May Day is thought to symbolise the transition between spring and summer and the celebrations held every year are believed to bless crops and planting with good luck for the coming months! It is also the start of the wedding season and we are very excited here at Triangle Nursery!
Below we have a list of the flowers you can find during May.
Achillea (Yarrow) – Very popular as a dried flower, available in fresh in a wide range of colour and compliments as a filler flower.
Aconitum (Monkshood) – Tall spiky flowers, long lasting.
Agapanthus (African Lily) – Long lasting, large striking flowers
Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle) – Common as a garden flower, masses of tiny yellow-green flowers, ideal as a filler.
Allium (Flowering Onion) – Several types, some have large globe shaped flower, others much smaller bullet shaped flowers. As seen in the brackets, it is a flowering onion, so it does have a certain aroma!
Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily) – Very popular and long lasting flowers, often bi-coloured
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) – Large very striking trumpet shaped flowers, often grown indoors from bulbs!
Ammi (Queen Anne’s Lace) – Masses of delicate white flowers, ideal as a filler
Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw) – Unusual furry buds with insignificant flowers. Ideal for modern arrangements.
Anthurium (Painter’s Palette) – Exotic waxy looking flowers.
Antirrhinum (Snapdragon) – More common as a garden flower, ideal to add height and colour to your arrangements!
Asclepias (Milkweed) – Clusters of tiny flowers, ideal as a filler
Aster (Michaelmas Daisy) – Popular filler with daisy like flowers on upright stems. Compliment a rustic, country garden themed event.
Astilbe (False Goat’s Beard) – Common as a garden flower, insignificant flowers used mainly as a filler
Astrantia (Stinkwort) – Grown as a garden flower. Small, round, delicate flowers, ideal as a filler
Bouvardia – Clusters of small tubular flowers, use with special flower food. Not all colours are available throughout the year. Ideal as a filler
Bupleurum – Insignificant yellow green flowers. Used more as a foliage and as a filler
Clematis – Popular pretty purple / blue flower with an unusual shape that works well as a filler
Marigold (Calendula) – Popular daisy-like flower with a country garden feel
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia, Arum Lily) – Striking single flowers.The coloured varieties are smaller than the white ones, and not all colours are available all year round
Callistephus – Dense headed flowers with contrasting coloured centres
Campanula (Canterbury Bells) – Quite large bell shaped flowers, several to a stem available in a range of colour and work well as an intermediate
Carnation – Very long lasting. Some new more interesting colours are now available at market, i.e. Antique, Antigua and Peach Novia
Spray Carnation – Long lasting flowers. Some more interesting colours becoming available
Celosia (Cockscomb) – Different varieties, some with crinkled ‘brain-like’ flowers others with feathery upright plumes. Unusual, but interesting for striking arrangements, compliment a colourful, tropical theme
Cornflower (Centaurea) – Usually available as the well known blue cornflower, other colours are sometimes available. Very popular for country garden, rustic colour scheme. Also available in larger size, Cornflower Montana
Waxflower (Chamaelaucium) – Small scented flowers ideal as fillers, sold in bud and in flower – Dutch varieties coming to end of their ‘natural season’ in May but Colombian varieties still available, more limited.
Chrysanthemum – Available as large individual showy blooms, or the spray variety. Very long lasting – can use to substitute Dahlia’s in summer months
Craspedia – Small completely round flower head made up of lots of tiny yellow flowers. Ideal to compliment rustic, country garden or tropical / colourful theme
Cymbidium Orchid – Striking flowers, which flower profusely with up to 12 blooms on each stem
Delphinium – Tall flower spikes. Also, Larkspur which is a type of delphinium. Ideal to add height to arrangements, again work well in a country garden theme.
Dendrobium orchid (Singapore orchid) – Long lasting orchids with several blooms on each erect stem
Eryngium ( Sea Holly) -Blue thistle like flowers, sometimes the blue is so intense it is hard to believe they are not dyed, available in small to large sizes.
Eucharis (Amazon Lily) – Beautiful slightly downward facing delicate flowerheads on tall straight stems
Eupatorium – Insignificant small flowers, used as a filler
Forget-me-not (Myosotis) – Tiny very fragile pastel blue and white flowers on short stems. Ideal for fillers
Freesia – Highly popular, highly scented flowers
Fritillaria – Exotic looking flowers which hang downwards in a cluster on top of tall straight stems
Gerbera – Large daisy like flowers, a smaller ‘Germini’ variety is also available. Available in a huge range of bright colours on the market with fabulous names! Ideal for gifts..
Gladiolus – Fairly traditional flower used in large arrangements. Miniature varieties are becoming increasingly popular
Gloriosa (Glory Lily) – A very dramatic flower with yellow edged cerise petals. The National Flower of Zimbabwe.
Godetia – Several brightly coloured trumpet shaped flowers open up each stem
Gypsophila – Very popular filler flower. Available in smaller headed varieties i.e. Million Stars and Starburst to larger headed varieties i.e. Xlence, Mirabella and Overtime. Personal preference!
Heliconia – Tropical flower with large very dramatic flowerheads. Several different types available
Hydrangea – A popular flower variety with enormous flowerheads. Cultivated hydrangea come in interesting colours from blues, greens, pinks, whites and ‘Classic’ varieties are available late into the season where there is colour changes, adopting vintage hues.
Hypericum (St John’s Wort) – Attractive berries rather than flowers make this a very popular filler
Iris – Very popular but short lived flowers.
Ixia (African Corn Lily) – Delicate flowers which belong to the same family as gladioli
Leucadendron (Safari Sunset) – It is the leaves rather than the flowers which make this popular
Leucanthemum – Large daisy like flower
Leucospermum (Pincushion Protea) – Large flowerheads which resemble a pin cushion. Long lasting
Lily – Available throughout the year, but if you are looking for a particular colour check availability with your florist
Liatris – Tall poker shaped purple flowers.
Lilac – A common shrub and highly popular, strongly scented cut flower
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria) – Tiny bell shaped flowers on short stems. Very popular in wedding flowers.
Limonium (Sea Lavender, Statice) – Popular as a dried flower, all varieties make good fillers, but it can have an unpleasant smell!
Lisianthus (Eustoma) – Popular flowers which open from tightly swirled buds, bi-coloured varieties also available
Lysimachia (Loose Strife) – Arching flowerheads on the end of the stems, each made up of a mass of tiny flowers
Matthiola (Stock) – Fantastic vibrant colours and an incredible scent.
Moluccella (Bells of Ireland) – Tall stems with a mass of bell shaped flowers.
Muscari (Grape hyacinth) – Very small with short stems and clusters of tiny blue flowers
Nigella (Love-in-the-Mist) – Delicate papery flowers common in the garden. Also attractive as seed heads.
Oxypetalum – Tiny very fragile pastel blue and white flowers on short stems.
Ornithogalum Chincherinchee – Fantastically long lasting flower, usually white and less commonly available in yellow.
Peony – Enormous and extravagant flowers only available for a short season
Phalaenopsis orchid (Moth Orchid) – Large showy flowers, popular as a pot plant as well as a cut flower especially for weddings
Phlox – English country garden flower. Very popular
Protea – Large exotic flowers with many different varieties
Rose – Needs no description! Almost every colour available except true black or blue
Scilla – Masses of blue flowers on short stems, a bit like bluebells
Solidago – A popular yellow filler flower.
Stephanotis (Wax flower) – Not generally available as a cut flower, but the individual small, waxy, white flowers are often used in bridal work
Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) – Unmistakable large and exotic flowers with blue and orange flowers.
Sunflower (Helianthus) – Striking, large daisy like flowers, usually yellow but more unusual rusty colours are becoming available
Sweet pea (Lathyrus) – Wonderful colours and scents, short lived but stunning en masse and well worth it.
Sweet William – A country garden flower, with dense clusters of flowers on each stem
Tanecetum – A type of chrysanthemum with small button shaped flowers.
Trachelium – Masses of tiny flowers create a large flat flowerhead.
Triteleia Brodiaea – Loose clusters of delicate blue flowers on erect leafless stems.
Veronica (Speedwell) – Delicate flower spikes add contrast to arrangements.
Viburnum – Short lived but increasingly popular. Each flowerhead is made up of a mass of tiny flowers
Vanda – Usually 6 – 8 blooms per flower stem, The petals often have a marbled appearance.