May 7, 2011

Pantone Spring Flowers

You know that saying, “April showers bring May flowers”?  Well, it’s been stuck in my head because of all the rain we’ve be getting lately.  So, guess what we are talking about this month.  Yep, you guessed it…flowers.  I thought it would be fun to take a look at the Pantone Spring Color palate and figure out what flowers come in those lovely colors.  Then if you’re using the Pantone colors in your wedding you’ll already know what flowers come in your wedding colors.

Honeysuckle is Pantone’s top color for 2011.  And lucky for us many flowers come in this stunning color: roses, spray roses, tulips, peonies, calla lilies, dahlias, ranunculi, zinnias, gladioli, hydrangeas,  snapdragons and many more.

Blue is my favorite color, but not many flowers come in a bright blue, like Pantone’s Regatta.  In fact, I can only think of three types of flowers that come in this color blue: anemones, hydrangeas and delphinium.

Many elegant flowers come in Pantone’s Coral Rose orange hue: roses, spray roses, tulips, mokara orchids, ranunculus, cymbidium orchids, mango calla lilies, gladiolus, dahlias and zinnias.  I can just picture these elegant flowers adding a modern twist to any wedding with their strong orange color.

No one wants brown flowers at their wedding, but Pantone’s russet color can be added to any centerpiece by using branches.  This russet brown is almost the exact shade of brown as manzanita branches.  It is also the same color as dried lotus pods.

I love Pantone’s, shade of yellow, Beeswax.  It’s such a rich, warm yellow hue and many flowers come in this golden tone:  roses, spray roses, tulips, poppies, daffodils, dahlias, freesia, gerbera daisies, sunflowers, calla lilies, mokara orchids and zinnias.

Lavender is another really popular color for 2011.  And lucky for you there are quite a few flowers that come in this color: the lavender flower/herb for which the color is named, as well as, roses, tulips, anemones, chrysanthemum, freesia, gladioli, statice, hyacinth, sweet peas, scabiosa, larkspur, and lisianthus.

As I mentioned earlier there are not many flowers that are naturally blue and aqua flowers don’t exist.  If Pantone’s Blue Curacao is one of your wedding colors then you can incorporate it into your bouquet in others ways, such as beads or ribbon.  And you can use aqua blue jars or bottles in your centerpieces as well as beach glass or marbles in your vases.

I bet you are wondering what I’m going to say about Pantone’s Silver Cloud.  Seriously if there are no aqua flowers, are there grey flowers?  No, but there are naturally grey plants: dusty miller, silver sage, and silver brunia and ‘enhanced’ plants: silver thistle and silver-sprayed branches.

Silver Peony is another great Pantone color for flowers because there are just so many choices.  Some flowers that come in this soft pink color are roses, sweet peas, tulips, peonies, snapdragons, dahlias, calla lilies, orchids, spray roses, gerbera daisies, larkspur, anemones, hydrangeas, amaryllis, camellia and ranunculus.

I know what you’re thinking the final Pantone color Peapod can easy be covered in your bouquet or centerpieces by the leaves and stems of your flowers.  While that’s true there are also some fun green flowers and plants out there that you can use as well: gladioli, hydrangeas, chrysanthemum spray, succulents and kale.

Well, there you have it.  There are so many flowers in each of these lovely colors so don’t let anything hold you back.  Go out there and explore.  Flowers really do come in almost every color of the rainbow.

Photo Credit:
Dark Pink Dahlia by Audery, Blue Delphinium by Bark, Orange Ranunculus by Nazhiyath Vijayan, Brown Branch by Guy Nesher, Yellow Gerbera Daisy by James Jordan, Lavender by Smart Mama, Aqua Vase by Jeremy Schultz, Dusty Miller by Carl E. Lewis, Light Pink Calla Lily by Lakeside Callas, Green Succulent by Dennis Hill.

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