It’s British Flower Week, so we’ve teamed up with the Great British Florist to tell you about the most beautiful British blooms to include in your wedding flowers! Here’s Heather to tell us about her favourite flowers…
It may be predictable but peonies are irresistible in my view. They ooze romance and wedding day to me, and they are the bloom that we get asked most for every single year. Personally I think that they really come to life in a wedding bouquet compared to when they are growing in the garden. They add a complete WOW factor and you can use them sparingly, with one as a focal flower in your bouquet, or indeed a complete bunch.
Lily of the Valley
If it was good enough for the Duchess of Cambridge (and indeed my Mum!) then it’s good enough for anyone on their wedding day. This delicate (and expensive) wedding flower is only available for a few weeks in late Spring, and is the birth flower for the month of May, representing humility, sweetness, and purity. A sweet-scented woodland flower, lily of the valley is the perfect bloom for a classic white wedding in late April or May.
Sweet Williams are a completely underrated wedding flower in my opinion! These dense cluster blooms range from pure white through to soft pinks and on to really rich dark reds. They are inexpensive and they make a huge impact when used as colour blocks. They have a fabulously long vase life so if you are thinking of DIY and your wedding flowers these are perfect to be delivered on a Thursday to be made up for a Saturday wedding. Vibrant, exciting and available from May until September – what’s not to love about Sweet William?
Like peonies and roses, dahlias are a really sophisticated bloom, and work perfectly for a late Summer or Autumn wedding. Dahlias come in countless colours – think pastels, vibrants and deep dark reds and purples – and they vary in shape from huge and bushy to small and neat, which can add pops of colour and texture to your arrangements. I love them!
These focal plants offer a huge variety of shape and colour to your wedding, and can add interest and contrast to your arrangements. Stunning succulents are available in light and dark green as well as blues and purples, and can be a real centrepiece in your bouquet, particularly with other round shapes – think roses, peonies and ranunculus. Available all year round, they work fabulously well for a winter wedding too.
Great British Florist are committed to creating stunning wedding flowers using only the best in homegrown blooms, and have a range of beautiful wedding packages as well as the option to DIY your wedding blooms with their help and advice! Visit them at greatbritishflorist.co.uk.