11 Lavish Flowers That Start With L + Growing Guide Charts

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Brock Ingham
Brock Ingham

Lucious petals on top of lavish green leaves create a lovely tapestry and elevate the ambiance of the landscape. 

These lively natural wonders light up any space, providing allure and a hint of elegance. While exploring the realm of luxe blossoms, we now embark on a journey to uncover 11 luminous flowers starting with the letter ‘L.’ 

Purple Lupin Flowers
Purple Lupin Flowers

Get ready to be captivated by the charm of these lovely blossoms. 

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‘The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies’

British horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll

1. Leopard Plant (Ligularia przewalskii)

Leopard Plant
Yellow flowering Leopard Plant

Known for its lustrous green foliage and accenting bright yellow flowers, the leopard plant is a great pick that provides a high ornamental value. The plant is native to Eastern Asia and likes growing in warm and moist areas. 

The Latin word Ligula is linked to the shape of the ray-like flowers, whereas the epithet commemorates the Russian explorer and plant collector Nicholas M. Przewalski.

Plant the leopard plant in moist areas with partial shade, like woodland gardens, along ponds, water streams, and water gardens.  

Botanical Name: Ligularia przewalskii
Growth Rate: Medium rate
Native Range: China, Mongolia
Hardiness Zones:4 to 8
Soil Needs: Best grown in loamy, organically rich, and moist soil
Exposure:Partial to full shade
Blooming Period:Short; blooming starts in the summer.
Water needs:Requires frequent and abundant watering
Leopard Plant growing guide chart

2. Lemon Thyme (Thymus × Citriodorus)

Lemon Thyme
Bunches of purple flowering Lemon Thyme

If you want to add a rich, lemon-scented aroma and deep green foliage to your garden, look no further than the lemon thyme plant. The plant doubles as a culinary herb, adding flavor to salads, meat, fish, and other dishes. 

The Romans used to add lemon thyme to their bathwater to improve vigor and were also pinned by shoulders on their battle gear to portray strength and bravery. Lemon Thyme is a ground cover that grows well in full sun, so plant bright sunny location that gets more than 6 hours of sunlight per day.

Botanical Name: Thymus × citriodorus
Growth Rate: Fast
Native Range: Southern Europe
Hardiness Zones:USDA 5 to 9
Soil Needs:Well-drained, dry to medium soil 
Exposure:Full sun exposure required
Blooming Period:Early-mid to late summer (medium blooming period)
Water needs:Weekly watering will suffice.
Lemon Thyme growing guide chart

3. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender
Field of flowering Lavender

Here’s a fragrant purple perennial flower that will take time to grow, but believe me, you’ll love the spectacle of lavender plants blooming in the corner of your herb garden or scattered in bunches throughout the rock garden space!

The green-gray leaves of the plant accent other parental plants in the area, giving you an amazing view. 

Historically, lavender was used to make incense and perfume by ancient Egyptian civilizations. The Romans and Greeks also added fragrant flowers to their herbal baths. Throughout the Middle Ages, this plant was considered a potent aphrodisiac. 

Due to its distinct and calming fragrance, lavender is linked with serenity, devotion, calmness, and purity

Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Growth Rate: Moderately slow
Native Range: Europe
Hardiness Zones:5a to 9a USDA
Soil Needs: Well-drained and dry soil
Exposure:Full sun
Blooming Period:Short; lasts 3 to 4 weeks
Water needs:Water regularly until the plant is established.
Lavender growing guide chart

4. Larkspur (Delphinium)

Larkspur
Blue clusters of Larkspur flowers

This perennial plant blooms into flowers of white, blue, or purple. Larkspur is a must-pick for traditional gardens as it can draw hummingbirds and butterflies, creating a serene view early in the morning. 

Throughout different cultures, larkspur is believed to have potent powers that can ward off evil and is mostly planted near the home’s entrance for protection against evil. In England, Bathwater sprinkled with Delphinium powder was also believed to have the same powers of protection. 

Larkspur should be planted in small groups or in an empty space to provide a green cover. You can also plant them on the borders of your rock garden to provide a cool effect.   

Botanical Name: Delphinium
Growth Rate: Moderate
Native Range: Northern Hemisphere
Hardiness Zones:2 to 9
Soil Needs: Moist but well-drained soil 
Exposure:Full sun
Blooming Period:Short blooming period, but some varieties of Delphinium can produce flowers throughout the summer.
Water needs:Water regularly, especially in warm weather, to keep the soil moist.
Larkspur growing guide chart

5. Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)

Love Lies Bleeding
Drooping red flowers of Love Lies Bleeding

Known for producing blood-red and petal-free flowers growing on thin flower strands, Love-Lies-Bleeding is an excellent pick for gardeners looking to add bright and striking colors to their gardens. 

The plant also has gold and purple-colored varieties, adding more color options to its portfolio.

Historically, the plant in the Victorian era represented hopelessness in love and relationships. However, from a religious perspective, it refers to the self-sacrifice of Christ. 

As Love-Lies-Bleeding is a tall flowering plant, I prefer to add other tall flowering plants as well like the Solenostemon Redhead (Coleus), tithonia, or sunflowers for a vibrant and colorful garden display.

Love-Lies-Bleeding grows to an impressive height of 4 to 5 feet. These tall shoots produce drooping flowers, which are best seen when planted in hanging baskets, along garden paths, and edges. 

Botanical Name: Amaranthus caudatus
Growth Rate: Fast rate of growth
Native Range: South America
Hardiness Zones: 2 to 11
Soil Needs: Can grow well in average condition soil but should be well-drained and moist
Exposure:Partial or full sun
Blooming Period: Moderate blooming period (summer to fall)
Water needs: Water regularly in warm temperature.
Love Lies Bleeding growing guide chart

6. Lotus  (Nelumbo nucifera)

Lotus
White flowering Lotus

This aquatic perennial plant can become the centerpiece of your garden pond or a Japanese garden, providing a stunning view of blossoms that can open to more than 12 inches. 

Lotus plants are rooted in the soil beneath the water body and grow to reach the water’s surface, producing flowers that float on the water. 

The cultural significance of the lotus flower is seen spread across continents. Ancient Egyptian civilizations regarded the flower as a symbol of the sun, rebirth, and the creation of life. Likewise, the Hindu religion links the flower to divine perfection and is attributed to several gods they believe in. The flower is also revered as a symbol of purity in several Asian cultures. 

Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and folk medicine use the lotus plant’s seeds, flowers, and other parts to treat several ailments.

Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera
Growth Rate: Slow
Native Range: Asia
Hardiness Zones:4 to 10
Soil Needs: Can grow in several soil types
Exposure:Needs full sun exposure
Blooming Period:Short period
Water needs:Submerge the potted plantings just below the water surface
Lotus growing guide chart

7. Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascene)

Love in a Mist
Close-up of a blue flowering Love-in-a-Mist

Love-in-a-mist is famous for its fennel-like foliage, which surrounds the fluffy and vivid flowers like a mist. You can find it in several colors, including purple, white, and pink. Love-in-a-mist is a common garden flower that has been planted in Europe since the 16th century.

The seeds of the plant have been used in folk medicine for centuries and are believed to cure bacterial diseases and improve vitality.  

Plant them in your cottage garden or mix them with other smaller flowering varieties on borders to make vivid mixed beds. 

Botanical Name: Nigella damascena
Growth Rate: Fast 
Native Range: Southern Europe, North Africa
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Soil Needs: Nutrient-rich, moist, and sandy soil
Exposure:Full sun
Blooming Period:Moderate (8 weeks from July to September)
Water needs:Water regularly as the plant loves moist but well-drained soil.
Love-in-a-Mist growing guide chart

8. Lily of the Valley  (Convallaria majalis)

Lily of the Valley 2
Lily of the Valley white bell flowers

The Lily of the Valley is a herbaceous white perennial flower from Europe. It makes a great pick for a shade wildflower garden as it provides impressive foliage with elliptic green leaves and fragrant bell-shaped white flowers. 

In the fall, you’ll also see the plant producing orange-red berries with seeds for self-propagation. 

Its origins are associated with Eve as the legend says Lily of the Valley sprouted after Eve’s tears fell on earth as she was exiled from the Heavens. Most of the European region sees the plant and its flowers as a symbol of love, joy, and luck. 

Although it’s a slow-growing plant, it can self-propagate to cover the ground in shady garden areas once established. Most gardeners plant it under trees or mix it with other flowering plants to create a unique mix of colors. 

Botanical Name: Convallaria majalis
Growth Rate: Slow
Native Range: Europe
Hardiness Zones:3 to 8
Soil Needs: Well-drained soil of any type
Exposure:Requires partial sun or shade
Blooming Period:Short (3 weeks)
Water needs:Only water to keep the soil moist and avoid overwatering
Lily of the Valley growing guide chart

9. Lady’s Eardrop (Fuchsia magellanica)

Ladys Eardrop
Red Lady’s Eardrop flowers

Most of the varieties you see of the Lady’s Eardrop plant are all developed from two main species. These woody plants produce cylinder-like Red flowers and petal-like extensions. 

Fuchsia’s purple-red flowers are associated with feelings of confidence and self-assurance. 

The plant’s pendulum-like flowers are best seen hanging from a basket or placed in areas like walkways, on the porch, or on the deck. 

Besides growing Fuchsia in containers and placing it along the porch steps, you can grow it as a tree, providing spectacular foliage that compliments other flowering varieties in the garden. 

Botanical Name: Fuchsia magellanica
Growth Rate: Medium 
Native Range: South America
Hardiness Zones:10 to 11
Soil Needs: Loam or clay-based soils
Exposure:Partial or full shade
Blooming Period:Long (early summer to winter)
Water needs:Water regularly in warm temperatures and once every 5 days in colder regions.
Lady’s Eardrop growing guide chart

10. Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium verum)

Ladys Bedstraw
A cluster of yellow Lady’s Bedstraw flowers

Native to Eurasia, the yellow weed-like plant produces magnificent 4-petaled flowers carrying a bright and glossy finish. These flowers are produced as clusters, creating an ambient aura with a sweet scent surrounding the garden space. 

Historically, the Lady’s Bedstraw plant had several uses; for instance, the yellow dye was extracted from the yellow flowers, red dye from the roots, and other parts of the plant were used by cheesemakers to curdle milk. 

The plant’s seeds are also used as a substitute for coffee and stuffed in pillows and mattresses to keep indoors fragrant. 

If you want the feel of natural growth, choosing Galium verum is your best bet, as this plant is resilient to environmental changes once established. 

Botanical Name: Galium verum
Growth Rate: Fast
Native Range: SouthWest Asia, Europe
Hardiness Zones:4 to 8
Soil Needs:Dry or moist soil
Exposure:Partial or full sun
Blooming Period:Moderate (July to September)
Water needs:Water once a week.
Lady’s Bedstraw growing guide chart

11. Lupine (Lupinus)

Lupine
Tall flowering purple Lupine

Holding a massive ornamental value, Lupines are tall purple or pink perennials developed in England in the early 1900s. The plant grows firm spikes that produce pea-like flowers. 

The spike is densely packed with these sweet-scented flowers, which start blooming in early summer. 

The plant was seen as a symbol of fertility, growth, and change in many civilizations dating back to 2000 years. This wildflower species and its hybrids are best used at the borders, can fill empty beds, and can even grow peacefully in the corner of your cottage garden. 

Botanical Name: Lupinus
Growth Rate: Slow
Native Range: North America
Hardiness Zones:3 to 6
Soil Needs:nutrient-rich, well-drained, and moist soil 
Exposure:Full sun 
Blooming Period:Long (2 months)
Water needs:Water regularly to keep the soil moist.
Lupine growing guide chart

Final Thoughts

These were the flowering plant varieties starting with the letter L. If you are in the plant-selection phase for your new garden, check out other recommendations to create a wonderful facade of flowers while providing a serene vibe of closeness to mother nature. 

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