Pretty Plants For A Pastel Flower Bouquet

A beautiful bouquet of light pink flowers and foliage in a vase
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When it comes creating a romantic floral bouquet, there is little doubt that the red rose reigns supreme. Serving as the ultimate symbol of love and passion, red rose bouquets are nearly synonymous with romance. Though a classic option, many may find themselves in search of a fresh approach to the creation of a love-filled flower arrangement. In recent years, pastel flower arrangements have gained increased interest.

Flower For Pastel-Colored Flower Arrangements

Romantic flower arrangements are a popular gift. Depending upon the season, however, many more traditional flowers used in these types of bouquets may be unavailable or difficult to find. Fortunately, local movements towards farm-fresh flowers have made it easier than ever to source beautiful alternatives, even during the winter and very early spring. Below, we will discuss some of the most popular flowers for use in pastel floral arrangements, and their significance.

  • Anemones -- Also known as windflower, anemones are one of the earliest blooming cut flowers. Generally, one can expect established anemone plants to begin flowering when the length of each day has reached at least 12 hours. As their nickname would imply, the flowers are held high above the plant, and sway in the breeze. In regions where the plant is hardy, growing anemone plants outdoors makes a highly ornamental addition to flower beds. Though the plant comes in a relatively limited range of color, pretty pastel bouquets featuring anemones are especially popular in wedding floral designs.
  • Daffodils -- Though most people are already quite familiar with traditional, yellow daffodils, several more specialized cultivars of pastel daffodil do exist. These special blooms open in very early spring each year, offering their growers a brilliant display in shades of light yellow, pink, and peachy salmon. Unique double and split flower forms offer further interest when used in bouquets and vases.
  • Pansies -- If you are looking to create a perfectly pastel bouquet you should also consider the use of pansies in arrangements. Depending upon the growing zone, pansies may bloom throughout the entirety of winter. While it is true that many varieties of pansy do not grow large enough to be used as a cut flower, some cultivars do produce long stems. Pastel pansy flowers are often exchanged between close friends and loved ones, as a symbol of thoughtfulness.
  • Ranunculus -- Pastel ranunculus are a good alternative to the use of roses in flower arranging. Much like roses, fully double ranunculus flowers grow to form tight flower buds. As the plant is available in a very wide range of pastel tones, floral designs using ranunculus are truly limited only by the imagination. Ranunculus flowers also boast an impressive vase life, remaining in good condition for a week or more with proper care.
  • Tulips -- Much like roses, the use of tulips in flower arrangements is known to symbolize love. With thousands of tulip varieties to choose from, pastel toned tulips can be found in a wide range of flower forms. These forms include single, double, parrot, and fringed types. In addition to their early spring bloom time, many varieties of tulip can also be forced to bloom indoors. This process can be completed in the winter, usually after 12-14 weeks of cold treatment.
Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has transformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel