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Summer Florals: Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Friday 1st December 2017
The scent of the holidays permeates our corridors, awakening the senses of those in its path. The weather is warming and it is as though the brightness has been turned up, creating a richness of experience that warrants a little celebration and memory-making. Weddings in the summer months call for vibrant florals and textured arrangements that capture the festive heart of the season. We queried Jardine Hansen of Jardine Botanic about her favourite florals to style for the summer.
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Bigger Botanicals

Summer blooms encourage an appreciation for vibrant combinations of colour and texture. We see a shift from the dainty and the delicate to a certain richness and depth that comes from the use of perhaps more ‘statement’ botanicals. For Jardine, this looks like a romantic assemblage of dimensional features like Artichoke heads, Copper beech, and Flowering gum. The shape of the artichoke is akin to an Australian native – complex and rigid like the protea – and pairs well with other structural accents. Its subdued tone also adds a modest touch to any vibrantly coloured bouquet. Of course, foliage is welcome addition to many bouquets and arrangements and creates any earthy vibe that many modern brides are drawn to. For a hint of freshness, rose and lime geranium foliage bear an interesting shape and possess an aromatic quality that is tantamount to summer. The season also welcomes a plethora of berries and fruits that contribute an unconventional element of class of elegance. Adding fruity features to your bouquet and arrangements creates a rich accent that is unique yet understated. “All of the flowers are turning into fruits, so we get little plums and apples, even pears sometimes on the branch,” says Jardine. “They’re lovely to add into flower arrangements.” The waxy textures and shiny lustre of the fruits catch your eye, almost like a mesmerising still-life, that you believe it is almost impossible to reach out and touch. And the colours are extraordinary as well. The pinkish-red tone of the pomegranate, a fruit that Jardine loves to incorporate into her work, conjures feelings of festivity that help to brighten a summer floral display. “They are supposed to represent ‘prosperity,’ so I occasionally thread those into bouquets as just a nice little touch.”

With any beautiful arrangement, accent pieces are balanced by the classics. Dahlias are in bloom for a good part of the summer season and never fail to make their way into a summer wedding bouquet. White dahlias are a great option for minimal arrangements with a more basic colour palette, while the red, orange and purple varieties add a worthy hint of summer boldness. Needless to say, roses are another enduring option that really come into full bloom during the summer months, perhaps because of all the romance and celebration in the atmosphere. “Roses are really hitting their stride,” Jardine affirms, and tie in nicely with complementary summer textures like Agapanthus, Queen Anne’s Lace and Bouvardia.

Sunset Hues

Summer is a typically bright and spirited season, which is often translated in floral design through the use of warm, sun kissed tones. Watermelon and coral shades are a popular choice, and again, correlate with fruity elements like summer berries and stone fruit. Whilst the essence of summer may be loud and cheerful, Jardine raises an important take away – wedding bouquets and arrangements are very personal styling elements that don’t necessarily have to adhere to an overarching seasonal colour palette. It’s a personal process that will depend on the creative inspirations of both the client and florist. For Jardine, Summer means playing with “splashes of colour” that are “brighter than [her] general Spring kind of moodiness,” often with some paler tones incorporated in the mix. Inspired by the Dutch Masters, Jardine is largely drawn to romantic shapes and arrangements that embody a poetic sense of movement. Whilst her style is consistent, the colour palette of choice will vary based on each unique wedding mood board as well as what is seasonally available. For this reason, it is a good idea to maintain a flexible and open brief to allow for the beauty of seasonal spontaneity.


“You often get surprises at the market, the growers will start growing one thing that they didn’t have last year.”


During the busy summer months, the importance of choosing seasonal flowers for your wedding becomes all the more apparent. Upon selecting your inspiration and deciding upon a visual aesthetic, it is advisable that you become acquainted with the flowers and botanicals that will be seasonally available at the time of your wedding. This will foster a more organic process that is grounded in trust with your florist, allowing for creativity to carry through and inspire the floral styling for your wedding.

Check out the Jardine Botanic Instagram page @jardinebotanic for some serious aesthetic inspiration.

Summer Checklist:

  • Achillea
  • Agapanthus
  • Allium
  • Artichoke
  • Billy Buttons
  • Bouvardia
  • Brodiae
  • Calla Lily
  • Celosia
  • Christmas Bell
  • Cockscomb
  • Cordifolium
  • Crapapple
  • Dahlia
  • David Austen Roses
  • Emilia
  • Frangipani
  • Freesia
  • Gardenia
  • Ginger Comb
  • Gloriosa Lily
  • Gloxinia
  • Grevillea
  • Gymea Lily
  • Gypsy
  • Helleborus
  • Hydrangea
  • Larkspur
  • Misty
  • Molucca Balm
  • Poinsettia
  • Queens Anne’s Lace
  • Red Hot Pokers
  • Scabiosa
  • Scholtzia
  • Sea Holly
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Siam Tulip
  • Snapdragon
  • South Australia Daisy
  • Stephanotis
  • Sweet Pea
  • Tuberose
  • Water Lily
  • Yellow Matricar
Friday 1st December 2017