19 Beautiful Types Of Florist Flowers You May Not Have Seen

Florists tend to use some of the most beautiful flowers in the world for their arrangements and products.

Flower bouquets and arrangements are designed to draw the eye and either stand out or add something to the surrounding decor.

19 Beautiful Types Of Florist Flowers You May Not Have Seen

Here are 19 beautiful types of florist flowers you might not have seen. Consider ordering some of these gorgeous flowers next time you visit your florist!

1. Cosmos

Comos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) can come in a wide range of colors, including pink, lilac, orange, and red.

If you don’t identify them by their appearance, you should be able to pinpoint these flowers by their chocolate-like scent.

Florists typically use shorter varieties of this flower for container displays, although any variety can work well in a cut flower arrangement.

2. Peony

Peonies (Paeonia) belong to the Paeonicaeae family. These are slow-growing flowers that can take up to 3 years to become established, so when you see these colorful blooms at the florist, take a moment to appreciate the care and patience that has gone into their growth.

Peonies can be white, pink, orange, red, or yellow, and certain peony varieties may even switch from one color to another.

3. Tiger Lily

The Tiger Lily (Lilium lancifolium) is a particularly striking flower native to Japan and China. Because these flowers are not particularly high-maintenance and can withstand many different growing conditions, they are popular with florists.

Most Tiger lilies are orange or red, but they can also sometimes be white or yellow. Because these flowers only come into bloom once every year, they are highly sought after and difficult to find at times.

4. Yarrow

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a flower that florists typically use to complement other, larger and more prominent flowers in floral displays.

These flat-topped clusters of small, white flowers look delicate, but they are actually very resilient due to being native to grasslands. They have a strong and fragrant scent, and an interesting fact about Yarrow is that it’s technically a herb.

5. Ipomea

Ipomea (Ipomoea indica) is also known as the Blue dawn flower. Some even call it Morning glory.

This blue-purple flower can sometimes also have a red tinge, and its trumpet shape makes it ideal for flower arrangements that are meant to stand out.

The flower’s exotic appearance is due to the fact that it’s a subtropical plant. There are actually over 500 species within the Ipomoea genus.

6. Zinnia

Zinnia, or Zinnia elegans, to use its scientific name, is an annual flower known for blooming in a range of vivid colors.

Zinnia flowers can be pink, purple, red, orange, yellow, or even white, so they’re suitable for a wide variety of occasions, from weddings to birthday events. This is part of the reason why they’re popular with florists.

These are hardy flowers that can tolerate high temperatures in the summer months, which means they don’t wilt quickly in floral arrangements.

7. Peace Lily

The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is a flower you probably have heard of before. Peace lilies are one of the most popular indoor plants because they’re so easy to grow, even in areas that don’t get a lot of natural sunlight.

While peace lilies (and other members of the lily variety) are toxic to pets and children, meaning you have to be careful of where and when you display them, they are subtly and elegantly beautiful, making for incredible flower displays.

8. Freesia

Freesias are a genus of flowering plants that grow in dense clusters. They come in a lot of different colors, including purple, red, white, and yellow.

This means that freesias alone can be used to create a colorful and bold display. They can also be paired with other, more subtle blooms (Yarrow, for example).

Freesias can last for 3 weeks in a vase, but if you want your display to last as long as possible, choosing yellow or white blooms is the best option, since they live the longest after cutting.

9. Monkshood

Monkshood (Aconitum), also known as Wolf’s bane, is not commonly used by florists, hence why you might not have seen it before.

Some florists will offer Monkshood as part of cut flower arrangements, but the reason this is a rarer find is that Monkshood is poisonous to the touch.

Therefore, if you’re going to include it in a flower display, you must make sure that you don’t get any of its sap on your hands, and don’t display it somewhere that is accessible to pets or children.

10. Sweet Pea

Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) lives up to its name, being one of the most fragrant-smelling and beautiful-looking flowers you’ll find at any florist.

This annual climbing plant is often displayed outside, where structural support can help it to climb up to 2 meters tall. However, it also makes a beautiful cut flower.

You can find pink, white, violet, blue, white, and coral sweet pea flowers to add to floral displays on a yearly basis.

11. Nigella

Nigella (Nigella damascena) is also known as Love in a Mist. This tough annual flower is easy to grow outdoors because it’s not easily damaged by weather conditions. However, these fascinating-looking flowers are also beautiful in floral arrangements.

They are identifiable by their feathery foliage (this is where the ‘mist’ part of their name comes from) and their large petals, which are usually blue, but can also be red, purple, or pink depending on the specific variety.

12. Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is symbolic of happiness and affection. Because of this, many florists will sell honeysuckle as part of wedding arrangements, but they are suitable for a wide range of occasions.

These flowers give off a clove-like scent, and they’re easily recognizable because of their interesting shape.

They have a tubular, trumpet-like structure and grow in clusters. Their color can range from pastel pink to bright red.

13. Snapdragon

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) is a stunningly beautiful flower that works well in almost any display of flowers.

While these clusters of flowers can grow quite tall, florists provide them in a variety of sizes, meaning they can work in very large centerpiece bouquets as well as smaller arrangements.

Ranging in color from bright pink to fiery orange, and even white, snapdragons are short-lived once they bloom in the early spring months.

14. Peruvian Lily

The Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria aurea) is a robust, yet very pretty flower known for the interesting patterns on its petals.

Each flower has 6 petals, and while these flowers can come in many different colors (orange, peach, red, white, and even green) they all share a striped, streaked pattern that makes them easy to identify.

15. Ranunculus

Ranunculus (Ranunculus asiaticus) is also known as the Persian buttercup, and in our opinion, this is one of the most beautiful flowers you’ll ever come across at the florist’s.

These flowers have a distinct bowl-like shape with ruffled petals, and they are available in a wide variety of colors to match any occasion.

From pinks and peaches to orange, reds, and purples, these flowers can be used for wedding bouquets, especially since they mostly symbolize romantic love.

16. Blushing Bride Protea

The Blushing bride protea (Serruria Florida) is a striking-looking flower that is endemic to South Africa.

This flower generally grows quite tall, but the flowers are dainty and come in light cream or pink colors, with some flecks of burgundy, so they are perfect for wedding arrangements.

Protea flowers in general also symbolize courage and diversity, so floral arrangements featuring this flower are perfect for a lot of different occasions.

17. Cymbidium Orchid

The Cymbidium orchid, otherwise known as the Boat orchid, is the perfect decorative flower for indoor flower displays. They grow in spikes, and don’t need a lot of maintenance before or after cutting.

This is actually the earliest orchid to be cultivated, and while it’s native to tropical climates, it doesn’t need a lot of sunlight to thrive. These flowers come in a variety of pinks, oranges, and yellows.

18. Nerines

Nerines look somewhat similar to lilies (you might also hear them referred to as Guernsey lilies) producing pink, white, yellow and red blooms that look stunning in flower arrangements.

The flowers are star-shaped and grow on slender stems, so they have an elegant appearance as well as a mild, pleasant scent.

19. Larkspur

Larkspur (Delphinium) is a genus of flowers comprising 300 individual species. While these flowers are toxic to humans and animals when consumed, they are very beautiful.

You just need to make sure not to touch the flowers without hand protection since they can cause skin irritation. Despite their potential effects, Larkspur flowers have a lot of positive symbolism, including love, beauty, and youth.

Final Thoughts

There are so many different varieties of flowers you can find at the florist’s for any occasion.

Whether you’re looking for something dainty and elegant, or a bolder, more eye-catching bloom, we hope you have found inspiration in our list of 19 beautiful types of florist flowers you may not have seen.

Remember that not all florist flowers should be handled with bare skin or left accessible to animals or children.

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