Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers
You're getting married? Congratulations! Growing your own wedding flowers is an incredibly memorable, eco-friendly, and budget conscious way to contribute in a meaningful way to your wedding.
Here is a wedding crown I harvested from my garden for a last summer wedding:
The first thing you need to consider when growing your own flowers is the season your wedding will take place in. In the Northern Hemisphere, if its Spring or Summer you should be fine. Fall or Winter and you will, obviously, need to get creative.
Here are some flowers, by season, to consider growing for your bouquet. Not a gardener? These selections are also a good starting point for sourcing seasonal (which will be the freshest) blooms through your florist.
Bulbs: Be prepared to plant these the fall before. As long as you get them in the ground by February 1st (and the ground is workable/not frozen) you should be in time for spring blooms: tulips, daffodils, allium, ranunculus, iris.
Bushes: lavender, lilac (be sure to crush the stems when you harvest so they stay hydrated), peony (remember that peony bushes take 3 years to produce flowers, rosemary.
Seeds: By late spring you may already have flowering camomile, sweet pea, and larkspur.
Bulbs: late allium, dahlias (tubers actually).
Bushes: Roses, lavender, sage, blueberry, and raspberry bushes (fruits make awesome bouquets and arrangement additions!)
Seeds: almost anything goes here, get creative! My top choices are ammi, zinnia, asters, and sunflowers.
Get creative! This bouquet uses jasmine fines, roses, carnations, ruscus, and cala lillies.