Winter colour using British grown seasonal flowers can be a challenge but I would recommend:-
Forced bulbs of Paperwhite Narcissus, Amaryllis and Hyacinths. Next year I plan to grow a wider range of indoor Narcissus and Hyacinths as these have proved extremely popular this year. I grow on a small scale and don't have a heated greenhouse which in any event is not really very eco friendly just to force bulbs into flower early!! I do manage to force bulbs in the consevatory.
Dried flowers and seed heads. I dried my own Alliums and Poppy seed heads this year with good success and have found a fabulous supplier of local dried flowers in Winter Flora.
Flowering shrubs, including Viburnum tinus, Winter Honeysuckle and red stems of Dogwood also look stunning together and fragrant.
True winter flowers include Hellebores and Snowdrops which are starting to appear and they will last a little cut and in water especially the Hellebores but in truth they look so magical in the garden that it is hard to cut them!
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.