Academy of Flowers

Herbs in Floral Design

The use of herbs in floral design is incredibly popular for wedding, events and funeral floristry. It brings in a natural element to your floral compositions and can add fragrance, texture and interest to your designs. 

Historically herbs have been used for medicinal and culinary purposes. 

The beautiful botanicals are relatively inexpensive to purchase as plants and low maintenance. They suit any sized garden, and can even be grown in pots on a balcony.

Having fresh herbs on hand is beneficial in many ways - you get to spend time tending them and enjoying the outdoors enveloped in their fragrance.

The fragrance is usually derived from their leaves, and more pungent when the leaf has been bruised or touched. The many subtle tones of grey, green, blue and silver lend themselves to the timeless tradition of being incorporated into wedding flowers.

Popular Herbs to use:

Lemon Balm Fragile - condition well Sympathy & Virtue
Sage Soft double sided leaf - different varieties offer a broad colour palette Wisdom
Oregano Tiny white flowers in summer/seed heads in Autumn Joy
Mint Benefits from regular cutting Virtue & protection
Lavender The epitome of summer fragrance. Can be dried  Devotion & serenity
Wild Bergamot Long lasting in water. Will continue to “grow” once conditioned Good health & protection
Rosemary Long lasting in water. Provides delicate lilac flowers in spring Remembrance
Fennel Lacy yellow umbels. Has a pungent smell - similar appearance to Asparagus fern Delicacy & long lasting love

Top Tips

  • Cut in early morning or evening and condition, ideally overnight before using in design work
  • Small pots of herbs make a perfect eco-friendly wedding favours. Tie a luggage label onto the pot to indicate a place setting or a personal message from the bride & groom - a long lasting, living memorable keepsake of a beautiful day
  • Tie rosemary to a napkin with natural twine and a label to indicate a place setting
  • To upcycle an ugly old pot or container, tie vertical springs of rosemary around it and secure with twine 
  • Tie vertical springs of rosemary around a candle with twine for additional aroma (extinguish the candle before the rosemary burns)

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