The England countryside is often a display of color with many different types of wildflowers. The term wildflower is given to any flower that was not planted intentionally. Most wildflowers are showy and can bloom for several weeks in the spring and summer. England is composed mainly of low hills and plains, which make it an excellent growing arena for wildflowers.
The monkey flower is a showy, perennial wildflower in England. It is native to North America, Asia and parts of Europe. The flowers vary in color from white, red pink, yellow and blue. It grows like a small shrub and can be invasive by forming a carpet like covering. The plants have a musky smell, which is more prominent when the leaves are crushed. Monkey Flowers can grow up to 12 inches tall and bloom throughout spring and summer.
The melancholy thistle is a purple-pink flower that grows on a long, single stem. The flowers bloom from June to August and prefer full sun. Melancholy thistle is found commonly along roadsides and in meadows and stream banks. It has soft, spiny leaves that are attractive to bees and butterflies. The seeds of the thistle are contain in fluffy tufts of hair that are carried by the wind.
The garden arabis is also known as the wall rock cress. The stems of the flowers can grow up to 1-foot tall. The flowers are very fragrant and come in a wide variety of colors such as white, pink or purple. They can be found along rocks, walls and roadsides. These plants need two to three hours of sun a day and plenty of water.
Selfheal is a herbaceous plant that is also referred to as prunella. It is a member of the mint family and is a low-lying plant. It can spread quickly and become invasive. It is native to Europe and Asia, but can be found in the United States as well. This England wildflower is ofter referred to as a lawn weed. The flowers of the selfheal are purple and bloom from early spring to late summer.