Succulents: The Newest Trend for Weddings

One of the hottest trends this wedding season has been the addition of succulents to your ceremony. They can replace virtually any flower on your special day and succulents are much more hardy and sustainable. That means you can take home and admire a token from your special day for months even years after the party. Plant them in your garden and watch them grow like the love you and your partner share. You don’t need to live in California to appreciate the fact that succulents need very little water and maintenance. When planted, they only need to be watered once a week. Succulents come in a wide variety of astonishing shapes and colors that can be made to look as elegant or as casual as you would like. The thick, fleshy leaves on succulents give beautiful contrast to delicate flowers in an array of different arrangements at the ceremony. We’ll talk about the different locations and ways you can incorporate succulents into your chic wedding.

Deck out your reception with custom centerpieces containing succulents. This is a great idea because they will last months after the ceremony and you or your guests can take them home and have them as a treasure from your amazing wedding day. Also, you will save a ton of money using succulents instead of flowers. You can always mix succulents with fresh flowers as well!

Bridal Bouquets
Give your bridal bouquet an organic feel without sacrificing any class by adding beautiful and unique succulents to your bouquet. Complement the succulents with a softer flower like peonies or roses for a classic, garden look. Make them extravagant or simple, the choice is yours.

Keep the same organic feel for your boutonnieres while keeping it simple and beautiful. Succulents are great for boutonnieres because they look great, they stay alive for many hours and they are easy to make. Use other earthy flowers such as billy balls or dusty miller to complement the succulent in your boutonniere.

Succulents go great in corsages and give the earthy feel you are most likely going for if you chose succulents. Easy to make and beautiful, succulent corsages are a perfect choice for your wedding. Use one or many succulents, the possibilities are endless.

Asiatic Lilies: The Flower of Good Fortune

For thousands of years, the beautiful Lily has been a symbol of life, creativity and good luck. They have been used in ancient mythology across the Mediterranean region and Asia. Asiatic Lilies in particular, are a relatively new addition to the Lilium genus. They’ve only been in cultivation for the last few hundred years, and have quickly become one of the most popular flowers on the market. Lilies like these, sometimes called “true Lilies”, consist of a trumpet-shaped flower, it’s signature stamens, and its long and pointed leaves. Consider removing the pollen-producing stamens to prolong the 1-2 week vase life of your Lilies and prevent staining of the flower petals. Asiatic Lilies come in almost any color possible except for blue. The dark leaves on the stems provide a great contrast for the popping color of the flower. Each color that Asiatic Lilies possess, have their corresponding meaning or a significance behind them. White Lilies often represent purity, life, and motherhood. Those connotations make white Lilies one of the most beloved and widely used wedding flowers today. Warm colors, such as red, orange and yellow, represent energy, creativity and passion. There’s always a color that’s a great fit for any occasion.

Asiatic Lillies
The perennial Asiatic Lilies are very close in appearance to their cousin, the Oriental Lily. The main difference is that Asiatic Lilies bare generally smaller flowers, but a large color variety. Asiatics can grow up to 5 feet tall and bloom earlier and longer than other types of Lilies. There are generally 3 blooms per stem of Lily. Warm-colored Asiatic Lilies with dark spots on the petals are commonly known as Tiger Lilies. The flamboyant hybrid is a spirited addition to any floral arrangement or can make a statement by arranging them exclusively. Asiatic Lilies are known as the “flower of good fortune” for one reason: they’re delicate-looking flowers are actually quite easy to grow and maintain because it is such a hardy flower. That’s the reason why Asiatic Lilies are becoming more popular than ever, it’s not only a beautiful flower, but anyone can grow it. It also has a very distinct, sweet smell and is wildlife friendly to most animals, excluding cats. It’s worth noting that the ASPCA has linked some varieties of Lilies with damaging the health of cats and they should not come in direct contact with the flower. Parts of Asiatic Lilies are edible for human consumption and were historically consumed to treat various ailments. In modern times, Asiatic Lilies are used to create stunning floral arrangements thanks in part to its large color pallet and its prosperous symbolism. They’re a flower that can effortlessly lift anyone’s spirits, making it the true flower of good fortune.

Hydrangea: The Flower of Understanding



Hydrangeas are one of the most commonly used and widely appreciated flowers in the world today. It’s delicate flowers and pom-pom or ball shape makes them a popular choice for all sorts of arrangements. They’re given as gifts as a sign of gratitude for the recipients understanding and devotion. Hydrangea’s are also known to be the official 4th anniversary flower. There’s over 70 variations of the hydrangea genus, most of them made in France. They grow naturally in White, Blue, Pink, Lavender, and Green, but can be dyed to create wild colors for any occasion. The color of the flower is determined by acidity of the soil. Because of its distinctive cluster of elegant petals that resemble a group of butterflies about to take flight, hydrangeas have become a standard for wedding centerpieces, bouquets, pew and belly bar arrangements. Or enhance your everyday flower arrangements with the addition of a soft touch, change of texture, and popping color.

Deriving from the Greek words “hydos” and “angos“, the word hydrangea literally translates to “water vessel” or “barrel”. This is fitting because the flower requires frequent watering and care during the one week of admirable life that it will have. To further the vase life of your hydrangeas, change out the water and re-cut the stems every other day. Indigenous to the Americas and East Asia, hydrangeas were introduced to Europeans in the 18th century and quickly became one of the most admired flowers on the market. In the past, Native Americans have reportedly used the stems and roots of the flower to remedy bladder problems and muscle pains. According to folklore, hydrangeas were used to break curses that were placed by witches by wearing it as a necklace or consuming its roots. Today, they’re used to create effortlessly beautiful floral arrangements and sincere gifts.

Oriental Lilies: The Flower of Life

Stretching as far back as 1580 B.C. the Lily has been a symbol of beauty and love. It’s been used in wedding centerpieces and bridal bouquets all over the globe. In fact, its stunning appearance makes it the second most popular flower in world, just behind roses. Many countries actually prefer the Lily over roses and feel they better represent love. The ancient Greeks believed that the Lily was created from the milk of ‘Hera’, or the Queen of the Gods. Today we know them to be a native flower to China, Japan, and most of the northern hemisphere. In some of these societies, the Lily has traditionally stood for good luck, purity, majesty, and even considered holy. Lilies have also been used to treat depression and toxicity in herbal medicinal practices and continue to lift spirits to this day. For many cultures, the trumpet shaped flower has represented the soul leaving the body for the afterlife in a funeral arrangement.

Oriental Lilies

Oriental Lilies are a relatively new breed of Lily. They are a hybrid between two flowers that are also in their genus, Lilium Auratum and Lilium Speciosum. Orientals differ from Asiatic and other Lilies by their growth and cultivation season. The stem length of Oriental’s can reach up to 6ft. in their natural habitat and when the flower is fully open, the diameter can be upwards of 9”. They also bloom later in the season than Asiatic Lilies, sometimes reaching into the fall. Other types of perennial Lilies don’t have the elegantly ruffled petals that the Oriental Lily features. There’s anywhere between 3-6 flowers per stem and here at Wholesale Flowers and Supplies, we sell them in grower’s bunches of 5 stems. The two commonly known types of Oriental Lilies are identified as the pink Stargazer and the huge, white Casablanca. Both of which are notorious for their romantic fragrance, which led to them becoming some of the most beloved flowers in the world. Depending on the species, some pink or Stargazer Lilies can be seen with naturally spotted petals and white edges, while others are one solid pink color. The Lily bulbs will open at different times over a period of 1-2 weeks, a characteristic that makes them a wonderful choice for your vase or arrangement. The opening of the flower has been closely related to the birth of a child or the beginning of a relationship. Prolong the life of your Lilies and prevent staining or discoloring the petals by removing the stamens that are used to pollinate and reproduce. The Lily is edible to humans and various animals due to its high starch content. It is worth noting that the ASPCA has reported it can be toxic to cats.

Lilies have always been pleasing and noteworthy. Their beauty catches your eye and they are usually the first flower you can identify in an arrangement. The Oriental Lily is, without a doubt, one of the most marvelous flowers in the world and has rightfully symbolized everlasting love and beauty throughout history. It’s large, ruffled edge petals have been adorned in wedding arrangements for centuries and will continue to be a staple in wedding flowers. Oriental Lilies continue to be one of the most respected, fragrant, and appealing flowers in the modern world.

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. – Chinese Proverb

Roses: The Silent Messenger

With roses being this week’s special, we’d like to take the opportunity to share the meaning and significance behind their beautifully distinguished colors. For thousands of years, the rose has evoked feelings and emotions without ever needing to say a word. The Latin saying “sub rosa” translates to “under the rose”, which means that something was told in secret. They’re the most popular flower in history, making the rose a timeless expression of admiration and respect. Cultures all over the world have used the varying colors of the rose to convey different messages. They’ve been used for political significance, religious meaning, and social expressions of gratitude. Throughout history, the different colors of roses have carried with them a whole new depth to the elegantly fragrant flower. We’ve put together a guide on the color significance of roses to help you convey the right message.


RED– Traditionally red roses are a symbol of love and enduring passion. Some even call them the “lover’s rose.” The classical red rose also conveys respect, courage, and the creative spirit of love; making it the most gifted and admired color.

WHITE– Often referred to as the “bridal rose”, white roses represent humility, purity, innocence, and young love. By symbolizing truth and reverence, it expresses loyalty to your loved ones or friends.

YELLOW– During the Victorian era, yellow roses were actually a symbol of jealousy. Today, we associate yellow roses with friendship, joy, and caring for others. It’s a color that evokes warmth and undeniable happiness.

ORANGE– With its warm and vibrant tone, an orange rose symbolizes enthusiasm and desire. They carry an underlying message of admiration and passion. A bouquet of orange roses sends a powerful and meaningful message.

PURPLE– Traditionally associated with royalty, the lavender rose suggests majesty and splendor. The purple flower is used display love at first sight. Historically, the purple rose has been used to distinguish oneself from the rest.

PINK– Pink roses are generally a gentile and feminine flower given as a gift or sign of love. Dark pink express gratitude and appreciation, while light pink roses represent grace, gentleness, and happiness. Like the red rose, pink roses symbolize admiration, but in a softer, more familiar tone.

GREEN– The color that represents life, abundant growth, and energy is that of the green rose. It’s often said that the green rose can invoke a sense of balance, peace, and stability to the human mind. The green rose will effortlessly lift spirits with its earthy tone.

Any selection of roses will make a wonderful statement. The rose is the most distinguished and likeable flower known to man. It’ stood the test of time as a classically admirable flower in both the floral industry and homes alike.


Carnations: Flower of the Gods

It is a common misconception and an unfair reputation that the Carnation flower is a boring, plain or old fashion flower. With these misconceptions, the carnation has been thought of as a “cheap” flower because of its low cost. The carnation is part of the Dianthus family but does not resemble many of its family members. The dianthus family has a vast array of flowers and the carnation is only one of the many different options. The carnation is becoming more and more popular in modern culture because of its shape and texture that can be used to make incredible floral arrangements. Carnations are used so frequently because of how versatile they are, their long life after being cut, color variety and size options. They come in almost every color imaginable and if you cannot find the color you want, you can easily stem dye the flower with some food coloring. Carnations grow in traditional varieties as well as mini or spray carnations. These flowers have been used for over 2,000 years, making them the oldest cultivated flowers in the world. Their botanical name actually translates to “Flower of the Gods”. Carnations are the National Flower of Spain and the State flower of Ohio.


Pink blooms are used to express motherly love and compassion. Light red shows admiration while dark red displays deep love. White carnations show devotion while yellow blooms are used to acknowledge disappointment. Carnations are most often incorporated in prom boutonnieres, funeral bouquets and Mother’s Day arrangements. Also very popular at Indian weddings, carnations have been used for creating leis and garlands to decorate. This isn’t the first time these flowers have been used as decorations; the ancient Greek and Roman people even weaved them into their garlands thousands of years ago.

Sunflowers: the golden sun



Standing tall with its large round head and brilliant yellow color, the sunflower truly represents the golden sun. Sunflowers are known to symbolize loyalty, devotion and admiration because of their love and dedication to the sun. Also, they bring happiness to anyone’s day.  Its scientific name Helianthus literally translates to Helios- sun, Anthos- flower. The daily orientation of the flower to the sun is a direct result of differential growth in the stem. A plant-growth regulator, or Auxin, accumulates on the shaded side of a plant when conditions of unequal light are present. This accumulation causes the darker side to grow at a faster rate than the sunlit side. Thus, the stem bends towards the sun. Sunflowers are very unique in the fact that their heads track the sun as it moves during the day. The flowers will follow the movement of the sun through a process called Heliotropism. This makes their name an even better fit! Sunflowers produce seeds which can be used for many different things. Black seeds are used to make sunflower oil, bird seed and some pet foods. Striped seeds are used to make the snack many of us enjoy.

Do you wish you had more birds in your yard? Attract them with some beautiful sunflowers. Birds love them! Also, ancient Aztecs worshiped sunflowers and considered them to be a form of a Solar Deity. Recently they have developed a low pollen sunflower. This new variation is perfect for people who are allergic to pollen or have any problems with asthma. This variation is not only better for people with allergies but it has an extended life.



Native to North America, they have been used for centuries for their beauty and many other attributes. Sunflowers were used by early settlers for dye, food, medicine, building material and more. Dyes are made from the yellow petals and are used for many different tasks. Other than the traditional sunflower seed snack, they are also used to make Sunbutter. Sunbutter is a peanut butter substitute that is made from fresh sunflowers. Not only are they multifunctional flowers, they make a great gift or can easily illuminate your home décor. Stop by our store and pick up some fresh sunflowers to brighten up your summer!

Alstroemeria, the Flower of Friendship

The beautiful Alstroemeria is also commonly known as Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas, and Parrot Lily. They are shaped like miniature lilies and they share a lot of common features. Alstroemerias were first grown in the cool Andes Mountains of Chile during the wintertime and in Eastern Brazil during the summer months. In its native South America they were a symbol of wealth and good fortune. Over the years, and with the growth of the flower industry, 190 different varieties of the flower became naturalized in countries all around the world. Alstroemerias were named after the Swedish naturalist Baron Claus von Alstromer who spent his life studying plant and flower seeds throughout Europe during the 18th Century.

Each stem of Alstroemeria has 2-4 blooms, and when they’re open the flowers have a vase life of approximately one to two weeks. Alstroemerias got their nickname “The Flower of Friendship” because of the leaves of the flower. They grow upside-down! Each one is twisted near the stem so the bottom of the leaf is actually facing upwards. Just like how friendships go through twists and turns as it grows