10 Beautiful Ball-Shaped Flowers

Looking for something a little different for your garden this year?

Why not try some stunning ball-shaped flowers? 

These plants are sure to turn heads with their spherical shapes and bright colors.

In this article I’ve listed 10 of the best flowers shaped like balls for your flower garden.

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summer flowering perennial


1. Alliums

Ornamental onions produce stunning round flower heads that can grow up to 10 inches (25 cm) across.

They come in a variety of colors including purple, pink, and white. 

Alliums bloom in late spring or early summer and make excellent cut flowers.

Allium Globemaster is a particularly stunning variety, with its large round purple blooms.

Allium millenium

2. Echinops (Echinops bannaticus)

Also known as globe thistles, these spiky blue flowers are sure to add some interest to your garden.

The plants can reach 3 to 4 feet (90 to 120 cm) tall and the beautiful round blooms are produced on tall stems.

Echinops Ritro Blue is a stunning variety with its deep blue flowers and silvery-green leaves.

echinops flower

3. Craspedia (Craspedia variabilis)

Commonly known as Billy Balls or Drumsticks, these unusual flowers are native to Australia.

The bright yellow spherical flowers are produced on long stems and grow one  inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.

Craspedia flowers can be dried to make beautiful long-lasting flower arrangements.

4. Dahlias

Dahlias are well-known for their large, showy globe shaped flowers.

They typically bloom from mid-summer until fall and the flowers come in a wide range of colors including red, pink, yellow, and orange.

Pompom dahlias are a particularly stunning variety with their large colorful blooms.

Orange perennial flowers

5. Agapanthus

Also known as African lilies, these beautiful flowers are native to South Africa.

The blooms come in a variety of colors including blue, purple, and white and there are dwarf varieties available that are perfect for small gardens or containers.

Agapanthus usually bloom from mid-spring to early summer.

agapanthus flower

6. Marigolds (Tagetes erecta)

Marigolds are well-known annual flowers that are easy to grow.

They bloom from early summer until late fall and put on a spectacular display of brightly colored flowers.

African marigolds are a particularly beautiful variety with their large round flowers.

RELATED: How to Grow Giant Marigolds

large marigold flowers

7. Thrift flowers (Armeria maritima)

Thrift flowers, also known as sea pinks, are clumping perennials that produce masses of pink, white, purple or red flowers on upright stems.

They grow best in full sun and they’re drought tolerant once the plants are established.

Thrift flowers are ideal for rock gardens, borders or edging.

thrift flowers

8. Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are popular shrubs that are grown for their large, showy flowerheads.

The blooms come in a variety of colors including pink, blue, and white.

Hydrangeas typically bloom from mid-spring to late summer. [1]

small white hydrangea

9. Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, are a well-known fall flower.

The blooms come in a wide range of colors including white, yellow, pink, and purple.

Pompom chrysanthemums are a particularly beautiful variety with their compact round blooms.

orange chrysanthemums

10. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Chives are a popular herb that produce masses of beautiful round flowers on tall stems.

The flowers are edible and can be added to salads, savory dishes or used as a garnish.

Chives typically bloom in late spring or early summer.

flowering chives


So there are 10 beautiful ball-shaped flowers that will add something different to your garden this year. 

Why not try planting one or more of these stunning globe shaped flowers?

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purple ball shaped flowers

Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener and designer with over 10 years experience. I have a passion for small space gardening and I love designing and creating beautiful outdoor spaces that maximize the potential of small urban gardens. Read more

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Luna S

    There are so pretty awesome looking flowers here! It would be neat to get a bouquet that has a selection of these included in it.

  2. Olga

    I love all these flowers! We bought the house two years ago and our backyard is still clean, only grass. I think your blog post will help me to choose new plans for the spring remodel. Thank you for ideas.

  3. Lyosha

    So beautiful! I don’t have a garden yet but I do have a large balcony and plan on growing some more flowers. Ball shape is probably my favorite when it comes to flowers.

  4. Riyah Speaks

    The Agapanthus is such a pretty flower. I’m not much of a gardener but the color on that works perfectly for the summer and fall season.

  5. Melanie Williams

    love flowers! They make such a difference to the day, bright and full of cheer. These ball shaped flowers are fab x

  6. Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    You’re making me want to start planning out my entire garden already, Kelly! I love these round spherical flowers. They are both gorgeous and unique, which makes them an eye catching addition to any garden.

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