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Explore flower choices for holiday

2/7/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Red roses may signify love, but just about any other crimson-hued flower can also represent the strong emotions felt for a sweetheart — and at a much more affordable cost. When visiting a florist, consider mixing and matching some other flowers for an arrangement with flair and originality.

  • Dahlias: Dahlias come in all sizes, from small blooms of a few inches to much larger blossoms that may be a foot in width. They are related to the sunflower, daisy and chrysanthemum. The Dahlia usually is not a scented flower, which may work for people who are especially sensitive to scented blooms.
  • Chrysanthemums: Mums are versatile flowers that symbolize optimism, joy, fidelity and love. Although mums are traditionally yellow, they can also be white, red and other hybrid hues.
  • Peonies: These are herbaceous perennial plants that produce large, often fragrant flowers ranging in color from red to white.
  • Carnations: Carnations have the scientific name of dianthus, which means “flowers of God.” Carnations are particularly coveted because they can last long after being cut, which makes them popular in floral arrangements. Dark red carnations are said to convey affection and deep love.
  • Columbine: Columbine has lacy-looking leaves and bell-shaped flowers. While columbines are traditionally used as garden plants to attract hummingbirds, a few blooms added to a floral arrangement can brighten up the design.
  • Poppies: Low maintenance and usually easy to grow, poppies’ vivid red color and large blooms add to their aesthetic appeal.
  • Cardinals: Cardinals have long, tubular flowers that are dramatic and can add drama to floral arrangements.

 

This information was provided courtesy of MetroCreativeConnection.

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