Color is one of the most obvious attribute flowers have, in addition of the beauty of its combinations, colours could generate emotional reactions.

When we do a flower arrangement, we need to consider the sensations that the colors will invoke. One of the primary sensations created by color flowers is season related.


Spring: Is the season of blooms so, almost every color fits well on spring arrangements. At Spring time we are looking for light colors because our focus is on renewal. The easiest way to do it is changing from darks to light ones. If you are doing a spring flower arrangement, choose light colors, such as white, green, orange, yellow, pink and pastel tones. Try to avoid dark flowers as deep red roses, black dahlias and purple calla lily. Flowers that bloom during the spring are: Freesia, Tulip, Sweet pea, Agapanthus (African blue lily), Amaryllis belladonna lily, Cherry blossom, Dahlia, Hyacinth, Lilac, Peony, Rose and Calla lily.


Summer: Is the season of fresh color. Flower arrangements on summer are colorful, choose bold colors, all colors are suitable. On end of summer try to change for intense hot colors.  Flowers that bloom on summer are: Lisianthus, Cockscomb, Alstroemeria, Calla lily, Dahlia, Gladiolus, Hydrangea, Allium, Star-gazer, Brodea, Gypsophila, Bird of paradise, Sunflower, Delphinium, Iris, Lilac, Carnation, Statice.


Autumn: Is the season when temperature and leaves fall down. Also leave change their color to warmth tones, wich are tonal colors.  Try to combine burgundy, purple, yellow, orange, red, brown, lilac and fuchsia. These warm colors enhance fall effect, and are very appropriate to Thanksgiving decoration. Flowers that bloom on Fall are: Heather, Anemone, Bittersweet, China berry, Juniper, Pepperberry, Rowan berry, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Statice, Solidago and Star of Bethlehem.


Winter: The coldest season comes with palette of contrasting colors. Light colors remembering the snow, mixed with dark colors of the naked branches. Such as in nature, light grey, beige and lilac, with dark brown, red and purple. Winter is also christmas time, so colors of flower arrangements bring us those colors, such as red, green, pale green, gold and silver. Greens are ideal on winter because fresh flowers are scarce. Flowers that boom on Winter are: Roses, Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Ginger lily, Narcissus and Camellia.

Flowers that we can use throughout all year: Anthurium, Aster, Bourvardia, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera, Daisy and Lily.

It is wonderful how the color scheme of flowers could bring us the energy of each season. These are only a basic ideas that will inspire you to add a few of your own.



Photo by:

Katherine Hanlon

Orio Nguyen

Anton Mislawsky

Annie Spratt

Annie Spratt

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