My Top 5 Favorite Flowers & Why
As a florist, it seems as if I am constantly asked the question, “What is your favorite flower?!” Honestly, this is one of the toughest questions to answer! When I get to work with such beautiful ingredients every day, it makes it REALLY hard to have only one favorite. So, I’ve compiled this list of my top 5 favorite flowers (in no particular order) and my reasons why. Enjoy!
Ok, these little guys are AMAZING! Ranunculus or “Ranuncs” as I have lovingly nicknamed them, grow in a rainbow of different colors like pink, orange, white, plum, etc. They have a very high petal count which helps to create their signature ruffly look. Another thing I love about this flower is how each stem has a different shape. Some are curvy, others are more straight. Some even have extra “mini” stems with tiny buds on them to give a touch of whimsy. The only downside to this flower is that they tend to be quite fragile. Wiring the stems definitely helps to give them additional support. To put it simply, Ranunculus will always have a special little place in my heart :)
2) Quicksand Rose
If you’ve followed Wellspring Floral for a while on social media, you’ve probably seen this rose variety make a few appearances! I love this rose for so many reasons but here are my favorites:
Color (the perfect neutral hue with a touch of blush pink; looks good with many other colors!)
Fragrance (strong, sweet-smelling rose)
Hardiness (very sturdy, long-lasting rose; can easily reflex petals)
Size (Large enough to be used as a focal flower but can also be used as an accent flower too)
Only downside in my opinion is that this rose tends to be VERY thorny and I have to be extra careful when processing through each stem.
3) Parrot Tulip
Oh my, oh my, where do I even begin with this one?! Have you ever seen something so beautiful that you didn’t know how it could possibly even be REAL? Well this one, my friend, is one of those blooms. The petals look as if they have been hand-painted by the likes of an artist on the level of Monet or Van Gogh. These flowers are simultaneously elegant and whimsical, adding a definite “wow factor” to any bouquet or arrangement. The only downside in my opinion is that it is a phototrophic flower meaning, it will grow towards the light source and continue growing in water even after the stem has been cut! This can sometimes make arranging with this bloom a little tricky.
4) Italian Ruscus
Ok, so I lied just a little bit when I told you this list would be filled with my top five favorite flowers. This one is actually a type of greenery. But, I love using it so much in my designs that I felt it deserved a spot on this list :) Italian Ruscus is the sister of Israeli Ruscus. The Italian variety boasts lots of beautiful movement, a medium-dark green color and endless design possibilities! I love using this greenery in bouquets, arrangements, boutonnieres as well as large floral installations. I don’t really feel like it has a downside except maybe that each stem is super long which can make transporting buckets of this greenery a little like having your very own jungle growing in your car!
5) Cafe Au Lait Dahlia
This one makes my top five list because of how large and beautiful the petals are! This is by far, a focal flower and quite the showstopper in any arrangement or bouquet. This variety has a coloring similar to a watercolor painting and has soft touches of cream, blush pink and even lavender hues. It can be a bit finicky though, when it comes to temperature. Working with this type of Dahlia in the warm climate of Central Texas can make it tough to keep this bloom looking its best. Even so, its impeccable beauty is worth the trouble to me!
Well, there you have it, my top five favorites! Thank you for reading my thoughts and if you’d like to see more photos of these flowers, I invite you to take a look at my portfolio page here. See how many of these flowers and greens you can find! ;)
Sending flower joy
Morgan Elliott | Wellspring Floral