Tasteful Tip Tuesday: Our Favorite Flowers by season
Original Post Date: January 24, 2017 | Deniesha Johnson
When it comes to choosing wedding flowers that fit your style and match your selected color palette isn't always as easy as it seems... especially if you don't know one flower from the next.
Here's a few of our favorite flowers that we see trending or never getting old. We included everything you need to know about these wedding flowers (cost, season, meanings, and color choices), plus a photo of each bloom in a bouquet from real weddings.
Calla lily - This sophisticated flower also goes by the name of the Arum Lily. This trumpet shaped blossom originates in Africa and is a symbol of magnificent beauty. There are two types of this flower; one with a large head, long smooth stem suitable for tall arrangements and presentation bouquets. The miniature version is ideal for boutonnieres.
Season: year-round, winter to late spring is the peak
Colors: ivory, yellow, orange, light pink, dark pink, red, dark burgundy
Meaning: ardor, magnificent beauty, feminine, modesty
French Tulip - A natural for elegant presentation bouquets or tall centerpieces with its extra long graceful stems and a large tapered head that springs from it. There is a smaller version named the Dutch variety which is less expensive but if you seek after the look of sophistication then you should choose the French Tulip for your wedding flower.
Colors: ivory, pale yellow, pink
Ranunculus - A cost effective alternative to the rose and peony, this lush multi-petaled flower is a relative of the buttercup. First seen by Westerners in the Far East around the 13th century. It's available in practically every color and features several blossoms with a fernlike stem.
Colors: white, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink
Scent: mild, sweet
Meaning: you are rich in attractions, I am dazzled by your charms
Anemone - This Jewel-toned flower is also known as wildflower, unscented, and a relative of the Peony and Ranunculus. This flower is sought after for its vibrant magenta, red and purple hues. These beauties add a blast of color to any bouquet or arrangement.
Season: November–May; primarily spring
Colors: white, pink, purple, magenta, burgundy
Peony - The sweet perfume, bright colors, lush full-head makes this a showy flower but is known as a symbol of bashfulness. Cultivated in Asia for more than a thousand years, it was developed further by the French... it has become a cherished wedding flower. This flower is also a relative of the Ranunculus and the Anemone. It is available in two types the Berbaceous and the Tree Peony (doesn't last as long when cut).
Season: spring; when imported, scentless variety available in fall and winter
Colors: white, cream, peach, pink, burgundy
Scent: sweet and mild to very aromatic
Meaning: beauty, welcome, bashfulness
Dahlia - A bold, bushy and dramatic flower with a history as rich as its appearance. It's said that Conquistadors found the dahlia in the gardens of the Aztecs and caused a sensation when they brought the flower back to Europe. As the dahlia gained popularity, the pursuit of its potatolike tubers was conducted with intrigue and deception - dahlia tubers were reportedly stolen even from the garden of the Empress Josephine.
Season: summer–early fall
Colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple
Meaning: gratitude, dignity, forever thine
Sunflower - It symbols adoration and loyalty, probably from how it follows the sun as it moves across the sky. A bold, flashy and raylike petals with a round dark center. It is most at home at an informal wedding.
Season: May–November, peak in summer
Colors: pale lemon, deep gold, orange, russet, brown
Meaning: loyalty, adoration, pride
Chrysanthemum - Cultivated in the far east for more than 2,500 years, making appearances in the writings of Confucius. It may lack in a sweet perfume but offers a range of bold colors... about a thousand varieties of long lasting and versatile mums.
Season: year-round, peak in late summer and fall
Colors: white, yellow, green, orange, russet, red, burgundy
Scent: strong, musky
Meaning: cheerfulness, optimism, long life, joy
Hydrangea - Moderately priced, scentless shrub flowers has a big and bushy head with intense colors. Used to help fill out an arrangement or bouquet. This flower is most popularly used in the shades of bubble gum pink and sky blue
Colors: white, green, pink, burgundy, purple, blue
Meaning: devotion, remembrance, boastfulness
Gardenia - This is an exquisite flower, surrounded by dark waxy green leaves... it exudes a sultry and heavy scent. The flower was found in South Africa in 1754 and is considered to be very delicate as it's ivory petals can bruise easily so you must handle with the utmost care. They are an expensive flower and can be used in a variety of minimalist ways as they vary in size from large 3-4 inch blossoms or miniature sizes available.
Scent: very fragrant perfume
Meaning: transport of joy, ecstasy, I love you in secret, purity, peace
Gerber Daisy - A flawless graphic form that doesn't look real, grows in the hottest climates of Asia and Africa and comes in various crayon-box colors... almost 350 intense shades are available.
Colors: white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red
Meaning: needing protection, friendship
Orchid - The star at any wedding, this sexy and exquisitely gorgeous flower is cultivated in a thousand species worldwide which means there's an orchid for every type of bride. They can be used in bouquets, arrangements or a simple blossom used as an exotic boutonniere.
The most common orchids used at weddings are Cymbidiums (Expensive, perishable in cold temps), Dendrobium (sweet scent, commonly used in Hawaiian Leis), Oncidium (known as spray orchids), Vandas (Summer Blooms and is bluish purple), Last is the Phalaenopsis (usually comes in white and purple)
Colors: white, yellow, green, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy
Scent: some varieties are fragrant
Meaning: luxury, nobility, lust
Rose - Ranked as the most beloved wedding flower, long considered the symbol of beauty and love. It has captivated both commoners and royalty alike. Legend has it that Cleopatra seduced Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony with this flower.
They are surprisingly affordable because of their accessibility, however, their price goes up around specific flower gifting holidays such as Valentine's Day and Mother's day. There are three main types used for weddings; Hybrid Tea Rose, Spray Rose and the Garden Rose.
Colors: white, cream, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, lavender
Scent: none to intense, depending on the variety
Meaning: several meanings depending on color; general, love, beauty, grace, joy, unity