What's in Season?...Autumn
Updated: Feb 16
Autumn brings us hot chocolate, cosy jumpers and dewy crisp walks. In the flower world it brings a change in colour palette, early Autumn flowers will still have influences of summer you'll still see pinks and pastels, but as we move into late Autumn the seeds and grasses will appear, along with the rich, deep and autumnal tones we all love, rust, red, orange and yellow. I love Autumn, it may well be my favourite season. Here are some of my favourite flowers (and foliage), especially wonderful as October wedding flowers:
Achillea - Achillea millefolium, commonly known as yarrow or common yarrow, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae.
Agapanthus - Are also known as the ‘lily of the Nile’ and the ‘African lily’ even though they are not a lily. They generally have clustered bell shaped flowers, that bloom mainly in the summer months on tall stems.
Aster - Not only is the aster a symbol of autumn; it is also the birth flower for those having birthdays in the month of September.
Chrysanthemum - Sometimes called mums, mumingtons or chrysanths. A wonderful long lasting flower that comes in a variety of colours and styles.
Dahlia - There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants.
Echinacea - The name Echinacea is derived from the Greek word ekhinos, meaning “hedgehog or sea urchin” referring to the spiky shape of the petals.
Eryngium - In Shakespeare’s time the roots of Sea Holly were known to be a strong aphrodisiac.
Hydrangea - The name comes from the Ancient Greek words for ‘water vessel’, ‘hydor’ and ‘angos’. This was chosen as the seed capsules on hydrangeas resemble cups. However, it’s a fitting name in another way - hydrangeas love water, and as cut flowers tend to be quite thirsty.
Laurel - An aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub with waxy green long-lasting leaves.
Leucandendron - Small evergreen trees and shrubs grown for their cone-like clusters of flowers surrounded by large, leaf-like, often colourful bracts. I love 'Safari-Sunset' a rich burgundy coloured leaf.
Magnolia - A waxy leaf which feels thick and leathery.
Phlox - The flowers may be pale blue, violet, pink, bright red, or white. Many are fragrant.
Roses - Besides red roses symbolising love and romance, pink roses exude grace and elegance. The vibrant color of the yellow rose represents friendship and cheer.
Rudbeckia - The showy flowers will attract bees, butterflies, and the seeds are loved by birds.
Sunflowers - Tournesol is the french name for Sunflowers, literally translated as 'turned sun' with the young plants turning to seek out the sun.
Seedheads - Poppy, Scabious, Rudbeckia - all add a different and much welcomed texture to Autumn bouquets.
Grasses - Panicum Fountain Grass is my favourite but there are so many different varieties of grasses. One of the most common dried varieties is Pampas with it's tall statuesque plumes.
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