Located just outside Philadelphia in Doylestown, PA, a four-acre farm sits behind Kate Sparks and her husband BarryТs home. From their driveway, thereТs little sign of the bounty that awaits, save for a few beautiful planters. (In fact, like us, you may think youТve taken a wrong turn!)
But step around back, and youТll find yourself immersed in the wild beauty of Laughing Lady Flower Farm. A greenhouse, hoop houses, and garden plots are filled to the brim with flowers and foliage in various stages of growth Ч from baby sprouts to harvest-ready blooms. It is an amazing sight for anyone who has a passion for gardening and flowers. And would be great inspiration for anyone who would like to turn their lawn into beautiful works of gardening art. Even if you have a garden that is overgrown right now, you can get in touch with a company similar to Lawncare.net and start your journey to a gorgeous looking garden.
Huge advocates of using whatТs in season for bouquets and arrangements, farmer Kate and her assistant Amanda shared their thoughts on best picks for late summer weddings (think August and September).
Most popular late summer flower?
Dahlias, specifically Cafщ Au Lait (coffee with cream to a pale pink-purple hue). We also love them in coral and candlelight, which is ivory-goldЕgive other dahlia colors a chance!
Uncommon flowers to use this time of year?
Lilies, of any variety. Martagon Lilies are nice, because they have multiple blooms on one stem.
Your choice bloom this season?
Amanda: Japanese Anemone.
Kate: Panicle Hydrangea – Pinky Winky.
What flower do you wish brides would use more of?
Collarette Dahlias. TheyТre available in so many colors, and have a more delicate structure compared to standard dahlias. Also, honeysuckle vine; adds an instant, fresh-from-the-garden texture to both bouquets and centerpieces, plus a soft scent.
Clockwise from top
2. Hydrangea СQuick FireТ
3. Chocolate Lace Flower
4. Lisianthus СRoseanne BrownТ
5. Joe-Pye Weed
6. Rudbeckia СHenry EilersТ
7. Foxglove СFoxyТ
8. Perennial Sweet Pea
9. DinnerPlate Dahlia СCafe Au LaitТ
10. Thornless Blackberries