Delicious is the word. Floral color trends for summer 2014 are inspired by the foods we love: lemons, limes, melons, tomatoes, artichokes, snow cones, popsicles and salt water taffy. Popular summer flowers come in an appetizing menu of blooming colors. Sweet or savory, the harmony palettes include both pops of bold color and softer pastel hues. These trends are so hot, you’ll want to cool down with a summertime beverage; lemonade, agua fresca, lavender mint iced tea, sparkling peach bellini or sangria.

Citrus Zest

Fresh fruits add zest to flower arrangements. Here vibrant oranges, lemons and limes are paired with sunflowers, roses, freesia and more. Mix and match the colors or choose your favorite. Pour yourself a glass of lemonade and enjoy.

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

Essence of Melon

Coral and salmon hues coordinate with most every flower. Add a pop of sunflower yellow or a lavender agapanthus and you have an easy picnic centerpiece. A fresh glass of homemade watermelon agua fresca is the perfect accompaniment for your summer barbecue.

Essence of Melon — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Salt Water Taffy

Tempting pastels leaning heavily to the Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is what I call “Salt Water Taffy.” Blousy, feminine blooms like hydrangea, clematis and roses paired with unique succulents and orchids make this a sophisticated arrangement. Paired with lavender mint iced tea, it’s perfect for a beachside bridal shower.

Salt Water Taffy — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Frozen Dessert

The pure vibrant hues found in popsicles and snow cones interpreted with flowers. Sunny yellow craspedia and vibrant orange ornithogalum tied together in a simple glass vase is a perfect gift for the summer hostess or a treat for yourself. The wispy grasses at the top mimic the bubbles of sparkling champagne. This design is perfectly paired with a refreshing Peach Bellini.

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

Salsa Garden

The heat of a summer day calls for a patio dinner with treasures gathered from the garden (or the neighbors). Tomatoes and artichokes are a surprising addition to the collection of lilies, sunflowers and Queen Anne’s lace. This basket centerpiece is sure to be the topic of conversation as you and your friends gather together with to enjoy a pitcher of delicious Sangria.

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

Summer is in bloom. Step into the garden, visit your florist or wander through the farmer’s market and drool. Color trends for summer 2014 look good enough to eat. Choose your favorite flowers, add a beverage and enjoy while lounging on the patio.  Oh, summertime, how I love thee.