Floral style expert, Kyla Helgeson, guides you through an inspirational bouquet choc-full of gorgeous David Austin roses, king proteas, peonies and other beautiful market varieties. Get a bloom-by-bloom tour into the flowers that make up a gorgeous spring bouquet.
With spring wedding season in full swing, new flower varieties are popping up at the flowers markets across Australia and my Instagram feed is full of simply gorgeous David Austin roses, king proteas and peonies! While our inspiration bouquet may have come from overseas, it was chosen to show the stunning varieties that are available right now here in Australia.
Our feature bouquet by Buds Etc really did catch my eye on Pinterest as it uses an amazing combination of flowers and foliage. The striking texture of the King Protea is softened with pretty peonies and David Austin roses. Other ‘harder’ elements such as brunia and hypericum berry contrast with scabiosa flowers and geraldton wax.
Now some of you may be thinking, what did she just say? Hyper-what? Gerald-who? I understand it can be tricky to know what we florists are talking about without a visual guide. So, let me breakdown the above bouquet for you into all the wonderful seasonal varieties that create it. Get set to shop this spring bouquet style! (You can shop the spring flowers featured above by clicking on each link in the flower profiles.)
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There is nothing quite like the King Protea. A native flower to South-Africa they make a big and bold statement in any bridal bouquet. I recently used them for a wedding and my young daughter was fascinated with their size, shape and how soft the petals are to touch. They are extremely long lasting and are available in pink and white.
Now to the flower that everyone adores, the Peony. Also a large-sized flower bloom but with lots of soft ruffled petals, they look like a giant rose, but without the thorns! They have made an appearance early this year in October, and every year their traditional season of November seems to be extending either side. These beauties are available in a range of pink tones, white, coral and burgundy.
David Austin Rose
Wedding florists can rejoice as the David Austin rose makes its triumphant return after winter. Smaller in size than a peony but with similar style, they are a beautiful addition to any bridal bouquet. With a great range of colours available many varieties also have a lovely fragrance.
Many people may have seen the recently popular scabiosa pod, which is round in shape with tightly packed green and brown florets. A great choice for adding interest and texture to bouquets and buttonholes.
From the same plant, comes the Scabiosa Flower, an equally interesting and unusual shaped flower. Available in a range of colour tones from white, soft tones of pink, purple and blue to rich deep tones of burgundy and red, like our inspiration example.
I have used Brunia many times in wedding bouquets and while it looks a little harsh on its own it really does add something to a floral design. I do recommend ordering this one as an accent flower, either mixed with native flowers or seasonal soft pretties.
Geraldton Wax is a fantastic little filler flower as it is pretty but it is also very long lasting. It has thin, woody stems so it is great to piece through and accent a floral design. Geraldton wax displays many little blooms in white, pink or purple. Bunches are full and good value.
Hypericum Berry is another unique element that can be added to highlight and give a point of difference in a design. These cute little ball shaped berries come in pink, red, burgundy, white, apricot and lime green.
There are even more varieties in this bouquet including tulips (traditionally a winter bloom) and a possible pincushion hidden behind lush green foliage. Each element has been carefully selected and prepared by the specialist wedding florist to be able to create a beautiful wedding bouquet where each flower is at it peak and shines brightly on display.
What is your favourite spring bloom? Would love to hear in the comments below.