Cut flowers are a great way to bring the outside in, especially in February, when it’s often too cold to venture outside for long. There are plenty of winter flowers blooming in February that can be enjoyed in the home.
You can also grow cut flowers from seed now, to have cut flowers for every season.
Simple displays using one type of flower are often the best at this time of year. Larger cut flowers, like witch hazel and winter honeysuckle can be added to pep up your display by providing extra height – or cut a few sprigs to put in a tiny vase.
Take a look at five of the best cut flowers for February, below.
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
Daphnes are one of the most scented shrubs out there, so it’s well worth getting some cut flowers from them. ‘Jacqueline Postill’ has intensely fragranced pink flowers with white centres. Take care when handling, as all parts of the plant are poisonous.
Pink flowers of Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
The cut stems from daffodil flowers release a sticky sap, which can prevent other flowers from taking up water, so it’s best to use daffodils alone. Not that it matters – the cheery, yellow flowers are guaranteed to make a beautiful, scented display. Early-flowering daffodil varieties like ‘February Gold’ and ‘Tete-a-Tete’ will be available to pick the soonest.
Yellow daffodils in bloom
Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox)
The flowers of wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) have a lovely, intense scent. Held along the length of leafless branches in winter, the blooms are ideal for creating a fragranced, standout display. Given the length of the branches, you can cut longer lengths to give your floral display some height.
Translucent cream-yellow wintersweet blossom on leafless stems
If buying snowdrops to grow for cut flowers, then it’s best to go for varieties with exceptional scent like ‘S. Arnott’ and ‘Straffan’. If you’re pushed for time, something as simple as a jam jar will do to display the blooms, or if you have more time, create a pretty display by combining with ivy.
A swathe of blooming snowdrops
Witch hazel (Hamamelis)
Fiery witch hazel winter flowers were made for cut flower displays. All you need are a few lengths in a vase to create your display. The irresistable fragrance will waft around your home, too. Blazing orange and red varieties like ‘Jelena’ and ‘Diane’ have some of the best colour, while ‘Brevipetala’ has a strong fragrance.
Yellow, spidery flowers of witch hazel
Pick for scent
Even a small sprig of daphne or witch hazel will fill a room with delightful scent.