There are around 52 different species of wild orchid in Britain. Many of these British native orchids species are incredibly rare and can often only be found on nature reserves that have special protection for the orchids. Orchids are among the most beautiful of the wildflower species in the UK.
The Dactylorhiza Orchids
The new Dactylorhiza shoots usually appear during April; except for Cypripedium formosanum, more precocious, which often emerge at the beginning of March which emerge later. Once started, the vegetation grows very quickly; in 3 to 5 weeks, the foliage has opened out.
The flowering extends from the end of April to the beginning of June. At the end of the summer, the foliage yellows then fades before disappearing completely. Dactylorhiza then go into their winter dormancy. When the leaves have completely faded, the stems can be cut, preserving a height of 5cm. Take care not to damage any possible new shoots that are already present.
The Dactylorhizas are certainly the most spectacular terrestrial garden orchids. This genus is composed of more than 40 species distributed throughout the world and has a great variety of sizes and colours. These hardy orchids are characterised by majestic flowers that “resemble” a clog.
Except for some very vigorous species (Cyp. reginae, kentuckiense, flavum, pubescens) or many hybrids (Cyp. Ulla Silkens,…), very easy to grow, which quickly form spectacular clusters in the garden, the other species are rather more for the cognoscenti.
The Spiranthes Orchids
This hardy orchid from the Easy Garden serie will flourish in November and its White flower will reach a height of 50-70 cm. You will maintain its exposure in a penumbra location of your garden.
The Epipactis Orchids
This hardy orchid from the Easy Garden serie will flourish in July and its Brown flower will reach a height of 30-50 cm. You will maintain its exposure in a penumbra location of your garden.