Summer Flowers — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.Summertime! The days are longer, the sun is shining and life is good! Time to explore, experiment and experience. So much to do, so much to see and so many things to try. Most flowers reach their peek of beauty in the summer. Amazing varieties available only in the hot and sunny months burst into bloom — vibrant blossoms, flowing grasses, wildflowers, seed pods, gorgeous berries and exotica (A favorite term for “I don’t know what it is”).

Everything but the kitchen sink describes this eclectic collection of summer flowers. Kniphofia (red hot poker) nigella, allium, minarda, smoke bush and centaurea in a moss covered pot with a few surprises from the vegetable garden, too.

Summer Flowers — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Summer is filled with picnic opportunities with games of croquet and tables laden with food. Hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, potato salad and from the garden, tomatoes, cucumbers and flowers, of course. Bright orange montbretia, cobalt blue delphinium and radiant yellow solidago in a vase are a perfect accompaniment for a summertime picnic.

Nature — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

 

 

 

After a weekend getaway in nature, returning to the city can feel just a little harsh. Relive your relaxing trip with soft and casual grasses set into a vase. They wave in the breeze from the air-conditioning. Delicate nigella, commonly called Love-in-the-Mist, peeks out from the center. A little bit of nature to chase away the city reality.

Nigella — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.Here’s a little bit of flower knowledge: Nigella, with its lovely blue and white blooms, lose their petals and burst into a fabulous pod. Many summer flowers go to seed and look just as beautiful as when they had their delicate petals. Here, nigella pods, seeding grasses, and yarrow mixed with a bit of exotica for a contemporary summer design.

The longer summer days are meant for learning and exploring. Take time now to experiment with summer flowers. Discover a new variety and learn all you can. Be brave and cut a few blooms from the garden and bring them in. Enjoy the blooms and watch how they go through the life cycle. If they fade quickly, now you know. If they last longer than you imagined, how grand! Easier yet, ask your florist.  Visit your local florist shop and ask them to help you learn about some types of flowers that are unfamiliar to you. They have taken the time to find the best summertime blooms for the vase. They’ll help you decide which flowers are perfect for you. Experiment and have fun!

What are your favorite summer flowers?