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Flower, Branch & Berry Guide

Some of our favorite spring and summer wedding flowers, as curated by Philadelphia-based florist Sullivan Owen.

Flower, Branch & Berry Guide - Lilac, Hellebore, Rose, Fritillary - Wedding Flowers
1. Lilac–Syringa vulgaris | 2. Hellebore–Helleborus species | 3. Rose–Rosa hybrid ‘Amnesia’ | 4. Fritillaria–Fritillaria meleagris

When we approached Sullivan with this project, we asked her to help us create a collection that was seasonally relevant, mixed and matched well, and along with the usual beauties, introduced us to some lesser-known beauties. So here they are, arranged by color, everything you need to know about the stems we’re into right now. Hope you find a few new ones to love!

Flower, Branch & Berry Guide - Bleeding Hearts, Ranunculus, Clematis - Wedding Flowers
1. Bleeding Hearts–Dicentra spectabilis | 2. Ranunculus–Ranunculus species | 3. Clematis–Clematis hybrid ‘Niobe’

Bleeding Hearts
Dicentra spectabilis
Fragrance: none
Color: pink and white
Availability: mid spring
Vase life: 5 days
Price: $$-$$$
Best used as a whimsical accent in centerpieces
Grown in Europe, North America

Ranunculus
Ranunculus species
Fragrance: none
Color: red, yellow, peach; orange, purple, white, and multi-colored
Availability: best in spring, available in winter and fall; not available in the summer
Vase life: 8 days
Price: $-$$
Best used as an accent flower in centerpieces or bouquets; in boutonnieres and corsages
Grown in Europe, North America, Japan

Clematis
Clematis hybrid ‘Niobe’
Fragrance: none
Color: wine; can be found in white, purple, lavender, and pink
Availability: late spring to summer
Vase life: 7 days
Price: $$$
Best used as a face flower in bouquets, or on an arch or chuppah
Grown in Europe, North America

Flower, Branch & Berry Guide - Ranunculus, Kumquat Fruit, Peony, Icelandic Poppy - Wedding Flowers
1. Ranunculus–Ranunculus species | 2. Kumquat Fruit–Citrus japonica | 3. Peony–Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ | 4. Icelandic Poppy–Papaver nudicaule

Kumquat
Citrus japonica
Fragrance: citrusy
Color: orange
Availability: early winter to early spring
Vase life: 6-7 days
Price: $$$
Best used as bright and edible accents
Grown in Asia, Southern US, Central America

Peony
Paeonia lactiflora
Fragrance: strong perfume
Color: coral; many others in a wide color range
Availability: late spring – early summer; late fall – early winter
Vase life: 4 days
Price: $$$$
Best used as a face flower in centerpieces or bouquets
Grown in New Zealand, South America, Europe, North America

Icelandic Poppy
Papaver nudicaule
Fragrance: none
Color: white, cream, yellow, orange, coral, salmon, light pink, and dark pink
Availability: late winter to early spring
Vase life: 6 days
Price: $
Best used as a delicate accent flower in low centerpieces, or in a short-stemmed bouquet
Grown in the Mediterranean, South West Asia, North America

Flower, Branch & Berry Guide - Hyacinth, Japanese Scabies, French Tulip

1. Hyacinth–Hyacinth orientalis | 2. Japanese Scabiosa–Scabiosa japonica | 3.French Tulip–Tulipa species ‘Black Hero’

Hyacinth
Hyacinth orientalis
Fragrance: heady, strong perfume
Color: lavender; white, pink, blue/purple, and deep purple
Availability: early spring
Vase life: 7 days
Price: $$-$$$, dependent on where it is grown
Best used to create texture and dimension with its arching shape in any design
Grown in North America, Europe, Asia

Japanese Scabiosa
Scabiosa japonica
Fragrance: light, springy
Color: shades of purple; pink, peach, and white
Availability: winter to spring
Vase life: 7-10 days
Price: $$
Best used as a textural accent flower in centerpieces or bouquets; as a boutonniere
Grown in Japan

French Tulip
Tulipa species ‘Black Hero’
Fragrance: none
Color: antique lavender
Availability: year round
Vase life: 10-14 days
Price: $
Best used as a face flower in centerpieces or bouquets; as a boutonniere

Flower, Branch & Berry Guide - Grape Hyacinth, Sweet Pea, Laurustinus Berry, Spring Spirea - Wedding Flowers

1. Grape Hyacinth–Muscari armeniacum | 2. Sweet Pea–Lathyrus odoratus | 3. Laurustinus Berry–Viburnum tinus | 4. Spring Spirea–Spiraea species

What is a typical day at work for you?
Wednesdays I’m up at three in the morning to shop for flowers. I like to physically shop at the Chelsea Flower Market in Manhattan. I get back to Philly around 10am, get everything into water, and then start organizing. We have recipes for certain things, so we’ll clump what we need for them together, and spend the afternoon designing. – Sullivan Owen


Retail price guide: $ = $3-5 per stem | $$ = $6-9 per stem | $$$ = $10-13 per stem | $$$$ = $14+ per stem

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