There are three flower roles in a bouquet, and certain flowers are best suited to fill each part. The first flower role is that of a line flower. Line flowers tend to have numerous blossoms close to their stems. They stand tall, and they are typically used to set the tone for the shape and direction of the arrangement. For this reason, these flowers tend to be inserted into the design before any others are. Examples of line flowers are gladiola, snapdragons, Liatris, and delphiniums.
The next flower role is that of focal flowers. When you look at a bouquet, these are the flowers that are likely to pull your eyes toward them. You may notice that you must actively shift your attention to adequately notice the other flowers in the arrangement. These tend to be single stem and compact flowers. Roses, peonies, and magnolias fall into this category. They tend to be found at the arrangement’s center.
The final flower role is that of a filler flower. While these flowers don’t usually get as much attention as the others, this article is all about these mostly green flowers that form much of the body of an arrangement. The balanced tones of these flowers allow the focus to be placed on the focal flowers. There tend to be flower clusters on a single stem with these flowers, used to occupy the vacant spaces between filler and line flowers. For this reason, many people simply refer to them as transitional flowers. Poppies and wax flowers are examples of these.
Here’s a look at some of the best filler flowers that you can choose for your bouquet.
Don’t be surprised if you’ve seen these flowers many times before. These flowers, which are also known as Gypsophila and angel’s breath, are the most commonly used filler flowers in floral arrangements. Be that as it may, the flowers also work well alone to create magnificent centerpieces. The flowers work as well as filler flowers because of their flower arrangement that has a cloud-like white color.
Since the color is not one that stands out next to focal flowers, it provides the perfect complement to both strengthen the body of the bouquet and allow you to focus where the arrangement maker intended.
It gets its name because it is said to be as delicate and soft as a baby. This is the reason that it is said to symbolize innocence.
Bells of Ireland
These flowers tend to be used in floral arrangements that have significance at a wedding or other event. Of course, this means that a bridal bouquet is the perfect application for them. There’s a romantic feel to these flowers, which just serves to prove that point even further.
Bells of Ireland tend to have long stems that have clusters of bell-like blooms. The balanced color of these green flowers makes them perfect for use in bouquets alongside brighter colors. Be that as it may, they tend to also go well with white flowers, such as white roses.
The length of the stems makes them suitable candidates to add some height to your bouquet. You should also know that these flowers are said to symbolize luck.
These flowers are commonly used in bridal bouquets. They work well because they are so beautifully clustered, and the flower colors don’t clash with the other flower types. The flowers have a star-like shape, and they tend to appear in various shades of pink, red, and white.
Though they are not overpowering, the clusters have a strong presence, as each has the look of a mini bouquet. Apart from the look of the flowers, it is also known for its amazing scent. Apart from just being used for weddings, these flowers are also used for floral décor and centerpieces.
Like the Bells of Ireland, the delphinium is also known for its long stem, which brings with it the ability to add height to an arrangement. While there is filler flower potential here, the delphinium is more arguably suited as a line flower.
It can help you to structure your bouquet when inserted first. The flower’s blooms run the entire length of the stem. These blooms come in a variety of blue colors. In fact, many people get the delphinium because they’re in the mood to add something blue to the arrangement. The meanings behind the delphinium are swiftness and lightness.
This is one of many popular green filler flowers that are used in floral arrangements. Green is a go-to color because of the relaxed tone that is usually seen on them. As soon as you see frosty green color that gives the flower a unique look, you can tell where the name came from. The leaves come in both a lacy and a flat variety.
The flower is said to represent delicacy and happiness. You can find it in many garden-like bouquets. This is because of the relaxed tone that was referenced above. Such a color gives an automatic backdrop aesthetic, which can then be capitalized on to bring the flowers that you want into focus.
These daises look like a color swap with a design like that of a sunflower. They are best used when you want to create an aesthetic of wildflowers that have been freshly picked. The stems are long, and the blooms are daisy-like. While they may have the shape of sunflowers, the blooms that come from them are very small.
However, the size doesn’t matter as they stand out very well in a bouquet without pulling too much attention to themselves. Note, however, that you can also use these as standalone flowers to create a beautiful arrangement or maybe pair them with other wildflowers.
These flowers look like something straight out of a fictional tale. Even with such a unique look, they don’t overpower the flowers that you wish to stand out. The stems are like branches, but they curl at the end, which gives a unique spiral-like aesthetic.
When they are grouped together, the effect is almost unreal. Fiddleheads are known for their availability and reliability, since you can get your hands on them at any point during the year. These flowers look best when placed with green flowers in an arrangement.
You can find these ferns in a variety of colors that range from almost black, to dark purple, and even dark green.
The heather is a very tall flower that can be used to give some height to your bouquet as needed. There are numerous small, spherical blooms that run the length of the stems. You can find the flowers in white, green, pink, and purple.
Apart from just providing the arrangement with some height, you can use heather flowers for their amazing volume. The arrangement of blooms along the stem is very dense, which means that they are perfect for filling up any gaps and making the body of the bouquet feel more wholesome.
The heather is said to symbolize both good luck and admiration, but there are some people who even believe that the flower has protective powers.
Holly is one of the more unique flower types on this list, since it has the potential to become a tree. You can identify holly flowers by the rich green color of the leaves that are in sync with the main bright red berries that surround them. Hollies are most commonly used in wedding bouquets and other floral arrangements.
They fit in well at weddings because they are said to be a symbol of domestic happiness.
These green flowers are famous for their incredible needle-like leaves. You can’t even imagine how many bouquets and flower crowns make use of these unimposing flowers. The flexible needles and soft texture make it the perfect thing for such an application.
The flexibility allows for someone to easily mold it into any required shape for an arrangement. While it is a transitional flower, it’s not typically used on its own to promote the flow of a bouquet because the stems are long, and they droop.
This is yet another in the line of green flowers that are perfect for your bouquet. The best way to describe this shade of green is rich. It’s not necessarily an uncommon shade of green, but there’s a certain brilliance around it. The narrow leaves seem to have a sheen as you look at them.
This look makes it work perfectly as a filler flower in your bouquet. You get an elegant appearance and a flower that compliments the others in your bouquet well. Additionally, this is another flower that can last up to eight days with proper care.
Apart from using it in bouquets, you can consider using these flowers in tandem with candles, as they give off a very romantic appearance when you do.
The ivy is another of the many popular green flowers that are used in various kinds of floral arrangements. You tend to find them in wedding and garden-based bouquets. Unlike many other flowers, the ivy doesn’t seem confined to any structure or shape. This allows it to give a natural look to any arrangement that it’s a part of.
Apart from the authentic visual treat that ivies provide, they also symbolize friendship, affection, love, and fidelity. These meanings explain why they’re such a popular choice in wedding bouquets.
When an ivy is used in a bouquet, it helps the focal flowers to stand out, while helping the line flowers to provide shape and structure to the design.
The leatherleaf fern is everything you could want in a filler flower. While it doesn’t command attention, it gives your backdrop a unique look because of its natural shape. The leaves of these green flowers spread in a triangular fashion, which makes for a decorative filler with a difference.
Note that this is a flower that is dense enough to play the filler role on its own, which creates a consistent contrast with the focal and line flowers used. Be that as it may, you can also combine the leatherleaf fern with other filler flowers to create amazing results.
These flowers tend to be used in wedding arrangements, garden arrangements, and even table centerpieces.
Lily of the Valley
These are delicate flowers with a beautiful aesthetic that is likely to help bring balance and life to any bouquet. Additionally, it has an amazing fragrance, which makes it a pleasure to use and experience.
The foliage has an emerald green color, and the amazing white blooms complement the said foliage well. While the flower is called lily of the valley, it is, in fact, not a member of the lily family. Instead, it belongs to the Asparagaceae family, which includes the likes of crops, such as asparagus.
The delicacy of the flower makes it a mainstay in wedding bouquets. In fact, you can find it in the royal bouquet that was used by Princess Kate. As is the case with most white flowers, the blooms symbolize humility and purity.
Somehow these flowers manage to exist on a bouquet without instantly becoming the center of attention. You can find anywhere from two to six petals on a stem. These petals are soft and delicate, and they appear in numerous colors. You can find light shades of green, pink, and even purple colors.
They can be used to make beautiful standout arrangements, but they are also very well suited to a transitional role in a bouquet. The flowers are said to represent having an outgoing nature, and you can purchase them in various styles. Some of these include mini, designer, single, and double styles.
These spectacular green flowers are known for their symbolism as the emblem of marriage in Hebrew culture. Do you need any more proof than that to show the extent to which the myrtle is a symbol of love? Even royalty recognizes this, as all brides from Queen Victoria have used the flower in their bridal bouquets.
The myrtle has a strong presence in terms of its volume, but its cool green color lends itself as a supporting piece to any standout flowers that you may have in your bouquet. The dense aesthetic makes myrtle one of the only flowers that can provide the filler function on its own. If you wish, however, you can combine it with others, which is what most people do.
The sedum plant is a perennial that has thick, strong leaves and beautiful clusters of flowers. The flowers are star-shaped, and they can come in yellow, pink, magenta, or even blue-green, depending on the variety.
None of these colors are overpowering though, which makes the sedum a great candidate for your bouquets. Some people refer to these as stonecrop flowers. Note that you can only get sedum flowers between the months of August and October. While the generally accepted meaning of the sedum flower is one of tranquility, there are some folklore elements that state that the sedum is used as a cure for either wounded or broken hearts.
One look at this flower tells you all that you need to know about why people call it the tissue flower. The blooms both look and feel like paper. Don’t think that a papery aesthetic makes for an ugly flower, as you’d be wrong.
The flowers come in various colors, such as white, purple, yellow, pink, and blue. Be that as it may, they are often called sea lavender. The stems of the plant all have small branches, which host the funnel-shaped flowers.
You can use statice in a series of ways, as it is durable and has several meanings. Some of these meanings include sympathy, success, and beauty.
The round flowers are found at the top of each stem. They are very stunning, and you can find them in several colors, such as peach, pink, purple, and white. Note that the flower is related to the cabbage family, and they have an amazing clove-like scent. While stock doesn’t take over your design, it certainly works hard to enhance it as much as possible.
It’s not hard to see why these green flowers got a name like sword fern. The flower’s fronds are all sword-shaped. As expected from a fern, there is one solid green color. The green is bright in this case, which means it provides an amazing level of enhancement to the rest of the flowers in the bouquet.
Note that, while the sword fern is suitable as a filler flower, its shape makes it a suitable candidate as a line flower too. You can count on sword ferns for their durability too, since they can last up to eight days if the care is right.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
These flowers get their name from the look of their leaves. These leaves are round, measure one to two inches, and resemble silver dollars. The long stems seem to go through the leaves, which gives the illusion that the leaves are strung on the stem.
There are only a few forms of foliage that can compete with this one in terms of popularity in use for decorating, large bunches, or fresh and dried use.
The silvery-blue green leaves make for a unique color that can be well placed within a floral arrangement without taking over the whole thing.