Lighter nights, longer days, and a Spring wedding! It’s a beautiful time of year and there’s lots to consider when choosing the perfect flowers for your bouquet or arrangements; scent, texture, sentimental value, symbolism, colour… but are you clued up on what flowers are in season or available for the date you have chosen?
Here’s a helpful guide to the Spring season blooms which will serve as a starting point to choose the perfect flowers for your gorgeous wedding day!
Peony (April – June)
Peony plants offer a large, ruffly, beautifully fragrant flower representing love, happiness and romance; making it the perfect choice for the start of your happily ever after!
Lupin (May – June)
Lupin offer impressive, bright and tightly packed spires that bring an extra element to your wedding flowers or bridal bouquet with their elongated flowers. This gives a wonderfully textured and interesting contrast to larger flowers or foliage in your arrangements. Lupins symbolise a positive outlook and a new opportunity, a great flower to begin of your life as a married couple!
Tulip (October – April)
There are over 150 species of tulip, they could be single, double, ruffled or fringed depending on the variety (of which there are over 3,000!) This makes the tulip a great choice for your wedding as there will be a size, shape or look to fit every couple, wedding and arrangement! The tulip has many different meanings depending on variety or colour, but often represents happiness, confidence and eternal love.
Delphinium (April – November)
With an unmistakable showy spike of flowers, the delphinium is another impressively tall and elongated flower to think about adding to your wedding, particularly if you’re looking for a more relaxed Spring/Summer wedding. The name delphinium originates from the ancient Greek word ‘delphis’, meaning dolphin – comparing the individual flower forms to the shape of the marine mammal. Delphiniums are used to communicate cheerfulness, and openness and symbolise new opportunities! It is also used as a sweet way to remember loved ones that have now passed.
Astilbe (April – November)
The Astilbe has fern-like clusters of densely packed plume-like flowers that are available in many sizes and a variety of beautiful pastel shades. The astilbe flower is a symbol of courage, strength and protection.
Nigella (April – October)
For a perfect addition to a meadow or cottage garden, relaxed decoration; nigella is surely on your list! Also known as Love-in-a-Mist, it is available in white and blue, adding subtle texture in the form of small, pointy petals and airy foliage. Nigella is a symbol of the bonds that bind people together, of harmony and love.
Garden roses are slightly different to the standard rose that we’re all familiar with. They have an abundance of beautiful ruffled petals forming a luxurious rounded bloom. In contrast to standard roses, garden roses have wonderful scents and make them a great option for adding that extra element to your wedding bouquet or flower arrangements! The rose is a universal symbol of love, desire, and beauty, so there is no excuse to exclude this from your flower list!
Stocks (January – August)
Stocks are a an excellent cut flower; they add texture and fragrance without effort and go hand in hand with a rustic or barn wedding! They feature slender stalks which will add height where necessary and bring a beautiful delicate scent to your wedding flowers. Stocks are typically found in white, pink or lilac, symbolizing a happy life and contented existence.
Astrantia (March – November)
Astrantia is part of the parsley family, presenting pretty and delicate ‘pin-cushion’ flowers which makes it a great filler and adds some lovely texture for your floral displays! For a rustic wedding, astrantia look great paired with an array of other wild textured flowers; they also lend themselves to a more elegant bridal bouquet when paired with large garden roses! Astrantia is a symbol of protection, courage and strength. Although available March to November, the peak season of the Astrantia is May to October.
Another perfect option for adding a bit of height in your bridal bouquet or other floral arrangements! Snapdragons are tall with the upper reaches covered in small and colourful blooms and are available in a wide colour range of yellows, peaches, pinks, purples, blues and whites – so there’s sure to be one that suits your colour scheme perfectly! Snapdragons symbolize graciousness.
Eustoma / Lisianthus
Eustoma, more commonly known as ‘Lisianthus’ are slow to flower but they are so worth the wait! They have multiple, delicately ruffled swirls of flowers per stem and have a gentle ‘trailing’ quality to their growth pattern; which makes them a very pretty addition to any rustic or barn setting wedding. Eustoma has several meanings; it conveys appreciation, admiration and respect as well as symbolizing sweetness and friendliness.
Sweetpea (March – August)
The humble sweetpea is a romantic flower, representing kindheartedness. It holds a delicate and enchanting fragrance, which is perfect if you’re wanting to add this to your bridal bouquet! The shape and position of their petals give a gorgeous ripple of texture to any arrangement!
Ranunculus (October – June)
Ranunculus are very popular for bouquets and wedding arrangements, supported on thin stems of up to 45cm tall and presenting a beautiful single flower, which is almost ‘rose-like’ in its appearance. The beautiful bloom has very thin, lightly ruffled petals that are densely packed together; which offers great texture to any bouquet or arrangement! There are many muted and subtle colours of Ranunculus, but also many bright varieties too – so you’re sure to find one for every colour theme! Ranunculus generally symbolize charm and attractiveness, but different colours of this beautiful flower have different meanings that may lend better to your day – it’s worth researching!
Eucalyptus (September – May)
Eucalyptus can be a great addition to your wedding arrangements! They are a neutral addition to your day, lending themselves to absolutely any theme or colour scheme. Their gorgeous silvery green, oval leaves are perfect as the foliage aspect of your bouquet, to flesh out a table or stairs arrangement, and even use as accent decoration on your seating plan or cake – the possibilities are endless! Eucalyptus carries with it the symbolism of protection and abundance.
Anemone (September – May)
Commonly known as windflowers, anemone is a genus of the buttercup family ranunculus or Ranunculaceae. They’re a beautifully wispy flower; with open, cup-shaped blooms with daisy-like petals. Perfect for a relaxed, meadow, cottage or rustic themed wedding. White anemones are by far the most requested colour for wedding arrangements, but there are many varieties of this pretty little flower! Anemone symbolise anticipation, which describes perfectly how the couple will feel on their wedding day!
Waxflower (October – May)
Waxflower are a small, delicate symbol of success and enduring love. Waxflowers make a dainty little accent for bouquets and wedding arrangements alike, due to their woody stems, they can also be incorporated into a beautiful headpiece or hair accessory!
Fritillaria (February – May)
Fritillaria bring beautiful bell-shaped blooms that will be sure to bring something a bit different to your wedding flowers! Some can be quite bold and stand out but others can be very delicate – meaning there is something to suit every theme.
Hydrangea (February – December)
Hydrangea are a true showstopper, presenting a large globe of tiny blooms and petals! They are also quite unique as their colour can be controlled by the pH of the soil in which they are grown. They give bouquets a great textural quality, are very pretty and lend themselves to a rustic or more refined and elegant wedding theme. The hydrangea represents beauty, grace and gratitude.
Muscari (January – April)
Muscari are pretty little flowers that are often said to look like ‘miniature hyacinths’. They can add an interesting texture and density to a bouquet or floral arrangement which can break up larger blooms and foliage. The rich blue tones of the Muscari can be associated with confidence and also go towards your ‘something blue’!
Myosotis (February – April)
Myosotis (or forget-me-not) is a small, delicate, pretty blue flower is a symbol of protection and luck. The name ‘forget-me-not’ is said to have originated from a German legend about a knight who died while trying to get flowers for his lady, who called out with his last breath “Forget me not!”
Oriental Poppy (April – June)
Oriental Poppy produces a large, tissue-paper petalled bloom. It’s sure to turn heads and makes a great focal point for your wedding flower arrangements! This flower would look right at home in the middle of a meadow-like stair arrangement or used within the top table decoration! They symbolize love and passion, but in some Asian countries, they also honour those who have passed.
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