a container in a moderate climate. Its large flowers come in hundreds of colors, single or double, from white to dark red, with a yellow center.

Bright pink large flower of purple hibiscus (Hibiscus rose sinensis) - Perennials that start with H

Bright pink large flower of purple hibiscus (Hibiscus rose sinensis)

Butterflies and birds love it. Hibiscus gives a lovely touch of color to your garden. It blooms throughout the summer and in tropical climates almost year-round.

Plant hibiscus in full sun in well-draining soil. Once established, it does not require much watering. If grown in a container, water when the soil is dry.

Birds and butterflies love hibiscus. So do gardeners. It is a great shrub with flowers that start with H to introduce to your garden.

Hibiscus flowers make great tea. It is the state flower of Malaysia, South Korea, Haiti and Hawaii.


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Tall Flowers that Start with H

Hollyhock

Common Name: Hollyhock

Scientific Name: Alcea rosea

Type: Biennial/Perennial

Hollyhock is a must-have if you want to add flowers that start with H to your cottage garden. Beautiful bell-shaped flowers grow on 6-8 feet tall stalks and their pink, blue, white, red, yellow or black blooms look fantastic at the back of your border.

Colourful hollyhocks, or 'Alcea' in bloom over the summer months - Tall flowers that start with H

Colourful hollyhocks, or ‘Alcea’ in bloom over the summer months

Hollyhock is a biennial, which means it grows the first year and blooms the second year, from June to August. Some varieties are perennial and bloom the first year as well.

Plant hollyhock in full sun but it will tolerate partial shade as well. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Perennial Flowers that Start with H

Hummingbird’s Mint

Common name: Hummingbird’s mint, agastache, hyssop,

Scientific name: Agastache

Plant type: Perennial

Hummingbird’s mint has large spikes of orange-pink flowers that bloom through the whole summer and early fall. The whole plant has a lovely minty aroma.

lowers of Agastache Raspberry Fiesta or Giant Hyssop, in the garden. Popular flowers that start with H

Lowers of Agastache Raspberry Fiesta or Giant Hyssop, in the garden. It is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants in the family Lamiaceae

Grow your hummingbird’s mint in full sun in fertile, well-drained soil. It can even grow in dry, sandy areas.

Hummingbird’s mint is beloved by bees and other pollinators and, of course, by hummingbirds.

Hosta

Common Name: Hosta, plantain lily

Scientific Name: Hosta

Type: Perennial

If you have a shady garden, hostas are your best friends. This hardy perennial grows where almost nothing else will grow, under the canopy of big trees, in humus-rich organic moist soil. A bit of dappled sunlight will make hosta leaves more vibrant.

Amazing beauty hosta with green and yellow leaves in the garden close-up. Perennial Flowers that Start with H

Amazing beauty hosta with green and yellow leaves in the garden close-up.

Hostas’ glossy large leaves come in different shades of green, and the variegated varieties are the most beautiful.

Hostas blooms are small clusters of pale lavender flowers that open in summer.

Make sure that you plant hostas in well-draining soil or the roots will rot.

Hummingbirds love hostas, but deer and rabbits love them too. Planting some daffodils around them will help deter them.


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Heath

Common name: Heath

Botanical name: Erica

Type: Perennial

Heath is an evergreen low (max 5 feet)  shrub indigenous to South Africa but growing wild in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and North America.

Stunning view of blooming heath with pink purple heather flowers in nature park - Perennial Flowers that Start with H

Stunning view of blooming heath with pink purple heather flowers in famous nature park Lueneburger Heider in North Germany

Heath is grown as an ornamental shrub because of its lovely tiny purple flowers that grow densely on long spikes. Heath blooms in spring and winter.

The flowers change their color throughout the season from white to pink to purple.

Heath likes well-drained soil and does best if it gets a half-day of sun.

Plant heath in the fall or early spring, to give it time to get established. Once established, it does not need watering. It is winter-hardy and resistant to salt air and deer.

Hellebore

Common Name: Hellebore

Scientific Name: Helleborus

Type: Perennial

Of all the flowers that start with H, hellebore is one that you will want in your garden. Its lovely nodding flowers are among the first to open in late winter or early spring.

Early spring forest blooms hellebores, Helleborus purpurascens. Purple wildflower in nature. Hellebore macro details cose up.

Early spring forest blooms hellebores, Helleborus purpurascens.

Flowers are like perfect little roses that come in a range of colors but are particularly striking in dark red or totally black variety.

Plant hellebore in well-draining soil, in the shady part of the garden where not much else grows. Some dappled sunlight is welcome. Once established, they do not need much care or watering.

Conclusion | Flowers That Start With H

Hopefully, this list will give you enough ideas of flowers that start with H for your new garden project and some tips on how to make them happy. And when you are happy, you will be too. Plants do that to people.