GROW YOUR OWN WEDDING FLOWERS AND GREENERY (1)

Updated: Mar 25, 2021


PC Creations Leeds Ivory Rose Close-up
Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers (PC Creations Leeds home grown rose)

The 2020 Yorkshire Bride Magazine gave PC Creations Leeds a mention in their magazine recently. They were focussing on green weddings.

In the magazine I talked about the fact that I had a number of plants in my garden, some of which I use for weddings.

You may find you also have the same plants growing in your garden. If you're planning on designing your own wedding bouquet and centrepieces maybe you should consider having a look around your garden to see what you could incorporate into your wedding flower bouquets and displays.

IN THE BEGINNING

When I set out to tame the front garden I was only concerned with putting plants in there which met certain criteria such as; they needed to be attractive, hardy, evergreen, not too invasive, could survive in a garden which was void of sun for a good part of the day and didn't require too much care and attention.

DO YOU HAVE ANY LEAFY PLANTS IN YOUR GARDEN?

If you are a DIY bride and you also plan to create your own fresh flower wedding bouquet and floral arrangements, I'm hoping that you may get some inspiration from here.

I love leafy plants, especially those with variegated leaves, which really come in handy when creating wedding bouquets that require lots of foliage.

There are several in my garden. I haven't used all of them for weddings, though in time the chances are I will eventually.

I've packed in as much as I can. It is what you might call a busy little garden, but I love it, as do the birds and the bees.

Below is a list of some of the plants I have growing in my little garden. My hope is that after taking a few minutes out to read this you might be pleasantly surprised to find that you already have some or most of what you need at your finger tips. It will definitely be beneficial to your wedding budget if you don't need to spend a fortune purchasing everything.

1.

BERGENIA

Bergenia
PC Creations Leeds Home Grown Bergenia

The Bergenia plant is a warrior in the garden. When all other plants have given up in the cold and the wind the Bergenia will thrive. The large, strong, leathery leaves of this plant are plentious. Not only that, the leaves will develop a red tinge in very cold weather.

This plant is one of the first to burst into flower when it's still very cold. Keep dead heading it and it will try it's best to keep rewarding you with a plethora of flowers throughout spring and beyond. It doesn't ask for much, just water and sunlight.

USES:

I have used both the flowers and the greenery in bouquets. The flowers clusters do look good in a small Boho bouquet. They also work well in a wedding centrepiece.The large leaves will hold their own in any bouquet or floral display.

2.

BUXUS / BOX

This shrub has small dark green, oval shaped leaves, though fresh shoots do come through a few shades lighter.

Here in Leeds you won't have to look for too long before you find a garden containing one or two compact and well coiffured Box shrubs. If you are the proud owner of some, then you know they make a lovely hedge, or stand alone plant. The best thing about them is that they can be snipped and sculpted into all sorts of fun shapes. I'm not that adventurous I keep mine low and box shaped. I like their sturdiness. It's definitely one plant you needn't worry about during a storm.

It's a plant that doesn't ask for much except a nice trim, the best time to do this would be anywhere between November to February. Added bonus it's an all year round plant.

3.

DUSTY MILLER

Senecio Cineraria

Senecio (Dusty Miller)
PC Creations Leeds Home Grown Cineraria (Dusty Miller)

A plant with beautiful soft silvery flock like, grey leaves. It doesn't demand too much attention, though it can get a bit leggy, and unattractive if left to flower. All of my Dusty Miller plants are looking unattractive at present. I thought I was the cause, but then noticed that the feathered friends in my back garden (I believe it's either the Sparrows or the Blue Tits) select only the finest leaves from these plants when I'm not around. Not for eating, but to feather their nests! Thankfully, the branches can root quite easily if placed in a jug of water. The plants are now protected with makeshift cloches created from chicken wire. I'm not being mean. It's just that I purchased these plants so that I could have them to hand when I needed some. I really do favour the variety that I have which has deep cut leaves. There's an added bonus for me also and that is that this plant is hardy enough to tough out the winter plus it doesn't mind a good pruning either.

I neglected to mention that this is a plant if left to it's own devices will produce clusters of pretty little gold flowers, but since I'm only interested in the foliage I will pinch the buds out as soon as I see them.

USES:

Fantastic in all types of bouquets and boutonnieres. The cut leaves look particularly good in boutonnieres

4.

EUONYMUS

Spindle tree variegated

Euonymous (Spindle Tree)
PC Creations Leeds Home Grown Euonymus (Spindle Tree)

I love the leaf colouring of this plant. The yellow/gold colouring on the edges is quite vivid, the leaves are glossy and long, but not too slender.

Again this plant doesn't ask for much just the occasional drink of water. At the moment it is competing with a couple of rambling roses for space and light and is still managing to hold its own. Added bonus, it's an all year round plant.

USES:

The branches work well in all types of bouquets, and the leaves really come into their own when used in buttonholes. This is another plant that doesn't ask for much. It also has long branches which are good for using in a trailing bouquet.

5.

EUONYMUS

Emerald Gaiety

Euonymus (Emerald Gaiety)
PC Creations Leeds Home Grown Euonymus

This Euonymus is absolutely brilliant for ground cover. It may look and feel quite delicate, but it is a hardy all year round plant. It doesn't grow too fast or too tall. If you put it near a fence it will climb it. You can get some nice long branches, and in winter the leaves can get a pretty pink edge on them. Added bonus, it's an all year round plant.

USES:

The longer branches look good in loose tied or Boho bouquets, and shorter lengths look lovely in boutonnieres and corsages. I've used them to add a bit of interest and colour when greening in floral displays as well. It's a nice all rounder.

6.

EUONYMUS

Gold Spot

Euonymus (Gold Spot)
PC Creations Leeds Home Grown Euonymus

The Gold Spot Euonymus is variegated, similar to the previously mentioned Euonymus (Spindle Tree). The two main differences are; the leaves are not as long, they also have green edges and gold centres, which is the reverse of the markings on the spindle tree. Added bonus, it's an all year round plant.

USES:

See the Euonymus Spindle Tree.

7.

HEBE