Having or planning a Summer wedding? Wondering what flowers are in season or which ones will hold up best in the heat🔥? I've got you covered....
To celebrate Summer Solstice I've put together a list of all our favorite summer time blooms including which ones we use that will withstand the high summer temps.
Peony season starts usually around Mother's Day (middle of May) and can go as late as end of June. I get a lot of request for Peonies, but they have a very short season, so if you don't want to pay the hefty price tag to have them imported during the off season, be sure to plan your wedding for late May or early June.
Mock orange foliage comes in to season around mid June and it's a delicate greenery with the most delightful smelling white flowers. I use it every chance I can get my hands on it because it's just the sweetest.
Yarrow comes in a rainbow of colors, like you can literally buy a bunch called rainbow, and it is a great hardy filler flower. It also dries beautifully.
Summer is the start of Dahlias, which always surprises me because Dahlias do not like the heat. For this reason I love using them in the Fall, but they do come in such vibrant and fun Summer colors they're definitely included for this season. My recommendation is to be sure you or your Florist source them locally so they are as fresh as can be and have a better chance of holding up in the heat.
Zinnias might be the happiest little flower there ever was, or at least in my opinion. They come in a wide variety of colors and are great in the heat.
Cosmos seem to be one of the most popular flowers this Summer, which I get, they're an all time favorite of mine to work with. They're the perfect "floater" flower. They have very thin stems so can be placed up higher without a harsh stem line and bring lots of dimension and movement to arrangements. They come in white and different shades of pink with a sweet little yellow center, similar in shape to a daisy, but far more delicate. Cosmos do best in water and not in direct sun.
These sweet little bunches of small flowers come in so many colors. They are the perfect accent flower and the colors are great as a bridge flower since come in so many two toned shades. My favorites is cherry caramel.
Standard roses can be purchased year round, but I'm including in this list because they are super hardy and hold up well in the heat, even without water! Plus they come in every color imaginable and are a big bloom that looks great in installs and centerpieces alike.
June's sun and warmth usually brings on big flushes of locally grown garden roses. Unlike a standard rose they do not do as well in the heat or out of water. Their stems are usually shorter, but they're more flexible and thin which make them great for bouquets. Just be sure to cut off the nine million thorns.
Now I know some people "don't like carnations", but carnations get a bad rap. They come in so many beautiful shades these days and they can hold up forever in the heat without water making them the perfect Summer install flower.
These fun little floater flowers come in lots of vibrant colors and are the perfect finishing touch to your arrangements as they dance above the other flowers.
These are another dainty flower that does well in the heat. I love to use these as accents or even just before they bloom as a unique greenery.
Blueberries aren't just for eating! I love using the foliage before the berries ripen, usually through June and into July. It adds so much texture to arrangements.
Forget spray painted baby's breath, if you want a fluffy blush/pink/mauve flower with lots of texture go with smoke bush when it's blooming in the Summer months!
*Images are stock photos.
There are many other varieties of flowers available in the Summer, especially here to source locally in Southern California, but these are just my favorites. Lisianthus, Ranunculus, and Tulips also all do great in the heat!🔥
I hope this helps. Please feel free to leave any questions below in the comments. And if you need a Florist for next Summer please get in touch here.
Peace, love and flowers my friends!