Grow your own royal wedding bouquet
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With some of the floral elements of Meghan Markle’s wedding bouquet revealed, why not re-create it in your garden.
An option, if you can’t afford to replicate the Meghan Markle bouquet, is to grow your own – it’s going to take a while but eventually, everything in the garden will be lovely.
Kensington Palace has revealed that peonies, white roses and foxgloves will feature in the bouquet.
Peonies are, we hear, Ms Markle’s favourite. These large, heavy blooms most commonly come in shades of pink to purple to deepest red.
Outdoor manager at Notcutts Garden Centre, Woodbridge, Rob Canham shares some tips for creating the romantic wedding vibe in your garden.
“This season’s favourite is the Shirley Temple which has lovely blush pink colour. They are a hardy perennial, flowering from spring to late summer, and they thrive best when planted in direct sunlight, he says.
Foxgloves, beloved of bees and butterflies, and a popular standard for cottage gardens, are also expected to feature in the Royal bouquet. They are a wildflower but can easily be grown at home in a dappled shady border and will add a burst of colour to the garden throughout the summer.
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White roses are a sophisticated choice of flower. Rob recommends the Mattocks climbing Iceberg, a soft white potted rose that blossoms with clusters of large, fragrant blooms from May to September. There is also Mattocks Silver 25th Anniversary floribunda rose with light green leaves and classic-shaped blooms in a pure white. The Wedding Day rambling rose produces white flowers with a golden centre, ideal for climbing along a sunny wall or even up into a tree.
Lily of the Valley flower was a favourite in both Diana, Princess of Wales’ and the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding bouquets, so it could well be included in Meghan’s bouquet too. It’s tiny, white, bell-shaped flowers bloom from May. It’s easy one to grow in a shady corner of the garden.
Sweet-scented myrtle is an elegant addition to a royal wedding-themed garden, with glossy evergreen leaves and small pale flowers from July to August. A sprig of myrtle was introduced to the royal wedding bouquet by Queen Victoria, and it is a traditional symbol of love and hope.
Myrtle has a Mediterranean heritage and can be grown in an outdoor pot in a warm, dry and sheltered position.