There are over 10,000 flowering plants on the European continent. Some of them have become symbols of beauty, such as lavender that is endemic to Europe and praised all over the world for its gentle color and incredible fragrance. Walking through the purple fields of blooming lavender is a wonderful experience that should be on the bucket list of any nature enthusiast. So pack your camera and immerse yourself into the colorful world of blooms.
Even though winters are rather cold in Europe, you can see the first signs of nature awakening as early as January. Tender snowdrops appear in the forests and valleys of Scotland and Wales in the middle of winter, signaling that spring is just around the corner. In Provence, the gentle mimosas are blooming at the same time. At the end of winter, it’s already possible to witness an almond tree bloom in warmer places such as Ibiza or Portugal.
This is the most beautiful time in Europe! The Netherlands captivate with millions of tulips. Crocus and wild bluebells bloom in Scotland, Wales, and the forests of Belgium. Gorgeous wisteria is not endemic to Europe, but it blends in perfectly within Rome’s historical landscapes. In May, rapeseed colors the fields yellow all over Europe. It’s rival, yellow mustard, blooms in Switzerland. In late spring, bougainvillea starts to bloom in the Mediterranean countries, making narrow cobble streets especially picturesque.
Midsummer is the best time to see wildflowers in the mountains. The High Tatras in Slovakia, Scottish Highlands, and the Alps are bursting with incredible colors and smells. Don’t hesitate to search for rhododendrons clusters. Poppies bloom in June almost everywhere. Sunflowers are blooming in Provence and Tuscany adding a unique charm to the already famous vistas. Don’t hesitate to travel North to Denmark and Norway to see some unique wildflowers such as Arctic Willow, Draba, Svalbard Poppy, Snow Buttercup and Tufted Saxifrage.
Fall brings its own beautiful colors. Late blooms are especially precious considering that winter is getting closer with every passing day. Walk through the scenic heather meadows in the Scottish Highlands. Travel to picturesque Gotland to see its amazing roses. Sea Pinks are still blooming in Ireland. And bright bougainvillea still makes a stunning impression in Santorini, Rome, and Majorca.