A New Appreciation for Less Popular Flowers & Color Palettes
There’s a time and a place for everything, especially when it comes to flowers.
As a former professional florist, I'd be the first to admit that there are certain flowers and colors that I personally disliked and would do my best to avoid all together. There are also some flowers that florists in the wedding industry look down on, as if using them in your arrangements makes you a “bad florist.” The same goes for color palettes! I’m not sure how that happened, but it did, and now that I am out of the industry I can see it all so clear now. There truly is no bad flower. Just because a flower is popular, doesn’t make it better. Just because you use a flower that is less popular doesn’t mean you are a bad florist. Is it weird that those last three sentences can also apply to people too?
I’ve had my hands in floral design for several years now and I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside/freelance with some of the best florists in the country and let me tell you…all flowers can be beautiful when designed well. All color palettes can beautiful if done correctly.
There’s a handful of flowers and colors that I wasn’t a fan of designing with. Examples…purple in general // carnations, daisies, babies breath, zinnias, etc. I’ve learned to love these less popular flowers because they are a challenge! Here are some of my favorite tips for designing with these so called “less popular flowers.”
Pair them with complimentary flowers. If you are using large gerber daisies, keep those as the focal flower of the arrangement (don’t add any other large flower to the mix!), but use smaller dainty flowers like sweet pea or chocolate cosmos to offset the large daisies.
Be smart about the colors. Go with a gradient, like the photos in this post. The less popular zinnias were a peach color, so I decided to use coral, pink and yellow flowers to compliment them, sliding along the gradient of the warm colors. It helps to blend it all together like a beautiful painting. Think of it like the paint chip wall at your favorite hardware store. The bright red isn’t on the same chip board or even the same area as the white, you have to build up to it with other warm tones to get there.
Keep things simple. Don’t feel the need to overcompensate by adding a million different types of flowers. You eye won’t know where to go if there are 20 different flowers in one arrangement!
Study the works of your favorite florists. There are so many talented florists out there that know what they are doing when it comes to design and composition. They use so many flowers and ingredients in their designs, that you will often see them trying new things to mix it up. Study it and learn, but don’t copy.
Practice using flowers you hate and with different color palettes. It sounds simple, but I used to avoid certain flowers like the plague. Carnations are one of my favorite flowers now, I even purchased some to grow in our yard!
Also, if you missed my post on how to design a flower arrangement, you should definitely check that out. It’s a great place to start if you want to get your hands into designing! And if you are admiring those Japanese cutting shears in the photos, they are from our shop - Foraged Home.
All photos are by Lexia Frank Photography.