Fashionable flowers

When it comes to your colour scheme, flowers will be a key aspect of it. We look at what’s trending now, plus give a bright alternative.

Sky blue

This colour is particularly prevalent in spring and early summer. A true blue flower is magical and enchanting and can be combined with whites and creams, greens, or plum-reds and purples.

Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
Often found growing in cottage gardens and naturalised in woodlands, forget-me-nots are the epitome of rural charm. Simple China-blue flowers are held on softly curling stems, lending them a gentle elegance. Their delicate nature works well in bouquets and posies, or they could be used as part of a table arrangement. They are available early spring.

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)
A mass of little bell-shaped flowers rimmed with a white frill on quite a short stem make this flower perfectly suited to buttonholes or small posies. For a simple buttonhole, pair one or two stems of grape hyacinth with a single cyclamen leaf. They are available early spring through to early summer.

Delphinium
These striking flowers are available for much of the year and can provide height and drama to table and altar arrangements. The flowers are held on tall, erect stems and range in colour from softest powder-blue, to dark indigo. Use the smaller variety ‘Volkerfrieden’ in bouquets and posies.

Blush & buff

Soft peaches, creams and pinks continue to be extremely popular as a wedding colour in 2014. A good idea is to contrast different textures and shapes within bouquets and floral arrangements to add detail and interest.

Dahlia ‘Café au Lait’

This is a fabulous, dinner plate-sized flower of gently curling petals in coffee, buff, and soft peach – a real show stopper! The open flowers are most effective in table or altar arrangements, or as a feature flower in the bride’s bouquet. They are available in late summer.

Astrantia major

These are really useful flowers that last extremely well. Dainty but structural in shape, they are best used as a filler bloom within bouquets and posies, creating a pretty backdrop for larger flowers. They also work extremely well within a buttonhole – the architectural shape wonderfully complements a well-tailored suit. They are available almost all year round.

Astilbe ‘Europa’

This lovely, airy flower looks absolutely stunning when grouped en masse in a hand-tied bouquet for bridesmaids and flower girls. Complement the Astilbe’s light, delicate shape with clouds of Fountain Grass or Thlaspi ‘Green Bell’.

Burgundy & plum

Just a few dark burgundy flowers used within a broader colour pallet can add depth and contrast to a bouquet or large floral arrangement. Contrast hot pink and coral for a sumptuous colour combination!

Lysimachia autropurpurea or ‘Beaujolais’

These elegant flowers are quite an unusual choice, though your florist should be able to source these easily during the midsummer months. A common nickname for these flowers is “Gooseneck”, which aptly describes the gentle shape of these graceful blooms. They would look extremely effective used within an asymmetrical hand-tied bouquet.

Daucus carota ‘Black Knight’

These plum-purple flowers are similar in shape to common cow parsley and therefore lend themselves very well to informal, country-style arrangements. They work very well with silver foliage, such as olive, eucalyptus and senecio.

Cornflower ‘Black Ball’

Lots of pointed petals are clustered together forming a mass of shiny, dark burgundy flower heads. They are a little too small for large floral arrangements but look fantastic within a relaxed hand-tied bouquet for the bride or bridesmaids. They are available late spring to autumn.

Scarlet, orange & coral

Orange seems to be an unfashionable colour at the moment, which is a great shame as there are so many wonderful orange and coral coloured flowers! Perhaps they are best used sparingly in a more neutral pallet.

Rosehips

Available in a wonderful variety of reds, oranges and rust colours, rosehips offer a more unusual element to incorporate into bouquets, buttonholes, or large floral arrangements. They are robust and happy to be out of water for hours, so are a good choice for a buttonhole.

Geum ‘Blazing Sunset’

These are country garden flowers that should be possible to get hold of from one of the UK’s many cut flower growers (visit www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk). Use them in hand-tied bouquets.

Crocosmia

This is again quite an unusual choice for a wedding, though they are very elegant and available in fiery-red, orange and gold. They are long lasting and would add a graceful shape to table arrangements.