Even though the temperatures may be starting to dip, there's a lovely selection of British flowers at New Covent Garden Market this month, including these stunning homegrown hydrangeas at Bloomfield. Read on to discover what else you'll find on your next visit...
Boxes of vibrant cerise nerines are gracing the Pratley stand.
Whilst at Zest Flowers, you'll find pink and white Cosmos.
Causing a real spectacle are the buckets of colourful Dahlias at J H Hart Flowers. Make the very most of them though before the frosts start in earnest.
Perfect for adding to autumnal wreaths are these rose hips.
And you'll also find British Narcissi, Lisianthus, September, Chrysanthemums, Sunflowers and Cleome, plus many more at Nine Elms.
If you're looking for orange focal flowers for a seasonal design, how about this rose variety called Confidential at Dennis Edwards Flowers?
And in the same colour palette are these accent flowers, Crocosmia Emily McKenzie. You'll find them at D G Wholesale Flowers.
Haven't these Chrysanthemum Zodiac Bronze at A Goodchild (The Floral Garden Group) got an amazing petal structure?
Dainty and densely coloured with a delicious scent are these exquisite Chocolate Cosmos at Dennis Edwards Flowers.
Yes, I know it may be hard to believe but tulips are already popping up at several traders stands, including this red variety called Escape at Zest Flowers. By the way, if you missed it first time around, you may like to take a read of this report from earlier in the year, A florist's guide to tulips.
You'll also find hyacinths starting to appear at the Flower Market too, including this pink variety called Johanna.
In a slightly softer hue of pink, verging on pale lilac, is Chrysanthemum Gilbert Leigh Silver...ideal for a hand-tied design in a muted colour palette.
You may have spotted online that Anthuriums appear to be having a comeback, adding an unusual touch to wedding flower designs. Check out these stunning floral arrangements by Ruth at All for Love London, which feature them in an urn design and a floral arch.
In particular, white and paler varieties in pink, coral, blush and lilac seem to be proving to be a hit. So this one called Lumina, with its lilac coloured spadix and creamy white petals with subtle green veining, is a great choice!
Lilac (Syringa) in white and lilac can also be found at the market this month. And you may like to take a read of this special report about lilac for more information.
Homegrown greenery in glorious autumnal shades can be found at our foliage wholesalers including this Forsythia at GB Foliage.
That's where you'll also find container-loads full of British Oak.
Next door at Porters Foliage, as well as lots of seasonal foliage, like this Rhododendron, you'll also find everything that you'll need to decorate your festive wreaths and garlands, pine-cones wise.
And if it's berried foliage you're after, they have this wonderful Cotoneaster too.
At L Mills, they have trolleys full of British Viola plants. Add them to hanging baskets and tubs for a pop of colour.
For something a little different on the plant radar, how about this Gynura aurantiaca at Arnott & Mason? It's also known as the velvet plant, due to the velvety purplish hairs that it produces on its green leaves.
How incredible is the distinctive texture of these Asplenium crocodylus plants at Quality Plants? It's been compared to a crocodile’s skin. So, it's no surprise that its common name is Crocodile Fern!
Head to Evergreen Exterior Services for Skimmia japonica Marlot plants, with their highly fragrant flowers. They're perfect for containers, beds and borders.
And whilst you're there, check out all the different types of bulbs they have on display towards the back of their stand. Choose from Narcissus, Amaryllis, Hyacinth, Allium, Tulip, Galanthus, Muscari, Ranunculus, Fritillary, Anemone and Crocus!
Christmas has well and truly arrived at C Best! You may have spotted the festive artificial tree at their entrance bedecked with baubles, faux flowers and berries, lights and ribbon?
Well, head inside and you'll find several areas especially dedicated to yuletide sundries. You'll be absolutely spoilt for choice!
So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the In Season blog and it’s given you lots of inspiration! Don't forget, it's just an overview of availability. You'll also find Hellebores, Astrantia, Euphorbia, Carnations, Malus, Hibiscus, Gomphrena, Snowberry, Allium sphaerocephalon...and many more!
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P.S. Later this month, look out for 'A florist’s guide to Christmas at the Flower Market', our bumper in-depth report covering everything you could ever dream of for Christmas 2018!