Have you just booked a Summer wedding but not sure where to start with your flowers? There are many factors 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 Summer season blooms which will serve as a starting point to choose the perfect flowers for your sunny wedding day!
Peony (April – June)
Peony plants offer a large, ruffly, beautifully fragrant flower which is a real showstopper! Peonies represent love, happiness and romance; making them the perfect choice for the start of your happily ever after!
Scabious (June – October)
This delicate and sweetly scented flower presents a feathery ruffle of petals that will add a treat for the senses when used in your wedding flower arrangements or bridal bouquet. They are sometimes referred to as the ‘pin cushion flower’, owing to their denser cushion-like centre, along with their pin-like stamen. The scabious flowers represent true love, purity and peace – making it a perfect addition to any wedding flower arrangement!
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, openness and symbolise new opportunities! It is also used as a sweet way to remember loved ones that have now passed.
Larkspur (June – October)
Larkspur – Another perfect option for adding a little height to your bouquet or venue wedding arrangements! It’s grown for its stunning beauty and ornamental value; it features elongated petals on each bloom that look like spurs, the hind claws of a lark – hence the name, larkspur! For the true romantics out there, this flower symbolizes love, affection, and strong attachment.
Foxglove (June – July)
The Foxglove is a great option for a more natural or textured bouquet with some height, due to its graceful spires of tubular flower clusters. They are grown in a good variety of colours, so there is something for every couples summer wedding colour scheme! There are many positive associations of the foxglove that are certainly great for carrying with you on your wedding day; including pride, energy and intuition.
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 relaxed, meadow or cottage garden feel of 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 (Year-round)
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!
Lupin (May – June)
Lupin offers 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 your life as a married couple!
Stocks (January – August)
Stocks are 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.
Snapdragons (June – 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 (June – September)
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!
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 Astrantia is May to October.
Cosmos (June – October)
Cosmos are dainty, colourful, daisy-like flowers on the top of slender stems; giving them a ‘country garden’ relaxed feel to any wedding arrangement. Cosmos produce 3- to 5-inch blooms in various colours and are a part of the sunflower family. Beauty, resilience, harmony and infinity are among the many positive symbolisms for the humble cosmos.
Dahlia (July – November)
Dahlias are a beautifully showy, tuberous bloom with many densely packed petals; grown in a variety of colours and sizes there’s one to fit every bridal bouquet and floral arrangement at your wedding. The flowers of a dahlia can differ depending on the variety, some are daisy-like in appearance, some open centred or with jagged ruffles – each offer something different and they sure become a talking point amongst guests! Dahlia has a rich symbolism – standing for love, involvement and wealth.
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 can lend themselves to a rustic or more refined and elegant wedding theme. The hydrangea represents beauty, grace and gratitude.
Oriental Poppy (April – June)
Oritental 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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