Thinking of the perfect accent to offset those sparkling white table linens or lily-white gown? Maybe something a little bit wild? Let your florals do the talking.
“Flowers have been a part of wedding celebrations all around the world since antiquity,” says Rachel Cho of Rachel Cho Floral Design. “However, how those flowers are chosen and styled changes constantly through the years as fashions shift.”
Since a return to nature is destined to blossom in the world of 2020 wedding trends and spring is in full bloom, why not go native with a bouquet or arrangement of wildflowers and other Texas plants? Source the flowers locally for an even more sustainable approach. You might be surprised by what the state has to offer.
As lovely as they may be, it’s not all bluebonnets and buttercups in Texas. The Lone Star state is home to more than 500 species of wildflowers blooming at different times of the year, not to mention many types of native grasses and vines. They range widely in shape and color — from the spiky white petals of the daisy fleabane to the long, cattail-like purple blooms of the summer gayfeather — so there are plenty of options for arrangement and use.
DIY & Diversify
For a truly unique and personal touch, many brides are now foraging for their bouquet fodder. Consult a florist or nursery about where to find or buy the right native plants for your special occasion. Here’s a handy guide for incorporating some of the most beautiful blooms you can find in the region into your big day.
“In keeping with the nature theme, you’re more likely to see arrangements that have a looser, more organic feel to them,” says Cho. “They’ll often incorporate many different kinds of flowers and foliage for the look of a bouquet taken straight from the garden.”
Texoma residents should seek to diversify their rustic centerpieces with flora from the Texas Blackland Prairie ecoregion, a broad stripe of land down the center of the state from Oklahoma to San Antonio, where grasses and wildflowers once grew up to eight feet high.
Brushy bluestem (Andropogon glomeratus), for example, can add length and texture to a bouquet. At two to five feet in length, the grass has a flower head resembling cotton candy — offset in spring and summer by its blueish-green blades and in fall and winter by a salmon-orange sheath. This grass loves the sun, so look for it in low-lying prairie areas and ditches.
Add bold colors with wildflowers like the Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella), which blooms from April to June, or the purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), which blooms from April to September. If a more subdued color palette pleases your senses, the wild foxglove (Penstemon cobaea) which blooms in April and May, should suffice.
“Light color palettes... are rising in popularity because of the elegant, romantic feel they evoke,” Cho says. “Expect to see more white and green pairings, as well as understated color schemes full of neutral shades.”
The shrubby nature of the white mistflower (Ageratina havanensis) has made it uniquely adaptable to rocky hillsides in Texas, and that hardiness also makes them ideal candidates for floral installations. Well-timed outdoor weddings may even expect the occasional winged visitor, as butterflies, moths and hummingbirds love the flower’s unique, fuzzy bloom.
Understated brides may also love the fragile beauty of the false dragonhead flower (or obedient plant, Physostegia angustifolia), as its tiny, spotted lavender flowers bloom from April to August, forming luxurious cones.
Thinking of going small-time? You’re not alone.
“There are a couple of advantages to a smaller bouquet: it’s easier to carry and it’s less likely to upstage your dress,” Cho explains. “Opting small does not mean limiting your choices, though.”
Choose a simple but beautiful bloom, like a bluebonnet, to round out a traditional one-flower bouquet, or pick a stunning statement flower like the giant spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea), wild hyacinth (Camassia scilloides) or Texas bluebell (Eustoma exaltatum) and surround it with smaller blooms.