Buy yourself some of the best 5 English garden flowers


The best 5 English garden flowers are amongst my favourites.I’ve just been away on holiday, and the flowers on Kefalonia were wonderful, but for me, you can’t beat English summer flowers.
If I’d travelled earlier in the year, I would have had the opportunity of seeing all the wild flowers Kefalonia has to offer – they are particularly abundant on Mount Aenos, home of the beautiful Cefalonian fir tree.
On my walks, I did see ( and smell) wild oregano, rosemary, oleander and stunning bougainvillea, but much of the smaller flora was straw coloured, baked by the hot sun.
I couldn’t resist getting my garden scissors out of the kitchen drawer, wandering around my garden and cutting my myrtle, lavender, lemon balm, Buddleia, Chilean potato plant and sweet peas to make a lovely bouquet. If you make a bouquet from the flowers in your garden, it is best to remove quite a bit of the foliage from the stems before arranging the flowers. Also, steep them in lukewarm, deep water for a while, so they have a good drink. This will make them last longer.
It’s obviously a matter of taste, but my favourite 5 English summer garden flowers are:
DIGITALIS, or foxgloves. Pretty speckled glove-shaped flowers that grow really tall.
AQUILEGIA, or pixie caps. They flower in early summer, and leave a pretty seed pod that can be dried and used in autumn displays
LAVENDER. For its sweeping bushes and amazing scent and healing properties. It is good for relaxation and sleep. I love the gentle grey of it’s tiny leaves, and watching the busy bees resting on the tiny flowers.
ALCEA, or hollyhocks look fabulous as they grow tall and attract the butterflies to your garden. you’re left with tight little purses full of seeds for next year. During Victorian times, the hollyhock was a symbol of ambition and fertility, probably due to its height and the profusion of seeds in the little purses after flowering.
NIGELLA , or black cumin. The alternative name for this is love-in-the-mist. If you peer through the furry stems of these star shaped flowers, it looks all misty. Sissinghurst Castle’s white garden has a wonderful show of white nigella in the summer.

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Jan founded Stems in London WC1 in 1985, after changing her career as a teacher/translator, & training as a florist in Sweden. Her unique style, inspired by country walks, has been described as natural & wild, but with depth & sophistication. From a simple, tiny posy to grand events at St. James's Palace, Jan loves creating beautiful arrangements.