Sweet summer flowers to use at home

My pal Angie just pinged me and asked what flowers she should get for her apartment.  I thought I would write a quick post about it because,  well, now that it's summer othersmust be wondering what flowers are in season now. We florist think of these summer time flowers as field flowers and they are delicious. Tons of textures, warm bright colors and mostly a great bargain. 

Of course we get to play with tons of luxurious "premium" blooms like eremurus, garden roses and peons but there are so many wonderful summer flowers that will electrify your space and should be pretty easy on the wallet too. 

FIRST- throw out the rigid thoughts on color combination. Winters are whites and greens and spring mostly soft muted cute (feminine?) colors- summer time flower arrangements are bombastic, clashing and vivid. Think Yellows, Blues, Oranges and that will get you there.

Of course, Sunflowers rule the summer. Tall, showy and pretty long lasting they can always be counted on to bright up a space. But I especially iike them cut short in a short cylinder vase. Their majestic form, many nearly 3 feet tall, is impressive but really only can see stems. So I cut them down, toss the stems in the compost with zero guilt. It's kind of like broccoli because I think of them as the delivery system for the bloom. It did it's job, we are grateful, now be gone and bring that on that electric yellow. 

So stock up on things like Dahlias, Scabiosa, Ornamental  Kale, Lily, Decorative artichokes, Hydrangea, Yarrow, Thistle and go crazy. And keep your eye's peeled for the many different types of sunflowers- once you start looking, you will see some with black centers, green centers, muted yellow, orangie yellow, brown and even died red/orange ones. Garish for sure but who cares if it makes your heart beat a little faster.

Pass the tanning butter please... xo, Kirk

agapanthus sumer flower. san francisco florist