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Flowers set the scene for your wedding day, from a contemporary, monochrome look to a soft, pastel, country-garden theme.
Go through magazines and cut out pictures of bouquets and centrepieces that appeal to you and suit the overall look you want to achieve for your wedding.
To keep costs down, speak to your florist about using flowers that are in season and what foliage would complement your choice.
If there is a particular flower in season in your garden that is special to you, ask your florist to include it in your bouquet.

Spring

Daffodil Daffodil — Available in small or large blooms, from white to bright yellow. Great for creating informal, inexpensive centrepieces. Tulip Tulip — Available in a variety of colours. They create a simple, classic-looking bouquet.

Lily of the valley Lily of the valley — Tiny, fragrant bell-shaped flowers, perfect for small bouquets as they are very expensive. (late spring) Anemone Anemone — Delicate flower with fern-like foliage, available in a range of colours.

Freesia Freesia — Highly scented, delicate flower available in various colours. Ranunculus Ranunculus — Delicate, romantic, papery flowers. Perfect for a country-garden theme.

Muscari Muscari (grape hyacinth) — Small bell shaped flowers clustered on a stem. Most commonly blue. Amaryllis Amaryllis — Dramatic, trumpet-shape flowers available in pale and bright colours. Ideal for a dramatic centrepiece.

Agapanthus Agapanthus (African lily) - Dozens of funnel-shaped flowers coming off one stem. Long-lasting flowers .* Love in a mist Nigella (Love in a mist) - Delicate, papery blooms, most commonly in blue.


Spring

Sweet pea Sweet pea — Delicate flower with a strong scent, best in a bouquet or posy. Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum — A range of varieties from multi-petal heads to simpler daisy-like heads. Can create dramatic centrepieces.

Freesia Freesia — Highly scented, delicate flowers available in various colours. Sunflower Sunflower — Very large flower with yellow petals and dark brown centres. Ideal for dramatic centrepieces.

Peony Peony — Large, fragant flower in delicate pastels, perfect for a simple bouquet or centrepiece. Lavender Lavender — Highly scented, small purple flowers on silvery-green stems. Perfect for a country garden theme.

Hydrangea Hydrangea — Compact flowers in a naturally rounded cluster, in a variety of soft colours. Ideal for centre-pieces and bouquets, an inexpensive option, but not long lasting. Love in a Mist Nigella (Love in a mist) — Delicate, papery blooms, most commonly in blue

Delphinium Delphinium — Striking flower spikes, most commonly seen in blue. Ideal for creating drama and height in centrepieces.*


Autumn

Gladioli Gladiolus — Trumpet shaped flowers on long stems. Perfect for dramatic centrepieces or pedestals. (Early autumn). Dahlia Dahlia — Multi-petal, dramatic blooms available in a range of colours. (Early autumn).

Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum — A range of varieties from multi-petal heads to simpler daisy-like heads. Can create dramatic centrepieces. Nerine Nerine — Exotic looking flower with slender petals, in shades of pink.

Hydrangea Hydrangea — Compact flowers in a naturally rounded cluster, in a variety of soft colours. Ideal for centre-pieces and bouquets, an inexpensive option, but not long lasting.


Winter

Camellia Camellia — Large, open bloom with dark foliage, perfect for centrepieces or buttonholes. (Late winter). Lilac Lilac — Delicate, star-shaped flowers with a strong scent. Ideal for informal centrepieces.

Euphorbia Euphorbia — Curved stems with small yellow-green flowers, ideal for a contemporary look. Snow drop Snow drop — Delicate, white, bell-shaped flowers. Best used in small bouquets or centrepieces. (Late winter).

Amaryllis Amaryllis — Large, trumpet-shaped flower, available in pale and bright colours.  Ideal for a dramatic centrepiece. Anemone Anemone — Delicate flower with fern-like foliage, available in a range of colours.


All year

Rose Rose — Available all year in a huge variety of colours. The classic bridal flower makes wonderful bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces. Orchid Phalaenopsis orchid — Large, striking orchid, often used in trailing bouquets. A more expensive option.

 

Lisianthus Lisianthus — Single and double-petal varieties available, most commonly in purples, blues and whites. Perfect for bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces.* Gerbera Gerbera — Daisy-like flower in a wide range of colours. Ideal for comteporary bouquets and centrepieces.

Arum lily  
Arum lily (Calla lily) — Dramatic, trumpet-shaped flowers. Perfect for simple over-the arm bouquets and buttonholes.
Carnation  
Carnation — Inexpensive, long-lasting flower, available in a variety of colours. Look best grouped together.

Gypsophila
Gypsophila
 —  Small flowers often used as fillers. Can also be grouped together to create a bouquet.
Lily  
Lily
 — Dramatic flower with clean lines, ideal for contemporary bouquets and centrepieces.

Iris Iris — Dramatic large-petal bloom in a rainbow of colours. Ideal for tall centrepieces.     

* Agapanthus image by Matthew Field www.photography.mattfield.com under cc sa 3.0
Delphinium image by Delphine Ménard under cc sa 2.0
Lisianthus image by Andrew Dunn www.andrewdunnphoto.com under cc sa 2.0

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