The Floral World of Flower Arrangements

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As we all know, spring is always a time of flowers. Even though the flowers may not be out at this point since it’s late March. Nevertheless, as you see from my Easter posts, flowers always signal spring since it’s a time when everything becomes green again. Yet, while flowers are symbols of spring, they’re used for all kinds of occasions. A man may give flowers to his sweetheart on a date to express his love. A person may give flowers to any other woman in their lives or an actor for a great performance. You might see flowers in a bridal bouquet and at a wedding. Or you might find flowers at a funeral. Sometimes you might see flowers as mere decoration which don’t have anything to do with a celebration at all. Think of garden flowers in a vase on a table. Yet, no matter what the occasion may be, you’re bound to see flowers arranged in a variety of different ways and bouquets. Some may just be a vase of flowers while some could be in the realm of art. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of floral arrangements to bring in the spring.

  1. For gifts, may I suggest a puppy in a basket?

There’s a company that does flower puppies according to Pinterest. But I have to admit, it’s better than giving the real thing.

2. When you open a book, you’ll find beautiful things inside.

Love how the roses pour out and spill. Though I guess this book isn’t for reading.

3. These yellow and orange flowers will have you over the moon.

Well, it’s supposed to be shaped like a crescent moon. But you can see how it has 2 types of flowers.

4. You’d almost swear these flowers came from another world.

I think this is part of an art museum exhibit. Yes, they do these with flowers. But I think most of these are artificial blooms.

5. Since people love flowers and teddy bears, how about a flowery teddy bear?

Sure you may not be able to cuddle it. But it will nevertheless melt your heart.

6. I think I see a lion among these carnations.

Well, that’s an interesting floral display. Like the little lion face. So adorable.

7. Who knows how many flowers you can fit in a box.

I’ve seen a lot of these on Pinterest. Not sure if the flowers are real or not. But it’s nevertheless beautiful.

8. A heart of flowers is always for the one worth remembering.

This heart flower arrangement is mainly for funerals. But you have to admire the roses.

9. Flowers always go well with a grassy hairdo.

Though I wouldn’t want to show up in that. By the way, it’s more for decoration anyway.

10. Nothing could welcome spring like a flowery dress.

Of course, this is a dress you don’t wear. Kind like the ones I showed in my Christmas craft posts.

11. A purple flower bouquet can do with some peacock feathers.

This is a bridal bouquet as you notice. But the peacock feathers give a nice feathery touch.

12. Sometimes all you need is a simple spring bouquet.

Still, someone better put these in water before they start dying off. Since flowers don’t last long this way.

13. These flowers represent truth, justice, and the American way.

However, they’re very terrible to give to anyone whose town has been destroyed by superheroes. Just watch Man of Steel.

14. As we all know, spring is a time for flowers and butterflies.

And here we come to a butterfly made from flowers. What can be better than that?

15. Don’t know about you, but this dress is especially succulent.

Well, it’s made from succulent plants, anyway. Not really flowery. But not bad.

16. A flowery dog always sits pretty.

Here is another dog of flowers. This one is bigger and sits down though.

17. White flowers make for a rather resplendent dress.

Guess this is for a wedding from what I can tell. Why a floral decoration like this, I have no idea.

18. Now that’s what I call a floral chair cushion.

But it’s best not to sit on it. Since flowers are delicate and can be easily smushed.

19. Pink and red roses make 2 halves of a heart.

What a unique bouquet to send to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, that was last month. Still, it’s lovely.

20. A spring flower wreath can give you all the colors of the rainbow.

Nice that it’s among lit candles. Really like the effect. Love how the colors run into each other.

21. There’s nothing stunning like a flower chandelier with lit candles.

Remember just because it might look great on Pinterest, doesn’t mean you should try it. And it certainly applies with this because lit candles are a fire hazard.

22. A heart of roses always shows love even in the spring.

Yes, you might see some wreaths which frequently use flowers. But this one is absolutely beautiful.

23. A flowery dress is a perfect springtime look for the season.

Actually flowery dresses are worn by fashion models and aren’t practical at all. But they’re certainly pretty.

24. A moss picture can use a few roses.

This one has 3 red roses that stand out from the foliage. Though I wish you can see more flowers though.

25. An old birdhouse without a roof is just as good for a flower box.

Well, that’s a clever way of storing flowers. And I do love how it emanates the springtime atmosphere, too.

26. Purple mountain majesties should always be put with amber waves of grain.

Of course, by “purple mountain majesties” I mean these beauties. So pretty.

27. It’s not every day you see a woman in a flowery white dress.

Another concept flower dress you probably can’t wear. But it’s nice to look at anyway.

28. A floral heart should have plenty of color.

Though it’s mostly in the pink. However, it’s a lovely springtime sight to me.

29. Sometimes flowers can imitate a masterpiece.

As you can see this flower sculpture is meant to imitate this painting. Though I’m not sure if it does a good job.

30. Flowers will bloom on any showy fan.

Helps if the fan is so large it calls for both hands. Still, such a beautiful display.

31. I see a floral storm coming in our midst.

Caption: “Annika Horgan won Gold with her entry in the floral art section at Ellerslie International Flower Show, the only gold medal winner.” Yes, they have flower shows like this. And yes, this is sensational.

32. How about sending some lilies of the valley from this envelope?

On the other hand, if you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, you might see this a lot differently. Because they’re poisonous.

33. White flowers always make for fine columns.

Though if the Ancient Greeks and Romans had these, you wouldn’t know it. Because they didn’t have plastic and organic matter disintegrates quickly.

34. You can’t find anything more chic than a mossy handbag.

However, the only thing that should go in here is water. If it’s even made by plants at all. Though I love the purple ribbon.

35. Always try to enhance a flowery look during the spring.

Actually, this is a fashion photo so I don’t encourage this. But you have to like her skirt.

36. Hope you want your purse to be carnation white.

I guess this might be either for a wedding or a funeral. Not sure which. But it’s very chic.

37. A bouquet should contain a wide range of colors.

This one contains all your spring favorites and then some. And in a unique bouquet design.

38. This floral parasol will give you a lot of cover.

Though it might not do much to keep you dry in the rain. Nevertheless, it’s incredibly beautiful.

39. A floral elephant is always talked about in the room.

I think this might be from India for a wedding. Or maybe it’s for a flower show. Not sure which.

40. You can always wonder at seeing flowers from the ceiling.

Well, it’s an interesting hanging of peonies. But at least it doesn’t include candles.

41. An urn can make a viable vase from time to time.

I suppose the bouquet is far more festive than its container. Love the flowers on these.

42. Take a look at this floral creature from under the sea.

A floral fish? Now that’s interesting. Not sure about the colors though.

43. A flower skirt should have a dazzling array of variety and color.

Yet, the white flower top isn’t so much to look at. Still, the purple flowers are the best.

44. This floral butterfly is a vibrant sight to see.

You can see how its wings have bright flowers with lilies on the ends. Love it.

45. A leafy heart can have a few white flowers to spare.

This looks simple but nonetheless elegant. So pretty, yet so naturalistic.

46. I suppose this bouquet is ready to rock.

Can guess that this is for a funeral. And it’s not hooked up to anything. So you can’t really play it.

47. Floral archways should come dripping with jewels.

By the way, this is a wedding archway. Yet, it’s a very showy display. Love how it’s purple.

48. This floral cross is one of holy remembrance.

You’d probably see something like this at funerals. But I had to put this on for the roses.

49. A showy pink dress is always perfect for spring.

Though you wouldn’t be able to wear it. Yet, you can admire the flowery skirt and top.

50. Allow this wise little owl to congratulate you on your graduation.

Yes, they have graduation flowers, too. But this cute little owl is a real hoot.

51. The gate of heaven is paved with flowers divine.

Well, at least it’s more unique than a cross display. Love the roses.

52. I guess this flower ship is smooth sailing.

Hey, at least it’s better to have than a real wooden ship. And it’s just as majestic.

53. With this Easter basket, you can welcome the sights of spring.

Not sure if the flowers are real on this one. But you have to admire the spring flowers. So lovely.

54. A floral swan is a creature of graceful beauty.

Yes, this is absolutely stunning. But remember, piss off a swan, you’ll live to regret it.

55. Roses and cantililies always show how love is stronger than death.

Helps that it’s all arranged in a heart. Though it’s likely to be on someone’s grave or in a funeral home.

56. In the springtime, you can have all kinds of flowers raining upon you.

This is part of a museum display since it wouldn’t be possible outdoors. But I think any florist would go crazy over it.

57. Want lovelier spring flowers? Put some in a bucket of water.

Though this one includes a candle. And many seem straight from the garden or on the roadsides.

58. You can fit an entire bouquet in one large mug.

As long as the mug is specially made as far as I know. Yet, it’s perfect for the spring time.

59. Bet you don’t see a flower display like this every day.

Well, it’s made like a spring time tree. Though it’s interesting to look at, whether it’s beautiful may be a matter of taste.

60. A flower box contains its own earthly paradise.

Well, it’s more of a crate. But it surely gives you a rustic impression, especially with the flowers.

61. This flower sculpture is as pretty as a picture.

As you can see, it’s a museum display made to embody the painting behind it. Nevertheless, it’s lovely and perfect.

62. Some bouquets tend to have a rather modernist edge.

You might find some of these on Pinterest. Really don’t know what to make of them.

63. It takes a lot of colors in order to paint a pretty picture.

But in this case, it took a garden of flowers to make this painting. Love it.

64. Black flowers certainly make a stunning black purse.

Though there aren’t a lot of black flowers in nature though. Nevertheless, you can’t resist its beauty.

65. Would you want 2 scoops or 2 light pink peonies?

You probably can’t eat these. But you can admire them from a distance if you want to.

66. A golden urn is a great vase for a vibrant display.

Great for table centerpieces or decoration. Love the vibrant flowers on this. Beautiful.

67. You can’t wear a golden crown without roses.

Sure this is a model wearing flowers. But it’s supremely stunning to behold.

68. Seems like she’s taking the flowers in her hair thing a bit overboard.

Yes, flower headdresses aren’t practical but lovely just the same. Though I’m sure these flowers aren’t real at all.

69. Flowers should always stand out from any work of art.

And yet another flower display with a painting. Not sure how it configures. But the flower look is better.

70. A floral star always shines bright among petals.

This one has white in the background along with some multicolor flowers in the center. All in all, it’s simply stunning.

71. You’d almost think it was anything different from a landscape.

That’s because it’s supposed to be a take off from a landscape painting. But it requires a stem for the flowers at the higher plane.

72. Purple carnations usually go on the vase’s edge.

Yes, it’s another concept art bouquet. But this one is somewhat prettier than the last. But not by much.

73. Purple orchids, a flowery headdress they do make.

Well, at least they used a mannequin head. And I do find the purple orchids particularly magnificent to behold in my eyes.

74. Nothing makes a canopy like a curtain of purple flowers.

I guess this is for a wedding though I think it’s incredibly beautiful. Of course, purple is my favorite color as you can see.

75. There is nothing as magnificent in the spring like a vibrant floral rug.

This is from the flower festival in Antwerp, Belgium. But I’m sure it took more flowers than you’d find on a float at the Rose Bowl parade.

76. For a better bouquet, add a few feathers.

However, the feathers might get in some people’s way. Though you can’t deny the effects.

77. How about a few roses in your umbrella?

Love how they match the purple cover. Though I wouldn’t take it out in the rain.

78. Vibrant flowers can always make vibrant bouquets.

This is the Japanese ikebana style of flower arranging. You don’t hear about it a lot. But it’s rather well known outside Japan.

79. Sometimes you’ll come to a flower sculpture of the geometric variety.

Guess this is a take off of an ultra-modern painting. Though it has fine definition.

80. Bet you never had flowers in a frame like this.

I know you might not understand this form of floral art. But neither do I. Yet, somehow this museum likes it.

81. A flower display like this reminds you of a fresh spring garden.

Wonder what they used to achieve an effect like this. Nevertheless, the mechanics aren’t always as glamorous as the result.

82. Nothing shows love like a heart made from roses.

Sure the roses may not be real. But you have to love how it makes it look like a flowery chocolate box.

83. Nobody could ever resist this little floral panda bear.

After all, everyone loves Panda Bears and flowers. So why not combine the two? So cute.

84. A dress like this will make one look like a real wildflower.

Once again, you probably wouldn’t want to wear a flower dress. But it’s nevertheless lovely to look at.

85. This floral butterfly can always make your day.

Butterflies are always pretty, especially in the floral variety. Love the wings.

86. How about some flowers in your tea?

Actually they’re in a teapot and teacups. So you can’t get much tea from these.

87. Now I think this flower woman is a real grande dame.

If it weren’t for the green body, she’d almost be an exact likeness to the painting behind her. Like the stick hair.

88. As we all know, the flowers should go beneath the candles.

Well, at least they’re not beside the candles. But such display is great for a romantic dinner in the spring.

89. An artist’s pallet should always contain a lot of colors.

Each paint slot has flowers from a different color ranging from red to white. Black, pink, and brown not included.

90. The roses should always be in front of the golden fan.

Though there aren’t a lot of them on here. But that’s okay. Sometimes less is more.

91. How about you come sit right down on this floral chair?

On second thought, that’s probably not a good idea. But it’s still a nice piece of furniture.

92. A dove in flowers is a sign of peace.

After all, white doves are peaceful birds that shit everywhere. Too bad it doesn’t have an olive branch. Oh, wait, it does.

93. You’d almost think this bouquet has leafy wings.

This is another Ikebana piece. Though it consists of less flowers and more bamboo leaves.

94. There is no more beautiful sight than a floral peacock.

You might see these a lot at Indian weddings. After all, peacocks are from there. At least the Indian peacock we’re familiar with.

95. A showy bouquet makes a grand impression.

This is said to be for a more autumn wedding as you can tell by the colors. Yet, as we know, in autumn the flowers usually die.

96. When you see floral concept art, it doesn’t get stranger than this.

Helps that this one consists of pink flowers, too. Though it looks kind of strange.

97. Leaves and white flowers make a rather snazzy handbag.

Though don’t expect to put anything in this. Because it’s for display purposes only.

98. A long flower dress should have a festive variety of color.

As you can see, this one fits the bill perfectly. The flowers on here come in all colors, shapes, sizes, and kinds.

99. This heart wreath is as lovely as nature intended.

Helps that it’s laid out in the snow for all to see. Love the flowers.

100. Once in awhile, a flower display needs a very good frame.

This one has some flowers in the frame. But the ones on the bottom are more stunning.

The Wonderful World of Flower Gardens

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While it’s popularly know that April showers bring May flowers, you can’t really say that spring has sprung until you see the flowers, which really don’t seem to come up until May. Well, at least as far as the perennials go. Nevertheless, May is basically the time of year when people really pay attention to their gardens whether it be weeding or finding new flowers to plant. Now flower gardens have existed for centuries adorning the lawns of the grand estates and castles. And the Brits almost treat gardening as a state religion since gardening over there is serious business. Sure it was a way for aristocrats to show off their wealth since they had other people taking care of the landscape. Now it’s mostly seen as either a hobby or a chore for ordinary gardeners who love to see flowers adorn their place. My house in particular is covered with ivy because my parents though the brown brick work was ugly. However, most of time, they usually try to plant flowers that can withstand the elements because southwestern Pennsylvania is no paradise. It helps that it rains a lot during the warmer months along with every other month. Let’s just say the precipitation in the area does PennDOT and drivers no favors since summer is basically road season. Anyway, there are some places where the fine art of gardening is taken to an art form. So without further adieu, here are some of unique gardens out there.

1. Looks like someone spilled the flowers.

This is part of the Miracle Garden in Dubai which is one of the largest public gardens in the world as well perhaps runs among the world's highest water bills. You'll see a lot of scenes from this place since it's like a garden theme park.

This is part of the Miracle Garden in Dubai which is one of the largest public gardens in the world as well perhaps runs among the world’s highest water bills. You’ll see a lot of scenes from this place since it’s like a garden theme park.

2. Of course, you may like adorning your house with flowers. But have you ever seen a flower house?

Of course, this is also in Dubai, where greenery like this is expensive as hell to look after. Still, like the lovely cars in the corner.

Of course, this is also in Dubai, where greenery like this is expensive as hell to look after. Still, like the lovely cars in the corner.

3. Heard of flower power? I give you flowered owls.

I wonder whoo is responsible for taking care of these?  Still, they are quite beautiful and colorful despite being mostly green.

I wonder whoo is responsible for taking care of these? Still, they are quite beautiful and colorful despite being mostly green.

4. If you have an antique car that doesn’t work anymore, may I suggest planting flowers under the hood.

Seems like that old Volkswagen Beetle now has a new life as a flower planter. Of course, I wonder if neighbors still see it as a piece of junk.

Seems like that old Volkswagen Beetle now has a new life as a flower planter. Of course, I wonder if neighbors still see it as a piece of junk.

5. Go into the forest with Bambi and his friends in the botanical gardens at Walt Disney World.

I've actually been to Disney World for a marching band trip in high school. I'm sure this display is in the animal kingdom since that's certainly not Splash Mountain.

I’ve actually been to Disney World for a marching band trip in high school. I’m sure this display is in the animal kingdom since that’s certainly not Splash Mountain.

6. When your shitter don’t work anymore, perhaps repurpose your commodes for flowers.

Hey, I'm sure toilets might make okay planters. I mean they're made from porcelain and have several open containers to them. And in some situations, I'm sure they'll benefit from some organic fertilizer.

Hey, I’m sure toilets might make okay planters. I mean they’re made from porcelain and have several open containers to them. And in some situations, I’m sure they’ll benefit from some organic fertilizer.

7. Nothing beautifies a flower garden more than putting your flowers in a wheelbarrow.

Now this is a beautiful picture. However, many people with wheelbarrows can't do this since they actually use them for other things, like yard work.

Now this is a beautiful picture. However, many people with wheelbarrows can’t do this since they actually use them for other things, like yard work.

8. What would a butterfly garden be without a flower butterfly?

Now I'm sure this won't intimidate butterflies. But if the butterflies come, it might attract collectors who kill them with nail polish remover to put in their collections.

Now I’m sure this won’t intimidate butterflies. But if the butterflies come, it might attract collectors who kill them with nail polish remover to put in their collections.

9. If you have a Volkswagen, why not decorate the whole thing with flowers?

For some reason, I can't help thinking that this car is high on something. And I'm not sure if it's Miracle Gro.

For some reason, I can’t help thinking that this car is high on something. And I’m not sure if it’s Miracle Gro.

10. I’ve heard how some hippie vans contain pot plants, but this isn’t what I’ve had in mind.

Behold, the flowery van fit for any flower child. Of course, you probably can't drive this thing if you wanted to. Might you might get high in it.

Behold, the flowery van fit for any flower child. Of course, you probably can’t drive this thing if you wanted to. Might you might get high in it.

11. In the Netherlands, you need a garden park with tulips, just because.

This is from Amsterdam. Not sure if it's a botanical garden or park because tulips are very big in the Netherlands.

This is from Amsterdam. Not sure if it’s a botanical garden or park because tulips are very big in the Netherlands.

12. Mr. Jolly Green Giant, meet your dream girl.

Of course, she tends to have a lot of flowers in her hair and lives near a waterfall. This is from the botanical gardens in Atlanta.

Of course, she tends to have a lot of flowers in her hair and lives near a waterfall. This is from the botanical gardens in Atlanta.

13. If you like dollhouses, you can make a little garden scene in a pot.

Now this is a quaint scene with a little house, clothes line, swing, and path. But I'm sure the flowers are all regular sized.

Now this is a quaint scene with a little house, clothes line, swing, and path. But I’m sure the flowers are all regular sized.

14. What giant garden statue woman wouldn’t be without her water birds?

I'm sure this is from a botanical garden in Montreal. I'm sure those birds aren't native since I don't remember seeing them from the Audobon book.

I’m sure this is from a botanical garden in Montreal. I’m sure those birds aren’t native since I don’t remember seeing them from the Audobon book.

15. Of course, you can’t have a flower garden without giant peacocks.

This is from a botanical gardens in Iran from what I can see. Nevertheless, these peacocks wouldn't have colors like that in the wild.

This is from a botanical gardens in Iran from what I can see. Nevertheless, these peacocks wouldn’t have colors like that in the wild.

16. If you like flowers, why not have them on a canvas?

This is from the Bellagio Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas. Or as I called it, "the only place in Vegas that's worth visiting." Seriously, that's a work of art there.

This is from the Bellagio Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas. Or as I called it, “the only place in Vegas that’s worth visiting.” Seriously, that’s a work of art there.

17. If you can’t use that old bright color chair anymore, perhaps put a flower pot in it.

Not sure if the pot and chair were spray painted or not. Either way, the flowers are certainly pretty.

Not sure if the pot and chair were spray painted or not. Either way, the flowers are certainly pretty.

18. Want blue flowers in your path? Try this.

Now this garden only consists of daffodils, tulips, and violets. Still, a rather beautiful sight if you think about it.

Now this garden only consists of daffodils, tulips, and violets. Still, a rather beautiful sight if you think about it.

19. Of course, all garden plots should be bordered by hedges.

However, you can't make the shrubbery grow too much. And I'm sure this set up sets a low limit.

However, you can’t make the shrubbery grow too much. And I’m sure this set up sets a low limit. Still, it’s quite pretty.

20. When it’s spring, the trees in the garden have to have different color leaves and flowers.

Now this is from a botanical garden in Canada, possibly in the Pacific Northwest. This picture was probably taken during the early spring but it's quite a stunning sight.

Now this is from a botanical garden in Canada, possibly in the Pacific Northwest. This picture was probably taken during the early spring but it’s quite a stunning sight.

21. Got tin cans, why not use them as flower pots?

Sure cans might make good flower pots but I'm positive that size does matter in this case. Seriously, you're better off using a coffee can than a soup one. And I'm sure these fall among the latter.

Sure cans might make good flower pots but I’m positive that size does matter in this case. Seriously, you’re better off using a coffee can than a soup one. And I’m sure these fall among the latter.

22. I give you a flower sculpture of a lizard in a tree.

This is from the botanical garden in Montreal. Forget what kind of lizard this is but I'm sure it's natural habitat is the rain forests of South America. Definitely not an iguana because those are bigger and are vegetarians. This one eats bugs.

This is from the botanical garden in Montreal. Forget what kind of lizard this is but I’m sure it’s natural habitat is the rain forests of South America. Definitely not an iguana because those are bigger and are vegetarians. This one eats bugs.

23. Speaking of reptiles, there’s a giant snake in this garden.

This is a flower sculpture of a cobra at a botanical garden in Atlanta. Nevertheless, while snakes are best avoided, they tend to be a necessary evil when it comes to gardening, especially when it comes to vegetables. Seriously, they eat the critters who would munch on your peonies any day of the week.

This is a flower sculpture of a cobra at a botanical garden in Atlanta. Nevertheless, while snakes are best avoided, they tend to be a necessary evil when it comes to gardening, especially when it comes to vegetables. Seriously, they eat the critters who would munch on your peonies any day of the week.

24. For small garden scenes, you might want to go with bonsai trees.

At first you might think it's a little house in the country. That is, until you see that the entire scene is in a large pot.

At first you might think it’s a little house in the country. That is, until you see that the entire scene is in a large pot.

25. Sometimes planting in a giant teacup can do your garden wonders.

And it seems that this giant cup is overflowing with flora. Not sure where this is located for there's another one in the background.

And it seems that this giant cup is overflowing with flora. Not sure where this is located for there’s another one in the background.

26. Wonder how to stop that faucet from running. Wonder where the water comes from.

Yeah, I was asking how that faucet seems to appear out of nowhere. Then again, it probably has pipes hiding in the bushes.

Yeah, I was asking how that faucet seems to appear out of nowhere. Then again, it probably has pipes hiding in the bushes.

27. Now that’s what I call a butterfly garden.

Sure you've heard of butterfly gardens. But have you ever heard of a garden shaped like a butterfly? Seriously, this is pretty cool.

Sure you’ve heard of butterfly gardens. But have you ever heard of a garden shaped like a butterfly? Seriously, this is pretty cool.

28. Now this garden set up is so intricate and wild that you’d swear the landscapers were on acid.

Again, this is the Miracle Garden in Dubai known for it's bizarre landscaping and very high water bills. Seriously, it seems like the kind of garden you'd see at a Dr. Seuss theme park, on steroids. Hey, at least I'm not showing the city's architecture.

Again, this is the Miracle Garden in Dubai known for it’s bizarre landscaping and very high water bills. Seriously, it seems like the kind of garden you’d see at a Dr. Seuss theme park, on steroids. Hey, at least I’m not showing the city’s architecture.

29. For those with a lot of flat tires lying around, why don’t you just paint them and use them for planters?

Now this seems to be a great DIY garden idea. However, I'm not sure about the chickens being in there. They seem to detract from the beauty.

Now this seems to be a great DIY garden idea. However, I’m not sure about the chickens being in there. They seem to detract from the beauty.

30. This garden is so green that even the roofs have grass on them.

Now this is from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which seems to have more flowers than you'd expect a place so far north. Still, not sure if it inspires anything from Stephen King.

Now this is from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which seems to have more flowers than you’d expect a place so far north. Still, not sure if it inspires anything from Stephen King.

31. Of course, if you want a fairy garden scene but have little space, may I suggest making one in your old bathtub.

Now this seems like a perfect place for a pixie with cobblestone walks and a cute little house at the end. Maybe we need to use old bathtubs for planters more often.

Now this seems like a perfect place for a pixie with cobblestone walks and a cute little house at the end. Maybe we need to use old bathtubs for planters more often.

32. And here’s an even more intricate flower house with even brighter colors.

This is also from Dubai's Miracle Garden, by the way. Yes, I'm sure admission there isn't cheap by any means. Seriously, wonder how much money goes into their water bills since somebody has to pay for that.

This is also from Dubai’s Miracle Garden, by the way. Yes, I’m sure admission there isn’t cheap by any means. Seriously, wonder how much money goes into their water bills since somebody has to pay for that.

33. Of course, this garden sculpture is inspired by a tale as old as time.

I'm sure this one is from EPCOT since it has the international towns. This one is France. Nevertheless, I guess the yellow flowers either died or haven't come into bloom yet.

I’m sure this one is from EPCOT since it has the international towns. This one is France. Nevertheless, I guess the yellow flowers either died or haven’t come into bloom yet.

34. Now this flower garden shows the Circle of Life.

This is certainly from Disney but I'm not sure where. Still, I'm not sure if this scene perfectly captures Mufasa. But I'm sure Lion King fans everywhere would enjoy this.

This is certainly from Disney but I’m not sure where. Still, I’m not sure if this scene perfectly captures Mufasa. But I’m sure Lion King fans everywhere would enjoy this.

35. Now this broken down car demonstrates the ultimate flower power here.

Now not only are there flowers in both the trunk and the hood, but the whole care is decorated with them as well. Talk about repressed gardener/art major here.

Now not only are there flowers in both the trunk and the hood, but the whole care is decorated with them as well. Talk about repressed gardener/art major here.

36. Seems like this bush is crying lots of flowery tears.

Either this was done by professionals or a repressed landscaper with too much time on their hands. Either way, it's incredibly stunning and beyond my expertise.

Either this was done by professionals or a repressed landscaper with too much time on their hands. Either way, it’s incredibly stunning and beyond my expertise.

37. Anything can be used for a flower pot, you just have to use your imagination.

I'm not sure about planting flowers in a toaster or shoes. Then again, hope nobody plugs the toaster in, especially during a thunderstorm.

I’m not sure about planting flowers in a toaster or shoes. Then again, hope nobody plugs the toaster in, especially during a thunderstorm.

38. Sometimes garden designs can be quite standard and sometimes very intricate.

Now this is from a botanical garden from Sri Lanka. And I'm sure that design pertains to something from their culture. Not sure what it's supposed to be though.

Now this is from a botanical garden from Sri Lanka. And I’m sure that design pertains to something from their culture. Not sure what it’s supposed to be though.

39. Now this gardener seems to water the plants 24/7. Wonder why.

Oh, that's a gardener flower statue. Now that's interesting. Guess he doesn't get around much.

Oh, that’s a gardener flower statue. Now that’s interesting. Guess he doesn’t get around much.

40. You’ve heard of a flower bed. Well, wait until you see this.

Now this one takes the concept of "flower bed" a bit more literally than most. Of course, it uses an actual metal bed.

Now this one takes the concept of “flower bed” a bit more literally than most. Of course, it uses an actual metal bed.

41. Of course, you can always have your flower bed with canopy.

Now this is the kind of flower bed I'm talking about. Love the flowers of it and the vines. But please, no critters.

Now this is the kind of flower bed I’m talking about. Love the flowers of it and the vines. But please, no critters.

42. At botanical gardens, you’ll always need a floral clock.

This is from a botanical garden place in Fort Worth. And yes, floral clocks can be quite big. They have to be.

This is from a botanical garden place in Fort Worth. And yes, floral clocks can be quite big. They have to be.

43. Of course, nothing makes a flower garden more worthwhile than garden pandas.

Now I'm sure this is the only pair of adult pandas nobody has tried to mate. Mostly because they're made from foliage. Still cute, though.

Now I’m sure this is the only pair of adult pandas nobody has tried to mate. Mostly because they’re made from foliage. Still cute, though.

44. While canopies have been a main stay in flower gardens, hardly any contains as many umbrellas as this one.

Again, this is in the Miracle Garden in Dubai where the water bills are sky high. Still, it's amazing how they got the umbrellas to stand like that.

Again, this is in the Miracle Garden in Dubai where the water bills are sky high. Still, it’s amazing how they got the umbrellas to stand like that.

45. This statue of Mother Nature has animals coming right out of her hand.

Yes, she has deer in one hand and an eagle in the other as horses run near the fountain. By the way, this is in Montreal.

Yes, she has deer in one hand and an eagle in the other as horses run near the fountain. By the way, this is in Montreal.

46. Like a cauldron boiling over in your garden?

Yes, that's only moss in the pot. And those are only flowers posing as flames. But it's still pretty cool though.

Yes, that’s only moss in the pot. And those are only flowers posing as flames. But it’s still pretty cool though.

47. Of course, some of us would rather have our flowers in a Grecian urn.

Now I've seen this in a lot of gardens and you can get it in a store. But these flowers sure are pretty though.

Now I’ve seen this in a lot of gardens and you can get it in a store. But these flowers sure are pretty though.

48. Hey, I didn’t know they built Stonehenge in the jungle. Thought it was just a European thing.

This is in a public botanical garden in Thailand. The Stonehenge is just a replica. Sorry, Ancient Alien conspiracy theorists (a. k. a. idiots).

This is in a public botanical garden in Thailand. The Stonehenge is just a replica. Sorry, Ancient Alien conspiracy theorists (a. k. a. idiots).

49. If you need another planter, perhaps try your old bathtub.

Well, at least a tub somehow makes a great place for planting flowers. Still, love the selection in there.

Well, at least a tub somehow makes a great place for planting flowers. Still, love the selection in there.

50. Who knew you could plant flowers in your rubber boots?

I bet these are old rubber boots that no longer fit. And they don't have much flowers on them. Still, they'll go in the post.

I bet these are old rubber boots that no longer fit. And they don’t have much flowers on them. Still, they’ll go in the post.

51. To go with your flower bed, may I suggest a flower vanity?

I'm sure you can't put clothes in this. But flowers it will do. Hope the rain doesn't take the paint off.

I’m sure you can’t put clothes in this. But flowers it will do. Hope the rain doesn’t take the paint off.

52. What to do with that old log laying around? I know, plant flowers in it!

Now I think there's a log like this in my yard. Wonder if I should ask my dad to hollow it out so my mom can plant flowers in it. Of course, he'd probably refuse.

Now I think there’s a log like this in my yard. Wonder if I should ask my dad to hollow it out so my mom can plant flowers in it. Of course, he’d probably refuse.

53. Of course, you have to have flower baskets on your tricycle.

Now this is quite a garden party addition. Still, love the morning glories in the baskets.

Now this is quite a garden party addition. Still, love the morning glories in the baskets.

54. Need a planter? Split barrels.

I'm sure these are pre made since they look kind of fake. Besides, nobody uses wooden barrels anymore. Nevertheless, these flowers are pretty.

I’m sure these are pre made since they look kind of fake. Besides, nobody uses wooden barrels anymore. Nevertheless, these flowers are pretty.

55. When it comes to botanical gardens, many seem to be fit for a large palace.

Now this garden is from a large estate in France. And let me say, it's freaking huge. Still, must have an army of pruners somewhere.

Now this garden is from a large estate in France. And let me say, it’s freaking huge. Still, must have an army of pruners somewhere.

56. In many of these large botanical gardens, it’s sometimes customary to have a maze.

Now I'd really hate to get lost in that. Not sure where this one came from but the foliage is stunning.

Now I’d really hate to get lost in that. Not sure where this one came from but the foliage is stunning.

57. Heard of a flower bed? Now here’s a flower piano.

Sure it's a bit water logged and won't play a note. But at least the flowers and waterfall are pretty.

Sure it’s a bit water logged and won’t play a note. But at least the flowers and waterfall are pretty.

58. Looks like someone spilled the purple flowers. I wonder who that may be.

From the Images: "Waterfall blue lobelia - No other blue flower can match the intensity of Waterfall Blue lobelia, a perfect floral imitation of water flowing from the pot. Riverdene Gold Mexican Heather gives a lime green color around the container, and Rustic Orange coleus in behind looks good with the heather and the intense blue of the lobelia." Man, and I thought I said too much sometimes.

From the Images: “Waterfall blue lobelia – No other blue flower can match the intensity of Waterfall Blue lobelia, a perfect floral imitation of water flowing from the pot. Riverdene Gold Mexican Heather gives a lime green color around the container, and Rustic Orange coleus in behind looks good with the heather and the intense blue of the lobelia.” Man, and I thought I said too much sometimes.

59. For those who don’t have a log cabin in the woods, this garden miniature is for you.

Of course, the water is made from blue stones you might get at a craft store. But everything else seems to be derived from organic material. Man, I wonder how they make these things.

Of course, the water is made from blue stones you might get at a craft store. But everything else seems to be derived from organic material. Man, I wonder how they make these things.

60. Sometimes you just need a garden to match your patio.

Now this is a miniature garden containing a small patio with scooters. Still, it's quite creative and probably made by someone with too much time on their hands.

Now this is a miniature garden containing a small patio with scooters. Still, it’s quite creative and probably made by someone with too much time on their hands.

61. This flower bed is said to be the place to dream.

Of course, you'd probably wouldn't want to be caught sleeping in it. Or else, they'd probably kick you off their property. Still, it's a fitting naturalistic approach to bedrooms.

Of course, you’d probably wouldn’t want to be caught sleeping in it. Or else, they’d probably kick you off their property. Still, it’s a fitting naturalistic approach to bedrooms.

62. Seems like the flowers have taken over the shed in this garden.

Now this may be small but it's especially breathtaking. Of course, it helps that the flowers are purple in this case.

Now this may be small but it’s especially breathtaking. Of course, it helps that the flowers are purple in this case.

63. Looks like somebody messed with the wrong Viking.

Now I'm sure this is something from Norse Mythology or Wagner opera. Still, I'm sure the Vikings didn't have antlers on their helmets. Well, at least they don't have horns though.

Now I’m sure this is something from Norse Mythology or Wagner opera. Still, I’m sure the Vikings didn’t have antlers on their helmets. Well, at least they don’t have horns though.

64. I’m sure this stretch is for cyclists only.

Then again, I'm sure bikes wouldn't be allowed either. Still, I like the daisies on this though.

Then again, I’m sure bikes wouldn’t be allowed either. Still, I like the daisies on this though.

65. Have an old rickety boat? Plant flowers in it.

Let's hope this boat isn't being used for a Viking funeral. Sure would hate to see the flowers engulfed in a fiery blaze on the water.

Let’s hope this boat isn’t being used for a Viking funeral. Sure would hate to see the flowers engulfed in a fiery blaze on the water.

66. May I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Barrelpot.

Yes, these have flowers in them as well as umbrellas on top. But these are so cute.

Yes, these have flowers in them as well as umbrellas on top. But these are so cute.

67. On this Beetle, the flowers run wild like the hippies who already have a cabin in the woods.

Now this Beetle is way groovier than the other couple I have on this post. Of course, you probably can't drive in it though.

Now this Beetle is way groovier than the other couple I have on this post. Of course, you probably can’t drive in it though.

68. If you have any broken flower pots, create your own fairy pumpkin scene.

Now I'm sure the flowers aren't real but the foliage is. However, it's a perfect abode for small fairies, isn't it?

Now I’m sure the flowers aren’t real but the foliage is. However, it’s a perfect abode for small fairies, isn’t it?

69. When it comes to flower boats, some are fancier than others.

This is from a botanical garden in India and is quite large. Still, you have to love the pink and white stripes on this.

This is from a botanical garden in India and is quite large. Still, you have to love the pink and white stripes on this.

70. Now this peacock certainly has a purple train of feathers.

Now I know peacocks are male and don't have tail colors like this. Nevertheless, these flowers are beautiful for this garden.

Now I know peacocks are male and don’t have tail colors like this. Nevertheless, these flowers are beautiful for this garden.

71. In the botanical garden scheme, sometimes they can come in all kinds of patterns.

This is from a botanical garden in Madeira which is in the Mediterranean. Still, quite lovely but I'm not sure about the colors.

This is from a botanical garden in Madeira which is in the Mediterranean. Still, quite lovely but I’m not sure about the colors.

72. When it comes to flowers, sometimes you’d find them in violins.

Of course, this isn't a real violin. But I'm sure the flowers are beautiful in this planter.

Of course, this isn’t a real violin. But I’m sure the flowers are beautiful in this planter.

73. In butterfly gardens, the flower butterflies can come in all shapes and sizes.

I'm not sure where this is from. But I love the flowers on this, especially the purple ones.

I’m not sure where this is from. But I love the flowers on this, especially the purple ones.

74. I’m sure these peabirds would get along fine.

Now I think this is from an indoor botanical garden. But I hope the lighter one is a peahen and not a peacock, not that there's anything wrong with it. But it's just that, well, nevermind.

Now I think this is from an indoor botanical garden. But I hope the lighter one is a peahen and not a peacock, not that there’s anything wrong with it. But it’s just that, well, never mind. It’s just it would be very awkward if one of them should be queen.

75. When it comes to flower boats, some can run quite wild.

Now I'm sure this rickety wooden boat isn't good for the water. But that doesn't mean you can throw it away if you can still plant flowers in it.

Now I’m sure this rickety wooden boat isn’t good for the water. But that doesn’t mean you can throw it away if you can still plant flowers in it.

76. Another great planter for flowers is a little red wagon. Also great for transporting flowers, too.

Now I'm not sure whether the red wagon should be used for this. Nevertheless, the flowers are quite pretty to say the least.

Now I’m not sure whether the red wagon should be used for this. Nevertheless, the flowers are quite pretty to say the least.

77. You heard about planting flowers in a wheelbarrow. How about flowers in a wooden cart?

Now I'm sure the cart was painting and isn't pulled by a horse. But the flowers are quite gorgeous in it.

Now I’m sure the cart was painting and isn’t pulled by a horse. But the flowers are quite gorgeous in it.

78. When it comes to gardens, I’m sure nothing can flowers can make a purple hear.

Of course, this is probably in a botanical garden and erected from the ground. But it's nonetheless beautiful, especially since it's purple.

Of course, this is probably in a botanical garden and erected from the ground. But it’s nonetheless beautiful, especially since it’s purple.

79. Of course, you can always put your flowers in a worn out baby grand piano.

I'm sure the lid provides these beauties with ample shade. I'm sure they are quite lovely in the sun just the same.

I’m sure the lid provides these beauties with ample shade. I’m sure they are quite lovely in the sun just the same.

80. Wooden buckets make great flower pots, especially if you want to plant a lot of them in the same spot.

Of course, you can buy these large wooden buckets at any hardware or department store like Wal Mart or K Mart. Nevertheless, these flowers are quite beautiful in them.

Of course, you can buy these large wooden buckets at any hardware or department store like Wal Mart or K Mart. Nevertheless, these flowers are quite beautiful in them.

Flowers You Wouldn’t Want in Your Garden (Other than Weeds)

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Spring and summer are great times for flowers since they’re seen as pretty and sweet smelling so it’s no wonder we put them in vases, use them as decoration for special occasions, and bestow on people as gifts saying, “I love you,” “Congratulations,” or “Get well soon.” Flower gardens are at their ultimate splendor during this time of year. Of course, many people do have pollen allergies but we don’t talk about that except on commercials for allergy medicine. Then you have flowers like dandelions, clover, and other wildflowers that are pleasing out on the road but many would consider weeds in a conventional flower garden, especially an English flower garden to be exact. Still, we have to accept the fact that not all flowers are the beautiful sweet smellers we all know and love. Let’s say there are several varieties of flowers and while most are of the conventional variety, there are some that smell bad, are ugly and/or creepy, are poisonous to humans and animals,  cause a lot of ecological destruction as an invasive species, and just don’t make good additions to a beautiful flower garden for some reason. And it’s not because they’re weeds for despite their tendency to meet the Roundup Grim Reaper or the lawn mower, many of these wild flowers can still be seen as beautiful or allergenic. So without further ado, here are the flowers you don’t want in your garden and it’s not that they take other nutrients away from your perennials.

1. Titan Arum

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Scientific Name: Amorphophallus titanium.

Native to: The rainforests of Sumatra in Indonesia

Desirable Features: Well, it’s a big flower with a massive bloom sometimes purple in color (since my favorite color is purple, this is a great thing).

Why wouldn’t you want it: This is known as one of the worst smelling flowers in the world that it’s one of two species nicknamed “the corpse flower” because it smells like a rotting, stinking corpse. While such an aroma would be considered heavenly by its principal pollinators consisting of flies and beetles (which lay their eggs on dead things), a flower smelling of rotting meat isn’t going to allow a man get laid on Valentines Day unless his date’s a botanist. Thankfully it blooms once every 4 to 6 years on average and its bloom only lasts a day or two.

 

2. Eastern Skunk Cabbage

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Scientific Name: Symplocarpus foetidus.

Native to: The wetlands of Eastern North America from as North of Nova Scotia, to as west as Minnesota and as south as North Carolina and Tennessee.

Desirable Features: It has desirable foliage, a purple bloom, as well as medicinal properties which have been used to treat asthma, epilepsy, coughs, and rheumatism. So if you’re stuck in the woods away from civilization in Eastern North America, this would be a great flower to have at your disposal.

Why you wouldn’t want it: What gives this flower’s designation as “Eastern Skunk Cabbage” is that it gives away a bloom akin to a roadkill skunk. Such odor is desirable for potential pollinating flies but not for anyone else. It also doesn’t help that this flower is capable of thermogenesis (keeping itself warm), which not only lets it to bloom when there’s snow on the ground but also attract its pollinators by mimicking the heat generated by a fresh corpse. So unless you’re an asthmatic stuck near a wetland away from civilization in Eastern North America (or a botanist, naturally), you don’t want this.

 

3.The Rafflesia

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Scientific Name: Rafflesia arnoldii. Genus has 27 other species.

Native to: The rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia. It’s one of Indonesia’s natural flowers where it’s a protected species.

Desirable Features: Has an impressive and beautiful bloom and produces the largest individual flower on earth.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Like Titan Arum, it’s also nicknamed, “the corpse flower” because it smells like a rotting corpse designed to attract flies to pollinate it (its red color also helps attract fly pollinators as well, since no one likes the repulsive smell of decaying flesh like a fly). Also, it’s considered a parasitic plant that lacks roots, stems, and leaves as well as doesn’t produce chlorophyll or photosynthesize. Rather it receives nutrients from a host plant (something that gardeners don’t want). Fortunately this flower dies after flowering for 5 days yet it’s seen as a rare species since a successful pollination for these flowers is a rare event in itself.

 

4. Hydnora Africana

Scientific Name: Same as regular name.

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Native to: Southern Africa particularly the semi-arid regions.

Desirable Features: Heard their seeds and fruit are delicious as well as used for tanning leather and preserving fishing nets. Also used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, kidney and bladder complaints, and acne.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Due to it being a parasitic plant that only grows underground until flower, it’s no wonder it resembles a creature you’d see from the movie Tremors (that or female genitalia). Also, since the dung beetle is its choice pollinator, it gives an odor that smells like shit.

 

5. Bulbophyllum Phalaenopsis

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Scientific Name: Same as regular name. Also part of a large genus of orchid.

Native to: New Guinea.

Desirable Features: Well, it’s an orchid and has a pretty color.

Why you wouldn’t want it: It’s a carrion flower known to smell like dead mice to attract flies. And there are many in its genus that smell like rotting flesh as well. So unless you’re an avid orchid collector or botanist, you probably wouldn’t want this in your flower garden.

 

6.Dead Horse Arum

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Scientific Name: Helicodiceros muscivorus.

Native to: Corsica, Sardinia, and the Baleric Islands.

Desirable Features: Well, it’s considered an ornamental plant and has a nice bloom.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Let’s just say it’s called a “Dead Horse Arum” because it’s said to smell like a dead horse to attract flies as pollinators. Doesn’t help that these flowers bloom on bright sunny days so the aroma can spread everywhere like a field freshly spread with manure. This basically ruins the enjoyment of any flower garden in such atmosphere. Also, exhibits thermogenesis.

 

7. Stapelia Gigantean

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Scientific Name: Same as regular name.

Native to: South Eastern Africa.

Desirable Features: Has a mesmerizing, fuzzy bloom which has enjoyed its share of cultivators.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Despite its beauty, it smells like rotting flesh to lure in flies. Culivators are generally advised to keep this plant outdoors so the fresh air could dilute the odor. So fellas, unless your girlfriend cultivates these plants or is a botanist, don’t give her this for Valentines Day.

 

8. The Voodoo Lily

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Scientific Name: Dracunculus vulgaris.

Native to: Greece, the Balkans, the Aegean Islands, and the southwest Turkey.

Desirable Features: It’s widely distributed and cultivated because of its stunning beauty. Not to mention, it can withstand drought.

Why you wouldn’t want it: It’s a carrion flower that smells like rotting flesh to attract flies. Fortunately its stench lasts for about a day. Also, all parts of the plant are considered poisonous so and touching the plant could trigger skin irritation or an allergic reaction.

 

9. Birthwort

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Scientific Name: Aristolochia gigantean. It’s genus has varieties of 500 species in diverse climates.

Native to: Brazil.

Desirable Features: Well, it’s purple and has a spectacular bloom. As an ornamental plant it’s notable as being hardy. Said to help heal wounds but little else and it’s not worth taking.

Why you wouldn’t want it: For one, it gives a foul odor of rotting flesh to attract flies. Second, many of the flowers in this genus are seen as rather ugly. Third, while it’s been seen as an herbal medicine for centuries (especially in China), it’s a very poisonous plant linked to severe renal and kidney disease as well as cancer. Unfortunately, it continues to be used as an herbal remedy.

 

10. The Opium Poppy

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Scientific Name: Papaver somniferum.

Native to: Asia and the Middle East.

Desirable Features: Well, it’s a medicinal plant as well as used for painkillers and is known for its ornamental beauty. Also, produces seeds which could be used as a condiment for many baked goods like buns and bagels.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Despite its beauty, this flower has a controversial reputation. It has an ambiguous legal status in the United States in which you can’t raise it for cultivation at a large agricultural scale without a license and only for medicinal purposes. Of course, reasons are obvious since these plants are a known source of heroin and other opiates. Still, this beauty managed to cause all sorts of problems throughout history and there’s no stopping it. I mean Great Britain managed to get Chinese people hooked on recreational opium during its empire days, which resulted in two wars. Ditto the War on Drugs in the US. As to why inner city drug lords don’t get into opium poppy cultivation, I don’t have the slightest idea.

 

11. Western Skunk Cabbage

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Scientific Name: Lysichiton americanus.

Native to: Wetlands in the Pacific Northwest.

Desirable Features: It’s a beautiful yellow flower with great foliage. Can be used as a laxative as well as for sores and swellings but only in small quantities and its waxy leaves could be used for food preparation and storage.

Why you wouldn’t want it: While it doesn’t smell of rotting flesh, there’s a reason why it’s called the “Western Skunk Cabbage.” Since it attracts beetles and flies, it’s odor is akin to skunk spray even in old dried specimens. So if you came home from a hiking trip smelling like a skunk despite not seeing one, perhaps this flower may be a reason. Also, using too much of this plant as medicine can result in death.

 

12.Castor Oil Plant

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Scientific Name: Ricinus communis.

Native to: The Southeastern Mediterranean Basin, Eastern Africa, and India.

Desirable Features: Has long been used as a medicinal plant as castor oil which has other uses (yet don’t consume it in its natural state). Also has lovely leaves and pink flowers.

Why you wouldn’t want it: It’s been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most poisonous plant and produce ricin. On milligram of its poison could kill a human adult. Its pink pom-pom flowers are especially dangerous to children. Also, the KGB used this plant’s poison to silence opposition permanently.

 

13. Nepenthes Truncata

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Scientific Name: Same as regular name though it is a pitcher plant.

Native to: The Philippines.

Desirable Features: Well, if you have problems with insects and vermin, I’m sure this carnivorous plant could come in handy.

Why you wouldn’t want it: For one, it’s ugly and probably smells of rotten meat to attract its prey. Second, the fact its known to eat small mammals is rather unsettling, especially since its process to dissolve such animals in digestive enzymes has been seen.

 

14. Belladonna

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Scientific Name: Atropa belladonna.

Native to: Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Desirable Features: It produces pretty purple flowers.

Why you wouldn’t want it: This flower is highly poisonous and has been used in one of the worst beauty trends in history in which women used the berries to dilate their pupils. Symptoms include, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, slow or fast pulse, loss of balance, staggering, headache, rash, flushing, dry mouth, slurred speech, urinary retention, constipation, confusion, as well as convulsions and death. Though it has been long used as an herbal medicine and homeopathic drug, there’s insufficient scientific evidence to recommend its use. Also known to kill a lot of Roman Emperors.

 

15. White Snakeroot

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Scientific Name: Ageratina altissima.

Native to: The US Appalachian Mountains.

Desirable Features: Has lovely white flowers and has roots that can be used for medicinal purposes.

Why you wouldn’t want it: It’s a highly poisonous plant known to contain tremetol which led to the highly fatal milk sickness known to kill thousands of American settlers in the early 19th century, possibly including the mother of a US president.

 

16. Water Hemlock

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Scientific Name: Cicuta bulbifera. There are 3 other species for this genus though.

Native to: North America.

Desirable Features: It’s flowers look very similar to Queen Anne’s Lace but bigger.

Why you wouldn’t want it: According to the USDA, it’s considered as the most toxic plant in North America with its stalks containing full of the a sap containing cicutoxin. Ingesting a small amount of this could affect the central nervous system and cause seizures as well as bring death within 15 minutes. It’s also deadly to the touch even when dried. Most poisonings occurred due to confusion between these plants and other edible look-alikes, particularly from the Parsley family.  Those who survive may develop long term health conditions like amnesia.

 

17. Elephant Foot Yam

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Scientific Name: Amorphophallus paeoniifolius.

Native to: Southeast Asia.

Desirable Features: It has big purple leaves and is used as a cash crop in Southeast Asian countries. Elephant foot yams are used in cuisine as well as in medicine. Can be grown in areas that may seem unsuitable for crops.

Why you wouldn’t want it: It’s nickname is “the stink lily” because it smells like a corpse to attract flies. Also, it’s kind of ugly as well.

 

18. Black Bat Flower

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Scientific Name: Tacca chantrieri.

Native to: Southeast Asia and Southern China.

Desirable Features: Well, it’s not poisonous or smells bad. Also, it’s considered a collector’s item since it’s extremely rare.

Why you wouldn’t want it: This is one of the creepiest flowers ever in existence and is sure to inspire nightmares. So unless you love Halloween, are related to the Munsters or the Addams Family, or live in a dark castle on a hill or some other spooky residence, then this flower isn’t for you. Also, it’s a bitch to cultivate since it needs a lot of water and prefers high humidity so it would maybe work in my area but I’m not sure about the Munsters (since they live in California).

 

19. Dracula Orchid

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Scientific Name: Dracula sergioi. Has 118 species in its genus.

Native to: Central and South America.

Desirable Features: Well, it’s an orchid and it’s rare in the US. Also, it’s harmless.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Well, if there’s a flower named after Dracula, chances are it’s either very dangerous or very scary looking. This one resembles some sci-fi alien monster with a piranha like mouth. So if you aren’t into scary movies, then you probably don’t want this in your garden.

 

20. Monk’s Hood

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Scientific Name: Aconitum carmichaelii. Genus has over 250 species.

Native to: East Asia.

Desirable Features: Well, a lot of these flowers are in a beautiful shade of purple and yellow.

Why you wouldn’t want it: It contains large quantities of pseudocontitine  or actonite which is a deadly poison. It’s no wonder that many cultures used this plant to poison their arrows, so they’d be much more lethal. Consuming this flower can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea followed by burning, tingling, numbness of face, mouth, and abdomen. When consumed in large quantities, leads to instant death. Still, you probably remember this plant from Harry Potter as an ingredient in the Wolfsbane potion; you know what Snape made for Lupin during that special time of the month. Of course, it’s no wonder he got sick from it. Also, used as Hannah McKay’s killing method of choice on Dexter.

 

21. Oleander

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Scientific Name: Nerium oleander.

Native to: The Mediterranean region, most likely.

Desirable Features: It smells sweet and has beautiful pink flowers with petals being crimson, magenta, or creamy white. Also, a rather hardy plant that could withstand drought.

Why you wouldn’t want it: It’s one of the most toxic plants in the world and every part of this flower is incredibly poisonous if ingested. In fact, even inhaling one burning is seen as a health threat and even honey derived from its nectar could kill you. A single leaf could kill a child. Most of its human victims are campers who used this flower’s branches to roast marshmallows and hotdogs (well, according to urban legend). Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, excess salivation, abdominal pain, irregular heart rate, drowsiness, tremors, siezures, and coma.

 

22. Henbane

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Scientific Name: Hyoscyamus niger.

Native to: Eurasia.

Desirable Features: Well, it’s a nice looking flower.

Why you wouldn’t want it: For one it has a foul odor which is the reason it’s known as “stinking nightshade.” Second, all parts of this plant are considered highly poisonous in low doses. Symptoms ingesting it include visual hallucinations, dilated pupils, restlessness, flushed skin, vomiting, slow and fast pulse, hyperpyrexia and ataxia.

 

23. Poison Hemlock

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Scientific Name: Conium maculatum. There’s another species in this genus from Southern Africa. Also, don’t confuse it with the tree which is a different species entirely.

Native to: Europe and the Mediterranean.

Desirable Features: Resembles a bit like Queen Anne’s Lace.

Why you wouldn’t want it: This flower is extremely poisonous and ingesting small doses could cause respiratory collapse, muscular paralysis, and death. Retains poisonous properties when dried and is deadly to the touch. The famous Greek philosopher Socrates was condemned to death by drinking this. Second, because it’s poisonous, it could infest large pastures and open waste areas earning its invasive status.

 

24. Hemlock Water Dropwort

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Scientific Name: Oenanthe Crocata. Genus has another species.

Native to: Europe and the Mediterranean.

Desirable Features: Resembles a bit like Queen Anne’s Lace. Leaves pose no danger.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Despite its beauty, this is an extremely toxic plant (considered the most toxic plant in the UK), especially the stem and roots. A single root from this could kill a cow and human fatalities are known. It’s considered especially dangerous due to its resemblance to Chinese celery, Japanese wild celery, and it doesn’t help it shares the same genus.

 

25. Yellow Jasmine

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Scientific Name: Gelsemium sempervirens.

Native to: Southeastern US, Mexico, and Central America. State flower of South Carolina.

Desirable Features: Pretty yellow flowers and is sometimes used as an herbal medicine (when used right).

Why you wouldn’t want it: All parts of this plant contain the toxic strychnine alkaloids gelsemine and gelseminine, which is fatal to honeybees (and even more reason you wouldn’t want it in your garden, especially since there have reports of colony collapse disorder. Let’s just say any flower that’s fatally toxic to honeybees should never be used in a flower garden ever). Children have been poisoned sucking its nectar after mistaking it for honeysuckle and it can cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals.

 

26. Crown Vetch

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Scientific Name: Securigera varia.

Native to: Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Desirable Features: Well, it has pretty pink flowers and is used in the US and Canada as erosion control, roadside planting, and soil rehabilitation. I see this flower all the time when I’m on walks. Grows in most environments and provides good forage for deer and elk during the winter as well as good nesting grounds for birds. Rabbits use this plant for food and cover.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Of course, this is coming from an American perspective but in many US states they’re considered an invasive species or noxious weeds. In fact, many Americans consider this a weed. It’s a tough and aggressive spreading plant that will crowd out its neighbors in a show garden and is very hard to eradicate once established. So if you live in the US, don’t plant this unless you’re legally obligated to do so. Not to mention, it’s also poisonous to horses.

 

27. Latana Camara

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Scientific Name: Same as regular name.

Native to: Central and South America.

Desirable Features: Pretty flowers and can survive in a variety of environments. Can go long without water. Indian scientists discovered that the leaves have anti-microbial, fungicidal, and insecticidal properties which is good for many gardeners. It’s been seen as effective for treating ulcers and respiratory infections.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Since this plant has spread to 50 different countries, it’s been considered an invasive species which will often out compete more desirable species which will lead to a reduction in biodiversity. It’s also known to be toxic to livestock like cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, and goats.

 

28. Rhododendron Ponticum

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Scientific Name: Same as regular name. Its genus has over 1,000 species and includes azaelas.

Native to: Southern Europe and Southwest Asia. National flower of Nepal and state flower of West Virginia and Washington.

Desirable Features: This is a highly desirable evergreen shrub with big flowers and lovely green foliage. These flowers make a trip to my local cemetery almost a dream come Memorial Day and I always take pictures of them with my camera.

Why you wouldn’t want it: For one, this plant is considered a highly invasive species in New Zealand, the British Isles, and Western Europe. Second, it’s highly toxic especially to horses that are said to die within hours of ingesting it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, hallucinations, paralysis, severe pains, and even death and its effects have been known since ancient times. Even its honey is poisonous to humans which can cause hypotension and bradycardia if consumed in sufficient quantities. Also, these plants are very prone to a whole range of pests and diseases (Wikipedia has a whole list of ills for this shrub). So it’s a great flower to look at but not a good one to have.

 

29. Tansy

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Scientific Name: Tanacetum vulgare.

Native to: Europe and Asia.

Desirable Features: Pretty yellow flowers and seen as a natural insecticide as well as good companion plant.

Why you wouldn’t want it: In many areas of the world particularly North America, this is seen as an invasive species known to spread prolifically. Also, it’s a toxic plant in all parts, especially to livestock.

 

30. Cultivated Tobacco

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Scientific Name: Nicotiana tabacum. Genus has 67 species.

Native to: The Caribbean. Introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus himself, if not then possible hybrid.

Desirable Features: Pretty pink flowers. Can also be used as an insecticide.

Why you wouldn’t want it: This plant doesn’t have a good reputation since it’s responsible for a lot of deaths from all kinds of diseases per year, particularly cancer (that and the 599 other additives in tobacco products). Those who work on tobacco farms and plantations are constantly exposed to nicotine poisoning as well as to a large amount of pesticides and other chemicals. Not to mention, this plant could be prone to a whole host of diseases and pests. Also, cultivating this plant in developing countries has led to significant deforestation and environmental damage.

 

31. Purple Loosestrife

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Scientific Name: Lythrum salicaria.

Native to: Europe, Asia, northwest Africa, and southeastern Australia.

Desirable Features: Pretty purple flowers and seen as a medicinal herb for bowel problems. Well suited for most environments.

Why you wouldn’t want it: It’s a highly invasive plant in New Zealand and North America. Its infestations result in dramatic disruption of water flow in rivers and streams as well as a sharp decline in biodiversity, especially in wetlands. Known for crowding out other native plant species like cattails. So if you live near a swamp, don’t plant this.

 

32. Common Foxglove

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Scientific Name: Digitalis purpurea. Genus contains 20 species.

Native to: Europe.

Desirable Features: Pretty purple flowers.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Toxic in all parts including the water any cut stalks sit in. Even in its dried state, it can kill. Poisoning is most commonly found in livestock, pets, and children. Sometimes mistaken for the edible comfrey plant and brewed as tea in which the results could be fatal. Symptoms include Stomach pain, nausea, violent vomiting, vertigo, muscular stiffness, fatigue, headache, pulse at first rapid and violent but soon weak and irregular, dilated pupils, dimness of vision, delirium.

 

33. Ox-Eye Daisy

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Scientific Name: Leucanthemum vulgare.

Native to: Europe and Asia.

Desirable Features: Well, it’s a daisy and appears conventional as such.

Why you wouldn’t want it: It’s a highly invasive species in North America, Australia, and New Zealand known for displacing native plants and modifying existing communities. It’s particularly troublesome in agricultural areas where cows won’t eat it which will enable it to spread and it’s host to several viral diseases that affect crops. In the US it’s prohibited in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Washington, Wyoming, and West Virginia.

 

34. Creeping Buttercup

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Scientific Name: Ranunculus repens. Genus has 600 species including spearworts, crowfoots, and celandine.

Native to: Europe, Asia, and northwestern Africa.

Desirable Features: Pretty yellow flowers.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Though initially seen as an ornamental plant, it’s an invasive species in many parts of the world and is usually spread through transporting hay. Not to mention, it’s toxic in all parts to humans and animals (except when dried in hay) with symptoms including bloody diarrhea, excessive salivation, colic, and severe blistering that affect the mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract. Yet, while grazing animals know to avoid this plant, they will sometimes eat it out of desperation.

 

35. Blessed Milk Thistle

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Scientific Name: Silybum marianum.

Native to: Southern Europe and Asia.

Desirable Features: Pretty purple flowers and is widely cultivated in Europe, Asia, and South America for several different uses.

Why you wouldn’t want it: For one, it has sharp spikes all over its foliage, which you wouldn’t want to touch on the roadside. Second, it contains the toxin potassium nitrate which is toxic humans and animals, particularly cattle and sheep. Symptoms include oxygen deprivation, which is a terrible way to die. Third, it’s considered an invasive species in Iran, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Fourth, its appearance gives an impression that it more likely belongs in some mad scientist’s garden than yours, considering its freakish display. That or seems like an appropriate corsage for a Klingon wedding.

 

36. Common Water Hyacinth

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Scientific Name: Eichhornia crassipes.

Native to: The Amazon Basin.

Desirable Features: One of the few Amazon flowers that could survive outside the rainforest (it’s been recently spotted in New York). Could be used for bioenergy and waste water treatment. Also, a very pretty purple flower with a petal resembling a peacock feather.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Since its introduction to the US in 1884, this little beauty has been responsible for all kinds of environmental damage such as choking up rivers, killing fish, and stopping shipping in Louisiana as well as clogging Florida’s waterways. Not only that but it nearly wrecked Florida’s environment and economy. There were many eradication attempts, including one by the US War Department pouring oil over it, yet none prevailed. The US government was so desperate to get rid of this plant that Congress almost passed a bill that would’ve authorized the importation of hippos for this very purpose in 1910. Yes, hippos, but this method wouldn’t have worked either because it’s also considered an invasive species in Africa, particularly Lake Victoria.

 

37. Lily of the Valley

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Scientific Name: Convallaria majalis.

Native to: Asia and Europe.

Desirable Features: Pretty white flowers which explains why it’s used a lot in bridal bouquets.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Unless you’re familiar with the later seasons of Breaking Bad (sorry to spoil it), you probably don’t know that this beauty can be very deadly. It’s highly poisonous in all parts including the berries and contains 38 different cardiac glycosides. If ingested even in small amounts, it could cause abdominal pain, vomiting, and a reduced heart rate. For the prospective brides hoping to become black widows someday, this is the perfect flower for you.

 

38. American Pokeweed

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Scientific Name: Phytolacca Americana.

Native to: Eastern North America.

Desirable Features: Well, pretty white flowers and nice dark berries. It’s a good source for songbirds like the Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Brown Thrasher, and Northern Mockingbird. Young leaves (those that don’t have red in them) and berries can be eaten but only when properly cooked.

Why you wouldn’t want it: These plants are poisonous though the ripe dark berries are the least toxic; it’s when they’re green you really have to worry about them and whether they’re consumed raw in large quantities. Infants and small children should avoid consuming them at all times. As for the rest of the plant, well, those parts get more poisonous as it matures. And adults have been poisoned (sometimes fatally) by eating improperly prepared leaves and shoots, particularly if the root is harvested with the shoots, and by mistaking the root for an edible tuber. So if you’re served any pokeweed dish at a dinner party, you might not want to eat it. Symptoms upon ingesting may include anemia, altered heart rate and respiration, convulsions and death from respiratory failure. Could also possibly cause mutations (perhaps leading to cancer) and birth defects. Yet, animals would only consume them in desperation or if it’s in contaminated hay. Still, while it shouldn’t be touched with bare hands, the juice is less hazardous than the sap (which can cause dermatitis). Also, they are particularly invasive and a pain to get rid of (burning it won’t help, believe me).

 

39. Scotch Broom

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Scientific Name: Cytisus scoparius.

Native to: Western and central Europe.

Desirable Features: Pretty flowers. Can grow almost anywhere.

Why you wouldn’t want it: Contains a toxin that causes heart palpitations and affects the central nervous system, which is harmful to both humans and livestock. In the American West as well as in New Zealand, Australia, and India, this is a particularly invasive plant known to inhibit reforestation efforts after timber harvests.

 

40. Giant Hogweed

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Scientific Name: Heracleum mantegazzianum.

Native to: The Caucasus Region in Central Asia.

Desirable Features: Resembles a giant version of Queen Anne’s Lace like it’s on steroids or some radioactive plant food.

Why you wouldn’t want it: For one, it’s an invasive species spreading like wildfire and drowning the native flora and destroying ecosystems in its wake, especially in wetland areas. Second, it’s a phototoxic plant and public health hazard. Skin contact with its watery sap could produce painful burning blisters that could leave purple and black scars. If in contact with eyes, then blindness. Because of it being up to 8-20ft tall and dangerously poisonous to the touch, don’t think you can get rid of it with your weed whacker or mower. In fact, you can’t so it’s best to call professionals or local authorities who can properly destroy the plant and seeds.