While roses, lilies, and carnations will never go out of style, there are so many underrated summer flowers to choose from. It doesn’t matter if you want to brighten up somebody’s day for no reason or you want to pick a thoughtful birthday bouquet.
Here’s a look at some of the most beautiful, unpopular summer flowers you’d come across. Picking any would make a perfect choice to surprise your favorite sibling with original and beautiful flowers.
The massive blooms and bold colors of ranunculus make a powerful statement for celebrating all the most joyous moments in life. They’re an amazing choice for saying “Thank you” or “Congratulations.”
While large blooms have their place, the numerous small, delicate blossoms of delphinium make for a striking bouquet without taking up a lot of space. Delphinium looks spectacular alone or sprinkled amongst other flowers in an assorted arrangement.
Millions of people have had to create an office in any available corner of their homes. Help them bring a little light to their new home office with cheery sunflowers. A small vase on the corner of a desk brings a touch of the outdoors inside.
Is there anything as feminine as the numerous petals and lush colors of peonies? These summer flowers are perfect for any woman in your life, whether they’re for a date, an anniversary, or to say “Get well soon.” According to bouquet & flower arrangement experts Bouqs Co, Peonies are among the best you can use to complement a beautiful birthday gift.
Also known as Peruvian lilies, alstroemeria looks delicate but makes a strong statement. They’re available in a wide range of colors, as well as stripes or freckles. With so much variety, you can find the perfect alstroemeria bouquet for any occasion.
The symmetrical blooms of chrysanthemums resemble mandalas and bring a sense of peace any time you look at them. If you know somebody who is stuck at home alone right now, a bouquet of chrysanthemums is a great way to help cheer them up.
Calla lilies, with their unique shape, look regal in any setting and are suitable for a number of different flower-giving occasions. Since they’re less common than other flower types, they make a striking addition to mixed flower bouquets, too.
Heavily scented and coming in a rainbow of colors, a freesia bouquet is an eye-catching option. It’s the ideal centerpiece for a socially distanced outdoor barbecue, making it the ultimate summer flower.
Most commonly found in shades of yellow, orange, pink, or purple, these dainty flowers pack a big punch. Just select your recipient’s favorite color, and you’ll have a gift that will knock their socks off.
Protea flowers look like they come from another planet, making them an ideal present for people who like to go against the grain. They’re only just starting to become popular, so there’s a fair chance your recipient has never seen anything like a protea bouquet before.
The pastel petals of the sweet pea look as good mixed in with other flowers as they do alone. The soft-touch of this flower evokes butterfly kisses on a sweltering evening, making them ideal summer flowers.
How to Choose the Best Flowers for Each Occasion
While a farm-fresh bouquet will rarely be poorly received, you should still follow basic flower gifting etiquette. It’s especially crucial to keep in mind the background of your intended recipient, as flowers have different meanings in different cultures.
For example, yellow flowers represent breakups in Russia and unfaithfulness in France. Meanwhile, white flowers are a common funeral flower in many places and might seem out of place outside that context.
Here are a few more specific examples of flower gifting etiquette to keep in mind as you look for the right bouquet for each situation.
Think about Your Recipient
Regardless of what you like or what traditional conventions suggest, you should always keep your recipient in mind.
- Do they like bold colors, pastels, or white?
- Do they have room for a wide arrangement, or should you consider something tall and skinny?
- What is their favorite type of flower?
Pick the Right Flowers for the Occasion
Each flower has one or more meanings, which may vary depending on the culture.
For example, red roses are traditionally seen as a romantic gift, so they may send the wrong message when sent to a coworker. White flowers are the most common sympathy flower, so bright colors might look out of place.
Don’t Forget the Card
The card that comes with a flower bouquet is the perfect place to express your feelings in a few lines.
- Why are you sending the flowers?
- What’s the occasion?
- How do you feel about the recipient?
Include a line or two on the card to make the gift feel more personal.
What Are Your Favorite Summer Flowers?
There are so many flowers that represent summer, that we couldn’t possibly talk about all of them and you don’t need the resume of a professional gardener to pick the ones to fit your home. Did we leave your favorite summer flowers off our list? What are your favorite summer flowers?