August is a wonderful month, with an abundance of flowers for your wedding or event oozing with fragrance and bursting with colour! We have a huge choice available from Snapdragons, Astrantia, Dahlias, Delphiniums, Chrysanthemums, Sunflowers, Hydrangeas and Larkspur are just some of the blooms you need to know about. August is most certainly peak wedding season and this is definitely worth keeping in mind when you’re planning your wedding flowers.
Did you know? Gladioli is the August Flower – bringing luck to all births in August. Symbolically, the flower signifies remembrance, infatuation and strength of character. It’s named ‘gladiolus’ meaning ‘sword’ for its tall, sword-shaped appearance.
Below we have a list of the flowers in season in August:
Achillea (Yarrow) – Very popular as a dried flower available in various colours. Ideal flower to suit a rustic, wild flower theme.
Aconitum (Monkshood) – Tall spiky flowers, long lasting
Agapanthus (African Lily) – Long lasting, large striking flowers in a blue tone.
Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle) – Common as a garden flower, masses of tiny yellow-green flowers, ideal as a filler for wedding or event flowers.
Allium (Flowering Onion) – Several types, some have large globe shaped flower, others much smaller bullet shaped flowers.
Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily) – Very popular and long lasting flowers, often bi-coloured. Ideal to act as a filler flower or alone in a vase.
Amaranthus (Love lies bleeding) – Varieties vary from the trailing drapes of the amaranthus to upright spikes to whispy, delicate trails of the yearming desert amaranthus in cream.
Ammi Majus (Queen Anne’s Lace) – Masses of delicate white flowers, ideal as a filler in a rustic, country garden style flower arrangement.
Anthurium (Painter’s Palette) – Exotic waxy looking flowers. Ideal for wedding, event and corporate flower arrangements – long lasting!
Antirrhinum (Snapdragon) – Snapdragons are available in a range of colours and offer height to any arrangement.
Asclepias (Milkweed) – Clusters of tiny flowers, ideal as a filler
Aster (Michaelmas Daisy) – Popular filler with daisy-like flowers on upright stems
Astilbe (False Goat’s Beard) – Common as a garden flower, delicate, feathery flowers used mainly as a filler
Astrantia (Stinkwort) – Small, round, delicate flowers, ideal as a filler for wedding flowers
Bouvardia – Clusters of small tubular flowers, use with special flower food. Not all colours are available throughout the year
Bupleurum – Yellow-green flowers. Used more as foliage and as a filler.
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
Carnation – Very long lasting. Some new more interesting colours are now available
Carthamus (Safflower) – Unusual slightly thistle like flowers in a striking orange!
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.
Cornflower (Centaurea) – Usually available as the well known blue cornflower, other colours are sometimes available like pink and yellow.
Chrysanthemum – Available as large individual showy blooms, or the spray variety. Very long lasting
Cosmos – Delicate daisy like flower. The brown chocolate cosmos is great for autumnal and berry-licious colour schemes.
Craspedia – Small completely round flower head made up of lots of tiny yellow flowers. Add to your flower arrangement for bursts of colour and texture
Crocosmia – Tall spiky flowers generally known as Montbretia when grown as a garden flower.
Curcuma – Tropical looking flower on tall straight stems
Cynara (Artichoke) – The flower of the artichoke, statement flowers.
Dahlia – Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s prime time for the Dahlia to shine! It’s such a versatile flower, there’s something for everyone! Dramatic round pom-pom shaped flowers, becoming very popular as a cut flower!
Delphinium – Tall flower spikes. Also, Larkspur which is a type of delphinium.
Dendrobium orchid (Singapore orchid) – Long lasting orchids with several blooms on each erect stem
Echinacea – Daisy like flowers with backward sloping petals.
Echinops (Globe thistle) – Prickly blue globe shaped flowers
Eremurus (Foxtail Lily) – Large dramatic flowers, usually yellow or orange, with other colours less commonly available
Eryngium (Sea Holly) – Blue thistle like flowers, sometimes the blue is so intense it is hard to believe they are not dyed.
Eucharis (Amazon Lily) – Beautiful slightly downward facing delicate flowerheads on tall straight stems
Freesia – Highly popular, highly scented flowers
Gentiana – Long lasting trumpet shaped flowers up straight stems.
Gerbera – Large daisy like flowers, a smaller ‘Germini’ variety is also available
Gladiolus – A 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
Gomphrena (Globe amaranth) – Small globe shaped flowers which can be easily dried.
Gypsophila – Very popular filler flower, varying in head size from small, medium to large; gypsophila is extremely popular for wedding and event as it is cost effective. Typically available in white, but can be sourced in dyed colours.
Heliconia – Tropical flower with large very dramatic flowerheads. Several different types available
Helenium – Small daisy like flower, with slightly backward facing petals and autumnal colours
Hydrangea – A popular garden shrub with enormous flowerheads. Commercial hydrangea comes in interesting colours. The way hydrangeas change colours, and move into a more muted palette, mix them with grasses for a just picked look.
Hypericum – (St John’s Wort) Attractive berries rather than flowers make this a very popular filler
Iris – Very popular, available in blue, white and purple
Kniphofia (Red hot poker) – Large dramatic upright flowerspikes
Leucadendron (Safari Sunset) – It is the leaves rather than the flowers which make this popular
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.
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.
Mint – Small feathery flower spikes, the fantastic mint scent makes it great as a filler
Moluccella (Bells of Ireland) – Tall stems with a mass of bell shaped flowers.
Nerine – Leafless stems topped with clusters of delicate flowers.
Ornithogalum (Chincherinchee) – Fantastically long lasting flower, usually white and less commonly available in yellow.
Rose – Needs no description! Almost every colour available except true (natural) black or blue
Saponaria – A good filler flower, a bit like gypsophila but the flowers are bigger
Scabious – Papery flowers which also have attractive seed heads
Sedum (Stonecrop) – Common succulent garden flower and ideal as a long lasting filler
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 – Striking, large daisy like flowers, usually yellow but more unusual rusty colours are becoming available
Veronica (Speedwell) – Delicate flower spikes add contrast to arrangements.