What are your favorite flowers? Does your garden reflect your most favored flowers? Maybe you’ll see them displayed at the Philadelphia Flower Show in a setting that you can use at home. British inspired landscapes feature old English garden perennials like these five highlights from the 2013 Flower Show:
Hellebore (Lenten Rose)
Large multi-lobed glossy leaves surround strong stems that are topped during Lent by large bell like flowers. The blooms range in shade from creamy white to burgundy red. Though the color intensity fades as the season progresses, the blooms remain beautiful for many weeks.
The British love to grow Hippeastrum (often referred to as Amaryllis) over the Christmas holiday period. These large South African bulbs can flower as soon as 2 weeks after being potted. Their majestic blooms face out at the viewer and face in all points of the compass.
Tea roses have been cultivated for thousands of years, and the British still love them today. Named after many famous personalities and horticultural pioneers, roses can be enjoyed as landscape shrubs, climbing features and specimen focal points.
One solution to ugly gutter downspouts and plain looking doorways is to dress them up with climbing flowers. Their eye catching star shaped flowers are varied in size, color and even blooming period. This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show features several exhibits that make clematis one of their star players.
Last year’s Hawaiian theme meant that orchids stole the show. Though orchid exhibits this year are far fewer, these irresistible plants are still noticeably on display. The enormous numbers of varieties make orchids a continued object of amazement and admiration. Their vast diversity in bloom color and shape continues to amaze us as we gaze at these beauties. One Flower Show exhibit explains the importance played by the British in collecting orchids for study and propagation.
See spectacular bridal table displays, lush cricket club landscaping, palatial floral arches and glass-like water art among the “Brilliant” themed show. Whether it's stroll through the streets of London, or beside the Scottish moors, you may find some of your flower favorites, and you may make some new ones.