Kangaroo Paw: These blooms come in a range of earth tones, and add both complementary greenery and a splash of earthy color to a bouquet or bout. Floral design by Honey and Poppies, photography by Birds of a Feather Photo.
Orchids: These perennials come in many different varieties, but each plant can stand alone as a delicate, striking centerpiece or be blended into a larger bouquet to add shape. Floral design by By Yena Designs, photo by Mark Stephen Kornbluth Photography.
Stephanotis: Adding almost an Art Deco texture to any bouquet, these traditional wedding flowers (whose meaning is “marital happiness”) are also great as filler flowers. Photo by Flower Factor/Flickr.
Clair McLafferty is a freelance writer, craft bartender and general nerd operating out of Birmingham, Ala. If she’s not mixing up vintage drinks or editing a story, she can usually be found reading cocktail history or science fiction. See more of her work at clairmclafferty.com.