Create Simple and Stunning Perennial Bouquets
When perennials are in full bloom, it is the perfect time to create beautiful simple, and stunning perennial bouquets so that you can enjoy your flowers both inside and out! With so many different perennial flowers, it can be hard to pick out the best ones to use for your cut flower bouquet. Look no further as this list will give you our top 8 flowers to create bouquets that are simple, yet stunning. Add these must-haves to your wish list to plant this fall or next spring, so you too can enjoy them in your bouquets. Grab your pruners, and let’s get creative!
Leucanthemum – Shasta Daisies
If you are looking for a cute and simple flower, then look no further than the Shasta Daisy. With multiple different bloom shapes, this flower is the perfect basis to start your perennial bouquet. These repeat blooming perennial daisies are hardy from zones 4-9 and can grow anywhere from 40–60 cm (16-24”). Make a note that for your perennial bouquets, you are going to want the taller varieties. Additional benefits to planting Leucanthemums in your garden are that they attract bees and butterflies, are drought-tolerant once established, and are deer and rabbit-resistant. Perfect for the summer garden and bouquets!
Peonies boast a show-stopping size and a dazzling range of colours from ravishing reds to blushing pinks and creamy whites. Their floral fireworks light up late spring to early summer, ensuring your bouquet is the talk of the town. Growing to heights of 100 cm (40”) and hardy from zone 2 to 8, these tough fragrant divas can handle both winter chills and summer sizzles. Add a touch of pizzazz and glamour to your arrangements with peonies, creating enchanting floral masterpieces that leave everyone in awe! Check out our blog on how to plant, grow, and care for peonies.
Lysimachia cletheroides – Gooseneck Loosestrife
Lysimachia cletheroides, also known as Gooseneck Loosestrife, is a fabulous choice for perennial bouquets, adding a touch of whimsy and elegance. This unique loosestrife has graceful gooseneck-shaped blooms that are sure to captivate anyone who lays eyes on them. These charming flowers, with their creamy white hue, bring a sense of lightness and brightness to bouquets, making them perfect for both romantic and cheerful compositions. Lysimachia cletheroides grows to a height of 80 cm (32”) and is hardy from zone 3-9 and will produce masses of blooms from mid to late summer. As a long-lasting cut flower, Lysimachia cletheroides ensures your arrangements will remain delightful for an extended time. If you’re looking to create perennial bouquets that evoke a sense of enchantment and joy, this lovely plant is a must-have addition to your floral repertoire!
Veronica – Speedwell
Veronica plants are a delightful addition to cut flower bouquets, bringing a touch of elegance and vibrancy to floral arrangements. With their slender, spiky blooms in shades of blue, purple, pink, and white, Speedwell adds a captivating vertical element that enhances the overall aesthetics of the bouquet. Their long-lasting flowers ensure that your arrangement will maintain its charm for days on end, which makes them ideal for those who love to gift their floral creations. Growing to heights of 25-90 cm (10-36”), you will want to select the tall types for your cutting garden. Hardy from zones 3-9, these tough garden plants rebloom all summer long and keep the bees busy pollinating. Whether used in a vase as a focal point or to complement other blooms, Veronica’s graceful presence elevates the beauty of any bouquet and infuses it with a sense of refined charm. So, for a bouquet that exudes sophistication and lasting beauty, be sure to include these wonderful spikes in your floral masterpieces!
Echinops – Globe Thistle
Echinops, commonly known as Globe Thistles, are fantastic fillers for cut flower bouquets, adding a unique textural element to the arrangement. With their spiky globes resembling small blue metallic spheres, Echinops create a fascinating contrast to softer blooms, adding depth and interest to the bouquet. These durable flowers hold up exceptionally well and can last for a couple of weeks in bouquets. Growing to 80 cm (32”) and hardy in zone 3-9, these reblooming perennials are deer resistant too! Their intriguing appearance not only complements a variety of floral combinations but also adds a touch of wild, rustic charm to the overall design. If you’re looking to elevate your cut flower bouquet with a distinct and eye-catching filler, globe thistle flowers are the perfect choice to add a touch of artistry and allure.
Astilbe – False Goat’s Beard
Astilbe is a wonderful filler for perennial bouquets. They infuse arrangements with a soft, feathery allure that complements a wide range of other perennials. With their elegant, fern-like foliage and gracefully arching plumes of tiny flowers in shades of pink, lavender, red, and white, astilbe adds a touch of delicate sophistication to a bouquet. These lacy blooms create contrast with bolder flowers, providing a gentle, airy texture that brings depth and dimension to the arrangement. Astilbes are on our greatest-of-all-time perennial list for their strong garden performance, hardy in zones 3-9, and how easy they are to grow and enjoy. Blooming from June through August at heights of 40-120 cm (16-48”) there will be varieties with flowers to use in every size arrangement from petite posies to large statement creations. Astilbe is perfect as filler, but it also adds a sense of grace and romantic charm to the bouquet, making it ideal for weddings and other special occasions. For a touch of timeless elegance and ethereal beauty, Astilbe is a delightful addition that elevates any perennial bouquet to a whole new level of loveliness.
Echinacea – Cone Flowers
Echinacea, commonly known as Cone Flowers, brings a burst of natural beauty and a touch of wild charm to bouquets. With daisy-like blooms in vibrant shades of pink, lime, purple, orange, and white, echinacea will add pops of colour and cheerful vibes to a floral arrangement. Hardy in zones 3-9, and growing to heights of 40-90 cm (16-36”) cone flowers are an easy growing and reblooming perennial for the garden. These plants feature flowers with prominent, cone-shaped centres that create a captivating focal point in the bouquet. Echinacea’s sturdy stems and drought tolerance make them a perfect choice for cut flower bouquets, ensuring they hold up well and remain vibrant for days. Beyond their aesthetic appeal in bouquets, these flowers are also known for attracting butterflies and beneficial pollinators, adding an eco-friendly element to your garden. Whether used as the star of the show or as a complement to other blooms, Echinacea brings a touch of the great outdoors indoors, making it a lovely addition to bouquets that evoke a sense of natural splendour and delightful whimsy.
Allium Summer Beauty – Ornamental Onion
Allium Summer Beauty is a show-stopping addition to perennial bouquets by infusing them with a dash of drama and allure. This allium grows from perennial roots which is a close relative to chives than the spring alliums that grow from hardy bulbs. With its height of 45 cm (18”) and 5 cm (2”) spherical blooms in a stunning lavender hue, Summer Beauty demands attention and becomes a central point to an arrangement. These unique blooms, resembling fireworks frozen in time, add a sense of excitement, making them a captivating conversation starter. What’s more, Allium Summer Beauty boasts a long vase life, ensuring your perennial bouquets remain striking and eye-catching for an extended time. With its striking appearance and lasting beauty, Summer Beauty is the perfect choice for adding a touch of brilliance and sophistication to your perennial bouquets, making them a true centrepiece of admiration and delight.
So, let’s hop into the garden and cut a selection of perennial flowers to create summer bouquets. Interested in our top 8 perennials for bouquets? Add them to your wish list to plant in autumn or next spring so you too can enjoy the flowers in your garden and on your table. Happy flower arranging!