Under Appreciated Flower Spotlight – The Zinnia

So last week I posted this beautiful image from Dallas based florist Bows & Arrows.

zinnia garden roses orchids wedding bouquet dallas texas

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:

zinnia rosehips wheat hypericum eucalyptus wedding bouquet centerpiece

Image sources are from left: The Flower Gallery (Ashville, NC) via The Knot, Tulsa, OK based florist The French Bouquet, and fabulous Midwest floral designer Emmy Ray

They look pretty in warm, monochromatic, single flower type bouquets as well:

zinnia wedding bouquets martha stewart the knot

Image sources are from left: Brideorama, Martha Stewart, Baltimore, Maryland’s The Wicked Willow, via The Knot

They look awesome when Columbus, Ohio’s Flowers On Orchard Lane does them!  I really love both of these arrangements:

zinnia calla lily lillies ranunculus roses scabiosa celosia coxcomb wedding bouquet

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:

zinnia hydrangea lamb

And finally, red and purple are one of my favorite floral color combos, and no less here, when there are zinnias involved!

sweet peas veronica billy balls craspedia thistle sea holly wedding bouquet anemone scabiosa pod

Image sources are from left: Ann Arbor Michigan’s Sweet Pea Floral Design, Pennsylvania’s The Floral Studio.

February 16, 2011 - 9:25 am

Gem - Just LOVE the colour combo’s in some of these bouquets – the textures are divine!

February 16, 2011 - 10:56 am

Kate - Thanks for stopping by! I’m finding some things that are tdf (to die for!) on your site, like THIS! http://www.planetflowers.co.uk/wedding-yellow.asp?sampleid=184

February 16, 2011 - 1:19 pm

Andrea Duvall - I LOVE zinnias! I had white ones in my bridal bouquet and they were absolutely gorgeous! But I’ll admit, they could very well be a forgotten flower… my aunt is a flower lover and recommended them to me when I was trying to decide on what I wanted in my bouquet – some of the best advice I got! : )

February 16, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Kate - So glad she spoke up ; ) Do you have a pic of your bouquet you’d want to share? What else was in it? I love any white flower with a dark or different colored center!

February 16, 2011 - 1:46 pm

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February 19, 2011 - 11:19 am

Shannon/Flourish - I love zinnias too! The problem with using them in wedding flowers is vase life. They have a shorter vase life than most flowers. Also the stems are hollow and very thin walled. Which, not so much a problem when designing in vases but when trying to add them to bridal/bridesmaids bouquets it means that the flower may get crushed and not stand up to wear. And last but certainly not least, they do not like the cool of the standard floral cooler. Which means they would need to be stored separately.

So if your heart is set on zinnias as a wedding flower. My suggestion would be find them at a grower/farmers market and add them to the designs right the day of the wedding.

February 19, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Kate - a ha – yeah, whenever you don’t often see a certain flower in wedding work, there’s usually a reason along those lines why! thx for the insight. always enjoy your blog!

March 1, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Shannon/Flourish - I recently discovered your blog in my internet travels. What a fun read! i have another blog I write that is more general wedding info- http://www.fancypantsweddings.com Next time you stop by Flourish leave a comment or two. I would love to hear your thoughts on my designs. 🙂

March 2, 2011 - 9:19 am

Kate - Thanks! I love Flourish and didn’t realize you had another general wedding blog, I’ll add it to my reader right now!

April 12, 2012 - 7:43 am

Somerset wedding gal - Zinnias are beautiful! I don’t know why they’re not more often used in wedding bouquets.

March 26, 2014 - 8:25 am

Serviced Apartments Lady - The pictures of all these beautiful flowers is making me feel so bright and cheery! Zinnias really are stunning!

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