The best of British flowers for summer, by five top florists



In this dreamily romantic wedding bouquet, Paul Thomas, florist to The Ritz hotel in London, has used cream sweet peas, ‘Mother’s Choice’ peonies and Viburnum opulus, the guelder rose. Sweetpeas are available as cut flowers from February (greenhouse grown) to September (outdoor grown).


Stunning burgundy sweet peas in a mixture of white vases make for an enchanting table setting or mantelpiece arrangement, by Paul Thomas.


Vic Brotherson, founder of Scarlet & Violet, based in Kensal Rise, London, loves British flowers, particularly peonies. This vintage black swan vase is home to a stunning low arrangement of early British peonies, astrantia, stachys, lilac, alliums, poppies and clematis.


Shane Connolly, florist By Royal Appointment, used British cut foliage for this display: Weigela, lilac (Syringa persica) and jasmine are the stars, accented by delicate aquilegia and forget-me-nots.

“I want my flowers to look as though they once grew,” says Shane, and the irregularity of outdoor-grown British foliage helps create that look. “British summer foliage doesn’t need much additional flower,” he says, adding just a few aquilegias and stems of Solomon’s seal.


Florists Rebel Rebel are devotees of British-grown delphiniums. Gus took delphiniums as his focus flower and combined them in this riotous and naturalistic display in a vintage wooden crate. Perfect for a summer party, deep window or mantelpiece, Gus’s design blends delphiniums with viburnum, stocks, euphorbia, sweet williams and British-grown foliage.

Delphiniums are available as cut flowers from mid May to end August, weather permitting.