Beginner’s Guide – Blue Agapanthus
Description: Tall stem with a rounded flower cluster on a leafless stem.
Season: SummerGood for: A blue and white themed wedding, as they come in various shades of blue to white.
Beginner’s Guide – Sweetpea
Description: A delicate flower with a sweet, lingering scent. A classic wedding favourite. Will flop if the weather is too hot.
Season: Summer Good for: Pretty bouquets for you, flowergirls and younger bridesmaids. They also make pretty centrepieces.
Beginner’s Guide – Lilac
Description: Tiny, star-shaped flowers growing in delicate pearshaped clusters along the branch. Available in white, mauve or pink. The purple-flowered varieties have the strongest scent.
Good for: Colourful table arrangements
Beginner’s Guide – Amaryllis
Description: Large, flamboyant starry trumpets in white, red, pink, peach and even striped varieties.
Good for: Larger bouquets and centrepieces where you need height. Can also look great as the focus of a bouquet.
Beginner’s Guide – Arum Lily
Name: Arum Lily
Description: A showy white flower shaped like a funnel with a yellow, central, finger-like spike.
Season: Late spring to summer
Good for: Bridal shower bouquets reminiscent of the 1920s Art deco era.
Beginner’s Guide – Lily
Description: Available in a whole range of gorgeous colours from white to brilliant red and white.
Good for: Dramatic modern bouquets. Make sure the stamens are removed as the pollen will stain.
Beginner’s Guide – Gardenia
Description: Known for their strong scent. The flowers are solitary or in small clusters in white or pale yellow.
Season: Spring to mid summer
Good for: Trendy fragrant weddings. Float them in decorative bowls for a touch of style.
Beginner’s Guide – Calla Lily
Name: Calla lily
Description: A showy flower shaped like a funnel with a central, finger-like spike. (From the same family as the white arum lily). Comes in a variety of colours from pale pink to almost black.
Season: Late spring to summer
Good for: Bridal bouquets, buttonholes, centrepieces and colour-coordinating your wedding.
Beginner’s Guide – Carnation
Description: Available in a wide range of colours, including white, pink, green, orange and purple.
Good for: Table centrepieces. Work best grouped together to form a large pomander.
Beginner’s Guide – Chrysanthemum
Description: Ranges from a single, daisy-like bloom to multi-petal heads and small or large pom-pom shapes.
Good for: This ‘Kermit’ variety is a quirky, modern choice for your wedding bouquet.
Beginner’s Guide – Bells Of Ireland
Name: Bells of Ireland
Description: A long spindly unusual flower that produces pale green to emerald green, funnel-shaped “bells” along green stems.
Good for: Bouquets and especially effective when used in all-foliage and modern arrangements.
Beginner’s Guide – Hypercium Berries
Name: Hypericum berries
Description: The berries, commonly used in floristry, can be yellow, orange, pink, green or red. The green variety is much less common than its red one; hence it commands a slightly higher price.
Season: Autumn – Winter
Good for: The green hypericum berry is more suited to contemporary-style bouquets and arrangements, while the red lends itself perfectly to traditional bouquets and seasonal arrangements – most popular at Christmas.
Beginner’s Guide – Hyacinth
Description: Dense spike of tiny bell-shaped blooms on a single stem. Varieties come in a range of colours, including pure white, shades of pink and baby blue.
Good for: Table centres, as the flowers have a stunning scent.
Beginner’s Guide – Gerbera
Description: More than 200 to choose from in a wide range of colours.
Good for: Dramatic, contemporary bouquets. They are popular, as they less expensive than other wedding flowers.
Beginner’s Guide – Ranunculus
Description: A buttercup-like flower available in a variety of colours and a popular choice for brides.
Good for: Adding to single-colour bouquets and simple table decorations at the reception venue.
Beginner’s Guide – Singapore Orchid
Name: Singapore orchid
Description: Exotic and pricey, but available in a variety of pretty colours. Phalaenopsis orchids in either white or bright pink are always popular for weddings.
Good for: Stunning modern centrepieces and bouquets.
Beginner’s Guide – Freesia
Description: Small, highly scented flowers in bright colours.One of the prettiest varieties is ‘Ballerina’.
Good for: Headdresses, bouquets and buttonholes. Particularly good in posies for younger bridesmaids.
Beginner’s Guide – Narcissus
Description: An archetypal spring flower. Creates natural looking arrangements. Available in 50 varieties, ranging from tiny to large yellow or white flowers with single or double blooms.
Good for: Displaying en masse for inexpensive table centrepieces.
Beginner’s Guide – Sunflower
Description: Best known for its large heads of bright yellow petals with dark brown centres.
Good for: Creating impact. Sunflowers can be expnsive, but because they are so big, you don’t need many.
Beginner’s Guide – Tulips
Description: A classic favourite available in a wide variety of different colours. Can also look very contemporary.
Good for: Unfussy bouquets simply bound with ribbon. The frilly-edged parrot tulip is ideal for table arrangements.
Beginner’s Guide – Grand Prix Rose
Name: ‘Grand Prix’ rose
Description: The most popular and romantic of all flowers and available in a huge variety of colours.
Good for: Bouquets for brides, the bridal party, buttonholes and decorating the reception venue. This variety is very popular for winter weddings.
Beginner’s Guide – Anemone
Description: Available in more than 100 varieties. The brilliant pinks, purples and reds are popular for weddings.
Good for: Trendy posies full of bright colours.