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Aconitum 

Monkshood 

Tall spiky flowers, long lasting but poisonous

Allium

Flowering onion

Several types, some have large globe shaped flower, others much smaller bullet shaped flowers

Alpinia

Ginger lily

Large striking tropical flowers

Alstroemeria 

Peruvian lily 

Very popular and long lasting flowers, often bi-coloured

Althaea

Hollyhock

Tall spikes of wide-funnel-shaped flowers

Amaranthus

Love lies bleeding

One type (love lies bleeding) has trailing flowers while the other has upright flower heads

Ammi

Queen Anne's lace

Masses of delicate white flowers, ideal as a filler

Anethum

Dill

Masses of tiny yellow flowers and a strong scent, used as a filler

Anigozanthos 

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 

Arachnis

Spider orchid

Long stems with slender petalled and spotted flowers

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, September 

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

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

Calendula

Marigold

Popular daisy-like flower with a country garden feel 

Callistephus

China aster

Dense headed flowers with contrasting coloured centres

Campanula

Canterbury bells

Quite large bell shaped flowers, several to a stem

Carthamus

Safflower

Unusual slightly thistle like flowers

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

Centaurea

Cornflower

Usually available as the well known blue cornflower, other colours are sometimes available

Cestrum 

Dense clusters of flowers at the top of straight stems

Chamaelaucium 

Waxflower

Small scented flowers ideal as fillers, sold in bud and in flower

Chelone

Rather insignificant Antirrhinum like flowers

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

Convallaria

Lily-of-the-Valley

Tiny bell shaped flowers on short stems. Very popular in wedding flowers

Cosmos

Delicate daisy like flower. The brown chocolate cosmos is great

Craspedia 

Small completely round flower head made up of lots of tiny yellow flowers

Crocosmia

Tall spiky flowers generally known as Montbretia when grown as a garden flower

Cymbidium orchid

Striking flowers, which flower profusely with up to 12 flowers on each stem

Dahlia

Dramatic round pompom shaped flowers, becoming very popular as a cut flower

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

Dianthus

Carnation 

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

Echinacea

Daisy like flowers with backward sloping petals

Echinops

Globe thistle

Prickly blue globe shaped flowers

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 flowerheads on tall straight stems

Eupatorium

Insignificant small flowers, used as a filler

Euphorbia 

Spurge 

Graceful curving stems with loads of tiny flowers. Note not all colours are available at the same time, check with your florist

Eustoma

Lisianthus

Popular flowers which open from tightly swirled buds, bi-coloured varieties also available

Freesia 

Highly popular, highly scented flowers

Gentiana

Long lasting trumpet shaped flowers up straight stems

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 

Satin flower

Several brightly coloured trumpet shaped flowers open up each stem

Gomphrena

Globe amaranth 

Small globe shaped flowers which can be easily dried

Gypsophila 

Very popular filler flower. New smaller-flowered varieties are now available

Helenium

Sneezeweed

Small daisy like flower, with slightly backward facing petals and autumnal colours

Helianthus

Sunflower

Striking, large daisy like flowers, usually yellow but more unusual rusty colours are becoming available

Heliconia 

Tropical flower with large very dramatic flowerheads. Several different types available

Hydrangea

A popular garden shrub with enormous flowerheads

Hypericum 

St John's Wort 

Attractive berries rather than flowers make this a very popular filler

Iris

Very popular but short lived flowers

Kniphofia

Red hot poker

Large dramatic upright flowerspikes

Lavender

Lavandula

Like the lavender grown in so many gardens. Has a fantastic scent

Leucadendron

Safari sunset

It is the leaves rather than the flowers which make this popular

Leucanthemum

Ox eye daisy

Large daisy like flower

Leucospermum

Pincushion protea

Large flowerheads which resemble a pin cushion. Long lasting

Leycesteria

Himalayan honeysuckle

Long leaves and drooping flower bracts

Liatris

Tall poker shaped purple flowers

Lily

Available throughout the year, but if you are looking for a particular colour check availability with your florist

Limonium

Sea lavender, Statice

Popular as a dried flower, all varieties make good fillers, but it can have an unpleasant smell!

Lysimachia 

Loose strife 

Arching flowerheads on the end of the stems, each made up of a mass of tiny flowers  

Matthiola 

Stock 

Fantastic vibrant colours and an incredible scent. 

Mint

Small feathery flower spikes, the fantastic mint scent makes it great as a filler

Moluccella 

Bells of Ireland 

Tall stems with a mass of bell shaped flowers

Narcissus 

Daffodil 

Needs no description and evokes spring more than any other cut flower 

Nerine 

Spider lily

Leafless stems topped with clusters of delicate flowers

Nigella

Love-in-the-Mist

Delicate papery flowers common in the garden. Also attractive as seed heads

Oenothera

Large buttercup like flowers in a cluster at the top of the stem

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

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 

Physostegia

Obedient plant

Flowers look similar to antirrhinums

Polianthes 

Tuberose

Higly scented flowers on tall stems

Protea 

Large exotic flowers with many different varieties

Rose 

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

Rudbeckia 

Coneflower

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

Saponaria

Soapwort

A good filler flower, a bit like gypsophila but the flowers are bigger

Scabious

Papery flowers that also have attractive seed heads

Sedum

Stonecrop

Common succulent garden flower and ideal as a long lasting filler

Solidago 

Goldenrod

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.  

Syringa

Lilac

A common shrub and highly popular, strongly scented cut flower

Tanacetum 

A type of chrysanthemum with small button shaped flowers

Trachelium 

Blue throatwort

Masses of tiny flowers create a large flat flowerhead

Vanda

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

Veronica 

Speedwell 

Delicate flower spikes add contrast to arrangements

Vuylstekeara 

A hybrid orchid, with highly patterned petals

Zantedeschia

Calla lily, arum lily

Striking single flowers.The coloured varieties are smaller than the white ones, and not all colours are available all year round

Zinnia

Very similar to dahlias

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