August bloomers

Peony7Peony7 Posts: 4

Hello Everyone, This is my first post and I am hoping that some of you gardeners out there will be able to help me.  My son will be getting married on August 23rd this year and I am hoping to grow some of the flowers to decorate the tables etc.  We are looking for a fairly informal affect. I live in Kent in the SE, I have a greenhouse and will be able to give over several vegetable beds to flowers this year. Does anybody have any suggestions for flowers/plants which would be looking good in late August.

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  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..by that date, Aster's are usually at their best... I would certainly try those ... many varieties available...

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,220

    Sweet peas should be in full bloom in August from a spring sowing.  Lots of different colours available.

    Dahlias are good for cutting for table decorations. small pompom ones would be best

    .Phox paniculata are still flowering through August.

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  • cosmos should be flowering then. Lovely daisy like flowers with fab ferny foliage. They generally grow quite tall but I've found the so called "dwarf" varieties only get to about 75cm tall. Might be nice for table centre-pieces. You could try gladioli too. As already suggested, phlox would be in flower and is beautifully scented

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,089

    Loads of annuals will be in flower then. Sarah Raven has lots of advice about cut flowers. http://www.sarahraven.com/shop/seeds/flower-seeds.html

    My daughter married in August, a few years ago, and we did the bouquets for the tables, it was informal and the evening meal was outside.

    Here is a photo of all the little bouquets we did, but they are all close together on a table, being watered by a friend of my daughter. I grew most of the flowers in the veg. garden, Lavatera Silver Cup, cornflowers, love in a mist, salvia farinacea, white asters, and others and roses from elsewhere in the garden.

     

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,188

    So pretty image.  You must have been delighted with the result!

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  • Rosie31Rosie31 Posts: 483

    Hi Peony!

    We did my daughter's wedding at home at the end of july this year.  Planned for sweet peas but becuase of the heatwave they'd all gone over.  Dahlias were great;  and the cosmos were fantastic (you can grown lots from seed and they'll be ready for picking as long as you keep deadheading).  I tried to grow some gypsophila but failed completely.  Alchemilla mollis was lovely as a filler - do you have any in your garden?  Helenium was looking good, too, although we didn't use any on the tables.

    Good luck - keep us up to date on how you get on!

    Rosie

     

  • Peony7Peony7 Posts: 4

    Wow - Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply - I now have a very comprehensive list. Lovely photograph Busy Lizzie a gorgeous display. All I need now is for the rain to stop!!  I had thought of cosmos already Ginglygangly but not the dwarf variety - the foliage is fab! Thanks

    Elaine

     

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