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 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!
david austin rose
flowering fruit blossoms
geraldton wax flower
Click on this Pinterest link to see the 'Flowers of Spring' board
In Summer, the Earth is at its fullest. Everything 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.
Click on this Pinterest link to see the 'Flowers of Summer' board
geraldton wax flower
queen anne's lace
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.
crab apple branches
grass seed heads
peonies (May, import)
queen anne's lace
Click on this Pinterest link to see the 'Flowers of Autumn' board
dried grasses + flowers
lunaria seed pods
ranunculus (from August)
sweet pea (from August)
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!