A classic cottage garden plant and never far away from you in any outdoor space is lavender. In hedging or borders, its purple-blue spires fill the air with the fragrance of the finest quality. Always popular from traditional 'Hidcote' to the brand new 'Phenomenal', a real horticultural hero. It's also popular with pollinators and gardening with this in mind is bang on trend.
Roses are always being deemed our nation's favourite flower and it's not hard to see why. You can't beat the flowers, so elegant and traditional. Peonies come a close second, for their soft romantic blooms which have become increasingly popular as cut flowers in recent years and they are easy to grow flowers.
Flower shows often lead the way in creating popular flowering plants, people see something looking glorious and they want it. Verbena bonariensis continues to be extremely fashionable and seen in all good gardens and Sedum 'Atlantis' which won the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019 when entered by Suttons, has been snapped up for its bright yellow flowers and variegated foliage. Geranium 'Rozanne' is a border staple and was declared RHS Chelsea Plant of the Centenary in the flower show's 100th anniversary year.
Alliums are a very fashionable flower, with 'Purple Sensation' a reliable beauty. Their blooms are impressive both in flower and when gone to seed.
For spring colour, you can't beat daffodils and tulips and for late summer colour, salvias have become a very popular flowering plant in recent years. Bearing blooms for months from June onwards, in a kaleidoscope of delicious colours, they are gorgeous herbaceous border plants. Dahlias took a tumble in popularity but are now back in favour, with varieties such as 'Cafe au Lait' praised by top horticulturalists and florists.
Bedding plants often provide long-lasting floral carpets and primulas have seen some interesting introductions in recent years such as ‘Zebra Blue’ with its striking markings.
When you close your doors at night, a floral feast can continue with a wide range of flowering houseplants such as Streptocarpus and Stephanotis.
Whichever flower you favour, you'll be spoilt for choice at Sutton’s.