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Sweet William


Spray Carnation

Ginger (Alpinia)

Bird of Paradise




April Fools Day is celebrated across the world as a day of practical jokes and harmless fun, but when it comes to flowers, our April selection is one thing you can certainly rely on. We’ve compiled a list of the flowers you may come across in during this month. In particular you can try and spot wood anemone, foxgloves and wood sorrel which should be beginning to flower all across the country.


Acacia (Mimosa) - Tiny petal-less yellow flowers cover the stems

Aconitum (Monkshood) – Tall spiky flowers, long lasting but poisonous

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

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

Anemone (Windflower) – Delicate, papery flowers, available in vibrant and pale colours

Anethum (Dill) – Masses of tiny yellow flowers and a strong scent, used as a filler

Anigozanthus (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

Aranthera (Scorpion Orchid) – Long lasting orchid with small flowers on upright stems

Asclepias (Milkweed) – Clusters of tiny flowers, ideal as a filler

Aster (Michaelmas daisy) – Popular filler with daisy like flowers on upright stems

Arachnis (Spider Orchid) – Long stems with slender petals and spotted flowers

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

Bouvardia - Clusters of small tubular flowers, use with special flower food. Not all colours are available throughout the year

Bupleurum - Insignificant yellow green flowers. Used more as a foliage and 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

Carnation - Very long lasting. Some new more interesting colours are now available

Carthamus (Safflower) – Unusual slightly thistle like flowers

Spray Carnation - Long lasting flowers. Some more interesting colours becoming available

Cattleya Orchid - Large brightly coloured orchids, usually 1 or 2 per stem

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

Cestrum - Dense clusters of flowers at the top of straight stems

Ginger (Alpinia) – Large striking tropical flowers

Waxflower (Chamaelaucium) – Small scented flowers ideal as fillers, sold in bud and in flower

Chrysanthemum - Available as large individual showy blooms, or the spray variety. Very long lasting

Cirsium - Look a bit like pink thistles, which open out into pompom shaped flowers

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

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

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 flower heads on tall straight stems

Eupatorium - Insignificant small flowers, used as a filler

Forget-me-not (Myosotis) – Tiny very fragile pastel blue flowers on short stems.

Forsythia - The shrub commonly grown in our gardens for their springtime flowers

Freesia - Highly popular, highly scented flowers

Fritillaria – Exotic looking flowers which hang downwards in a cluster on top of tall straight stems

Genista - Masses of tiny flowers all along the straight leafless stems. Popular filler flower

Gerbera - Large daisy like flowers, a smaller ‘Germini’ variety is also available

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. New smaller-flowered varieties are now available

Heliconia - Tropical flower with large very dramatic flower heads. Several different types available

Helleborus (Christmas Rose) – Short lived very delicate and subtle flowers

Hyacinth - Popular as a pot plant hyacinth and increasingly popular as a cut flower

Hydrangea – A popular garden shrub with enormous flower heads. Cultivated hydrangea come in interesting colours

Hypericum (St John’s Wort) – Attractive berries rather than flowers make this a very popular fillerIris - Very popular but short lived flowers

Ixia (African Corn Lily) – Delicate flowers which belong to the same family as gladioli

Kniphofia (Red hot poker) – Large dramatic upright flower spikes

Leucadendron (Safari Sunset) – It is the leaves rather than the flowers which make this popular

Leucospermum (Pincushion Protea) – Large flower heads 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 flower heads 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

Narcissus (Daffodil) – Needs no description and evokes spring more than any other cut flower

Nigella (Love-in-the-Mist) – Delicate papery flowers common in the garden. Also attractive as seed heads

Oncidium Orchid (Golden Shower Orchid) – Lots of small yellow flowers along the stem. Miniature hybrids are available in colours other than yellow

Ornithogalum (Chincherinchee) – Fantastically long lasting flower, usually white and less commonly available in yellow

Paphiopedilum Orchid (Slipper orchid) – Very large dramatic orchid flowers

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

Papaver (Poppy) – Fantastic papery flowers in great colours. Short lived but worth it. The seed heads are also popular

Protea - Large exotic flowers with many different varieties

Prunus (Flowering cherry) – Cherry blossom, beautiful delicate flowers on tall straight branches

Ranunculus - Small delicate, papery flowers

Rose - Needs no description! Almost every colour available except true black or blue 

Rudbeckia  Daisy like flower, usually sold without any petals, just the pincushion like centre

Scilla - Masses of blue flowers on short stems, a bit like bluebells

Solidago – A popular yellow filler flower

Solidaster - A cross between Solidago and the Aster. Used as a filler

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

Sweetwilliam - 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 flower head

Triteleia (Brodiaea) – Loose clusters of delicate blue flowers on erect leafless stems

Tuberose (Polianthes) – Highly 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

Viburnum (Snowballs) – Short lived but increasingly popular. Each flower head is made up of a mass of tiny flowers

Vanda - Usually 6 – 8 blooms per flower stem, The petals often have a marbled appearance

Vuylstekeara - A hybrid orchid, with highly patterned petals



(In the left hand column there are a few examples of the flowers in season for the month of April)


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