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10 Oddly Beautiful Outdoor Plants You Never Knew Existed

Just about everyone plants tulips, zinnias and roses in their gardens — and for good reason: they're gorgeous. But if you prefer flowers that make guests stop and stare as they approach your front door, look no further than these somewhat strange, but totally stunning varieties.


Galaxy flowers are officially our favorite.

By Lauren Smith, HouseBeautiful

Just about everyone plants tulips, zinnias and roses in their gardens — and for good reason: they're gorgeous. But if you prefer flowers that make guests stop and stare as they approach your front door, look no further than these somewhat strange, but totally stunning varieties.
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Blue Night Sky Petunias

These plants are also known as galaxy flowers thanks to the white spots on their petals that vary in size and resemble distant clusters of galaxies (and remind us of these mugs!).
BUY THE SEEDS: $14, amazon.com, Best Garden Seeds



Dwarf Powder Puff Plant

This semi-tropical shrub grows to be about 3 feet tall and features red buds that at first glance look like berries. Even better: They'll attract humming birds and butterflies to your yard.
BUY IT: $11, amazon.com, Emerald Goddess Gardens TM


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Purple Pampas Grass

If you wantBlue Night Sky PetuniasDwarf Powder Puff PlantPurple Pampas GrassClear Crystals Black PansiesPurple Lacy Fiddleneck FlowersRattlesnake MastersMilkweed a plant that'll make a statement, this grass is it. Not only are the blades a vibrant purple color (though they fad to cream over time), but it grows to between five and 10 feet tall.

BUY THE SEEDS: $3, amazon.com, T-R



Clear Crystals Black Pansies

Even though most backyards are full of bright colors, these black flowers are for non-traditionalists. We recommend planting them along the sides of your garden to create a natural border.
BUY THE SEEDS: $5, amazon.com, thepowerofplants



Purple Lacy Fiddleneck Flowers

Not only do these annuals smell like grapes, but they also start as spirals as they unfold and bloom. Plus, they'll spread out over tons of surface area since they grow as a carpet-like covering.
BUY THE SEEDS: $5, amazon.com, CHERYL'S UNIQUE FLOWER SEEDS



Rattlesnake Masters

These prickly plants are part of the tall grass prairie species and thrive in dry, sandy soils. Fun fact: The roots were once used medicinally to treat liver problems.
BUY THE SEEDS: $12, amazon.com, Mabes Warehouse


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Showy Milkweed

Milkweed is known for attracting and feeding monarch butterflies, however this variety features horns that are longer and more pronounced. The color varies from light pink to purple.
BUY THE SEEDS: $8, amazon.com, Roundstone Native Seeds


Passion Flower

Even though the petals on these plants might look sharp and scary, that couldn't be further from the truth. Not only does they give off a beautiful scent, but under the right circumstances they can also produce edible fruit.
BUY THE SEEDS: $2, amazon.com, Hirt's Gardens


Globe Thistle Butterfly Flowers

The round shape and unique purple thistles on these plants will give your garden serious texture and interest. That's part of the reason bees and butterflies flock to them, but deer and rabbits try to avoid.
BUY THE SEEDS: $5, amazon.com, Seeds and Things Add caption




Danish Flag Poppies

Also known as papaver somniferum, this flower got its nickname due to the red and white feather edges that resemble Denmark's national flag. These showy blooms grow to be two to three feet tall and are relatively easy to grow.
BUY THE SEEDS: $5, amazon.com, HIRT'S GARDENS

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