Which plants and flowers are in season in May?

Allium (Flowering Onion)

Also known as a Flowering Onion, there are many types of Allium which are a great addition to gardens due to their large globe-shaped blue, purple, pink and white colours. They also look impressive as cut flowers and are often dried for a long-lasting focal flower.

Asclepias (Milkweed)

Often referred to as Milkweed, Asclepias is ideal as a filler flower as each stem contains tiny clusters of flowers usually in orange. Their nickname Milkweed came about because of the milky substance that they release when their cells are damaged.

Astilbe (False Goat’s Beard)

Native to the mountain ravines of Asia and North America, Astilbe is a large showy and fern-like foliage. The clusters at their stems range in size from six inches to two feet, while their height can range from six inches to five feet.


The Bouvardia is native to South America, named after a French Doctor called Charles Bouvard. Each dainty flower that sprouts from the stem is trumpet-shaped surrounded by a group of bright green leaves.


Often described as small yellow balls, Craspedia is a genus of flowering plants in the daisy family. Their ball-like appearance makes them particularly striking in bouquets and they are also popular as dried flowers since their flower is firm and does not fall apart when dried.

Forget-me-not (Myosotis)

With simple green leaves and small clusters of delicate blue, yellow or white flowers, Forget-me-nots are a beautiful wildflower filler for any bouquet. Forget-me-not plants spread easily and thrive in humid conditions which is why they are frequently seen in masses growing near brooks, streams and other bodies of water.


Gladiolus flowers are hugely impressive flowers due to their tall flower spikes and large colourful blooms which grasp the attention of all onlookers. Its flowers sit on the one-meter stem in groups of up to 20 surrounded by sword-shaped green leaves. 

Ixia (African Corn Lily)

We always get so excited when the Ixia flower is in season and May is the prime time for the Ixia flower. These star-shaped flowers are usually seen in white with dark purple eyes and deep pink stripes down the midland are held on thin wiry stems.

Kniphofia (Red hot poker) 

Also known as Red hot poker due to their tall diamond-shaped flower heads which are held way above its leaves and are a gradient coral to light peach colour which gets paler from bud to flower as they open giving them a hot poker appearance.

If you would like to contact us about any of the flowers in this blog to check their availability in our Urmston shop or to request a bespoke flower bouquet with these flowers, give us a call on 0161 202 9645.

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