One of my favorite parts of fall is being able to overload my apartment with fall decor. I’m talking yummy scented candles, pumpkins, gourds, owl sculptures, black cats, orange lights, you name it, guarantee you I usually have a bunch of it ready to go, but one thing I’ve always seem to forget about are all the adorable fall flowers I can decorate with. It’s just that I’ve never been super flower name savvy, I usually stick to the basics (roses, daisies, lilies).
Today I just happened to have a meeting with my florist for the wedding and when I walked in she (of course) had a ton of fall flowers in arrangements and on display so I got to get a little “mini” lesson of great fall blooms for decorating with.
So if you’re looking to make your own arrangements or just happen to be browsing for a small pre-made bouquet for your vase at home, here’s a list of some of the top choices of fall blooms for home decor:
1.) Preserved Wheat- Nothing says harvest and Autumn more than a few stalks of wheat. Not only are they super cute in arrangements, tying a bundle of them together can also make adorable centerpieces.
2.) Chinese Lantern Plants- I don’t know about you guys but to me the orange color and the roundish shape scream TINY PUMPKIN to me. You can often find these little guys on wreaths or sometimes lit with LEDs.
3.) Sunflowers- One of the most commonly used flowers in fall arrangements is this happy flower. Not only can you use sunflowers in your arrangements you can also dry, bake and season your sunflower seeds and enjoy them as a snack once the flowers start to fade!
4.) Mums- Mums are vibrant, super hardy (and I think adorable) fall flowers that are so easy to decorate with. Whether you’re using cut mums for a vase arrangement, or you’re just dressing up a potted mums plant for your front stoop these little guys are an awesome fall bloom that lasts a pretty long time.
5.) Rudbeckia- You may know these bright yellow flowers as “Black-Eyed Susans”. They are members of the sunflower family which means they coordinate really well with them in arrangements. Fun Fact: Native Americans also considered Rudbeckia to be a medicinal herb, providing relief from colds, flu, infection, swelling and snake bite (though please if you do get bit by a snake don’t try to save yourself with your fall centerpiece…please call an ambulance…)
6.) Alstromeria- Also known as the Peruvian Lily, these bright beautiful perennials bloom from spring through the fall. Like mums they are hardy and do well in the cold, and would make a beautiful addition to any cut floral arrangement as well.
7.) Acorns- Okay, okay, they are TECHNICALLY not flowers. But i feel like I have to include acorns because they make a great vase filler. You can even sprinkle them “haphazardly” (aka carelessly at first and then go back and adjust EVERY SINGLE ONE until it looks perfectly “natural”) along your table runner for a super easy rustic touch.
8.) Iceland Poppy- Another cool weather plant that I find absolutely gorgeous, the Iceland Poppy is of course a relative of the poppy we all know and love. Just be aware if you have cats that like to chew on plants like all poppies this poppy is toxic if ingested.
9.) Hydrangea- These clustered vibrant flowers look their best in summer and fall. I’ve seen them used beautifully in wedding bouquets and other centerpieces. It’s a great way to put a lot of flower in a small space. It also comes in many different colors so it’s easy to match it to other blooms you may be using.
10.) Protea- I always think this flower looks like something you’d find on another planet or in a fantasy garden which made it extra cool when I learned that it was named after Proteus the shape-shifting son of Poseidon. It also is supposed to symbolize, transformation, diversity, and courage so it definitely makes for an interesting conversation starter when company arrives.
I could go on forever and talk flowers but I’d much rather hear about YOUR favorite fall blooms! Let me know which are your favorites in the comments section!