So last week I posted this beautiful image from Dallas based florist Bows & Arrows.
And I realized the main reason I love it so much is that it features Zinnias, a really sweet, colorful Summer and early Fall flower. And then I realized that you don’t see Zinnias used in wedding work too much. I don’ t know if this is because they’re one of those flowers, like Marigolds and Geraniums, that are often seen in personal gardens and therefore considered not fancy enough for weddings, or whether it’s because they’re not particularly hardy as cut flowers (my friend ordered Zinnias from her wedding through an online wholesaler and they arrived much worse for the wear than their more typical wedding flower counterparts). Pro florists, please chime in, I’d love to know the reason!
But in the meantime, I love them, and I think they’re a great alternative to Gerbera daisies, a flower of which I’m not particularly fond. They have that same sweet, whimsical, humble quality, but seem a little bit more grown up.
They look so great in high contrast, harvest arrangements of purple and orange:
They look pretty in warm, monochromatic, single flower type bouquets as well:
They look awesome when Columbus, Ohio’s Flowers On Orchard Lane does them! I really love both of these arrangements:
Virginia based master florist Holly Heider Chapple has a zinnia garden of her own. I like how her bouquets feature zinnias as the only bold color source:
And finally, red and purple are one of my favorite floral color combos, and no less here, when there are zinnias involved!