Poppies: The poppy blooms in a beautiful shade of orange-red. Its delicate petals give the flower a light, airy quality which seems to further highlight the intensity of its vivid red color. The color of the petals is offset by its black, velvety center.
Roses: A symbol of love the world over, the red rose is by far the most popular red flower. Unlike the poppy, roses tend to bloom in shades of bluish-red or deep pinkish-red. However, roses are so heavily
Amaryllis: This tall, showy flower grows in many varieties of colors. Some are even striped or patterned. But the red toned amaryllis is an especially beautiful bloom. It can be found in both blue-red and orange-red shades, both of which are nicely accented by the delicate yellow pollen. The amaryllis is a favorite for centerpieces and, unlike many other flowers, looks best when standing alone of with only other amaryllises in a vase.
Peonies: The peony is a lush bloom with bunched petals, giving it a very full look. Peonies bloom in many shades of pink, including pale pink, a medium bluish-pink and a more yellow-pink. Pale pink works best for elegant occasions, while the more saturated, deeper pinks are good picks for cheery spring bouquets.
Gerber Daises: Gerber daises bloom in some of the brightest shades of any flower. Light pink gerbers with green-yellow centers have a cheery, yet graceful look to them and are also great springtime flowers. Gerbers also bloom in a rich shade of magenta, probably more appropriate for evening affairs.
Orchids: These beautiful plants bloom in deep shades of fuchsia, usually with small spots of white or pale pink. The variety and pattern of colors contained in a single orchid flower can be dizzying. Phalaenopsis orchids can be found in striped varieties like the “kaleidoscope phalaenopsis,” which is often yellow and pink striped.
Chrysanthemums: Chrysanthemums bloom in a variety of different shades, but white is widely considered the most elegant. The chrysanthemum or “mum” blooms in a shade of creamy or antique white and makes an excellent centerpiece for an elegant affair. White chrysanthemum can also be made into a tea, popular in China, which is also the country which contains the highest diversity chrysanthemum species.
Lilies: White Oriental Lilies are among the most elegant flowers cultivated. The pure white of the petals is offset by the deep burgundy of the pollen. Buy stalks that have more blooms unopened than open to ensure that blooms last for at least a few days.
Frangipani: This heavily scented flower is mostly white, with yellow covering the base of each petal toward the center. It may be more difficult to find, as it is a tropical flower, but it will be well worth the search.
Daffodils: This beacon of spring usually contains two different and complementary shades of yellow on each flower – a lighter yellow on the outer petals, and a deep yellow or orange on the trumpet-shaped central petals.
Marigolds: Marigolds bloom in shades of yellow and orange and are popular for the variety of colors they display as well as their benefit for gardens – they are known to keep pests away. Petal colors can range from a deep burnt-orange to a light pale yellow, with some of the most beautiful varieties displaying as many as three different colors on one flower head.
Peruvian lilies: Peruvian lilies, or alstroemeria, blooms in many different colors, but the yellow lily is certainly among the most captivating. Dotted with reddish-brown streaks, the yellow peruvian lily is a symbol of cheeriness and springtime, yet carries a certain elegance at the same time.
Pansies: Pansies are especially beautiful in shades of purple. The outer regions of the petals are usually a lighter purple, while the inner regions are much darker – almost black. Toward the very center, petals turn white and yellow, complementing the purple shades nicely.
Hyacinths: Although hyacinths are now grown in many different colors, most people associated them with the traditional purple-blue hue. Hyacinths in this shade carry the largest variety of color in each single flower head. The central part of each petal is a deep bluish-purple, which fades out toward the edges until all color is almost gone, leaving a white “outline.” Since hyacinths grow as short stalks, save these for shorter, more compact bouquets.
Irises: Like purple pansies, irises display the complementary color scheme of purple and yellow. The petals of the iris are quite delicate, so handle this flower with care. Like the Hyacinth, this flower falls in the purple-blue category.
Blue Vanda Orchids: Like many “blue” flowers, the Blue Vanda Orchid could be considered purple depending on whom you ask. But if not a true blue, it certainly comes close. This unique flower is spotted with square-shaped dots of white on each petal. The petals are very full-looking, being somewhat larger than typical orchid petals.
Morning glories: These trumpet shaped flowers have one true petal which is creased at regular intervals. True to their name, the flowers open in the morning and are usually closed by noon. The petals display a delicate periwinkle blue which fades to white, and eventually yellow, towards the center.
Hydrangeas: Hydrangeas bloom in all shades of purple, blue, white and even green, but the deep blue blooms are probably the most eye-catching. The hydrangea plant is a bush with conspicuous bulb or ball-shaped blooms. Each bloom actually contains many small flowers with four petals each.