Delicately pastel and free in their movement, we love the effortless whimsy lilacs add to a wild and untamed bouquet. Not traditionally drawn to these flowers, for their at times overly sweet aesthetic, we're inspired by the juxtaposition of these feminine flowers with other bold hues and unexpected varieties to create a moody and spirited bouquet!
We asked California based florist Charmain from Emblem Flowers, handpicked for The LANE Directory for her romantically whimsical arrangements that have beautiful organic sense of thrown together nonchalance, for her advice on how to make this flower work for your aesthetic….
The incredibly evocative and aromatic lilac hails the arrival of spring. One of the most romantic and fragrant of spring flowers, the lilac's dramatic clusters of blooms have a shape and movement that make it an ideal choice for romantic and garden inspired weddings.
A bouquet using only a few stems of lilac can make a bold, elegant statement. Try pairing the bloom with other delicate spring flowers such as muscari, sweet pea and flowering jasmine. Mix it with fragrant garden roses and amaryllis and you have an intensely romantic bouquet. Try something different and pair it with succulents and artichokes in similar tones. Lilacs in large urn arrangements create a stunning piece.
Lilacs are flowering shrubs and branches that come in many species and varieties. They bloom in white, violet, blue, lavender, pink, magenta, purple, and even yellow, with many shades of each. Blue Skies is a light lavender lilac, Angel White has pure white flowers, Declaration Lilac comes in a deep reddish-purple, and Primrose has pale yellow blooms.
As with other fragrant flowers, lilacs are a shorter-lived
cut flower. To ensure maximum water uptake, use pruners to split
the stem a couple of inches up the center. Place the stems in
water for a few hours or overnight before arranging them.
Charmain Chen, Emblem Flowers