Incorporating Seasonal Blooms: Tips for an Effortlessly Beautiful Bouquet

As the seasons shift, so too do the vibrant blooms available at your local flower shop or flower farm. Rather than relying on the same old floral standbys year-round, embrace the beauty of what’s in season by creating bouquets that highlight nature’s changing palette.

Seasonal flowers not only bring a fresh, organic look to your arrangements, but they also tend to be more affordable and environmentally-friendly than imported blooms. Plus, when you incorporate seasonal flowers, your bouquets will emanate the unique character of each time of year.

Ready to start crafting effortlessly elegant bouquets that showcase the best of what’s in season?

Follow these seven simple tips:

  1. Do your research. Before you visit the flower farm or florist shop, take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the types of flowers that are typically in season during that time of year. Spring may bring tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth, while summer is prime time for dahlias, roses clematis and stocks to name a few of my favourites. Doing a quick online search can help you identify the seasonal stars so you know what to look for.
  2. Let the blooms lead the way. Once you’ve got your seasonal flowers in hand, let them inspire the overall look and feel of your bouquet. For example, blousy, romantic blooms like peonies and garden roses lend themselves to lush and full arrangements while the vibrant hues of dahlia delphinium and lupins call for perhaps a more bold, eye-catching display.
  3. Mix and match. While it’s lovely to feature a single type of seasonal flower as the star of your arrangement, don’t be afraid to mix and match complementary blooms. Consider pairing statement flowers like dahlias or roses with filler flowers like alstroemeria, nigella, bouvardia or sprigs of lavender and herbs for depth and texture. The key is to let the seasonal focus shine, while using accent flowers to enhance the overall feel of your creation.
  4. Think beyond the bouquet or arrangement. Seasonal flowers aren’t just for bouquets or vase displays – get creative by incorporating them into other floral projects. Try making a vibrant, floral crown or hair accessory, or use them to adorn a table-scape for a summer supper or family lunch. Single stem vases can be super effective. You can even press or dry the flowers to use for other craft projects and learn a new creative skill.
  5. Time it right. To ensure your seasonal bouquets stay looking their best, time your flower shopping and arranging just right. If possible, source your flowers the same day if you plan to arrange and gift them as they will be at their freshest. If you would like them open and to be at their peak for a dinner or lunch buy a few days before to give them time to bloom! And be mindful of when certain blooms are at their peak – for example, peonies are typically in their prime for just a few weeks in late spring/early summer. Purchasing and arranging your flowers accordingly will help you get the best from them.
  6. Embrace imperfections. Unlike mass-produced floral arrangements, bouquets made with seasonal blooms often have a more organic, artisanal feel. Lean into this natural, slightly looser/wild aesthetic by allowing stems to twist and turn, and let the flowers’ unique shapes and textures shine through.
  7. Shop local. When sourcing seasonal flowers, try to support your local growers and florists whenever possible. Not only will you be reducing the environmental impact of your blooms, but you’ll also be investing in your community and ensuring the freshest, highest-quality flowers for your arrangements.

By following these seven simple tips, you can create effortlessly beautiful arrangements that capture the essence of each season. So why not let nature’s bounty inspire your next floral project?