David Austin rose. A romantic garden roses brimming with folds upon folds of delicate petals. Available in a kaleidoscope of colours from barely there pinks to rich vermillion and everything in-between.
Hydrangea. The old fashioned hydrangea has a place in the modern girl’s heart with its cluster of flat petaled blooms creating one large bulbous flower head. Don’t be discouraged by it’s size, they can be thread through, or individual florets may be wired to create more petite clusters. One of the few “blue” blooms available, the chameleon of the flower world also offers seasonal shades from pure white to blushed green, shades of pink, purple, and antique wine tones.
Garden rose. For centuries the humble rose has represented lovers and romantics alike making it the perfect choice for weddings. Always in vogue, with the resurgence of heady scented garden roses offering a rainbow of colours and rambling mystique as it develops from bud to full glorious bloom. Stunning alone, highlighted with blackberries or trailing jasmine vines, and ever so versatile mixed with any of your favourite blooms.
Photographer: Mark RoperStylist: Indianna Foord
Peony. The buzz flower of the moment, and rightfully so with it’s paper-thin layered petals revealing a big beautiful powder puff bloom. In bud they resemble scoops of ice cream, divine on there own, or a feature when paired with other summer delights such as gardenias and hydrangeas. Pastel toned peonies are traditionally used for weddings, with more recent trends leaning towards vibrant coral and magenta hues. They're in season in Australian in Nov/Dec, but you can sometimes still find them in Jan.
Photographer: Sam McAdam-Cooper
Lotus. Sacred in Hindu cultures and the national flower of India and Vietnam, the lotus flower is an exotic and breathtaking choice. Available for a few brief weeks, the large platter like petals available in white, lemon and pink open large and majestic to reveal the green dotted pod , and magnificent scent. A striking and dramatic choice.
8. Tuberose. Pluck the tuberose's individual white florets (which grow all the way up the stem) to tuck into the bride's hair, or attach to the groom's buttonholes. It's also a guarantee you'll smell swell: for centuries, the tuberose has been the base note for many floral perfumes.
This darling trailing vine with its sweet perfumed trumpet shaped waxy star like blooms and robust green foliage is at its best cascading and wild. Ideal for a natural style, cascading bouquet. Individual blooms may also be wired to create an oh so sweet posy and matching buttonholes. Perfect for a little tea length gown.
Said to represent the paw of our beloved marsupial, the wild kangaroo paw gives some nostalgia to any wildflower bouquet. Velvet fingers curl on an angle and taper into sweet furls, in colours ranging from pale pink, cream, reds, citric yellows, grays to the striking green and black.
Queen Anne's lace. Like intricate hand stitched lace, Queen Anne's lace is dainty and delicate. Hosting a cluster of individual miniscule cream blooms and ethereal buds , usually nestled into sweet mixed posies to create a softness , but may be left long and languid for a more organic feel for the vintage style bride to be.
Blackberries. With shades of raspberry, green, and black, the humble blackberry is coupled with deep green leaves and offers a sweet beaded texture. They are delicious when paired with rich toned blooms, such as ruby hued David Austin roses, which add a touch of the baroque, or with rambling pastel blooms for sweet country fair charm