Summer is arguably the best season for flowers, so you’re in luck if you’re a summer bride.
Ordering flowers that are currently in season is not only the most affordable choice, it’s also the most environmentally friendly option. Flowers that are not in bloom right now (i.e. tulips) must be grown in a greenhouse or shipped from a foreign locale, which leaves quite a carbon footprint.
There are plenty of beautiful, popular flowers in season right now that are ideal for weddings, such as lilies, gardenia, alstroemeria and carnations.
Here is a list of some of the flowers in season right now (the months of June, July and August here in the northern hemisphere) courtesy of The Flower Expert:
Alchemilla – A nice filler alternative to baby’s breath
Allium - This little pouf of a flower is having a surge in popularity on wedding blogs.
Alstromeria – Affordable and hardy enough for bouquets. These are actually a variety of lily.
Baby’s Breath - Always a classic.
Bird of Paradise - Also known as Crane Flowers, these scream summer. Great for a beach wedding.
Carnation - Happy, hardy and economical.
Chrysanthemum - Also known as pompons. Great wedding flowers.
Dahlia - Striking and gorgeous for both bouquets and centerpieces.
Foxglove - Though they may be a bit awkward in a bouquet, these would be lovely in a tall vase as a centerpiece
Freesia - Another colorful classic.
Gardenia - A fragrant showstopper.
Heliconia - Could make a striking and unusual centerpiece.
Hydrangea - These lovely, voluminous blooms can make up a whole bouquet with just a few sprigs.
Iris - These delicate beauties are best left to centerpieces.
Kangaroo paw - An interesting accent alongside more feminine blooms.
Liatrus - Sturdy and bright, these make an excellent contrast to big, wide flowers.
Lilac - One of the best fragrances around.
Casablanca Lily - A perpetual bridal favorite.
Star Gazer Lily - Very popular, very fragrant, very pretty.
Lisianthus – A common ingredient in all-white bouquets.
Brides and grooms-to-be, what’s your favorite summer flower?