We’ve put together this guide to give you an idea of what flower varieties you can expect to see in April or to help plan April event florals.
We often get asked about what flowers are available at various times of the year and there are so many different flower varieties that it can be difficult to keep track of what’s available when. We source flowers from all over Australia and even all over the world, so flower varieties available to us here in Darwin may be different to what’s available down South at any given time.
Flowers are dependent on seasons and growing conditions this year might mean something we enjoyed in April in the past is not around this year. Flowers are also dependent on markets and supply and demand can play a part in costs and availability at certain times of the year. Current trends also have an impact, so what’s trending on Insta or Pinterest might be scarce while the growers catch up with demand.
Special April Flowers
Special flowers to enjoy right now, these flower types are not available all year
round, so enjoy them while you can! Right now, we love the fluffy pink and white Hydrangea Paniculata. Hydrangeas can be difficult to care for - we like to soak them in a bath with the heads completely submerged in water for up to an hour to give them the best chance. We’ve just seen the first shipments of Southern European peonies coming through, just in time for the start of the wedding season next month. Purple Alliums, which are related to onions, are an interesting flower. Calla lilies are starting to come through in yellow, mango, shades of purple and white.
- Hydrangea Paniculata
- Peonies - pale pink and Coral Charm
- Calla Lilies
Garden Style Flowers for April Weddings
Astile is a love light and airy wedding flower, available in pale pinks, creams and white. The ink berry is an interesting texture with lime green foliage and tendrils of deep pink berries. However, do take care as the berry juice does stain if squashed, as I found out on my runners. There’s many varieties of tulips around right now with doubles and frilled varieties looking magical. Another bulb variety is the fragrant hyacinth, which is a useful flower for blue.
- Ink Berry
- Matricaria Pom Pom and Chamomile
- Queen Annes Lace
Architectural April Flowers
The blue agapanthus are tall and lovely right now and we’ve also seen stunning purple Globe Alliums. Choose luscious fig branches, perfect for creating a natural and organic look, or lotus pods and bullrushes to make an unexpected addition to your arrangement. We’re also loving the magnificent pineapple lilies in limey green or brown to create a bold statement.
- Lotus Pods
- Pineapple Lilies
- Fig Branches
- Forsythia Branches
- Globe Allium and Allium Gigantum
Textural April Flowers
Bronze and pinky-red amaranthus add a lovely draping texture (but watch out it’ll make you itch!) Scabiosa seed pods in shades of green to brown have a lovely shape and texture for bouquets. Hebe is a lovely pinky purple flowering shrub for squat bouquets. Montbretia Berries are the seed pods of the Crocosmia flower and these add a lovely autumnal accent at this time of year.
- Scabiosa Pods
- Ink Berry
- Twisted Willow
- Montbretia Berry
- Andromeda Tips
Australian Native Flowers available in April
Big native flowers in April include the burgundy and silver Banksia Menziesii. Although not strictly Australian we’ve also included the proteas here. Protea Repens in pinky red and white and Pink Ice, White Ice and Moon varieties are back in. For texture there are lovely Berzelia, with masses of green, cream or red pea-like berries. There’s also yellow pom pom billy buttons and strawflowers in many colours. This month there’s also kangaroo paw in yellows, oranges and dark reds.
- Banksia Hookeriana
- Banksia Menziessi
- Billy Buttons (Craspedia)
- Strawflower (Everlasting Daisy)
- Woody Pear
- Flowering Gum
- Kangaroo Paw
- Gum Nuts
- Wattle (foliage)
Looking Good in April Flower Varieties
There are some types of flowers that while we’re able to grow them all year round they look really good right now. They are autumn flowers at heart, their heads are bigger and fuller and the stems stronger right now. The eucalyptus blue gum bundles are really big and full now it is no longer in it’s growth stage, when the tips have to be removed.
- Eucalyptus Blue Gum
April Rose Varieties
We get Victorian grown roses in April, our favourite varieties are from Grandiflora and Nood nurseries. We love Popstar for hot pink and Sunset Beach for apricot. The Victorian grown roses bring new varieties out every year, while others cease production. It is always exciting to see the new varieties, although it can be hard to keep track of what’s available at any given time.
We also get Ecuadorian roses in a range of colours. Playa Blanca is our go to white variety. It’s a classic roses shape with layers of velvety petals that open to a diameter of up to 10 centimetres. Playa Blanca sits nicely next to sepia toned Quicksand and popular wedding rose Toffee. For a fresher white we’ll use Tibet which has a more creamy white colour.
- Playa Blanca
Foliage available in April
We’re into autumn now with the dark burgundy and orange tones leaves from Maple, Cherry and Cotinus. The blue gum eucalyptus is back to its great quality, after coming through with new tips on throughout December and January. The fresh shoots don’t hold up post harvest and have to be removed or they look droopy. Magnolia foliage is lovely with its glossy green leaf and rush underside.
- Cotinus (does not travel well to Darwin)
- Eucalyptus blue gum (Eucalyptus Cinerea)
- Magnolia Little Gem
- Cherry Foliage (burgundy)
- Ti-Tree (burgundy)
- Woolly Bush
- Dusty Miller
- Bay Leaves
Local Tropical Flowers Available in April
We get tropical flowers from local growers several times a week. In April we’re still getting some rain here in Darwin so we’re seeing plentiful Heliconias, Gingers both Alpinia and Torch varieties and there are still Psittacorum, although these will be finishing soon.
- Ginger Alpinia
- Torch Ginger (Etlingera Elatior)
Available All Year Round Flower Varieties
These flowers are readily available all year round.
- Oriental lilies
- Sea Holly
There are plenty of stunning flower options available in April. We hope you found our guide to what’s available in April useful. Whether you are looking to make someone's day by sending a flower gift, planning an April wedding or event or simply looking to brighten up your home with fresh flowers we can help you find the perfect flowers.
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