Bird of paradise flower - plant. May in summer on the terrace. The bird of paradise flower (Strelitzia reginae) is admired for its exotic flowers. The graceful, orange bracts with 2 or 3 blue petals are like a mohawk on the green leaf.
Wow, our iris garden we buy from has beautiful iris but never saw these. Beautiful Shades of Teal Iris. I want to plant some of these in my yard. Irises are so easy to grow, in my opinion one of the best bulbs for beginners
Black Bat Flower I am not sure whether it's the WHOLE flower that's the bat (it looks kind of bat-faced) or the middle part (pistil?) that also looks a bit like a tiny bat face. I love orchids; I love bats; and I love purple.
Exotic flowers like these don't have to be limited to tropical gardens. A vigorous perennial vine that climbs via tendrils, the passionflower is a conversation piece. Photo by Evan Leeson thanks to and via Hill