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A leafy autumn wreath by Camomile and Cornflowers shows all the colours of the season.

Autumn and winter

As days shorten the abundance of summer subsides. Well into September dahlias keep up their show alongside asters, the last generous annuals like cosmos daisies and chrysanthemums which take up the baton as late season champions. The first bite from Jack Frost heralds the end of the outdoor growing year and the start of preparations for winter and the new season to come.

Find beauty in colour and texture

When we say farewell to the blowsy blooms which have delighted us all season long, it’s time to stop and appreciate the smaller things up close. For many farmer florists, its time to call on stunning foliage, dried ingredients and British flowers grown under protection by larger scale growers who offer cold-weather crops like narcissi, tulips, alstroemeria and anemones during the winter months.

An honesty and gypsophila dried flower wreath by Henthorn Farm Flowers

Dried flowers

We explore the resurgence in dried flowers and how to dry and use them.

Harebell and Bee use seasonal ingredients for autumn in this still life arrangement with the rich yellows and golds of rudbeckia blooms, golden pyracantha berries and the buttery tones of silver birch leaves on the turn. A large silver green pumpkin sits between two vases of rudbeckia flowers on a wooden table.

Rudbeckias

Josie Brown of Brown’s British Flowers explains why she loves these easy-to-grow beauties for rich autumnal charm.

A wreath with sustainable flowers at its heart. Locally grown dried strawflowers adorn a sustainable, biodegradable base. By Fierceblooms, Cheshire.

Sustainable and seasonal

Kathryn Cronin of Fierceblooms, Cheshire explains why her autumn wreaths have sustainability at their heart.