• Katy Gardener

8 AMAZING British Flowers to grow at home

Updated: Jun 19

In this article, I have picked out 8 of my favourite British flowers which work wonderfully together in an English style garden, or in a flower arrangement. Scroll down to see...


This week marks the 8th British Flowers Week, an initiative that was set up by the team at New Covent Garden Flower Market in London.



Since lockdown, there has been a significant increase in demand for locally grown flowers as customers want to support British growers.


After decades of decline, the British flower industry is back on the up. More and more people are appreciating the joy of seasonal British flowers compared to frozen imports that have no fragrance or character. What fantastic news for the British flower industry!


Now for the blooms:


1. DELPHINIUMS

Delphiniums are like dancers that gracefully sway in the wind.

In the language of flowers, they are said to represent an open heart.


Delphs are a great choice to grow at the back of a border as they add height and colour.


I particularly adore the powdery blue variety like in the picture taken from our wedding!



2. SCENTED HARDY GERANIUMS

Hardy geraniums are vigorous growers and provide bountiful flowers.


They are reliably cheerful, they smell good and they keep going until October. What's not to like?


If you don’t have much space in your garden, you can plant them in a container, but if you have a big flower bed to fill, these geraniums are prolific.





3. ENGLISH LAVENDER

English lavender is the hardiest lavender out there.


It can withstand cold winters, but remember it hates heavy wet soil and shady spots.


Once it makes it through the winter it will treat you to the most fragrant display all summer long.


Bees and butterflies adore it too.



4. SNAPDRAGONS

Snapdragons are so appealing to look at and they last for ages as cut flowers.


I love the pale pink variety pictured.


If you are growing them at home, make sure you pinch back young plants to ensure you grow bushier mature plants.


These flowers need to be deadheaded frequently.


5. ALCHEMILLA MOLLIS OR LADY’S MANTLE

These lime green, star shaped flowers seem discreet, but if you inspect them closely, they pack a real punch.


Grow this plant underneath roses for fantastic ground cover. It provides texture and colour contrast.


Alchemilla Mollis self-seeds quickly, and grows well between cracks in paving stones.


6. ASTANTIA

I am ALWAYS drawn to these flowers. It’s something about their contrast in texture with the spikey outer petals and then the spherical inside. I love how the stems swoop and their sheer fragility.


Astrantia flowers grow in clumps and if left unattended they can spread quickly. You can grow them in white or burgundy.


7. NEW DAWN ROSE

I could hardly mention British flowers without mentioning roses.


My British rose of choice is a New Dawn David Austin Rose. We have one growing outside our house and it's magnificent.


Jack and Howard gave our New Dawn Rose an almighty prune last winter, and my god has it worked.


Just look! A new bloom every day.

Such a joy.



8. NIGELLA

I LOVE everything about Nigella flowers. They are classic cottage garden plants with vivid blue petals and surprisingly attractive seed pods.


Nigella plants reseed easily and are great fillers. They are easy to grow from seed too.



Now you know that when it comes to flowers, GO TEAM GB!


As British Flower week draws to a close, there is still time to pick some of your garden flowers and place them on your windowsill. You will be joining flower lovers across Britain in celebrating our special native flowers.


If you are buying cut flowers, try to support local growers and buy British where you can. If you are growing flowers at home, then the selection above is a good place to start.


Good luck!

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