In the first article on this subject of "bouquet flowers to plant in the garden", we selected the dahlia, the English rose David Austin, the gladiolus, the perennial gerbera and the peony. To complete your compositions, let's now focus on the hydrangea, echinacea, sedums, bulbs and Everest ornamental apple… with many other ideas for annuals, perennials and shrubs! Of course, many flowers in the garden can allow you to make splendid bouquets of great originality. In this second part, we have chosen to tickle your creativity as a budding florist.
Why this flower? Its large heads, in balls or more tapered, are available in many colors and shades - from red to pink through white, blue, purple, green ... The hydrangea is as beautiful in the garden as in a bouquet fresh or even dry flowers. It is a flower that can be admired indoors and outdoors all year round! A range of a dozen varieties exists, which will be in bloom from May to October… A special favorite for the new Endless Summer® hydrangea! Its specificities: The hydrangea is essential in the garden, it forms flowering bushes with unparalleled charm. In addition, it is a very easy plant, which requires almost no maintenance, without aphids ... Graphic, it is however very romantic, and can make bouquets of all styles according to associations. How to magnify it? You just have to place the hydrangea heads in an individual version, or on the contrary in a very large vase for a voluminous bouquet… They will last for several weeks without turning brown! You can then make them into dry bouquets (perfect in autumn), which then last even longer. Hydrangeas can also be married to all plants. Planting tips: In general, hydrangea macrophylla likes partial shade or even shade, but know that the varieties of "paniculata" even support very well the full sun. These are flowers that need regular and abundant watering. Finally, an annual pruning is enough, after the last flowers of the year have wilted. Cutting tip: Ideally, cut the flowers at the end of flowering, in September and October, and remove the leaves. To ensure a good hold once dry, hang them upside down in a heated room to better preserve the color. In a vase, on the other hand, sprinkle your hydrangea every day with softened water, and place it in a cool place.
Echinacea… and other perennials
Why this flower? Because we think of it too little! It is rather known as a medicinal plant. However, it is also a very pretty ornamental flower. Additionally, 2014 would be his year, according to the National Garden Bureau. It looks best in a fresh bouquet or in a dry composition, with its rustic air. Its specificities: Its flowers are very original, thanks to their fine petals and their domed central cone. Echinacea is hardy and easy to grow. In recent years, when originally it was only pink (and named Echinacea purpurea), it comes in many new varieties and colors, even double. How to magnify them? Dried, echinaceae are available in brown tones with a yellow heart. Even deflowering, the plant is very pretty. Bouquets of echinacea last a long time. Planting tips: This perennial is content with all types of soil and likes the sun, even partial shade. Plant it in early spring or fall, it will abundantly sow alone, it is an easy plant. Cutting tip: When cut, the echinacea will hold a bouquet for about a week. It also goes very well with sedums.
Why these flowers? Because they are superb in bouquets in the fall, and because, like hydrangea and echinacea, they remain very beautiful and graphic even deflowered. Its specificities: These are so-called "dry garden" plants, rustic therefore resistant to frost as in hot weather, which multiply naturally, therefore very easy to live ... And they do not require any specific maintenance. In addition, there are hundreds of varied species. How to magnify them? By cultivating a few different varieties (asters, orphans, etc.), ground cover version or more aerial (some can reach 60 cm, even 1 m). In a bouquet, you can combine sedums with echinacea, they go well together! Or with roses, hydrangeas ... the effect is particularly beautiful in green and pink tones. You can simply make a bouquet of "spectabile" or "telephium atropurpureum" sedums: magnificent! Planting tips: Sedums like places in full sun and very well drained soils. Ideally, they will like in rock gardens or embankments. A simple pruning of the flowers withered in winter is sufficient. Cutting tip: Throughout the year, depending on their flowering and progression, cut the heads or stems that inspire you for your bouquets. Nothing's easier !
Daffodils, irises, hyacinths ... bulbs
Why these flowers? Because they illuminate spring and allow you to make splendid slender bouquets. Their specificities: Daffodils, irises ... herald the renewal, a new year of flowering, they are good for morale after winter! And above all, once planted, they have no requirements, grow back and multiply naturally from year to year, even if they disappear from our sight during the off season. How to magnify them? By placing them in transparent vases with their same bulb, or, cut flowers, with other bulb plants such as tulips, or in summer gladioli, dahlias, lilies, arums, or also with round head garlic for example. Planting tips: From September to December, plant them in the sun or in partial shade, and many to keep their beauty in the garden, while picking some flowers for bouquets. Also prefer places sheltered from the wind to best protect these tall flowers naturally on stems, and do not skimp on watering, mainly in planters. Cutting tip: Pick them at dawn, "cool", so that they keep all their liveliness. Ideally, leave the leaves and part of the stem so that the cut flowers give way to new flowers. Cutting them allows them to branch out: the flowering will be even more abundant afterwards.
The Everest ornamental apple… and other shrubs
Why this tree? Because one should not forget, in the composition of a bouquet, shrubs and foliage (in addition fragrant, like that of rosemary or hostas for example). The Malus Perpetu® 'Evereste' apple tree is particularly decorative and interesting in floral arrangements, thanks to its abundant flowering first in spring, and then to its orange-red mini-apples which adorn its branches in autumn. Its specificities: The volume of its branches, 60 cm long, makes it possible to make beautiful bouquets. How to magnify it? Simple branches with flamboyant fruit in a dark vase will be a superb decoration on a table or console. You can also introduce branches in bouquets associated with echinacea and sedum flowers. Finally, we also think of the prunus branches that bloom pink or those of the yellow-flowering forsythia - cut them into buds, they will bloom in a vase! Planting tips: Plant it in the fall, in the sun or in light partial shade, in rich soil and sheltered from the wind. Additional advice: The colorful branches of the shrubs are also beautiful decorations in winter bouquets: those of the Salix alba Chermesina (white willow) for example, whose wood is bright orange; or those of the twisted willow which will grow back very easily and quickly after being cut.
That's enough to compose bouquets for all seasons! Come on, we give you a first example to encourage you to make your bouquets: combine branches of viburnum, a few others of red horns, camellia flowers, all tied with rafia and kraft paper. The advice of the pros: get started! Because the more you realize, the more inspiration will come. Finally, keep in mind that many annual flowers in your garden are lovely in a bouquet: the asters in autumn hold well once cut too, the astrantia from late June to September, the calament which gives small white fragrant flowers, the coreopsis, daylily, musk chervil and even ... basil and sage! One rule: observe your garden carefully and learn to cut what is wise depending on the season, because you have to dare to cut to make bouquets! This is to surprise those to whom you offer them. Thanks : - Pierre-Alexandre Risser from Horticulture & Gardens, - François Pauly from Jardiland. Our practical flower arrangement videos