Today, I'm sharing my favorite Spring flowers for organic, garden-inspired arrangements.
These beautiful buds are perfect for that loose, effortless look that makes you swoon. And to make it even better, I'm divvying them up by the Springy-est colors that Brides are digging these days... Blush/Peach/Light Pink and White (Insert girly squeals).
So here are my top favorite Springtime blooms:
The peony is the mother of all blush and pink Spring flowers. She had to be mentioned in all of her glory. Unfortunately, she only lasts until about the first week in June before it gets unbearable expensive so May brides are usually the lucky ones. When in season and local, completely reasonable in price but a day out of season and they can be $$$....but so worth it! From blush to the coral charm (that has the fancy yellow middle and is pictured at the top), to bright fuchsia.
I'm a huge fan of the ranunculus. They're smaller than a peony or a garden rose but give the same delicate, soft vibe that makes them super romantic. I swoon over them often. They're available through the Spring into Summer but they do take a break in supply in late June so don't count on them to last forever. Mid to higher priced and great for boutonnieres. They come in a variety of colors like white, blush, peach, shades of purple...
I don't throw the word "favorite" around but if I had to pick... it's a top 3. I'm obsessed. Also known as green lenten roses, these are a rarity but we get them locally in early May. They're in the ranunculus price range and they also come in white, a darker mauve, and green.
Poppies. Poppies. I'm sorry. Every time. It's all I can think of. Thanks a lot, Wizard of Oz.
Moving on, Poppies are another cutey. I actually grew my first poppies this year and I love that you never know what color it will be until it opens. It's like that brown mystery bag "toy" you'd see as a kid but this one is worth taking a chance on. It comes in white and a variety of peach, orange, and yellow tones and keep it in the Spring or you'll have trouble finding it for a good price.
Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne's Lace is the garden version of Baby's Breath. It's a little more dramatic in style and in hardiness so that's why it's best to use it in the Spring before it gets too hot out. It likes the water so it's better used in an arrangement instead of a bouquet. Very reasonably priced and often has a green tint to it. It's a great "filler" even though I don't believe in that word.
Anemones are a very playful, happy, flower. Their known for their black centers and come in a variety of very bright colors but I like the classic white/black version. They're about the price of a Ranunculus in the Spring but don't try to get these out of season. They're either unavailable for the most part or really expensive and don't look as quality as they do in the Spring.
Parrot Tulips are one of my favorite variety of the Tulip because of the fringe or ruffled edges. It's just a fancier version which I love for weddings. They also come in lots of colors and bi-colors too. They're a little bit more expensive than a standard Tulip. But Tulips are quintessentially Spring.
Um, hi? If a flower were a ruffle, it would come as a Sweet Pea. It's fancy, frilly, soft, dainty, and all things romantic. It's just adds a little softness to an arrangement or bouquet. Always Spring for the Sweet Pea (I'm not going to say anything about the pun I just made...). And in the Spring it's not anything outrageous as far as budget is concerned so it's a welcomed addition to any organic arrangement at all price ranges when in season.
- Lilac- but it's purple so I kept it out of the running but I felt it was worth mentioning
- Lysimachia- It is the essence of the South. I think it will come up again because I use this every chance I get. It's hardy and produces a lot of movement.
- Dogwood branches
I love using seasonal flowers in weddings because it speaks so much to the time of the year a couple got married. They're little reminders each passing year on a couple's anniversary when those same blooms that they had on their wedding day start popping up all over the place.
What are some of your favorite Springtime blooms?