With all of the flower DIYs I’ve done over the years, I’ve noticed that I tend to gravitate towards a handful of flowers for almost every bouquet, centerpiece, floral DIY, etc. It’s like I’ve developed a shorthand for it almost – like the quickest path to a beautiful arrangement involves XYZ.
So, I thought it might be useful to put together a flower list that will pretty much guarantee you a good looking floral arrangement every time. It’s my go-to list of fave flowers to use!
Click through for the full list, filled with more obligatory flower photos than seemingly necessary.
Peonies are kind of a given for any awesome flowers list. But coral and pink salmon peonies are my absolute fave! You can usually get white, light pink, and burgundy or fuchsia peonies at Whole Foods or Trader Joes when they’re in season, pretty affordably. But my faves are hard to find, unless you’re near a floral wholesaler and even then it can be difficult.
I always just order mine online, from Flower Muse. Which I know I’ve mentioned here 100 times for flower stuff because they are literally the best! And super fast too. No one’s paying me to say that BTW, I just really love ’em!
Blue tweedia is of my faves to pop into bouquets because the blue is so pretty with other colors. It’s not widely used either, so people ask about it a lot when they see it in bouquets, etc.
Protea and King Protea
King protea are HUGE. When you use them in an arrangement, you won’t need a whole lot else. They look like this and they’re kind of the bad ass step sister of the romantic meets tropical vibe.
Regular size protea (pink protea) is much smaller, but still a good size. And I like to use those in bouquets when I need something a little less expected, heavy on the interesting texture side of things. There’s a few in the giant DIY bridal bouquet I did for this post (and I included some of those photos in this post as well).
I’ve used pincushion protea a decent amount in the past too – they’re fun for arrangements with more tropical vibes. Or when you’re just looking for something fun / a little whimsical.
Can’t go wrong with ranunculus, for bouquets and centerpieces large and small. They work great either way, as the star of the show for smaller bouquets or as more of a (super pretty) filler flower for large arrangements, etc.
I genuinely dislike regular roses. Always have. BUT garden roses are a whole other story. Love me some garden roses! They come in SO many varieties, I don’t even think I could narrow down my faves if I tried.
Scabiosa is my go-to filler flower to use for arrangements. It works with almost every other flower type and can take on the vibe of any arrangement.
Double Bloom and Parrot Tulips
Tulips are one of my mom’s favorites, if I remember correctly. And I like them too. But I especially like parrot tulips (which have a unique, almost ruffled looking petal) and double bloom tulips, which get mistake for peonies all the time (they’re way cheaper than peonies too).
I love the smell of lilacs and the texture. They look good with pretty much everything.
Monstera leaves and Philodendron
I don’t use them too often in arrangements with flowers BUT I use them a lot by themselves when I need something clean, minimal / modern. They last a really long time too, as long as you get a good cut on the stem and keep the water fairly fresh.
Silver Sage Fern
Silver sage fern is really unique. The leaves look straight out of a Picasso painting and I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t be into that.
What flowers are on your fave flower list?! Let me know in the comments below.