we love astilbe

I've been delighted lately to see one of my favorite flowers, astilbe, popping up in wedding designs. I've always seen it here and there but it seems to be more popular than ever now, even as a standalone bloom.

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Astilbe is a lovely flower with a lot of personality. It's available in white, pink, purple, and red varieties, and its feathery blossoms can look either elegant or whimsical depending on how they're used. It blooms in late spring here in the D.C. area, and while I think our weather's a little warmer than it would like, I still keep some in my garden and I love it when those colorful spikes blossom! Even after the blooms have gone, the pretty foliage makes a nice backdrop for other plants' summer flowers.

But this isn't a gardening blog; it's a wedding blog! So let's look at some of the different ways floral designers are using this very distinctive flower:

TOP LEFT: Wedding bouquet by Ultraviolet Floral Design, Markethill, County Armagh, Ireland. Photograph by Sara Dalzell.
TOP CENTER: Wedding bouquet by Spruce Floral Designs, Makati City, Philippines. Photography by J. Lucas Reyes.
TOP RIGHT: Wedding bouquet by Calie Rose Floral & Event Design, Orem, Utah. Photograph by Heather Bliss.
MIDDLE LEFT: Wedding boutonniere by Crazy Daisies Wedding & Event Floral Design, Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph by Weddings by Scott & Dana.
MIDDLE CENTER: Flower girl crowns by Ginger Keones of The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch, Dardanelle, Arkansas. Photograph by Melissa McCrotty.
MIDDLE RIGHT: Wedding boutonniere by Gemini Flowers, Concord, Ontario, Canada. Photograph by Avenue Photo.
BOTTOM LEFT: Centerpiece arrangement by deBruyn Designs, Maple Grove, Minnesota. Photograph by Tate Carlson.
BOTTOM CENTER: Centerpiece arrangement by Flower Muse, Los Angeles, California.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Floral garland by Sweet Pea Floral Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan.