Top 10 Flowers that Bloom in All Four Seasons

What flowers bloom all year round? What are some of the flowers that can bloom in every season?

When cultivating flowers, we can enjoy their beauty for longer if their blooming period is extended. Therefore, it is necessary to grow some plants with longer blooming periods. Flowers that bloom throughout the four seasons include roses, orchids, begonias, Japanese andromeda, and spring flowers.

Let’s explore the top ten famous flowers that bloom all year round, and see which ones make the list.

1. Rose

The rose, also known as the monthly red, monthly flower, or four-season flower, is a semi-evergreen, low shrub belonging to the Rosaceae family. It’s one of China’s top ten famous flowers and globally recognized as a popular ornamental plant, earning the title “Queen of Flowers.

With a myriad of varieties, there are nearly ten thousand types worldwide and over a thousand in China alone. Their strikingly beautiful and diverse blooms appear throughout the four seasons in vibrant and varied colors such as white, pink, red, purple, and yellow.

Adored by many, the rose has been chosen as the city flower by 52 cities in China.

2. Orchid

The orchid is a monocotyledonous plant of the Orchidaceae family. Since most terrestrial orchid varieties originate from China, they are often referred to as Chinese orchids and are one of the top ten famous flowers in China.

Having been cultivated for over two thousand years in China, orchids are traditionally viewed as symbols of elegance and grace. They are also known as one of the “Four Gentlemen”, along with plum, bamboo, and chrysanthemum.

With 29 known varieties in China, orchids come in many colors such as white, pure white, white-green, yellow-green, light yellow, light yellow-brown, and purple.

Depending on the variety, their blooming period varies but can generally last for one to two months.

3. Begonia

Also known as the four-season begonia, it belongs to the Begoniaceae family. It is the most common and widely cultivated type of begonia.

The begonia boasts a graceful posture, tender and bright leaves, and clusters of flowers that bloom all year round with a light fragrance. It is one of the primary potted plants for both indoor and outdoor decoration.

These perennial herbs or shrubs present glossy, emerald-green leaves and delicate, vibrant blossoms that are exquisitely graceful. They add a touch of fresh elegance when used to adorn living spaces.

4. Anthurium

The anthurium is a perennial evergreen herbaceous plant from the Araceae family. Its short-stemmed leaves sprout from the base, are green, leathery, whole-edged, and ovate-heart shaped.

The leaf stalk is slender, and the bright orange-red or crimson bracts have a waxy shine. The yellow, fleshy spadix can bloom all year round.

Originating from the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica and Colombia, the anthurium usually grows on trees, sometimes on rocks, or directly on the ground. It prefers warm, humid, semi-shaded environments and dislikes direct sunlight.

The unique and beautiful anthurium blooms for a long time and is suitable for pot planting, cutting, or shady clump planting in gardens.

5. Periwinkle

The periwinkle, also known as the everblooming flower or clock flower, is a perennial herb of the Apocynaceae family. It has an erect stem with many branches; the leaves are oppositely arranged, elongated oval-shaped, with short stalks, entire margins, and smooth hairless surfaces.

Its umbellate inflorescence is terminal, and the flowers come in various colors including red, purple, pink, white, and yellow. With every new leaf sprouting from the tender stem, two flowers bloom, resulting in abundant flowers throughout a particularly long blooming period.

As it blossoms continuously from spring to autumn, it has rightfully earned its name, “daily spring”.

6. Fuchsia

The fuchsia, also known as the lantern flower or hanging begonia, belongs to the Myrsinaceae family. Its name directly reflects its appearance; unlike flowers like peonies, roses, or tulips that bloom upwards, the fuchsia blooms downwards, hanging off branches like a large, suspended bell.

Originally from Peru and Chile in Central and South America, it is now widely cultivated in China, especially in greenhouses in the north, northwest, and southwest highlands. It has become a significant ornamental plant, suitable as a potted plant for room or desk decoration.

When placed in a vase with clean water, it not only serves as a decorative piece but can also grow roots for propagation.

7. Hibiscus

Hibiscus, also known as Chinese rose, belongs to the Malvaceae family and is often referred to as a big red flower in the Lingnan area of China due to its predominantly bright red blooms.

The hibiscus, originally from China, has a long history of cultivation and is recognized as one of China’s famous flowers.

The hibiscus has an upright stem with many branches, growing up to 6 meters in height; the leaves are alternately arranged and resemble mulberry leaves. Its large flowers can be single or double-bloomed: the single-blooms are funnel-shaped and usually rose-red, while the double-blooms come in red, yellow, pink, or white.

It blooms throughout the year, with the most prolific period being summer and autumn.

8. Abutilon

Abutilon, known in Latin by the same name, is a small evergreen shrub. It resembles a hibiscus, grows to a height of 30-60cm, and bears distinctive bright red flowers. It blooms throughout the year and produces many flowers.

Abutilon is robust and thrives in high temperature, high humidity, and full-sunlight conditions. Originally from Mexico to Peru and Brazil, it is now found in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, including southern China where it grows wild, and is commonly found in courtyards in the South China region.

The abutilon, with its bell-like shape and beautiful appearance, makes a prized potted plant.

9. African Violet

The African Violet, also known as Saintpaulia, is a perennial herb of the Gesneriaceae family. It is a stemless plant covered in hair; the leaves are ovate with robust, fleshy petioles.

It bears single or several light purple flowers together and can bloom throughout the year, depending on the growth period of the plant.

There are numerous cultivated varieties of African Violets, including large flowers, single blooms, semi-double blooms, double blooms, and variegated leaves.

The flower colors range from purplish-red, white, blue, pink, to bicolor. With its exquisite shape and vivid, harmonious flowers and leaves, it is often referred to as the “queen of indoor plants” and makes an excellent ornamental plant for indoors.

10. Canna

Canna is a perennial herbaceous plant that can grow up to 1.5 meters in height. It is entirely green and hairless, covered with a white, wax-like powder. It has a tuberous rhizome and the above-ground branches grow in clusters.

The leaves are alternately arranged, with a sheath-like petiole and an ovate, elongated leaf blade. The inflorescence is spicate, with flowers either singly or in pairs; the three sepals are greenish-white with a red tip. Most of the corolla is red, with 2-3 degenerate stamens that are bright red.

The lip petal is lanceolate and curved. It bears a capsular fruit, which is elongated, ovate, and green. The flowering and fruiting period lasts from March to December. It is a commonly used ornamental plant in subtropical and tropical areas.

It prefers warm temperatures and ample sunlight and is not frost-tolerant. It is not picky about the soil but grows best in loose, fertile, well-drained sandy soil, and it also adapts well to fertile clay soil.

It is a perennial rhizomatous herbaceous plant, native to tropical regions like tropical America, India, and the Malay Peninsula.