Rachel Peterson

Hardy, Heat-Resistant Flowers and Greenery

This is a sister post to "How to Keep Wedding Flowers from Wilting in the Heat", which gave some tips on how to keep your flora and fauna vibrant and crisp even during a hot wedding. This post will explore some of the more hardy flowers and enduring greenery by name and with pictures.

If you are a DIY bride and need some ideas for florals, read on to find hardy foliage to use in your summer wedding.

Thanks again, to our knowledgeable florist, Shawn, from Foster-Wright Floral Design, who gave us this list of hale and hearty wedding florals! 

Hardy Flowers:

Sunflowers

Sunflower

Sunflowers are as hardy as they are bold, so use them to your hearts content! They can be found in brilliant shades of yellow, gold, orange, coral, burgundy, and rust.

Baby's Breath

Baby's Breath

Despite it's delicate appearance, baby's breath can last for days in water, and hours without it. It makes great, inexpensive filler for centerpiece and vases, and is popular in corsages and boutonnieres. 

Roses

Rose

Timeless and classic, roses are luckily one of the more hardy and heat-resistant flowers. And their petals are a classic for flower-petal carpets and sprinkling down the aisle.

Carnations

Carnations

Carnations are in it for the long haul, are inexpensive, and come in lots of colors. Plus, you can always dye them (link to other post) to tailor them exactly to your color scheme!

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemum

.These are my favorite of the list. I love how full and fluffy they are.

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

These flowers are so pretty and unique, plus they come in a wide array of colors.

Hardy Greenery:

Succulents

Succulents


These popular and cute plants come from the desert, and actually don't like a lot of water. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors, from delicate-looking rosettes, to cacti. They will last for days and can even be replanted after the wedding.

Lemon Leaf

Lemon Leaf

Shawn says this is a more old-fashioned type of greenery. Perfect for those vintage weddings! Plus, it smells nice :)

Pine

Pine

Great for woodsy or winter weddings!

Juniper/Cedar/Cypress

Juniper

These boughs all look similar to each other, smell wonderful, and are great for winter or earthy arrangements.

Pittosporum

Pittosporum

This greenery  comes in many varieties, which can exhibit many different shades of green, so do a little research about what kind is available for your use to make sure it works for you.

What's NOT Hardy?

Shawn cautioned against using wildflowers- as lovely as the idea sounds of picking wildflower bouquets for wedding centerpieces, those delicate blooms will wither too fast to be put on display. 

Are you planning a summer wedding? What are your floral arrangements designed to beat the heat? Let us know below, and, as always, we would love to see pictures of your own DIY or summer wedding flower arrangements!

 

 

 

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