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Dainty Extra+ Fall & Winter Must-Have Florals

We had a blast stopping by Lake Harriet Florist in Minneapolis to chat with creative director Lesley Ruud about fall and winter floral trends. Along with finding out what unique pieces you can add to centerpieces and other arrangements, Lesley also chatted about 2017 and what’s been going on in the industry.


What trends have you been seeing in florals going into 2017 and which are you really excited about? 

The natural and very lush garden style has been building momentum for the past few years and we’re happy to see this trend continuing into 2017. Unlike the traditional bridal bouquet with flowers and greenery gathered in a round shape, the garden-style bouquet is typically designed on a horizontal plain and are meant to mimic how flowers naturally grow in gardens accented with flowing greenery. Another great aspect about these garden-style bouquets is their versatility. They can be designed petite with minimal flowers for a budget conscious bride, or they can be designed over-the-top for a bride who really wants a ‘WOW’ bouquet with a lot of impact.

We’re also really excited about seeing different color palettes popping up for 2017. While the ivory/blush/gold color palette has been incredibly popular, brides are now moving towards other, unique color palettes such as tangerine/sangria/fuchsia or all green emerald/jade/olive; setting themselves apart from many other weddings.


What was a big trend you noticed in florals in 2016?  

For the first time ever, Pantone chose two colors (rose quartz and serenity) for their 2016 Color of the Year. This has influenced creative industries (florists, fashion, interior design, etc.) and we’ve seen a lot of designs blending and balancing warm colors (rose quartz) with seemingly opposite cool tones (serenity).

Tell us a couple of fun facts about your company. 

While Lake Harriet Florist may have had several different owners over the years, it has remained in its same location since it opened in 1946.


When is the time period people should/can order fall/winter flowers? 

Most flowers these days are available year round, however, some flowers have seasonal limitations such as the Dahlia, Peony, Amaryllis, etc. IIf ordering flowers for the holidays, try to order 48 hours before the holiday so that the florist can be sure to get any special request blooms you may have.

Any other trends you have noticed in the industry in general?

We have been seeing a shift moving away from rustic/shabby chic style weddings to more of a rustic/glam aesthetic. Instead of mason jars, burlap and cut tree slabs for decor, brides are now using vintage pressed glass vases or pedestal bowls, mercury glass and crystals to ‘glam’ up their rustic venue.


Here are some amazing fall/winter florals and some facts about what makes each one amazing for the season (or off-season depending on availability and color palette).


These come in a wide variety of colors and there are over 1,000 varieties of Cymbidiums.  They’re long lasting and can last up to three weeks after being cut from the plant.


These are locally sourced and are a lovely decorative floral element.


Fall Peonies are imported from Chile and are generally available starting late October through early February. They’re known for their big blooms, delicate petals and sweet perfume.


Contrary to popular belief, the Calla Lily isn’t actually a lily at all, and its name is derived from a Greek work that means “beauty.” Calla Lilies are most commonly white, but they also come in a wide ranges of colors such as : pinks, purple, black, orange, yellow and red.


This is also called a disbud because all side buds are removed when the plant is young, yielding a single large bloom. Cremons, Spider Mums and Chrysanthemums are all disbuds.


These are available in pale pink, burgundy and ivory…they provide a beautiful, feathery texture


Long, soft gray-green needles on woody stems.


The dark, ox-blood colored foliage provides depth to arrangements.


A rich chocolate flower that has about 100 little flower stems all radiating from the center of the main stem and each of the 100 stems has about 40 tiny flower stems, so the Queen Ann’s lacer flower is actually a community of 100s of flowers.


A holiday favorite, their broad and structured leaves are perfect for garlands and large arrangements. Their soft-brown under-leaf adds texture and interest to designs.


This floral is actually a flowering shrub related to the olive family. They are generally grown to form an impenetrable hedge and there is evidence that suggests humans cultivated this shrub to protect their crops as far back as the Neolithic Age.


Commonly seen as small silver or gray balls, these flowers are the latest trend in bouquets and arrangements.


A cousin to the sunny Sunflower, the chocolate Sunflower has rich brown petals that are perfect for the fall palate.


With delicate blush-toned petals, this Dahlia is a favorite with couples.


An ornamental grass with an airy, feathery plume. They add texture and height to floral designs.


This hearty winter green with a lacy texture and strong pine fragrance is available year round, but typically is only used in the winter months.

For more info on Lake Harriet Florist, visit their website or call (612) 259-8211.

Photography+ Elizabeth Lucille Photography 

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