Fall is a beautiful time of year, and it's also a great time to enjoy locally sourced flowers. Here are five of our favorites:
Asters are a classic fall flower that comes in a variety of colors, including purple, white, and pink. They are easy to grow and attract butterflies and bees. They add that nice little pop of blue-purple that really completes a palette!
Chrysanthemums are another popular fall flower. They are available in a wide range of colors, from bright yellows and oranges to deep reds and purples. Chrysanthemums are also known for their long vase life. Here in New York, there are several farmers expanding our options with new, large heirloom cut mums. Many look like dahlias or other expensive flowers, and have tons of sturdy petals. This is a great option for larger designs likewedding arches and Chuppahs.
Everyone knows dahlias are a beautiful and diverse flower that comes in a wide variety of shapes and colors. But did you know they're an Autumn rockstar? They are native to the higher altitude mountain regions of Mexico and Central America, so they can be grown in most parts of the United States and they LOVE that crisp Autumn air. Dahlias are a great choice for fall weddings and other special occasions with their large size and abundant quantity.
Goldenrod is a wildflower that is often overlooked, but it is actually quite beautiful. It has golden yellow flowers that bloom in late summer and fall. Goldenrod is also a valuable food source for bees and butterflies. When used en masse, it's great to fill out large designs for weddings and events, and perfectly blends in with Autumn color palettes. It also grows super tall which is great in meadow designs.
Zinnias are so cheerful, and come in a wide range of colors. They bloom from early summer to late fall and are a great choice for bouquets, boutonnieres, and table flowers.
These are just a few of the many locally-sourced flowers that are in season in New York in October and November. When you buy local flowers, you are significantly reducing the carbon footprint of your event. Beyond that, you are supporting your local economy so much more (see this blog post). So next time you need flowers, make sure you look for locally sourced blooms.