Dogwood and trilliums a lovely spring treat

Flowering dogwood (cornus) and trilliums aren’t your typical cut flowers but they do look great in the vase if you can get them to last. Trilliums in particular have short stems that easily wilt after picking. McKenzie Powell managed to keep them looking fab in this lovely bouquet (middle photo), with its handful of spring blooms, including burgundy-blushed hellebores and thryptomene.

Trilliums are woodland plants that sport an anatomy of threes: three leaves, three sepals and three petals. They even come in three colours (or various shades of them): white, purple or deep red.

Dogwood (top photo, from Dreamy Whites) have white, pink, soft red or yellow blooms, and with autumn comes a brilliant show of reddish-purple foliage. They’re deciduous plants and, like trilliums, are frost hardy.

Grape hyacinths and blue periwinkle (vinca) are also spring-flowering (bottom photo, from McKenzie), and don’t they look divine in the vase too, particularly against the lovely deep green foliage. Both these plants grow in sun or part shade, and both are low-growing and spreading.

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