Our favourite British summer flowers

June sees the return of British Flowers Week (14-20th June). This week is a national celebration of seasonal, locally-grown British summer flowers and foliage. It’s also a great opportunity to show our support for home-grown flowers.

Get creative with gorgeous window arrangements that passers-by can see and enjoy using your favourite blooms. Take a photo of your British Flowers Week Window, or floral arrangement, and share it on social media using #BritishFlowersWeek, #NewCoventGardenMarket and tag @MarketFlowers to join in with the fun! Find out more about British Flowers Week here.

Need a little of inspiration to get you started? Here are a few of our very favourite flowers. Do you agree?

Our favourite summer flowers


The peony is one of the most magnificent and luxurious of our British summer flowers. These gorgeous blooms spring open in the sunshine and look just as gorgeous on the table or in a lavish border.

Peonies also appear just as staggering when presented as a single precious stem in a bottle, or greedily gathered into a jug accompanied by philadelphia, wax-flower and nigella. Their many frothing ballerina skirts, large round shape and sumptuous colours make them a firm favourite.


Delphiniums are impressively tall, slender, statuesque spires of flowers. These flowers come in the most dazzling shades of blue, purple, pink and white.

Despite their height, delphiniums can be cut down to where the flowers begin for use in voluptuous jug arrangements, or used to their full advantage for adding depth within large urn displays. The deep royal purple is one of our favourite colours of delphinium. Try mixing it with campanula, astrantia and hydrangea for beautiful combination.

Alternatively, you can’t go far wrong with a crisp white delphinium. Pair with fresh, green, summer foliage for a simple, fresh and beautiful look.

English Garden Rose

No list of summer flowers would be complete without a nod to roses. The English Garden Rose is a particular favourite. These flowers are very different creatures from the imported, straight-stemmed varieties that are available all year round. Unlike these commercial roses, the Garden Rose is delicate, stunningly fragranced and blowsy.

They add wonderful freedom to an arrangement as their stems are far more fluid, their beauty making them the essence of summer. If you are on the hunt for the perfect rose, you can never go wrong with a David Austin variety. Just watch your fingers when you handle them, they tend to be very thorny!

Guilder Rose

The Guilder Rose, is actually not a rose but a member of the Viburnum genus. This flower is often overlooked, and highly underestimated. The bright acid green of the globe-like flower clusters bring a pop of life to any arrangement. It’s a tough, but extremely elegant flower that will last for about two weeks in a hand tie or a jug, and is just as flexible in a garden setting.

Sweet Pea

Sweet Peas or Lathyrus odoratus, which literally means ‘fragrant pea’, are perhaps the most delicate looking of all the British summer flowers. They’re great to use around the edges of a hand tie. Their beautiful curving shape doesn’t become lost in the grouping.

Using them on mass, with nothing to take away from their fragile glory, is where the sweet pea truly comes into its own. Use chicken wire in your vase to give support without looking too tight or clustered. They also look just as magnificent in the garden. Twisted around a hazel wigwam they create a dizzying rustic column of scent and beauty, a true English garden classic.

Find out more about British Flowers Week

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