All though peony season is over and we’re a bit sad to see them go until next year, there are plenty of other gorgeous flowers to make our homes look pretty these next few months. After touring our favorite flower shops around town, we’ve gathered 5 gorgeous species that will definitely be around during summer.
1) The hydrangea “endless summer” is a unique member of the hydrangea family, which blooms more than once per year, hence the name “endless summer”. You’ll find it from July until September, although a few shops may already carry them a little earlier than July. Hydrangeas can be pricey at 4 – 7€ per flower, but in return they’re also super easy to keep and will usually stay beautiful for around 10 – 14 days. Plus they’re so big, that 2 or 3 will be enough for a nice centerpiece on your dining table.
2) The bellflower, or also known under the botanical name of “campanula”, blooms from June until September. The reason for it’s name is obvious when looking at the bell-shaped flowers – and “campanula” actually means “little bell” in latin. These are usually pretty tall flowers (we LOVE them in a simple tall glass cylinder on the floor) and the most common colors are hues of blue and purple.
3) Everyone loves roses, right? And we’re especially crazy about the damask rose during summer because of its incredible smell. This is seriously the essence of what roses should smell like! Because of it’s amazing scent, damask roses are often used for oils, rose water and perfumery, and the petals are also edible (perfect for champagne with rose petals … just sayin’). Harvesting of these beauties must be done by hand and is quite time consuming – usually there are 20 to 40 days of harvesting per year.
4) “Helios” is the Greek word for “sun” and “opsis” stands for “appearance”, combined you’ve got yourself the botanical name “Heliopsis” for our fourth flower of summer – the oxeye sunflower. You’ll find these yellow blooms from June until August and we love them for adding an unexpected pop of color to pretty bouquets or placing individual flowers in lots of unique vases along a window sill.
5) This pretty flower, the tall larkspur, is a tiny bit deceiving. It comes in an array of gorgeous colors, but is most famous for its blue shades. But beware, all parts of the plant are considered toxic to humans. So unlike the damask rose above, we’d advise you to keep these strictly in your vases, rather than garnishing your cocktails with them. Early to midsummer is the main bloom period of the tall larkspur, but it may continue all the way into fall – so you should be able to shop for these from June until September.