Winter is generally a quiet time for reflection and new growth but there is plenty to discover if you look carefully. It's true, fewer flowers may bloom in the winter season but that doesn't mean you have to compromise on your winter wedding flowers. Luckily, many varieties of our favorite blooms are available year-round, but most good florists will work with the seasons. Using flowers that are in season is not only a great way to get more value for your money, it's also a more sustainable choice.
15 Winter Wedding Flowers
There's nothing quite like filling your days with fresh florals or giving and receiving them as gifts. While some of us have a soft spot for peonies, others can't go past a bunch of hydrangeas. Unfortunately, not all flowers are available throughout the year, but that doesn't mean there are still plenty of seasonal beauties to choose from. Here are 15 winter wedding flowers that will look great in your floral arrangements.
Despite having names like 'winter rose', 'Christmas rose', and 'Lenten rose', hellebores are actually not closely related to the rose family. But these Eurasian beauties are a great option when looking for winter wedding flowers and make a wonderful addition to any bouquet.
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Prepare to be charmed by these pretty flowers. Anemones have a wonderful diversity of forms and colors. They come in single- and double-bloomed forms with five or six petals each. They offer up a rainbow of blossoms, including in hues of white, yellow, silver-pink, rose, blue, purple, scarlet, rust, copper, and coral.
Freesias have long been a mainstay in florist shops because of their intoxicating scent, long vase life, and enticing array of jewel-toned colors. Freesias’ trumpet-shaped flowers open on just one side of their slender, arching stems, with the blooms always facing upward for better viewing. Each stem may bear as many as 12 flowers. Numerous hybrids are available in a rainbow of colors including white, yellow, orange, scarlet, pink, royal blue, lavender, and various bicolors. You can also choose from single or fuller, double-petaled blooms.
Craspedia is a genus of flowering plants in the daisy family commonly known as 'billy buttons' and 'woollyheads'. They are native to Australia and New Zealand where they grow in a variety of habitats from sea level to the Alps. Its versatility is its main attraction amongst florists – it can be incorporated into many styles and designs to accentuate a bright and lively theme.
A wedding crowd and Pinterest favorite, Ranunculus flowers (also known as buttercups) are beloved for their brilliantly colored, paper-thin petals, voluminous blooms, and symbolism rooted in love. With origins in the wetland regions of Asia, Europe, and Northwest Africa, this herbaceous perennial has transformed from an early ingredient in folk medicine to now become a regular member of high-end flower shops and plant nurseries around the world.
Eryngium: a flowering herb just as prized for its exquisite color as its rare shape! At first glance, many species closely resemble thistles, although there are subtle differences. Most species are known for having spiny, hairless leaves and a dome-shaped umbel of flowers. Some varieties can grow to over 50cm tall. Some grow pastel purple flowers and either have green or purple leaves.
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The hyacinth looks great as a single stem or on mass. They are one of the most heavily fragranced flowers available so the more stems you have, the heavier the fragrance will be. Hyacinths, just like narcissus and crocus, are associated with early spring. This means they are not available year-round, giving you all the more reason to include them in your winter wedding flowers selection.
With a name derived from the Latin word for ‘star’ (aster), astrantia is well-known and loved for the star-like quality of its flower heads. Astrantia major, maxima, and carnicolica are also known affectionately as the 'elancholy gentleman', 'masterwort', and 'Hattie’s pincushion'. Growing rapidly to be about one or two feet tall in just one season, Astrantia comes in a variety of colours, ranging from green through to cream, pink and deep reddish-purple.
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Tulips come in every imaginable form and color from single flowers to lush double petals that resemble peonies. Although the outdoor landscape may be bleak right now, the greenhouse industry has found a way to bring spring into our homes. And that's by fooling tulips and other spring flowers into blooming early indoors. When properly cared for, cut tulips will stay fresh in a vase of water for seven to ten days.
One of the workhorses of the floral world is the chrysanthemum. They are prolific bloomers, come in amazing hues, last long, and are very low maintenance. The flowers occur in various forms and can be daisy-like, decorative, pompons, or buttons. In addition to the traditional yellow, other colors are available, such as white, purple, and red.
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Floral designers all over the world fall in love with the clematis. With its unique appearance, this flower gives that extra special touch to any arrangement. Clematis vines produce excellent cut flowers, which last 10 days or more in a vase.
Hypericum, also known as Saint-John's-wort, is a genus of nearly 500 species of herbs or low shrubs in the family Hypericaceae that are native to temperate and tropical areas. Cut hypericum start out as bright yellow, star-shaped flowers in midsummer and the berries only develop after the blooms fade away in late summer. The smooth, shiny berries, clustered on woody stems, come in an array of different colors from brown, green, white, and ivory to red, pink, coral, and peach.
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Eustoma, commonly known as lisianthus or prairie gentian, is a small genus in the gentian family. They are native to warm regions of the southern United States, Mexico, Caribbean, and northern South America. The lisianthus is versatile. It is available in white, cream, blue, pink, lilac, purple, and salmon. Some flowers even have multi-colored petals. Besides being colorful, the petals of the lisianthus are also very soft and delicate. So treat with love.
Salix, commonly known as pussy willow, is a very profusely flowering willow with generally silvery-white catkins that flower from late winter to early spring. Besides Salix being the kick-off of the floral season, it makes for a lovely, lush addition to bouquets and other floral arrangements.