Choosing a favorite flower is almost impossible. And I think picking a favorite color is almost as difficult. But if I was forced to pick just one, it would have to be peach.
For many years, I searched high and low for flowers that I could grow in shades of peach, apricot, and coral. It was pretty tricky to track down ingredients in my favorite range of sherbet tones. Over the years I’ve amassed quite the collection and quite recently it seems that breeders are finally offering more beautiful varieties in these colors too.
When we introduced our own line of Floret Seeds last year, peach-hued blooms were a little overrepresented, probably because I love the color so much. While working with wedding clients, I remember how hard it was to find the perfect shade of peach. So I went a little overboard and offered lots and lots of peach-hued blooms.
Pictured above: Zinnia ‘Zinderella Peach’, Nasturtium ‘Salmon Gleam’, Iceland Poppy, ‘Giant Peach’ ; Pictured below: Foxglove ‘Dalmation Peach’, and Zinnia ‘Oklahoma Salmon’ , Dahlia ‘Peaches n’ Cream’
Over the years as my own floral design style has evolved, I’ve moved away from bright, contrasting colors and gravitated more towards bouquets centered around one core color theme. There are so many tones and subtle scales of a single hue and I love trying to grow as many flowers as possible in that palette. Plus, I love to combine cultivated flowers and foraged elements that incorporate the specific color—but in interesting and unexpected ways. For example, golden raspberries make a wonderful additions to sherbet bouquets.
This little peach post is the kickoff for a new series of blog posts focused on color. In the series, I’m going to be digging in and exploring nuanced approaches to using color in floral designs. And of course I’ll be sharing some of my favorite flowers in each highlighted hue.
Are you a peach lover too? If not, what’s YOUR favorite color? Please share your fave in the comments below.
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Flowers and foliage of any shade that have multi dimensional coloration or a natural iridescence draw me in.
Iris germanica’Treasured’, Digitalis ‘Polkadot Pippa’, Physocarpus ‘Coppertina’, Heuchera ‘Marmalade’ Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’ Papaver rhoeas ‘Mother of Pearl’