Seasonal Flowers: October

I just love fall weddings.  Mostly because of the fall wedding flowers available, of course!  I’m a big fan of berries and branches, and fall is a perfect season to include fruits, berries, and branches in floral arrangements.  This post, I’ll focus on non-flowers.

Ornamental Peppers (Capsicum annuum)

Ornamental PeppersOrnamental peppers are more diverse than you might think!  They’re available in black, purple, red, orange, and yellow, and they are sometimes long and thin like a serrano pepper, and sometimes short and fat. For a black and white wedding theme in fall, ornamental peppers are a great option.  They’re shown here with coxcomb and sunflowers.  Please don’t eat them!  I hear they’re terribly hot.  Haven’t tried them myself, though!

Ornamental Kale (Brassica oleracea)

Ornamental Kale“What is that… cabbage?”  Yes!  It is!  And isn’t it cool???  Kale comes in plum/purple, blush, ivory, and green.  If you ask me, it resembles like a giant rose.   Sometimes the petals have  ruffly edges, sometimes smooth.  Ornamental kale is a popular fall bedding plant as well as being a great option for fall wedding flowers!  They are very striking, and a bit unusual.  Don’t dismiss cabbage for your wedding flowers.  They’re quite the conversation starter!

Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria)

Another favorite of mine, smokebush is a shrub that turns reddish purple in fall.  The leaves are roundish and about 2″ across.  One of the prettiest cut branches available for fall color, if you ask me!

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