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Seasonal British Flowers for Winter Weddings

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

There are so many beautiful options for winter wedding flowers in the UK, including the use of dried or everlasting flowers, fresh cut flowers and living plants.

With a bit of creativity and imagination, we can create the most stunning and unique arrangements for your wedding, without the need to import out-of-season flowers. The first flowers of late winter and early spring are delicate, ethereal woodland gems full of beauty and scent. The shorter days of winter call for an abundance of candlelight and an intimate romantic feel.

Living Plants

I love creating beautiful and elegant arrangements with living plants – they are like miniature gardens, full of hidden gems peeping out from the moss. For wedding tables simple large ceramic bowls are perfect containers for the centre of a round table or a length of copper gutter filled for long trestle tables.

The added bonus of these is that the wedding couple and guests can take them home to plant in their gardens and every year be reminded of the wedding day. Perfect plants for living arrangements are hellebores, snowdrops, iris, hyacinths, narcissi, crocus, ferns and primroses.

Dried Flowers

Flowers dried from our summer cutting beds can be a beautiful option for your wedding day and a perfect keepsake of your special day. We have a huge range of everlasting flowers, seedpods and grasses providing a vast array of colours and textures to fit with your vision and theme - for bouquets and buttonholes to large installations and everything in between. The above images are from Eppie and Will's wedding in Bristol by Bella Rose Bunce (top), Rebecca and Inness' wedding at Coombe Lodge, Blagdon by Richard Skins Photography (middle) and Rebecca and Jamie's wedding at The Barn at Berkley by Benny Smyth Photography (bottom).

Fresh Cut Flowers

Although more scarce than the summer months there is still fresh cut material around during the British winter including evergreen foliage, blossom branches and flowers. It is the perfect time of the year to cut eucalyptus as well as many other trees and shrubs. Other winter cut flower options include the beautifully scented winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), early anemones and narcissi.

The stars of winter flowers in the UK are the Hellebores, also known as the winter rose. They are absolutely stunning flowers originating from mountainous regions of Europe and grow well in our climate.

Hellebores are an invaluable early source of nectar for bees and as I generally only cut once the flowers have been pollinated the bees get to enjoy every single one. There are so many different varieties but below are some that I grow in my garden (labels long since lost, sorry!). They often hybridise and self-seed once established so you may find new and beautiful varieties popping up near to their parents.

They can be included in your bouquet, buttonholes, table centrepieces – pretty much anywhere! They can look particularly lovely floating in bowls on tables so you can see their beautiful faces.

For more inspiration see Rebecca and Inness’ January wedding


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