The southwest region of Western Australia is a treasure trove of natural beauty, abundant with a wealth of indigenous flora. Choosing seasonal local wedding flowers is an environmentally conscious choice that enhances the vibrancy and freshness of your ceremony.
Still, it’s easier said than done. With Australia being such a diverse environment for flora, it’s a bit hard to gauge which flowers are in season. In today’s guide, we’ll be tackling which seasonal flowers best fit your South West wedding venue!
Linda Maxfield @ Earthblooms, Bridgetown
Buying flowers in season locally is great. Not only is it cheaper, but they are also plentiful, fresh, and easy to find. On the decorating side, seasonal flowers bear patterns and colours that fit the weather and environment. Plus, while flowers are a beautiful decoration for weddings, it’s easy to underestimate the environmental impact buying certain flowers can have.
For example, roses and ferns, despite being available all year round, are horrible for the environment when they are brought out of season. They have to be maintained in heated greenhouses, which is unsustainable and bad for the environment. That’s why it’s important to do your research when buying flowers.
It’s great to have stunning wedding photos of beautiful flower arrangements. That said, they should never come at the cost of your wallet or the environment. Going seasonal solves both of those problems.
Spring is the bringer of new life and colour, something that’s quite fitting for a wedding. It also happens to be the peak growth period for flowers and plants of all kinds. You’re going to be spoiled for options during this floral season.
Roses and most of its variants thrive in spring. They are classic wedding flowers, symbolising love and beauty.
Ranunculus flowers, often compared to roses, feature tightly layered petals. They offer a soft, romantic element to spring arrangements. Great for those who want to diversify their flower arrangements.
Tulips are renowned for their bold colours and shapes. They’re perfect for creating a modern and elegant look in wedding bouquets.
Iris are known for their distinctive petal structure and a wide range of colours. They symbolise hope and faith, a beautiful message for a wedding.
Poppies, with their large, delicate blooms, provide a pop of colour and visual interest to arrangements. Dot them all around as a nice visual contrast.
Snapdragons, with their tall, bright spikes of bloom, offer a stunning height and a bold statement in bouquets and centrepieces.
Aquilegia, also known as Columbine, adds a whimsical touch with its nodding bell-shaped flowers and attractive foliage. This provides some much-needed diversity with the more regal-looking flowers.
Vera – The Flower Fox, Manjimup
With the heat turning up, fewer flowers are going to be around. Of course, much like the love you have for your soon-to-be lifetime partner, these summer flowers stand tall and beautiful amidst the dry summer fields.
Dahlias, with their intricate geometric petals, is an elegant standout in any summer arrangement. They also happen to be some of the most plentiful flowers in the summer.
Zinnias, native to scrub and dryland, bring a wealth of colours and sizes, ideal for adding a bright, happy vibe.
Sunflowers are the emblem of summer. Their large, cheerful blooms symbolise adoration and loyalty. Not to mention, they’re always an eyecatcher thanks to their distinct appearance and size.
Amaranth and Celosia both offer unique, textural interest with their dramatic, flame-like blooms. These flowers are best used to supplement your main ornaments, filling out any space with a dash of vibrancy.
The bright colours of summer make way for autumn’s warm oranges and reds. Fewer seasonal local wedding flowers are in bloom, but there’s a lot more consistent aesthetics. For more formal weddings, autumn is a good time to get married, due to this regal atmosphere.
Heirloom Chrysanthemums are known for their profusion of petals. They add volume and autumnal colours to any arrangement. Certainly an eyecatcher for any wedding arrangement.
Autumn Foliage, Vines, and Seed Pods enhance the feel of the season, introducing rustic colours and textures.
Bracken Fern and Sedums add a verdant touch, balancing out the rich autumnal tones.
Grevillea, a native Australian flower, showcases unique, spider-like flowers, great for adding textural contrast.
This season has the fewest flowers of any season. Consequently, it’s the hardest season to stay environmentally conscious. Several flowers that usually appear in typical weddings come from heated greenhouses. As established, that’s a no-go. Thankfully, a few flowers are tough enough to survive the biting cold.
Proteas and Banksias are winter-hardy, unique-looking flowers. Their bold forms and colours create a striking element in winter wedding flowers.
Stocks continue to bloom into winter, providing sweet-smelling, pastel-coloured flowers.
Sweet Peas are loved for their delicate, ruffled petals and enchanting fragrance.
Hellebores, also known as Winter Roses, bloom in the colder months, offering sophisticated, cup-shaped flowers.
Native Daphne, Thryptomene, and Native Grasses showcase the natural beauty of the Australian winter, each contributing unique shapes, textures, and colours