June Wedding Flowers: Which Blooms To Choose

All the information June brides need for selecting the perfect wedding flowers


June is a fabulous month for a wedding. It’s when British Summer Time officially begins, and the days are at their longest – ideal for a rustic English country garden wedding. It’s also a great time of year for beautiful wedding flowers. Carole Patilla from Tuckshop Flowers is a firm believer in buying local, British flowers to create stunning seasonal bouquets. She spoke to hitched about some of the seasonal beauties available in June. 

Tuckshop Flower Wall

"Flowers are like strawberries: even though many varieties are available year round, imported from warmer climes, there is nothing quite like an outdoor-grown natural crop in season. More oomph, more mmm, and fewer transport miles.  But unless you're a keen gardener, it's easy to lose touch with what grows when in the UK, so here is a quick guide to what British grown flowers are likely to be around for lucky June brides. (Congratulations on choosing my favourite flowery month to get married!)"


Tuckshop Flower Rose

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Most of us love a rose. But I defy anyone to resist the heady scents of old-fashioned, highly perfumed varieties. They're a premium flower and so choosing a rose bouquet will increase the cost, but the scented delight that will accompany you throughout your day makes them worth every penny.  

Tuckshop Flowers Bride and Groom

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Coming into flower from June, and available British grown, until September, they'll be the divas in your bouquet. With so many forms and colours to choose from, you're sure to find one that's perfect for your wedding  - from the nodding multi-headed floribunda types, to the blousy ruffles of old-style David Austin roses, picture perfect hybrid teas and everything in between.

Tuckshop Flowers Rose Teapot

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Peonies are the other early summer primadonnas, much sought after by brides for their huge crinoline flowers which are big on the wow factor, either alone or mixed with others. They are available in a range of colours from whites and corals to deep pinks and reds.  A few pale yellow forms are can also be found occasionally, but are not generally widely available.

Tuckshop Flowers Peony and Rose Cake

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While they may not be flowers with the longest vase life, if you are looking for stunning flowers with immediate impact for your big day, then a peony bouquet could be just what you need.

Pink Peonies

Image: Cove Photography

Sweet Peas

Competing with the roses for scent are sweet peas - one of the quintessential cottage garden flowers, often ensconced in the memory as a childhood favourite. Freshly cut, long stems of sweet peas can add graceful twining tendrils and tumbling charm to bouquets and large arrangements, as well as their flowers being stunning either mixed with other seasonal flowers or grouped en masse in vases and for simple bouquets.

Tuckshop Flowers Sweetpeas

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Another cottage garden favourite bringing a rare true blue to bouquets, is the vibrant button shaped cornflower. Whilst they may not be large enough to take centre stage, they add pops of contrasting colour. 

Tuckshop Flowers Cornflowers

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Cornflowers are also fabulously long lasting out of water for buttonholes and flower crowns.  The bright blues are the most popular colour, but other dark purples and pastels are also available.

Cornflower Posy

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No, not the chef, but the Latin name for Love-in-a-Mist, romantic in both nomenclature and appearance.  With soft pastel flowers in blues, pinks and whites, centred with a lantern-like seed head with filigree tendrils, this is one of the most perfect flowers for adding a light, ethereal quality to your wedding flowers. The soft blue flowers look beautiful in a small posy mixed with cornflowers. 

Nigella and Cornflower Posy

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Ammi, Alchemilla Mollis and Astrantia

My other favourites amongst what I term 'frothers', which add light, delicate texture to arrangements is ammi majus, a cultivated version of cow parsley which has a beautifully light umbellifer flower (I use it in many of my bouquets to accompany larger flowers, it's one of those flowers that complements others so fabulously). In the photo below, you can see the delicacy of the multi headed ammi flower, along with the equally pretty lime green froth of alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle), and the tiny bright pink spires of heuchera flowers.

Tuckshop FLowers June Vase

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Another flower which you'll rarely find in florist shops, but will readily find in gardens, is the quaintly named 'Granny's Bonnet' or Columbine - all common names for the latin Aquilegia.  With its unusual winged form, wide ranging colour combinations and huge range of varieties, there is something for everyone to love.  One of my own personal favourites, especially for weddings, is 'Nora Barlow' a super-ruffled ballerina of a flower.

Aquilegia Tuckshop Flowers

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My list of late spring/early summer flowers could go on - I haven't even touched on scented sweet Williams, and luscious mock orange blossom, stately foxgloves and delphiniums, feathery aruncus and the delicate pearls of quaking grass to name just a few. 

I hope I've managed to give you an idea and an appetite for the huge array of stunning flowers which our own British climate brings bursting forth in June. Why fly in flowers from the other side of the world when there is such a wealth of our own natural beauties to choose from at this glorious time of the year? 

Tuckshop Flowers Mixed Jars

If you're still undecided about what month to get married, see our guide to seasonal wedding flowers


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