Australia’s native flowers are boldly beautiful, fragrant and a delight in wedding bouquets and boutonnieres. These five species work well for your wedding party and as decorations for the wedding and reception venues.
Waratah — Telopea Speciosissima
Brighten up any reception hall with the bold red Waratah flower. The blossoms sometimes reach 10 centimetres in diameter. With their dark red centres and crimson petals, they are perfect for weddings held during the Christmas season. Each flower is so large that one works well for a boutonniere or corsage. For that wedding bouquet, the bold red makes a stunning contrast with delicate baby’s breath and assorted greenery. Waratah is the official flower of New South Wales, where it grows abundantly in the wild.
Golden Wattle — Acacia Pycnantha
Another bold flower, the Golden Wattle, is favoured for weddings looking for lots of colour. Australia’s national flower is native to South Australia and parts of New South Wales. It is especially abundant in the Australian Capital Territory, southwest of Sydney. The bold yellow blossoms grow in large clusters, looking much like giant puff balls sitting near the tops of the Acacia trees. The leaves, which can measure up to 20 centimetres, are a bright green. The leaves and flowers are often used for wedding bouquets, corsages and for table centrepieces.
Deua Flame — Grevillea Rhyolitica
Found in New South Wales, especially in the area of Deua National Park, the Deua Flame is aptly named. The individual red-orange flowers are tiny, but they grow in large flowing clusters that look like swathes of flame cascading from the plants. Deua Flame’s fragrant blossoms are usually used as accents in centrepieces, boutonnieres, corsages and wedding bouquets.
Paper Daisies — Rhodanthe Chlorocephala
Drive through parts of Western and Southern Australia and your apt to find colourful fields of paper daisies. The stems, which constantly follow the sun, are a pale green. The blossoms come in shades of pink, purple, blue and white. Paper daisies are perfect for the bride who wants ‘a little bit of everything’ in the colour theme. These blossoms, which can grow to 6 centimetres in diameter, make excellent bouquets, boutonnieres and table displays.
Gumnuts — Eucalyptus Calophylla
Gumnuts aren’t flowers, but they are fragrant. A member of the eucalyptus family, the nut clusters, which are green when harvested, turn a burnished brown as they dry. Each cluster is about the size of a baby rattle and, when shaken, the individual nuts make a similar sound. They are mostly used as accents for wildflower wedding bouquets or for banquet table displays. The clusters are the perfect size for boutonnieres. Usually one cluster with an accent flower or greenery works well. The name gumnuts comes from the nickname ‘gum trees’ used throughout the country for eucalyptus.
Australia’s native plants have much to offer when it comes to decorating wedding venues and kitting out the bridal party.
For more information, contact a florist at a company like Erindale Florist.