Brides who want to use local flowers for winter bouquets have to be a little creative. Here in Cary, NC, January is the most limited month for flowers, but I can still find some blooms to put together for a winter bouquet.
Anemones, grown with winter protection, usually start blooming by late December at Springwell Gardens and will continue through April. The primary color blooming now is a rich fuchsia. Purples and whites are starting up as well.
Foliage material with its winter hues and markings plays an important role in winter designs. Plum colored leaves of lorapetalum and nandina provide a nice contrast to silvery Dusty Miller and variegated Winter Daphne. Dried summer flowers such as pink gomphrena and fragrant blue cypress add textural interest as well.
As January moves into February more material will become available. Flowers to look for in February will include Winter Daphne, winter honeysuckle, daffodils, hellebore and pansies.