Wilt-Proof Your Bouquet With These Beautiful Stems

Twenty heat-resistant bridal blooms that will outlive the last dance.
by Lauren Kay

You heard right! From these twenty flowers you can mix and match your way to a beautiful bouquet that can stand up to even the driest, hottest summer temps. We've got big blooms for lush, voluminous arrangements, foliage for rounded-out shapes, and a little something for every color palette from sliver to hot pink. Keep your flowers looking fresh by storing bouquets in water when not in use and keeping stems out of direct sunlight when possible.

  1. Pick Your Posies

    Wilt-resistant flowers
    photo by KT Murray

    These blooms are guaranteed to stand up to the heat. Make them the cornerstones of your bouquet for a bunch that won't wilt before the toss. Flower varieties from left to right: andromeda seed, pincushion protea, garden rose, millet, cymbidium orchid, dahlia, rudbeckia pod, peony, feverfew, cymbidium orchid, celosia, mini calla lilies, scabiosa pods, sedum, chocolate sunflower, thistle, garden spray rose, brassica (kale), silver brunia, viburnum berry and seeded eucalyptus.

    Floral design, Blossom and Branch Fine Floral Design; prop styling, Kim Field

  2. Modern Magnificence

    photo by KT Murray

    Go bold with colorful dahlias and garden spray roses, which thrive in heat. Waxy topical blooms, like the calla lily, have no real "petals" to droop. Sedum and pincushions add fullness to the bouquet.

  3. Cascading Romance

    photo by KT Murray

    Enchant with fragrant jasmine (vines love heat), garden spray roses and seeded eucalyptus. Succulents, or dessert blooms, are additions that won't fade.

  4. Rustic Splendor

    photo by KT Murray

    Dutch hydrangea (at their peak in the summer), garden spray roses and orchids offer color and softness, while chocolate sunflowers, silver brunia and viburnum berries are sturdy complements.

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