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 that may be around during 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 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 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.
Ranunculus – Popular flower for weddings and events for its shape and variety of colours.
Rose – Needs no description! Almost every colour available except true black or blue
Skimmia – Popular shrub, sold as a cut flower when in 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 small button or daisy shaped flowers
Trachelium – Masses of tiny flowers create a large flat flowerhead
Tuberose (Polianthes) – Higly scented flowers on tall stems
Tulip – One of the most popular cut flowers in the UK with many different varieties
Veronica (Speedwell) – Delicate flower spikes add contrast to arrangements
Vanda – Usually 6 – 8 blooms per flower stem, The petals often have a marbled appearance