Common Flowers for Bouquets

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    Common Flowers for Bouquets

    When designing floral bouquets, it helps to know what flowers are commonly used in bouquets. In most cases, the choice of flowers for a bouquet is based upon three things; availability, preference and season. Once you know what flowers to use in a bouquet, choose what you like based from what is available to you in a given season.

    Mixed bouquets work for any occasion. (Bouquet image by Alison Bowden from

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    Roses are used in floral bouquets because the long stems make good anchor flowers, and they are beautiful in both bud and bloom stage. Roses can be purchased nearly any time of the year, but the cost may be higher during winter months and holidays. Roses come in a variety of colours and sizes, which also makes them ideal for flower bouquets. Long-stem, standard and petite are the most commonly used varieties for floral bouquets.

    Roses are popular in bouquets on Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. (gros plan sur roses fuschia image by alain zanello from

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    There are a number of different varieties of lilies used in floral bouquets. The three most common are stargazer lilies, calla lilies and Peruvian lilies--otherwise known as alstroemeria. Peruvian lilies are a popular accent flower in mixed bouquets because they come in a variety of colours. They also fill a flower bouquet out nicely because they have several blooms on one stem.

    Peruvian lilies are also called alstroemeria. (alstroemeria image by Kolett from

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    Daisies are another common flower in bouquets. Gerbera daisies are a popular choice because they come in a variety of vibrant colours; have long, hearty stems; and are large and full when in bloom. Germinis are a smaller version of the gerbera daisy and they are also commonly used in mixed bouquets.

    Gerbera daisies are commonly used to express cheer. (gerbera daisy image by Brad Johnson from

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    Carnations are used in bouquets because they come in a variety of colours and they are inexpensive. Carnations are nice and full in bloom, so they can be used both as an accent, or anchor flower.

    Carnations come in a wide variety of colours. (carnations on the street image by timur1970 from

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    Tulips are used in floral bouquets primarily in the spring, but can be used year round. Tulips come in different of colours and varieties. The most common type of tulip used in flower bouquets is the Dutch tulip.

    Tulips are recognised as one of the most widely cultivated flowers globally. (yellow tulip image by Maria Brzostowska from

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    Iris varieties are commonly used in floral bouquets as a contrasting flower because of the brilliant shades of blue they come in. However, they also come in other colours like white and yellow.

    Iris are thought to represent faith, hope and wisdom. (Large Wild Iris image by Elzbieta Sekowska from

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