These days most flowers are available throughout the year, but some people prefer to buy seasonally. This might be to lessen their impact on the environment, to use what is native to the UK, or to match a special occasion.
Spring is the season of bulbs and bright colours with daffodils and tulips being the most popular. These cheery colours brighten up any space and bring a smile to every face. Some varieties of daffodil flower later than others, meaning they can be enjoyed from February through to May, with tulips available in April and May in a dramatic range of colours.
Hyacinths come in a variety of colours and can be available in spring planted arrangements, or as cut flowers - and are popular because of how long the flowers last, as well as for their scent. Alstromerias, or Peruvian Lilies, often spring into life after a period of winter dormancy and come in a variety of warm hues.
Ranunculus are back in season in the spring, and many varieties look similar to the ever-popular peony. Similarly to peonies, the ranunculus has lots of layered petals and the blooms are often slightly smaller and flatter than its almost-twin.
The end of spring is the perfect time for bright blue cornflowers, as well as the clusters of small white flowers known as ‘cow parsley’ before gypsophila is back in season in the summer. Sweet peas, iris, alliums, amaryllis, and lilac will also be bursting into life.
May is also the month of the Chelsea Flower Show, so keep an eye out for dramatic arrangements, garden displays, kitchen garden ideas, and lots of houseplants alongside scientific and sustainable solutions.