What flowers you should buy season to season

Buying flowers for someone is always a safe gift – who doesn’t love receiving a bouquet?

Flowers are also a nice way to self-treat, from a small bunch to pop into a vase or a larger bunch to make a display piece for when guests visit.

Diana Bilenko, founder of Grace Floral London, says: ‘Each season the flowers available to us differ due to the change in temperature and daylight hours.

‘These seasonal changes allow us to be creative and use a range of different flora to create our couture bouquets.’

These are the flowers you should be looking for season to season.

Spring

At this time, it’s good to use classic Tulips and Daffodils which bloom so ‘beautifully’ at this time, according to Diana.

Summer

Go for coloured peonies, such as white, baby pink, and raspberry colors.

Diana says: ‘Peonies are a beautiful and a popular flower so it’s important to make the most of these when they are available. 

Autumn

Diana recommends a combination of asters, celosias and hydrangeas. 

She says: ‘Celosias are fluffy and have a vibrant color, they are a truly striking autumn flower and one we like to utilise a lot. 

‘Autumn is the perfect time for hydrangeas as they can stay in bloom for up to four months.

‘Asters are sweet, star-shaped flowers which bloom in early autumn.

‘They have beautiful gorgeous purple petals and bright yellow centres and are available in the months of August and September.’

Winter

During the winter months, opt for winterberry holly, a pretty shrub, and mahonia, roses, and pieris japonica.

The latter of these is an evergreen shrub that grows white or pink blooms in the winter.

Mahonia are large sprays of fragrant yellow flowers appear in late fall to early winter.

Seasonal recommendations

Spring

  • Violets
  • Iris
  • Hyacinth

Summer

  • Roses
  • Poppies
  • Hydrangeas
  • Daisies
  • Dahlias

Autumn

  • Sunflower
  • Hibiscus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Geranium

Winter

  • Winter jasmine
  • Camellias
  • Gardenias
  • Calendula

Halla, who also works for Grace Floral London, says it’s best to stick to buying seasonally for sustainability reasons.

She says: ‘I definitely advise sticking to on season florals to ensure you have top quality flowers which have a minimal impact on the environment.

‘We prefer to use seasonal florals to ensure our products are high in quality and the use of chemicals involved in the planting of off season flowers is avoided.

‘This means the impact of the emission of toxins from greenhouses is reduced which is important to us. 

‘Another consideration is, if you buy seasonal flowers, you can rest assured that they will not suffer from shock due to unsuitable weather conditions making them fresher and lasting longer in your beautiful arrangements.’

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