What is Your Favorite Summer Flower and Why?

My floral designer friends tell me about their favorites for summer. A different sentiment for each flower.

By: REGINE MOTMANS | 01-07-2022 | 4 min read

Oh, Summer, I love you, I do… The warmth, the long days, the evenings outside on the porch. Enjoying our flowers. This year I have some huge Dahlias, and beautiful Scabiosas too, some amazing Passifloras, long vines, and many more. Lots of colors, forms, and textures. Summer flowers, the vast variety in them makes me happy. 


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Summer Flowers Around the World

You can do so much with all the different flowers. You can really play with them, and designs become more wild and free. I have many favorites myself and was wondering which summer flowers my floral designer friends around the world like best. And why. I talked to several and asked them: What is your favorite Summer Flower and why?


Parul Swarup

Parul Swarup from India loves to make garlands from the best smelling white little Arabian Jasmine flowers. In India, all blooms last a day or two in the heat. But they are full of fragrance. Very intoxicating and so so beautiful.  Sue Tabbal-Yamaguchi calls them Pikake in Hawaï. It is one of the most fragrant little flowers I know. It’s definitely a hit for the summer.  


Farida Kalim

Tubarosa (Polianthus) with a lovely fragrance, Zinnias, Gomphrena, Amaranthus, Celosia and Passiflora bearing lots of blooms are the favorites of Farida Kalim from Pakistan. She often sees garlands made of the white Pikake flower, Parul mentioned. But in Pakistan they call the Arabian Jasmine 'Motia', Farida says. A great favorite for the summer with a heavy fragrance.  


Favorite Summer Flowers - Arabian Jasmine - On Thursd - Featured
Arabian Jasmine

Angelica Lacarbonara

Angelica Lacarbonara from Italy has her own opinion about summer flowers:

“A part of me prefers simple flowers like lavender, zinnia, chamomile, and dahlia."
Favorite Summer Flower - Zinnias - on Thursd.


Angelica talks about slenderness, of flowers that can easily bend and go with the wind. Flowers that give an idea of ​​space, freedom and summer. But she says she is also attracted to flowers such as spray roses and peonies. And hydrangea flowers with great shapes for more full-bodied jobs.

"Summer is beautiful for the variety of flowers and colors. In summer you have a sense of creative freedom that in winter is suffocated! For this reason I prefer the offer of flowers in summer, you can wander with different concepts. In winter much less so."


Peony Time


Sveta Shvedenkova

Sveta Shvedenkova needed some thinking time before she could tell me which flower and why. It took a few days and she told me she can't choose the one summer favorite.

“My favorite overall is lilly of the valley. My answer will be: all seasonal local flowers and with very simple reason; seasons are so short you can't get bored."

Sveta tells me to use flowers differently each time to make it an enjoyable moment every time. In summer you can do that best with cornflowers, larkspur, lavender, zinnias, and dahlias.  

Favorite Summer Flower - Dahlias - on Thursd.
Credit: Thuis op Nr. 14

More Favorites

Charlotte Bartholomé, one of the designers from the famous magazine: Fleur@home, loves to work with peonies! Daniela Ilborgoinfiore Marchetti likes agapanthus and cornflower, for their natural blue color, super colorful zinnias. And passionflower, for her delicacy. Viky Vangampelaere loves zinnias. Els Geerdens from Belgium is a floral designer I know of she feels comfortable in every kind of way with flowers, she is 'at home in every market', a very skillful floral designer. And she is in love with dahlias, zinnias, gloriosas en crocosmias. For Solomon Leong Aifd Pfci, Osmanthus is the scent of summer. He even puts them in his pocket every day.  


Favorite Summer Flower - Osmanthus - on Thursd.

Holly Heider Chapple

This spring Holly Heider Chapple had to say goodbye to Evan, her husband, and the heart and soul at Hope Flower Farm. I only met him once, but that was enough to have an unforgettable impact on me. The love you could feel between Holly and her husband and the way he took care of his family was amazing. It was so beautiful to see and read how many were praying with Holly and her family. Being surrounded by so many friends hopefully gives her strength and comfort. But it doesn't take away the pain...All the flowers growing on the farm have their own meaning to Holly. Especially now... Holly once told me she loves Chocolate Lace, Dahlias, Amaranthus, Queen red line Zinnia, Passion flowers, Limelight Hydrangeas, Autumn Clematis, and Cosmos, Phlox… and many more. And of course peonies...right before Evan left, she took those beauties to Montana for a wedding. Evan was in a symbolic way there, at the place that was still on his bucket list... . Her place “Hope Flower farm” will forever be the place where Evan lives, through all the trees, bushes, and flowers... God bless them. 
Holly Heider Chapple with a bouquet of Peonies, grown at Hope Flower Farm, in Evan's shirt.... - on Thursd
Holly Heider Chapple With Evan's Shirt and a Bouquet of Home Grown Peonies 
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Regine Motmans

"I'm a mom of three boys named Dennis, Jarne, and Xander. I'm married to Dominic, and my flower studio Floregineel is my place to get creative now and then. My main focus is on and myThursd as their Floral Connector. I love to travel to floral events, connect, create opportunities, and win-wins. And in the process write about the events, promote them in advance, and cover them. I'm good at Socials, I'm a trendsetter, and always looking into the future. 

Flowers make everything more beautiful, but also music. I love to sing and dance. In fact, I love life, I love the sun, I love my family and friends, I enjoy the big but also the little things."





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