Snappening recently teamed up with the floral experts at JP Parker Flowers to ask about an assortment of the best seasonal wedding flowers in the Midwest for brides and other event planners. Whether you want a winter wedding, a fall reunion, spring bridal shower, summer birthday party or more, we’ve got the inside scoop from the expert herself—Pam Parker, founder of JP Parker Flowers. Learn how to highlight the local floral no matter the occasion.
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Before previewing the perfect posies for each season, we asked Parker about hot new trends and favored designs brides are requesting. Her answer? Vintage items for displaying bouquets such as Mason jars, teapots, antique bottles or old jewelry to complement and accent florals for the perfect historic look. Our favorite tip from Parker involves using items from Grandma’s wedding to adorn and supplement floral arrangements for a classic, yet original look.

Next up is our main event: an exclusive preview of the best flowers no matter the season. These up-and-coming floral trends aren’t only for weddings—they can be used for vibrant parties, classic birthdays, calming corporate retreats and more!

Best Midwestern Spring Flowers

Pastel colors and feminine florals are just what you need for your spring event. These lovely bouquet designs are the latest way to celebrate this light and airy season!
Tulips – Tulips are some of the most popular spring flowers of all time. Tulips come in an incredible variety of colors, height and flower shapes. Some Tulips are even fragrant. This makes the option versatile and appropriate.
Peonies – Peonies produce white, pink or red flowers, and bloom year after year as perennials. They are resilient and large, with fragrant blossoms. They are ideal for covering a large surface area.
Iris – Iris vary in color, shape and size. Iris come in all colors of the rainbow including white, yellow, pink, purple, blue, red and multiple bi-colors. Most Iris have a faint fragrance while some have a more potent fragrance.
Lilacs – Lilacs are known for their large, showy flower clusters. While the lilac bush gives the color its name, these plants don’t just produce purple flowers. Lilac varieties may also grow in white, dark blue, pink or wine-colored blossoms.

Best Midwestern Summer Flowers

Summer is hot and vibrant and full of color—your flower arrangements should be too!
Sunflowers – Sunflowers are aptly named after the sun, which the flower resembles. The petals are typically bright yellow, although some varieties are orange or red. These sturdy flowers can anchor a bouquet with their large displays of bright summer colors.
Dalia -Dahlias are native to Mexico, and considered one of the most spectacular garden flowers. There is a great variety of form in dahlias, from the showy dinner-plate size to the bright, little singular ones.
Garden Rose -Garden roses are predominantly hybrid roses that are grown as ornamental plants in private or public gardens. They are one of the most popular and widely cultivated groups of flowering plants, and are especially popular in wedding bouquets.
Hydrangea – There are two flower arrangements in hydrangeas: Mophead flowers are large round flowerheads resembling pom-poms and the lacecap flowers bear round, flat flowerheads.

Best Midwestern Fall Flowers

Fall features the colors of changing leaves—orange, brown, yellow and red. These warm hues along with JP Parkers fall flower selections are perfect for any fall occasion.

Chrysanthemum – Chrysanthemums are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and the flowers differ between species. Although originally chrysanthemums were small yellow flowers, they are now available as whites, pinks, purples, greens, reds and many other colors.
Dried Pods – Dried Pods are an amazing addition to any arrangement.They add a natural and unmistakable beauty to any piece.
Grasses and Fall Foliage – Ornamental grasses are wonderful for adding multiple pieces of variety and fall colors into your bouquet designs.
Calla Lily – Calla lilies are one of the most beautiful flowers with a unique flower form. They come in a wide array of colors, but we suggest hues of purple, yellow and orange for fall.

Best Midwestern Winter Flowers

Sleek and icy designs combined with bright reds and greens for the holiday season are perfect for any winter wedding or holiday function.
Roses – Roses are one of the most popular flowers in the U.S. Although they come in a variety of colors, we suggest deep reds and cool whites for the winter season.
Winter Evergreens – These winter flower arrangements add a festive touch to your next wintry celebration.
Holly – These gorgeous bright pops of Christmas color add the perfect winter complement to your event florals.
Pine Cones – Nothing says winter like pine cones. Try adding these into a centerpiece design with white roses for the perfect yuletide event piece.

Parker’s last trendy tip? Succulents! One of the most unique design elements in a bouquet or arrangement for summer, thesethickened and fleshy plants have the ability to retain water! Some examples include aloe, prickly-pear cactus, or hens and chicks.

For more flower inspiration, check out Snappening’s Bouquets! Pinboard on Pinterest, and for beautiful flower displays, arrangements and bouquets with these seasonal elements and more check out JP Parker Flowers for trendy, customized floral creations. Share your own creations and floral event décor on Snappening’s Facebook or Twitter.