Knowing Your Greens

The greens trend.  Its huge and it's real.  You can't even look at pinterest without seeing a farm table featuring a garland of greens.  In general, arrangements that are more naturally styled have become recently very popular for brides, and foliage plays a huge role in achieving this aesthetic.  From foraged greens to standard varieties of foliage florists are exploring a whole new avenue for design within this trend.  Ranging from dusty blue greens to deep forest green, the world of foliage is a vast one.  Here is the 101 on knowing your greens.

Eucalyptus.  $-$$$

Eucalyptus is the main player in the greens trend, brides are using it in bouquets, centerpieces, wreaths, garlands, swags, place settings... and on.  The dusty blue green color of the foliage pairs beautifully with softer toned blooms but adds a laid back aesthetic to your event flowers.  From varieties such as Silver Dollar, Gunni, Baby, Seeded and a few others, you definitely have options when it comes to eucalyptus.

Ferns.  $-$$

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes ferns are another great element to consider adding to your flowers for a hint of pretty and texture.  Our favorite are the maiden hair ferns which are delicate and whimsical when used in bouquets.  Other varieties work wonderful when used to add an element of interest into centerpieces.  We don't recommend using ferns in garlands or installations without a water source as they can often be water sensitive.

Vines. $-$$$

If your looking for a few vining elements either for a cascading bouquet or a large scale installation you've got a few options.  Locally, in wisconsin and throughout the midwest, you can find hops vines towards late summer as well as a variety of blooming clematis vines for use in wedding designs.  If all your need are greens you can pick the flowers off the clematis and you are left with a beautiful foliage.  Jasmine vine is available year round though not always blooming it's tendril like strands of delicate foliage are a beautiful addition to any project.  And perhaps one of our favorite but not often used options is called Wild Smilax.  This stuff is huge, cut from the south and delivered in a giant garbage bag (sound pretty huh?) it's available in late summer and fall and is perfect for large scale installations.  Strands can reach up to 10 feet in length with multiple terminations so if you've got a thing for greens definitely ask your florist about these.

Colored Foliage.  $-$$

Thats right, greens aren't always green.  A few of our favorite varieties to use are smokebush, dusty miller and lambs ear foliage, glycerin leaves, nandina, magnolia, begonia and agonis.  So if your looking for the perfect shade of something to bring all those blooms together?  Look to your greens!  In shades from velvety gray, ochre, gold, garnet, chocolate and beyond, there is something for everyones style.

 

Featured Wedding, Carolyn & Travis

I've never known a couple who knew what they wanted more truly than these two.  They are in sync, in LOVE.  They also knew exactly what they wanted when it came to the flowers for their big day and long story short by an act of pure serendipity our paths crossed.  Boy am I glad it did.  

Carolyn planned her entire wedding around peony season so obviously there were plenty of those.  Ordering hundreds of my new favorite variety, "Gardenia" peony was a special treat for the design team.  With pink and blush as the focus Carolyn and Travis put their full faith in us to design the flowers of their dreams for this once in a lifetime drop dead gorgeous wedding day.

Happy One Year Anniversary Carolyn & Travis!    June 18th, 2016

Photographer: Molly Jo Collection. Venue: Paine Arts Center. Silk Ribbon:  Froufrou Chic

Featured Wedding; Danielle & Andy

My reaction to seeing these photos taken by Laurie Marie Photography from Danielle and Andy's wedding day was pure joy.  I wanted to post all of them on instagram like in rapid succession.  They just put a smile on my face.  She captured the heart of this couple perfectly.  

It's already been one year! Let's look back at Danielle & Andy's special day! June 4th, 2016

Top 10 Filler Flowers to Know.

Your thinking babies breath right?  The most popular filler flower around and it has recently seen a major come back but there are a plethora of blooms just like babies breath that we use all the time to achieve that something extra.  Sometimes you just need something ... something fluffy or airy or whispy or branchy or delicate or textured.  Welcome to the world of filler flowers.

1.  Wax Flower  $-$$

Wax flower is the new babies breath (for us anyway).  We love to use this flower in place of babies breath.  Not only is it more in keeping with current trends and pairs well with other flowers but it is the exact same price as babies breath (babies breath is great too but works best as an element on it's own in large quantities).  Available in white/ivory, fuchsia, peachy pink, pink and also a wide range of stem died varieties as well.

2.  Astilbe.  $$$

A filler flower with some serious romantic qualities.  If you love texture but want to keep your flowers soft and romantic then this is the bloom for you.  We love to create a mono botanical bouquet of satiable blooms for bridesmaids or sweet flower girls bouquets.  Consider a beautiful cluster of this element for a truly unique aesthetic.  Available in white/ivory, the most perfect shade of blush, and a sangria wine tone.

3. Heather  $$

Most commonly known for its beautiful and vibrant magenta colored blooms, heather does also come in white.  It's not widely used for wedding work but we would love to an all heather bouquet someday for a wedding... any brides out there?  

4. Ginestra $-$$

Heres one that combines airy and whispy and texture all in one.  Ginestra is a lovely addition to centerpiece work when it fits into the aesthetic.  Available in white, pink and also some stem died varieties.  

5. Spirea  $$

Ahhhh, bridal veil spirea.  A personal favorite.  Every year I try to incorporate this beautiful and truly romantic, sweetly arching, slightly branchy bloom into wedding work as much as possible.  Something as simple as these delicate white blooms can make your bouquets feel freshly gathered out of the garden like nothing else could.  Best bet for maximum quality is May, just before the weather really turns from spring into summer.

 

6. Diosma or Calcynia  $-$$

We have recently been branching out (no pun intended) into the world of filler flowers to really see whats out there.  To be honest, in my previous work experience (Yes, Oprah) I didn't have to use these guys much so it's actually been surprisingly fun to explore some fresh cut varieties I hadn't ever really used before.  Calcynia is one of my fnew avorites for just the right amount of texture in centerpieces or for a slightly desert boho rusticity in bouquets.  A little bit can go a long way with this bloom.  Available in pink and white.

7. Babies Breath $$

What can I say about babies breath?  We all know it.  We all still have a place in our hearts for it.  For me this blooms has to be used in just the right way to make it work.  Generally, babies breath is one of those that I only use on it's own in large scale proportions.   Also, it's not as inexpensive as many people think so I often offer other options in terms of "filling things out" if that is the goal.

8. Astrantia  $$

Another personal favorite is astrantia.  What I love about this bloom is that it is the perfect bridge element to marry the recently popular wedding palette of marsala with blush and ivory.  I find it can be a harsh transition for those colors to come together and I love using a filler flower like astrantia's mauve-y color to make that more seamless. They are available in mauve and white and have a slightly botanical texture to them.

9. Eupatorium  $

Twelve years as a florist and I just discovered Eupatorium recently on a Holland direct list.  I took a gamble on it because it was sooo inexpensive at the time and the rest is history.  Now I order this white filler blooms fairly regularly.  It feels very similar to queen annes lace but what I love most about it is that it looks almost like a field flower so it adds a really natural and foraged aesthetic to arrangements.   It seems to be available year round.

10. Queen Anne's Lace.  $-$$

Otherwise known as roadsidia (roadside - ia).   Some florist humor for you there if you caught it.  Anyway, this bloom is a staple in wedding work.  Though it's delicate blooms can be fleeting it's well worth the effort to incorporate these blooms if your wanting an element of airy and delicate for centerpieces or bouquets.  Available year round.

I hope you found this list helpful!  There you have it, our Top 10 Filler Flowers for 2017! 

Stay tuned for more Flowers To Know posts.  Next up we are covering our top picks for foliage.  How to best incorporating the greens trend into your wedding day!