Yellow ranunculus bouquet

yellow ranunculus wedding bouquet

Such a simple bouquet but so, so striking. This arrangement uses just two colours – bright yellow, from the winter and spring flowering ranunculi, and blue-grey from the fuzzy leaves of lamb’s ears. Now’s the time to plant your ranunculi, so if you haven’t already, trot down to your local garden retailer and buy a packet of bulbs.

This lovely bouquet, by Janie Medley Flora Design, features over at Wedding Chicks.

Verbenas, Everlasting flowers, Lamb’s ears

Plant nowWhat can you plant in the garden this week? Practically anything, including verbenas, everlasting flowers (aka strawflowers) and lamb’s ears.

VerbenaVerbenas come in all colours and sizes; some are trailing, some are erect and bushy. In all cases, flowering is generous, with blooms appearing from early spring until autumn. There are annuals and short-lived perennials, but it’s the perennials that last longer in the vase. Colours range from pale pastels to vibrant hues, with many of the perennials holding a light fragrance. Available from garden centres or try Egmont Seeds.

Everlasting flowers
EverlastingEverlasting flowers (Helichrysum bracteatum) are just that – everlasting – which is why you can’t do without them in your cut flower garden. Pick them and they’ll keep forever, making them useful for dried arrangements. They come in numerous colours, including bright yellows and oranges and silvery white and pale pink. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. Plants can be bought from garden centres and are available in most seed ranges.

Lamb’s ear
Lamb's earLamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) is a mat-forming, silver-grey perennial with the softest ‘woolliest’ leaves imaginable. They’re often used in bridal bouquets or as fillers for vases, providing a truly classy look. Lamb’s ear is a hardy perennial, but the leaves turn to mush in heavy rain and frost. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. Buy plants from garden centres.