Flowers

In season at the Flower Market this August

Written by Rona Wheeldon
August 08, 2018

With dahlia season now in full swing, you'll find so many stunning varieties at the Flower Market this month!

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Cafe Au Lait Dahlias At Zest Flowers

Cafe au Lait continues to reign supreme but there are also lots of other beautiful varieties to be found, in a wonderful array of different colours, shapes and sizes. And if you missed it first time round, you may like to take a read of this special report about this popular seasonal bloom. 

British Flowers

Did you know that DG Wholesale Flowers supply English flowers? Head to their designated area, marked by a huge St George's cross flag, to find boxes brimming full of lisianthus in a range of different colours. This lovely pale pink variety, which David refers to as 'Champagne', comes in bunches of ten stems. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Lisianthus At Dg Wholesale Flowers

You'll also find delicate British delphiniums, plus lilies and alstroemeria too. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Delphiniums At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Meanwhile, over at Zest Flowers' British Flowers Corner, there are buckets filled with rubus...yes, already!

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Rubus Aka Blackberry At Zest Flowers

They also have amaranthus, both upright and hanging varieties. Check out this Amaranthus cruentus 'Hot Biscuits' with its rich russet flowers... 

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Amaranthus Cruentus Hot Biscuits At Zest Flowers

...and Amaranthus caudatus, with its memorable common name of love-lies-bleeding.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Amaranthus Caudatus Aka Love Lies Bleeding At Zest Flowers

You can't help but smile when you see all the boxes of colourful dahlias at Pratley, in white, orange, pink and red. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Mixed Dahlias At Pratley

Other British flowers currently available from the traders are Trachelium, Verbena bonariensis, Ageratum, Antirrhinums, Zinnias, Gladioli, Echinops, Irises, Statice and Sunflowers...to name but a few. 

World Flowers

Have you seen this pink flower before? It's called Chelone obliqua and with its unusual petal structure, its common name is twisted shell flower. And some people even call it Turtlehead!

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Chelone Obliqua At Zest Flowers

I love the ethereal nature of Sanguisorba officinalis, with its burgundy flower spikes held aloft slender green stems. You'll find it at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sanguisorba Officinalis At Dennis Edwards Flowers

If you're looking for something to add a touch of softness to a design, how about this Miscanthus, fondly known as silk grass, at Zest Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Miscanthus At Zest Flowers

Heavenly hydrangeas in a multitude of different colours are in abundance this month at Nine Elms. Head to Dennis Edwards Flowers for this gorgeous variety called Hilde Moorhof Blue.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hydrangea Hilde Moorhof Blue At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Or if you're looking for a blue accent flower, how about Gentiana 'Blue Sky'?

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Gentiana Blue Sky At Dennis Edwards Flowers

With the perfect common name of bunny's tail grass is Lagurus. Here's a special report about grasses from last August which you may like to read. It features not only fresh cut grasses, but also dried grasses, plants and artificial. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Lagurus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Looking for a flower to add height to a contract design? Then look no further...majestic Eremurus 'Rumba' with its vivid orange flowers will definitely do the trick. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Eremurus Rumba At Zest Flowers

Have you come across this exquisite pale apricot garden style rose before? Called simply 'Elaine', you'll find it at Bloomfield.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Elaine Rose At Bloomfield

And with masses of golden yellow petals are 'Teddy Bear' sunflowers at A Goodchild (Floral Garden Group).

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Teddy Bear Sunflowers At The Floral Garden Group

British Foliage

GB Foliage offer a fabulous assortment of seasonal cut foliage, with 80% sourced from English growers. And with around 30 years experience of working at New Covent Garden Market, don't hesitate to ask David for advice...whether it's delicate, trailing foliage for hanging designs you're after or long-lasting greenery for garlands.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona David Gorton At Gb Foliage

He's got containers brimming full of pieris...

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Pieris At Gb Foliage

... and cotoneaster with its silver leaves. Plus many more homegrown foliage varieties too.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Cotoneaster At Gb Foliage

Over at Porters Foliage, you'll find rowanalso known as mountain ash, due to the fact that it grows well at high altitudes and its leaves are similar to those of ash.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Rowan At Porters Foliage

That's where you'll also find homegrown oak, with acorns too.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Oak At Porters Foliage

British Plants

Virtually indestructible is how Bob at L.Mills describes Buddleia! It may be well-known for growing by railway lines, but it has butterfly-attracting qualities, so definitely worth considering for a garden.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Buddleia Plants At L Mills

World Plants

Pilea peperomioides plants continue to be going down a storm considering how many #pileapeperomioides tagged images there are on Instagram...over 70,000! And Quality Plants, as well as the regular size, also have these very cute miniature varieties. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Mini Pilea Peperomioides Plants At Quality Plants

Continuing the dahlia theme, did you know that as well as cut flowers, you can also buy dahlia plants at the Market? Check out this red variety at Evergreen.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Plants At Evergreen

Sundries

At The Flower Store, which is part of Bloomfield, there's new stock in the form of 'Snake Pots' as Kim calls them due to their textured pattern. They're available in a range of different shapes and sizes. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Assorted Snake Pots At The Flower Store

Or if it's small glassware you're on the look-out for, how about these lovely bee goblets and fleur-de-lys bottles?

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Glass Bee Goblets And Fleurs De Lys Bottles At The Flower Store

By the way, did you know that The Flower Store have also started stocking the new biodegradable floral foam from Oasis called Bio?

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this month’s In Season blog and it’s given you lots of inspiration! It's just an overview of availability. For example, on the flower scene, you'll also find Japanese Anemones, 'Angie Romantica' roses, Agapanthus, Astrantia and Angelica gigas.

As always, we’d love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions. Simply fill in the boxes below.  

P.S. Did you see the photos on Instagram of the amazing installations at the Flower Market for Art Night, which took place last month?

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