Our Favourite Warm Hued Flowers for Cooler Months
As the temperature begins to drop in Melbourne, we love watching the natural landscapes around us transform. At the same time we start to change the types of flowers on display in our homes, seeking for warmer hues and more dramatic scapes.
Nature, in her infinite wisdom, has provided us with a plethora of warm-hued flowers that are perfect for adding a touch of warmth during the cooler months. In this blog, we'll be introducing you to three of our favourites: the Praemorsa Banksia, the Hellebore, and the Cymbidium Orchid.
Praemorsa Banksia: An Exotic Touch
An Australian native, the Praemorsa Banksia is a plant that seems to defy the norms of cooler climates. While it's a common misconception that all Banksias require hot and dry climates, the Praemorsa variety is adaptable and can bring an exotic touch to any winter arrnagement.
Appearance: The Praemorsa Banksia is an evergreen shrub or small tree, possessing elongated leaves that are tough and often serrated. But it's the flower that captures most attention. These flowers are cylindrical and can range from a warm orange to a fiery red, offering a stunning contrast to the deep green foliage.
Growing tips: Praemorsa Banksia loves well-drained soils and is relatively drought-tolerant once established. It's a good idea to provide it with some protection from strong, cold winds. Regular pruning can also help maintain its shape and encourage better flowering.
Hellebore: The Winter Rose
Hellebores, often referred to as the "Christmas Rose" or "Lenten Rose", are a garden staple when it comes to winter blooms. Native to Europe and Asia, these hardy perennials are cherished not only for their ability to bloom in the chilliest of months but also for the warmth and depth of their colours.
Appearance: Hellebore flowers have a cup or saucer-like shape, and their hues are truly mesmerising. From deep purples and rich reds to gentle pinks and creamy whites, there's a Hellebore for every colour palette. Often, the petals have a mottled or speckled appearance, which adds to their charm.
Growing tips: Hellebores thrive in partial shade, preferring rich, well-drained soil. Once established, they require minimal care but will appreciate a layer of mulch to keep their roots cool and moist. It's also advisable to remove old leaves in late winter to make way for new growth and to better showcase the blooms.
Cymbidium Orchid: Elegance Personified
While most orchids are associated with tropical regions, the Cymbidium Orchid defies this stereotype by being one of the most cold-tolerant of the orchid family. Native to the foothills of the Himalayas and parts of Southeast Asia, these orchids have acclimated to cooler temperatures, making them an ideal choice for those who wish to cultivate a bit of exotic beauty during the colder months.
Appearance: Cymbidium Orchids have strap-like leaves, forming a lush green base for the flowers that emerge. The blooms are spectacular – large, waxy, and long-lasting. They come in a variety of shades, but the warm-toned ones, like rich golds, deep burgundies, and vibrant greens, are particularly cherished during the cool season.
Growing tips: Unlike other orchids, Cymbidiums prefer a temperature drop at night to encourage blooming. They love bright but indirect light, and while they need to be kept moist, it's crucial to ensure that they are not waterlogged. A well-draining orchid mix is a must.
Nature's palette never ceases to inspire. Even as we bid goodbye to the vibrant blooms of summer, we're greeted by the warm tones of flowers that brave the cold. The Praemorsa Banksia with its fiery tones, the Hellebore with its deep and soulful hues, and the Cymbidium Orchid with its unparalleled elegance are just three examples of how we can keep our spaces lively and colourful during the cooler months.
So, as the temperature dips, don't let your spirits follow suit. Add a touch of warmth with these stunning blooms and let them remind you of the enduring beauty of nature, no matter the season.