Oct 21, 2021
Summer Flowers

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Today’s inspiration comes in the form of summer flower arrangements. Some of my favorite elements of summer florals is that anything as far as colors go- brights, pastels, solid colors, or mixtures with greenery.  Plus, as with any season, there are some blooms you can only get this time of year… it’s a shame not to use them! We hope you enjoy this eye candy and hope it inspires some of your designing.

Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Blooms like ranunculus and roses are typically available throughout the year, but particular varieties or colors are periodic, so we consider that when designing. I love how the bright pink ranunculus pair with the coral charm peonies that we try to use every chance we get!  Delicate sweet peas, astilbe, and maiden hair ferns scream airiness in summer arrangements, and we anchored these with hearty lemon leaf for the high humidity of the outdoor summer event.

photos 1 &2 Corbin Gurkin; photo 3 Liz Banfield

Of course, we have to discuss summer bouquets.  These can afford everything from wildflowers of pale delicate blooms, to bold pops of vibrant flowers, to a composed ethereal blend of whites and greens that looked picked right out of a summer garden.


Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Pale peaches, creams, and whites work nicely with the verdant backgrounds in summer and open the gates to what’s available. Being from the south, we try to use our local hydrangeas every chance we can while they are available…


Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Colorado wildflowers determined what was used in these arrangements for an August Aspen wedding. Hellebores, thistle, fern fronds, and delphinium came together with larger blooms like peonies, tulips, roses, etc. for a perfectly blended palette..


Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Fresh lavender was added to these ethereal pastel centerpieces… French garden was the look we were going for, so with the addition of collected variegated ivy out of an actual garden we brought Provenance to Newport…


Photo by Corbin Gurkin


Photo by Corbin Gurkin

I mean, a super lush centerpiece of elegant white peonies is not only a showstopper, but the fragrance is spectacular. Perfect for an indoor display.


photo by Elizabeth Messina

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