Seasonal Flower Guide

Every few months, the earth brings forth an entirely new set of blooms, colour palettes, textures and shapes to play with. This list serves as a guide for what flowers you can to expect find at different times of the year. 

But of course, Mother Nature is a mysterious and unpredictable force, so we need to be aware of the impacts of weather changes and access to flowers. While this list is what floral designers anticipate to use, we know there are always alternatives to create the desired affect just in case things don't go as planned. 

  

Many flowers listed below, such as dahlias, roses and ranunculus come in a myriad of shades. And you can also use the same material in so many forms throughout the year.

 

For each season, there is a link to a River & Eve flora Pinterest board that will give you inspiration and ideas for your wedding flowers.

If you have any questions regarding flower varieties for your event email Kathleen at info@riverandeveflora,com or fill out the inquiry form!

Spring

Spring is a time of profusion. Spring flowers are the delicate, feminine blossoms of the flower world. There are so many different shapes; from the round, multi-petaled ranunculus, to the trumpet shaped foxglove. Sweet peas come in a multitude of colours, and just one bunch smells like an intoxicating wall of sweetness. The leaves that turn a lush green colour in late Spring start out as a bright acid green.

If you're into purple/mauve tones, Spring is a great time to design with flowers - lilac, anemone, tulips, wisteria, delphinium - all perfect for this colour palette!

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anemone

banksia rose

bearded iris

clematis

daffodil

david austin rose

delphinium

dogwood

flannel flower

flowering fruit blossoms

foxglove

jonquil

gardinia

geraldton wax flower

guelder rose

jasmine

lilac

magnolia

may bush

paper daisy

peony (November)

poppy

ranunculus

scabiosa

sweet pea

tulip

Click on this Pinterest link to see the 'Flowers of Spring' board

Summer

In Summer, the Earth is at its fullest. Everythiing grows a bit more wild, the bright colours of Spring have worn off and the deeper, sophosticated tones of Summer reign. The different shades of greenery are abundant too. It's the only season where there are as many different shapes of leaves as there are flowers. 

Dahlias, scabiosa and hydrangea are lush and boastful. Smaller flowers like phlox and pansy paired with golden grasses make the perfect match. All these flowers come in so mnay different colours, any palette is on the table.

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Click on this Pinterest link to see the 'Flowers of Summer' board

amaranthus

calla lily

carnation

climbing roses

christmas bush

cosmos

dahlia

delphinium

echinacea

english daisy

foxglove

flannel flower

garden rose

geranium

geraldton wax flower

huchera

hydrangea (paniculata)

lavendar

lisianthus

lotus

pansy

phlox

queen anne's lace

rudbeckia

strawflower

scabiosa

smoke bush

sunflower

tuberose

zinnia

Autumn

The romance of Autumn - it's earths last gasp of energy before Winter comes. Flowers don't have to fight the heat so hard to stay alive, and berry branches are everywhere. Colours become muddier and colour palettes with golden, salmon tones work best.

Flowers start to become more elegant and airy again, like japanese anemones and chocolate cosmos. They float around larger flowers like zinnias and roses.

And of course, the foliage. Autumn leaves come in magical tones that flowers don't often come in. Yellow and pink toned leaves have a quality that yellow and pink coloured flowers don't have. A fleeting beauty that's unique to the season itself. 

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abelia

amaranthus

apple branches

autumn foliage

carnation

chocolate cosmos

clematis 

cotton

chrysanthemum

crab apple branches

dahlia

delphinium

dried ferns

flannel flower

grass seed heads

huchera

hydrangea

japanese anemone

lunaria pods

miscellaneous berries 

peonies (May, import)

queen anne's lace

rose

rose hip

rudbeckia

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strawflower

sunflower

yarrow

zinnia

Click on this Pinterest link to see the 'Flowers of Autumn' board

Winter

anemone

blushing bride

camelia

dried grasses + flowers

lunaria seed pods

geranium

helebore

huchera

hyacinth

jonquil

leucadendron

mocca amaryllis

magnolia

poppy

ranunculus (from August)

rose hip

rose (import)

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sweet pea (from August)

tulip

violet

wattle

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Click on this Pinterest link to see the 'Flowers of Winter' board

There are not as many flowers available in Winter - especially in June - however there are some unique blooms that are simply delightful. Helebore and camelia symbolize this season and blooming magnolia branches look like constellations of pink stars. 

Deep greens and whites are easy colour palettes to pull of in Winter. Dried flowers and grasses are really useful, and don't shy away from bare branches with interesting shapes.

If we have a particularly warmer Winter, a lot of the Spring flowers come early - and, oh, it is so easy to keep the flowers alive!

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