Plants that start with h are suitable for gardens and backyards alike, they are also of different varieties, although their commonality is their initial. There are different types of plants that start with h; some of which produce flowers, while others don’t.

Beautiful Garden Plants that Start with H

With their different looks and physical properties, you can combine many of these beautiful plants with other plants, trees, or shrubs to make a beautiful garden.

To save you some time, we have compiled together a list of the most sought-after plants that start with h- keep reading! 

Types of Flowering and Non-flowering Plants That Start With H

1. Hardy Hibiscus 

Hardy hibiscus plants are popular and are easily recognized in any garden, as they usually troop together. Hardy hibiscus produces beautiful flowers that are usually big and flamboyant, which earns it the name “dinner plate.” The hibiscus flowers vary and would bloom in shades of white, pink, red, and yellow, streaking via the petals with different eye patterns. 

Pink Hardy Hibiscus Flower in Plants

– Maintenance and Care

Hardy hibiscus is best planted during the spring season when the risk of frost is low, and the ground is soft and workable, however, you must remember that it sprouts best when it’s planted in an area that gets full sun and don’t worry it wouldn’t get sunburned. 

In addition, it also tolerates some light shade as it will be fine in moist soil that never completely dries out. These hibiscuses would grow tall and wide, so it’s best to give it plenty of room to grow, and they would blossom some beautiful flowers that would last for a long period of time. 

Remember that the hardy hibiscus prefers soils with a very low pH, that are rich in organic matter. Hibiscus plants are fragile, and their stems are easily breakable, so it’s best to plant them where they won’t be affected by strong winds. 

In addition, some proper spacing is also important when growing hardy hibiscus, so the plants don’t become choked up, or complied with others roots and this would hinder the growth. 

They should be spaced about two and three feet apart for this reason, in order to receive the right nutrients from the soil, the fertilizing, and the water. Also, at the time of planting, hibiscus plants require frequent watering. 

– Varieties

There are different species of hibiscus plants that are suitable for gardens in different planting zones and weather conditions. However, only three species are popularly grown all around North America, and hardy hibiscus is one of them. 

This is not to say that the other varieties can’t be grown there, just that there are only three popularly grown species. Hardy hibiscus varieties include cultivars of H. moscheutos, also called rose mallows, and cultivars of H. syriacus, which are also called the rose of Sharon at times. 

All varieties of hardy hibiscus display stunning flowers with different hues. Each variety would look different, with the shades, and the size of the flowers that they would produce, but all of them have very similar requirements when you are growing them.

2. Heavenly Bamboo

Heavenly Bamboo is known for its bright red berries and foliage color. It’s a small evergreen plant that adds a pop of color to any garden. 

Evergreen Heavenly Bamboo Flower

– Pollinator Attraction

It’s rich in nectar, which makes it very attractive to bees and other pollinators, and this is an advantage to see your whole garden blooming with this single plant being cultivated. The key reason why the bees would come around the flowers is that these blooms are clustered, with green berries which turn red when ripe, as other birds would follow too. 

– Maintenance and Care

While maintenance and care also contribute to the vitality and long-term health of heavenly bamboo, climate and growing circumstances have the most influence on its growth.

When the plant is young, you must remember that as you are watering in the summer, it is an important aspect so that the proper irrigation will help it develop a robust root system that will enable it to tolerate dryness later on.

The versatility of heavenly bamboo makes it a great addition to your garden. It has the capacity to thrive and endure a wide range of situations. Also, these plants are very tolerant of different types of soil textures, although they do prefer moist soil for optimal growth. On another note, once it is properluy established, it can survive harsh conditions like drought.

– Varieties

Heavenly Bamboo is also called sacred bamboo or Nandina, and it has over 60 varieties that you can pick from for your garden. All the varieties have distinct characteristics that will work perfectly with whatever garden you have in mind.

Some of the varieties include dwarf plants like Nandina bush and dwarf one which are great for borders and edges around your house.

Note that there is also the Nandina flirt variety, popular for keeping red-colored leaves all through the year. The Nandina obsession and Nandina Gulfstream varieties change colors from coppery reds to vivid greens with the seasons. 

On another note, some varieties like Nandina filamentosa and more compact ones that are signified for their shapes and especially for the foliage. All in all, whichever variety you choose to plant will bring a unique look and texture to your garden or around your house. 

3. Hemp Agrimony

Otherwise known as Raspberries and Cream, Hemp Agrimony is a tall perennial plant usually found in the marshes. It has a foamy cluster of pinkish flowers with a reddish stem, and this is how it is specified. Its name was derived from having leaves similar to that of a hemp, but it is not in any way related to the plant. 

Hemp Agrimony Flowers and Buds

– Pollinator Attraction

This gorgeous plant is one of many plants with an abundance of nectar, and its inflorescence invites many pollinators such as bees and butterflies, and other flower flies. On another note, this aspect of the plant is considered an advantage as it will grow and thrive more and more with the help of the pollinators.

– Maintenance and Care

Hemp Agrimony can be sown any time of the year but it is best planted during early autumn or during spring. Since this is not a fussy plant, it’s still able to bloom even when other plants have died out, which is what gives it a low maintenance plant to keep. Not only this, but it would also have the tendency to survive in winter or warmer locations.

Hemp Agrimony is generally considered easy to grow, and it thrives well in moist and rich soils that are well-draining. The ideal location to grow this plant is a place with plenty of water, like the edge of a pond or a stream, this is because it does great in a marsh, swampy area, or on damp soil. Surprisingly, it can also be found in waste ground. 

– Varieties

Hemp Agrimony has several common names, some of which include Indian ague root, water agrimony, water hemp, holy rope, hemp weep, etc. It has no known cultivars. However, the plant itself will add color and textures to your garden, no matter the variety that you have chose.

4. High Mallow

The high Mallow plant has a big flower; its flowers are large and numerous in the color and the size. The flowers appear in clusters, usually two to four on the leaf axils, with a large pollen that has five sepals and petals.

Malva Sylvestris Known as High Mallow

High Mallow is a spreading perennial plant, which has the ability to grow tall with a straight stem, and the latter is what gives it the specificity of the feature that makes it unique.

– Maintenance and Care 

If you want to grow High Mallow plants, you should grow them in the early spring. Also, for your garden to have a steady bloom of high mallow flowers, the plant should be grown continuously from spring to early summer or late spring time, the reason for this is that your garden will have a beautiful array of flowers all year round.

High Mallow plants flourish in areas where they are exposed to sunlight and have constant access to a source of some water. In addition, note that they can survive all types of soil, as long as it is well drained. 

On another note, when they are placed in a location that has some strong winds, this could affect the plant, by causing the stems to bend and even break. As a result, you can always support the plant, by using a stick to balance it and to support it. When fully developed, high mallow plants flourish admirably in almost all environmental circumstances.

– Varieties 

High Mallow, also known as tall mallow, cheese-cake, country mallow or wood mallow has varieties that are suitable for planting in gardens. These would include; Malva moschata, commonly known as musk mallow, which has small tiny flowers that are usually rose pink in color. 

On another note, there’s even the malva neglecta variety which is also known as dwarf mallow, which is perfect for flower beds; and malva thuringiaca, also known as tree lavatera, which are great ornamental plants. 

5. Hooded Pitcher

The hooded pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant, and this is what makes it very popular. The leaves of the plant are tube-like, luring bugs in to feed on and digest the flies that it would capture and devour.

Lovely Hoods of Hooded Pitcher Plants

There is a spotlight at the back of the hood, also called windows. The plant lures and confuses bugs and insects with the spotlight, by making them think that there is a way out of the tube.

– Maintenance and Care

The best season to grow a pitcher plant is between late spring to fall, to make sure that there is enough exposure to sunlight towards this plant. The lack of sunlight can cause pitcher plants to be weak and colorless, as the plant needs enough sunlight to produce flowers with beautiful colors.

This plant is best grown in moist soil that isn’t water-logged, so that it wouldn’t cause any distress to the plant. Note that it thrives in full sun and a consistently acidic soil. 

You must also remember that this plant does not require heavy fertilization and should be irrigated with lime-free water and soil. The crown of the plant should not sit for a long period in water, and you must ensure that the soil never dries out and is kept somewhat moist.

– Varieties

Varieties of the hooded pitcher plant include; the purple pitcher plant which is the Sarracenia purpurea, the Yellow pitcher plant or the Sarracenia flava, the California pitcher plant which is scientifically known as the Darlingtonia Californica.

The Western Australian pitcher plant, which is known by the name Cephalotus follicularis in botany. These are just a few of the different varieties of hooded pitcher plants, which has similar growing properties.

6. Horned Violet

The horned violet plant refers to a long, slim, and up-looking nectar spur. Its flower has a dark violet-blue color, bejeweled with a bright yellow center. Horned violet is known popularly for its light fragrance and versatility; it can be used in beds, edging, rock gardens, and as a land cover. 

Beautiful Horn Violet in Garden

– Maintenance and Care

Horn violets usually stop blooming from around Christmas to mid-February. The best season to grow horn violet is during spring, with plants such as tulips and daffodils. It can tolerate mild frost and snow cover during winter.

Horn violets prefer moist and partially shaded places, with a rich wetland but not waterlogged. Only if the soil requires a certain nutriment, it must not be too much.  Too little water or overcrowding can cause the plant to droop. They can bloom during summer and fall if properly taken care of.

– Varieties

Horned violet is also known as horned pansy or tufted violet. Horned violet has fragrant and non-fragrant varieties, all perfect for gardens and flower beds. Some fragrant varieties include; blackout, halo lemon frost, halo lilac, and halo violet.

The non-fragrant varieties of horned violet include; sorbet carmine rose, sorbet coconut swirl, sorbet icy blue, sorbet lemon blueberry swirl, and sorbet lemon chiffon. 

7. Hybrid Tuberous

Begoniaceae is a large flower family, named in honor of Michael Begon. It has different species and hundreds of hybrids. A hybrid tuberous begonia is a member of the Begoniaceae family. 

Red Hybrid Tuberous Begonia

– Features

It has colorful waxy petals, and each plant has different numbers of petals and various flower shapes. A typical form of a tuberous begonia is a large round leaf with a rich color palette of pale green reverse, or red veins, and pale pink or white flowers.

– Maintenance and Care

Tuberous begonia plants are highly sensitive to cold. Which means that overall, the best period to plant is in the spring after the frost. Also, note that It is easier to plant it during spring because the ground is much more workable, and they would be more active.

After planting, however, these hybrid tuberous plants, you must water them very lightly until it produces a set of leaves, after that you can adopt a schedule to water them thoroughly.

As for the soil, the Tuberous begonia prefers organic or fertile, moist, and well-drained soil with full sunlight. It does not thrive in humidity or heat, so it can suffer in a very hot environment. It’s best to protect it from too much sun and ensure the provision of fresh air for proper growth. 

– Varieties

Some varieties of hybrid tuberous include; the cane-stemmed begonia, semperflorens, rex and rhizomes, and winter-flowering begonia. These varieties are evergreen, and they all grow attractive flowers, which add beauty to a landscape. 

8. Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus flowers often have their leaves lobed or enclosed in plant hairs, and this variety is a tropical one, which means that the flowers of many species of hibiscus only last a day. These flowers are either clustered or borne singly. The plant has large tropical flowers that grow in colors like red, pink, blue, white, lilac, etc.

Blooming Red Hibiscus Flower

– Maintenance and Care

The tropical hibiscus plants are best grown in the spring season. The latter means that this would give them enough time to grow and develop deep roots until they are ready to blossom. On another note, a perennial hibiscus that is planted during the fall, won’t turn out as well as the one planted earlier in the year by the next spring.

Many of the hibiscus plants prefer slightly acidic soil because the acid level of the soil determines the color of the hibiscus flower. 

Note that these plants are thirsty plants, they need to be watered regularly, hence they are tropical in a sense. Lastly, note that to have a healthy bloom with good color, fertilizer with high potassium and high nitrogen can be used.

– Varieties

There are several varieties of hibiscus flowers. The few popular varieties include; Swamp Hibiscus, which has a vibrant colored and beautiful pinwheel-like flower, and Confederate Rose, which has a large flowering shrub, with hairy or velvety leaves. These two varieties of hibiscus flowers are the most common. 

9. Hollow Root

The name hollow root is derived from the shape of the flower and hollow bulb. Scienfitically it is known as theCorydalis cava, as it is a member of the fumarioideae family. 

Purple Blue Hollow Root Plant in Green

– Maintenance and Care

Although fall is the best time to grow hollow root plants, you can plant them anytime between spring and fall. An ideal soil for hollow roots is when it is moist, rich soil with clay content, so that water would stay in the humid roots.

Note that this plant is a self-propagating plant, which is captivating with its carpet of silky leaves and fragrant white and pink flowers. It has a short lifespan and the flowers bloom only during spring.

This beautiful plant needs a place they can grow undisturbed, which can be under a tree, a shady bed, or on the edge of a wood.

They are very easy to grow, as long as they’re planted in a suitable spot. Hollow root plants are highly sensitive to the soil they’re grown in. Also, they grow well in cold conditions.

– Problem

One of the few problems they can have is with snails, which would grow in the soil and hatch their larvae and prosper. The reason why this aspect is very keen to damage it is that the snails would grasp the proper nutrients from the plant, and make it weak.

– Varieties

Some varieties popular varieties of the hollow root plant include; ambigua and corydalis aurea. However, both varieties are flowering plants that produce vividly colored blooms that are great for gardens, in spring time.


You can create the most beautiful relaxing space or the perfect backyard garden with plants that start with h. It’s even more true and better if these plants produce flowers. The above-listed plants are a great place to start if you’re in search for a new plant to add to your garden.

Let’s take a look at a few key points:

  • To get the best results with plants, you need to be aware of their optimum growth requirements. 
  • All the plants listed produce flowers with various colors and textures. It’s basically up to you to decide how to pair them with other plants to get the best scenery. 
  • The different varieties of each plant available provide several options of plants to choose from. 
  • Heather plants or called the Calluna vulgaris, hollyhock plants or the alcea roses, and hybrid cactus (orchid cactus) are other popular examples of plants that start with h. 

What are you waiting for? Get planting, your garden awaits! 


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