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Botanical Wisdom: British Blooms Mini Guide

Mini-Guide to British Blooms

Fill your garden and home with summer colour…

If vases and vases of fresh flowers around your home are what you desire, why not create a cut flower garden?

Let this mini guide to British blooms inspire you. Create a garden brimming with bright colour, scent and texture you can enjoy inside and out. Keep cutting and your efforts will be rewarded with blooms at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of shop bought.

Planting tips for a cut flower garden

  • Plant in odd numbers such as fives and sevens for continuity
  • Try to layer in tiers
  • Add height with towering delphiniums
  • On the next level go for classic lupins
  • Then hardy geraniums for interest at ground level
  • No cut flower garden is complete without a scented climber… sweet peas are our personal favourite
  • Herbs are great for aroma and unusual foliage for your floral arrangements
Flat lay of British blooms on a pink background, illustrated with numbers to help with identification

Purple Haze    

  1. Ammi majus, or Lady’s lace
  2. Lynchnis foliage
  3. Nepata, or Cat mint
  4. Hardy Geranium
  5. Delphinium
  6. Lupin
  7. Jacob’s ladder
  8. Campanula
Flat lay of British blooms on a light blue background, illustrated with numbers to help with identification

Pretty Pinks  

  1. Silene
  2. Cirsium
  3. Cocksfoot grass
  4. Astrantia
  5. Campanula
  6. Sweet pea
  7. Black Ball Cornflower
  8. Mauve Cornflower
  9. Pink Cornflower
  10. Black Sweet William
  11. Pink Sweet William
  12. Hot Pink Sweet William
  13. Astrantia
British flowers, grown on a British flower farm. The 2019 guide to cut flowers in your home. Malvern Garden Buildings. Showsites in Staffordshire, Shepperton, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

Hedgerow Foliage 

  1. Native fern
  2. Papaver Orientale flower centre
  3. Ammi majus
  4. Apple mint
  5. Cocksfoot grass
  6. Lynchis foliage
  7. Alchemilla mollis
  8. Geranium foliage

All the flowers featured were grown in the UK on the Quirky Flowers farm (featured in the previous issue of Garden Escape).

Our thanks go to owner Pam Moseley for her help in identifying them.

We had immense fun creating these ‘flat lays’ here at Garden Escape. If you would like to have a go yourself, the following  websites are full of ideas and inspiration to get you started: