No matter where you are in the world, flowers represent beauty, rebirth and the wonders of nature. As Oscar Wilde wrote, "A flower blossoms for its own joy. We gain a moment of joy by looking at it."
This water lily was captured at the New York Botanical Garden. It's a tropical beauty that often sprouts in vibrant colors like yellow, pink or purple.
These fiery tulips are said to signal spring's arrival, and while most feature a single flower, a few kinds can sprout up to four on one stem.
Blooming in late spring and early summer, these white and purple striped hybrids are also known as triplet lily or triteleia.
These are a type of rhododendron (with an unusual name) that feature purple or brown freckling on their funnel-shaped, pink-tinged petals.
Not only are sunflowers a gorgeous sight, they're guaranteed to put a smile on your face. (Go ahead, try to hold back a grin.)
Red gingers are also called ostrich plume or pink cone gingers. They grow in places like Hawaii, St. Lucia and Central American nations where the temperatures do not drop below 60 degrees.
These drooping blue bulbs are supported by reddish stems and are strongly scented. With the look of wedding bells, this could be your "something blue."
These papaver rhoeas, commonly referred to as corn, field or common poppies, are annual wildflowers that became a symbol of the blood spilled in World War I.
This red flower cluster, referred to as catkin, is produced by willow trees and has all the spunk in the world.
The salvia plant, or more commonly known as meadow sage, often produces rich purple and royal blue flowers that also come in various warmer shades.
These lewisia cotyledon hybrids are one of the most treasured rock garden plants in the world. They come in many shades from salmon to orange and even magenta.
These tiny bells may be small, but beware: Even if they're used in landscape design, they're highly poisonous if ingested.
Orchids grow all over the world and have symmetry similar to human faces! This bilateral symmetry means that when split vertically down the middle, the two halves mirror each other.
Also known as castilleja, indian paintbrushes grow across the Western and Southwestern states. These peculiar yet striking wildflowers actually survive by "borrowing" the nutrients from roots of surrounding plants.
Dahlias come in a rainbow of colors and thrive in well-drained, rich soil. They bloom from midsummer to first frost (so there's still time to take in their beauty).
These lovely flowers from the coffee plant smell like jasmine, and they mature into the cherries which coffee beans are housed.
Azaleas should be planted in the spring in lightly shaded areas. Exposure to excessive sunlight can actually burn their leaves, while too little light can deprive them of oxygen. With the right care, they can also make for excellent houseplants.
Part of the dandelion family, chicory is proven to have many health benefits for digestion, pains and bacterial infections. It also promotes weight-loss and is often ground into powder as a substitute for coffee.
Blanket flowers, or gaillardia, are perennials of the sunflower family that bloom with red petals fading into orange and yellow tips.
Before they give us delicious fruits to pick come autumn, these elegant flowers stand on their own in the beauty department.