How to Keep Your Flowers Alive in Summer Heat

Blog By: Alli of Bramble Floral Design


Choosing the best blooms is something that happens long before the week of your wedding - it happens when you are browsing Pinterest and thinking through your dream wedding. It means taking care to either research what will be available, or trusting your florist to do that! Or event being flexible to look at your ideas and ask a few tough questions and be willing to make some changes. 

There are a couple of key things to keep in mind for choosing gorgeous AND reliable flowers for your wedding:


The best blooms for summer bouquets are arguably always going to be whatever grows in your area at the time of your event. By far. They will be able to handle the weather best, and they will look appropriate and enhance the feel of the day. They will also be better for the environment because they won't have traveled so far to reach you! You may have no idea, but your floral designer should be able to guide you thought this part of the process. If you are having a destination wedding, I highly recommend working with someone local unless you have a lot of experience and knowledge of the local flower scene! Here in Portland we have a great summer flower scene, but you may not realize the ways it changes from June to August. In early summer the flowers have moved away from the spring pastels, but there area still a lot of light purples and blues, as well as a variety of whites, yellows and pinks. But a good deal of the warmer, richer, darker colors have yet to bloom. Your burgundy flowers might be a bit limited. Also in early summer the flowers are a little bit softer and more delicate. Thankfully we usually don't start feeling the heat till mid July here, but if you're worried about a freak hot weekend, stay away from those hydrangeas! They don't turn sturdy till later July or August. The later summer flowers here are used to our warm, dry summers and are often pretty reliable. Roses, dahlias, later blooming hydrangeas, and all sorts of other things can stand up to quite a lot of heat. Over the course of the summer, a number of alternative flowers start blooming that tend to be super tough like grasses, grains, and herbs or veggies that have gone to seed. They can add some of that super delicate, light, airy feel you might want without the fussy or floppy side affects. 


Or if you are thinking of stepping outside the box of where you live or where your wedding is located, and you have a summer wedding, my recommendation is to think hotter than where you are. Like tropicals! They are used to sun and hot weather so they are so helpful for summer weather weddings. Think blooms like proteas, orchids, ginger, or anthuriums. 


Like I mentioned above, the colors change not only from season to season, but even within the summer season. Color is often one of the biggest issues I come across as a floral designer who primarily works with local ingredients. The seasons really dictate the color palettes we work with in a big way, so some trendy colors may not really be blooming at the time of your wedding. Or your main palette might be pretty different than the season. If your wedding is "winter but not wintery" (or insert whatever season you're choosing), be aware that you may want to discuss options that are seasonally available that would compliment your look. And not all flowers come in all colors! So we can't necessarily always switch out an in-season flower option and find it in the same color. I like to approach the given colors of a wedding and work them in to the flowers, but not duplicate or match them exactly. It creates a more natural effect, while highlighting what you'd like highlighted, and bringing added depth. For summer, we usually have access to a big range of color and the biggest selection, but that doesn't mean everything is available.


This is not always what first comes to mind with really stylish or natural looking bouquets, but there are reasons why a lot of old, traditional flowers were used as much as they were! They could take a beating! Super old school bouquets are often kind of sad or lame looking today because we have access to so much gorgeous variety, so I'm not saying you should do something like your mom's bouquet from the 70's, but slipping in just a few traditional flowers can highlight their beauty and make sure your bouquet stays looking fresh. Flowers like carnations (making such a comeback!), little asters or mums, or roses (we have so many more amazing varieties now that also hold up well!) are really hardy and can look great.


Don't let the summer heat scare you away from creating your dream bouquet! I hope these tips have helped, whether you're looking for wedding pieces, or flowers for your home.