This summer, the trend color palettes match our moods. Are you ready to relax by the lake, or hike the mountain at sunrise? Is it time to sit with friends and enjoy a glass of wine? Is the family gathering for an afternoon in the park? Whatever your plans and style, add flowers to the event. Flowers will make it extra special. Take a look at these top summer color trends and choose flowers in the hues you love the most. If you are like me, you can’t decide. No problem; rotate the color choices throughout the weeks.

Trend #1. Berrylicious: Blues, lavenders and purples

Start your summer by slowing down and taking a deep breath. As we race through the year, it is such a treat to slow down for summer fun. Sometimes, stopping is just the thing to do. Stop thinking, stop working, stop running, stop and spend some time with friends and flowers.

A summer interpretation of the Pantone Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, fits into the berry-licious category. Add lavender roses to the soft blue of hydrangea and pink orchids for the perfect baby shower reveal party or a garden wedding.

Berry-licious by Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonA summer interpretation of the Pantone Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity fit http://aboutflowersbl.wpengine.com/hello-pantone-color-of-the-year-2016/ into the berry-licious category. Add lavender roses to the soft blue of hydrangea and pink orchids for the perfect baby shower reveal party or a garden wedding.

Go bold with the addition of vibrant blueberry-blue delphinium for a design that celebrates the simple beauty of the summer sky. Pull up a chair, sit a moment and visit with friends. Berry-licious is a flower-friendly palette. Hydrangea, lilac, clematis, delphinium and so many more flowers come in colors of this palette.

Berry-licious by Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Trend #2. Tequila Sunrise: Vibrant and intense summer mornings

Wake up and enjoy the vibrant sunshine. Summer is time to be brave and daring. Can you swim across the pond? (I can’t.) Can you climb the tallest mountain? (I can’t.) Can you fill your house with the coolest flowers ever? (I can!)

Join me in the brave and daring search for super cool floral materials. Tillandisia (air plant) and succulents update a casual gathering of roses and asters.

Tequila Sunrise by Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Tequila Sunrise celebrates the abundance of blooms — orange, yellow and bicolor roses mixed with pincushion protea and miniature green hydrangea is a bright start to the day or a fun and fabulous summer night. Festive and bold — just add friends.

 Tequila Sunrise by Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Trend #3. Cabernet: Saturated hues reflecting the colors of your favorite red wine

The Cabernet palette is perfect for a summer respite. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite red wine and sit a spell.

Orchids, blueberry roses and ranunculus… Ooh la la! There is nothing better than flowers in the Cabernet palette.

Cabernet by Alicia Schwede at Flirty Fleurs http://flirtyfleurs.com/tag/alicia-schwede/

Who’s ready for a summer evening wine tasting outside on the patio? I’ll bring the flowers!

Trend #4. Strawberry Lemonade: A lighthearted palette of summer pastels

And back to the sunshine days of summer. The Strawberry Lemonade palette screams for a party with shorts, flip flops and watermelon.

Gather your friends (preferably at the lake) and pour cold glasses of lemonade. A bouquet of garden roses, branches and foliage that appear to be freshly gathered from the garden is perfect for your casual get-togethers.

Strawberry Lemonade by David at Florabundance Design Days http://www.florabundance.com

There are never enough weeks of summer fun. Start now to make the most of every moment. Take out the calendar and make plans. Call or text your friends and issue the invite. Order your flowers in a color palette to set the mood for summer fun. Do it now before “back to school” season begins. It will be here before you know it.

What color trend is your favorite?