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Keeping Hypericum Berries Fresh For Multiple Designs

Ask The Expert:

Please respond ASAP!  I need to use fresh hypericum berry for corsages TOMORROW.  How can I make them last through the Saturday eve wedding without water??

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

Red Hypericum BerriesFor this florist question, we went right to the source. We asked our florist friends and got an overwhelming response!

Hypericum berries are very hardy. If they came to you fresh, you should have no problems. For best results, use a little piece of tissue paper (facial or toilet) soaked in water at the bottom of the stem and wrap it as you would other flowers for a corsage. Keep them misted. Crowning Glory or Finishing Touch is also good to use to keep them fresher, longer. Be sure to keep them in the fridge at 38-40 degrees until you are ready to use them.

Hope this helps! Thanks for your inquiry.

And BIG thanks to all our florists who helped us out!

2011 Fall Wedding Bouquet Trends

Featured Fall Wedding Bouquets *

Our florist friends on Facebook constantly keep us with our jaw on the ground. Each week they post some of the most amazing designs around! Because it’s wedding season, we’ve seen a lot of amazing fall bouquets! So let’s take a look at what trendy designs are popular for 2011 fall brides!

*The gorgeous bouquet in the photo above was created by C & C Sensations in Waynesboro, VA. It features deep red roses mixed with circus roses (orange with red tips) and hypericum berries. This florist also did an amazing job weaving in bright bits of green with bells of Ireland.

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Emerald Green Flower Guide


May’s favorite flower color is emerald. This year, we are spotlighting unique flower colors for you to use in custom flower arrangements, wedding bouquets, centerpieces and anywhere else you might need great-looking flowers. To make the chosen colors a little more interesting, we are starting with birthstone colors. Last month’s was diamond-white, and this month it’s emerald green. (Click here for all of our color of the month posts)

When creating your wedding bouquet,

Complimentary Colors for Emerald Green Triad of Colors for Emerald Green

When creating a color scheme using emerald green use the color wheel as your guide! Above you see two examples. The first is the complementary color of emerald, a beautiful magenta, which is sure to bring out the beautiful tones of this shade of green. The second is a triad (3) of color complements to emerald. Green, indigo and chocolate brown make a stunning, jewel-tone combination. You could also go with analogous colors, meaning next to emerald green on the color wheel. So deep emerald mixed with lighter green and even yellow, or the other way, emerald mixed with vivid blues and indigo.

This is a great flower guide for brides looking for unique color palettes and unusual flowers for their wedding. [Read more…]

Name The Evergreen Ground Cover With Yellow Flowers

Ask the Expert: I can’t identify this perennial, please help!

It is evergreen and a low ground cover in winter.  In the spring it grows
up to 18 inches and has a yellow flower.  It spreads like crazy and
transplants well.  It’s mostly in the shade where it is very moist.  Any


Euphorbia Poly Chroma Midas - Image From Erv Evans NC State University

Euphorbia Poly Chroma Midas - Image From Erv Evans NC State University

It could be a Euphorbia polychroma.  I found the picture to the left on a NC State University page about Euphorbia.  The photo was taken by Erv Evans, a consumer Horticulturist.  This plant is also known as Cushion Spurge.  Does it look similar to what you have?  This plant can take full sun or part shade.  It does have a more mounding shape when it is blooming.  The foliage has a reddish tinge in the fall.

Lamium galeobdolon - image from NC State University Erv Evans

Lamium galeobdolon - image from NC State University Erv Evans

Another option is the Lamium galeobdolon sometimes referred to as Yellow Archangel.  I found a picture of it on the NC State University page that discusses the Golden Dead Nettle (which is another name for this plant). This is a  perennial that creeps on the ground, produces yellow blooms and likes moist areas. We grow a different species of Lamium at our nursery.  It lays real flat until it starts to bloom.

Hopefully one of these plants match what you have in your garden.  If not send me a picture and I will give it another try.

Hypericum St John's Wort

Hypericum St John's Wort

Here is one of the pictures Betsy sent.  After looking at them, I think it is a form of Hypericum also known as St John’s Wort.  There are many different types of St John’s Wort so I’m not sure which one it is.  When it blooms we might be able to tell from the flower.  Since it likes the shade and a moist condition it might be Hypericum calycinum (which is called Aaron’s beard).

Autumn Wedding Bouquet Flowers To Consider

Featured Fall Wedding BouquetsOctober has become an increasingly popular month for weddings, and that’s no surprise, given that the weather in most parts of the country is usually dry and cool. Brides-to-be can be relatively certain that their guests and members of the wedding party won’t be dodging raindrops, or worrying about becoming hot and sticky in their formal clothing. Autumn is also a great time for selecting wedding bouquet flowers, with an abundant harvest of floral products, berries, and foliages readily available to your local retail florist.


Consider the versatile montbretia (or, botanically, Crocosmia). This is a delicate flower which consists of a series of small individual, tubular florets arranged as a comb along the upper portion of a long, slim stem (similar to a freesia). Montbretia flowers run the range of colors from yellow-orange to brick red — prefect for the season — and lend an airy and colorful wispiness to a wedding bouquet. They can also be had in their more mature stage, after the blossoms have gone to seed and have formed small rounded pods along the comb – a textural delight.

Hypericum Berry

Another popular berry which is appearing in autumn bouquets is the hypericum (the botanical name for St. John’s Wort). The small, waxy, egg-shaped fruits occur in clusters at the ends of their slender stems and provide a lovely accent of texture and tone. Hypericum’s usual color is a raisin brown, but newer hybrid varieties include shades of yellow, green, red, orange, and salmon pink.

Fall Roses

Roses will always be a popular choice for wedding bouquet flowers, and some of the best picks for the fall season include:

  • Leonidas (a bi-color chocolate brown)
  • Terra Cotta (burnt orange)
  • Star 2000 (a strong coral-orange)
  • Black Magic (the darkest, velvet burgundy)
  • Hocus Pocus (a small variety with dark burgundy petals flecked with cute yellow spots)
  • Mambo (an tangerine-orange spray variety)
  • Konfetti (deep yellow with a red-orange blaze on the edge)
  • Red Berlin (tomato- red)
  • Sari (golden apricot-orange)

Gloriosa lily

Growing in popularity and availability is the exotic-looking Gloriosa lily. Imported from Holland, this delicate flower has reflexed, dark red petals edged in a thin, wavy yellow margin. Popping out of a wedding bouquet, the Gloriosa is a flower with a touch of mystery and drama with it’s sophisticated form and unusual character. Try combining them with mango-colored callas or rusty-red freesias.

Rustic Dried Grasses & Other Fall Floral Accessories

For autumn texture, add dried grasses such as wheat or rye to the bouquet. Or choose from a variety of fall-toned foliages, such as copper beech, croton leaves, or vine maple. The velvety brown backsides of the southern magnolia can add a sumptuous element of class. Consider including bark-textured materials such as lotus pods or cinnamon sticks for interesting contrast.

Fall is a time of rich, warm hues and bounteous textures, and the choices are virtually endless. The autumnal pallette of analagous colors – from burgundy to red to orange to golden yellow – is well represented in the blossoms of the season, which play beautifully against the fabrics of today’s popular bridesmaids’ dresses. Combined with textural materials such as grasses, small fruits, and seed pods, a skilled floral designer will have no trouble creating memorable wedding bouquets with flowers which are plentiful now. Call your professional florist to schedule a personal consultation and reap the harvest of the season.