Sunflowers are unmistakable flowers. Their heads are massive compared to most other flowers, and they often grow so tall that they tower above other garden flowers and plants. We may not think about it, but sunflowers are valuable flowers – and not just for their visual appeal in cut flower arrangements or the garden. We eat their seeds (and so do birds), and we use the oil that the flower produces in cooking. And there’s a lot more to know about these show-stopping flowers.
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What is the Meaning or Significance of Sunflowers?
Sunflowers exude happiness. But they’re also symbols of adoration, longevity, and loyalty. As their name suggests, sunflowers have a unique but vital relationship with the sun. They use the sun’s heat and light to produce a source of nourishment and energy for people, birds, and other critters who might eat the flower’s seeds.
Some Basic Information About Sunflowers
The sunflower belongs to the Helianthus genus. That name comes from two Greek words: helios – meaning sun, and anthos, which means flower. There are 67 species within the genus. Scientists refer to the outer petals of sunflowers as “ray flowers.” The different species in the genus produce flowers of varying sizes and heights and flowers whose petals can be maroon, orange, yellow, or other colors. The seed-filled center part of sunflowers contains more flowers called “disc florets.”
Sunflowers are one among a few flowers genus’ that optimize their exposure to the sun through Heliotropism. Heliotropism is the scientific term that describes how sunflowers grow and move with the sun.
Use Sunflowers to Fill Your Home With Sunshine
The presence of flowers inside your house can instantly transform the atmosphere. And you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to bring fresh flowers into your home. Sunflowers cheer people up. During the hottest part of the summer when people are trying to keep their homes comfortable while saving energy, heat blocking curtains, and shades can make our homes look and feel like a dungeon. Consider placing vases filled with sunflowers – either alone – or with other flowers, around your home to bring the feeling of summer inside without the high heat and humidity.
Put a sunflower bouquet on a console table, end tables, or a nightstand. Use sunflowers to create a centerpiece on your family dining table – whether it’s inside or outdoors. You’ll make mealtime feel special.
Using Sunflowers in Party Arrangements, Wedding Floral Arrangements, and Bridal Bouquets
Sunflowers are the ultimate summer flower. Their massive size and the contrast between the petals (ray flowers) and the center (the disc florets) create a dramatic impact that many people want from a flower arrangement. If you are planning a summer wedding, or an indoor or outdoor summer bash, consider using sunflowers in your floral design scheme.
A Bridal Bouquet of Sunflowers
The prospect of using sunflowers in a bouquet on their own may seem simplistic or too dull. When you had dark green foliage to fill the space between the sunflowers, the arrangement takes on a more elegant and sophisticated look. For a wedding with a country or rustic theme, tie the flowers with a piece of burlap, or strands of natural-colored raffia.
Use Sunflowers in Your Centerpieces
For that country-themed wedding, especially in an informal outdoor setting, put sunflowers in Mason jars. You can include other seasonal flowers to add touches of color and a lot of visual interest. Sunflowers are the ideal flower to choose for tall centerpieces, too.
Dress Up Your Deck, Patio, or Picnic Table
We all love to take advantage of warm weather to enjoy mealtime outdoors. Next time you invite people over for a backyard barbecue, decorate your outdoor eating area with sunflowers. Choose sunflowers in different colors and sizes, or use giant sunflowers alone or in combination with other flowers – to add color and interest.
How to Use Sunflowers With Other Flowers
Combine sunflowers with Delphinium and Solidago – as an accent. You’ll create the illusion that you pulled the arrangement together from flowers you picked in your garden – even if you didn’t. This combination will work well as a wedding sunflower bouquet, or as a floral arrangement for a table centerpiece that covers a blue-patterned tablecloth.
Use sunflowers with delphinium, asters, thistle, scabiosa, and bachelor’s button. You can use them all, or choose a few. Either way, you’ll wind up with a beautiful fresh-from-the garden arrangement that will work well as a bridal bouquet, wedding party bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, or for floral arrangements you can use throughout your home. Sunflowers also look beautiful with white flowers such as stock, or with daisies, for a Boho-inspired design.
Sunflowers are among the most versatile summer flowers. Some people grow them so attract wildlife to their backyard. Others may prefer them for their decorative functions. You can count on the experienced and passionate floral design team at Floral Acres Florist And Greenhouse to help you bring a sunflower bouquet to life – no matter how you want to use sunflowers.