November brings cooler night and cloudy days. You may think that there are fewer flowers available, but never fear there is a fabulous selection to find in beautiful rich colour palettes, varying shapes and sizes.
Below is a list of the flowers in season in November:
Aconitum (Monkshood) – Tall spiky flowers, long lasting but poisonous
Agapanthus (African Lily) – Long lasting, large striking flowers
Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily) – Very popular and long lasting flowers, often bi-coloured
Amaranthus (Love lies bleeding) – One type (love lies bleeding) has trailing flowers while the other has upright flower heads
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) – Large very striking trumpet shaped flowers, often grown indoors from bulbs
Ammi Majus (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
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, insignificant flowers used mainly as a filler
Banksia (Bottlebrush) – Exotic Protea from Australia, large flower heads made up of masses of tiny flowers
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
Carthamus (Safflower) – Unusual slightly thistle like flowers
Celosia (Cockscomb) – Different varieties, some with crinkled ‘brain-like’ flowers others with feathery upright plumes
Ginger (Alpinia) – Large striking tropical flowers
Waxflower (Chamaelaucium) – Small scented flowers ideal as fillers, sold in the bud and in flower
Craspedia – Small completely round flower head made up of lots of tiny yellow flowers
Cymbidium Orchid – Striking flowers, which flower profusely with up to 12 flowers on each stem
Cynara (Artichoke) – The flower of the artichoke
Dahlia – Delicate pom poms that have statement blooms available in a range of colours and sizes. Very popular for weddings and events.
Dendrobium orchid (Singapore orchid) – Long-lasting orchids with several blooms on each erect stem
Eryngium (Sea Holly) – Thistles add texture and interest to your arrangement – available in striking blue, purple and silver tones.
Eucharis (Amazon Lily) – Beautiful slightly downward facing delicate flowerheads on tall straight stems
Euphorbia (Spurge) – Graceful curving stems with loads of tiny flowers. Note not all colours are available at the same time, check with your florist
Freesia – Highly popular, highly scented flowers available in a range of different colours. Available all year round, and fairly cost effective!
Gerbera – Large daisy-like flowers, a smaller ‘Germini’ variety is also available. Very popular for weddings, events and in the hospitality trade.
Gloriosa (Glory Lily) – A very dramatic flower with yellow edged cerise petals. The National Flower of Zimbabwe
Gomphrena (Globe amaranth) – Small globe shaped flowers which can be easily dried.
Gypsophila – Very popular filler flower for weddings and events. Small, medium and large-headed varieties are available at the market (personal preference). Find our video on the website to help you ‘All About Gypsophila.’
Heliconia – Tropical flower with large very dramatic flowerheads. Several different types available
Helleborus (Christmas Rose) – Short-lived very delicate and subtle flowers
Hydrangea – A popular flower with enormous flowerheads. Cultivated hydrangea come in interesting colours, in the later
Hypericum (St John’s Wort) – Attractive berries rather than flowers make this a very popular filler. Particularly popular for autumn and winter occasions, bringing a touch of nature indoors.
Iris – Very popular, blue and purple flowers.
Leucadendron (Safari Sunset) – It is the leaves rather than the flowers which make this popular. Works particularly well for a berry or autumnal theme.
Leucospermum (Pincushion Protea) – Large flowerheads which resemble a pin cushion. Long lasting
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
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
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 for weddings and events acting as a filler flower.
Skimmia – Popular shrub, sold as a cut flower when in the bud in both burgundy red and kew green.
Solidago – A popular yellow filler flower that works well with sunflowers or yellow blooms in the summertime.
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. Perfect for corporate flowers.
Sunflower (Helianthus) – Striking, large daisy-like flowers, usually yellow but more unusual rusty colours are becoming available. Very popular for weddings and events, you can purchase smaller, sonja sunflowers that work well as a buttonhole or in smaller arrangements.
Symphoricarpos – Shrub with attractive round berries in pink or white
Tanecetum – A type of chrysanthemum with a small button or daisy-shaped flowers
Trachelium – Masses of tiny flowers create a large flat flowerhead
Tuberose (Polianthes) – Highly scented flowers on tall stems
Tulip – One of the most popular cut flowers in the UK with many different varieties