British Summer Flowers

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English gardens focus on a natural look, according to the University of Vermont. By combining perennial and annual plants, English gardens have non-stop colour. England has a wide assortment of summer flowers that flourish in the country's mild summer climate.

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British summer flowers include delphiniums or larkspur (Delphinium), pansy (Violax wittrockiana) and meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris). Delphiniums are part of the Ranunculaceae family and are native to Europe. Pansies are in the violaceae family and originate from England. The meadow buttercup belongs to the Ranunculaceae family and is an indigenous flowering plant from Eurasia.


Delphinium plants grow to heights of 3 to 8 feet and spread 3 feet wide. The perennial flowers have four petals and spurlike sepals in hues of white, red, pink, yellow and blue. Pansies are heart-shaped flowers with five petals in colours of red, bronze, purple, yellow, black, blue, pink and orange. Meadow buttercups consist of five bright yellow petals surrounding a cup with several stamens in the middle of the flower. The plant grows to reach 40 inches tall.

Blooming Times

The delphiniums bloom early to late summer depending on the species. Pansies bud in the summer months in northern regions. Meadow buttercups start blossoming in May and end in September.

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