Looking to broaden your floral know-how? MyDomaine has teamed up with Floom, an online platform that allows you to order bouquets and plants from the best artisanal florists. Each month they’ll be offering their own personal guide to the coolest blooms you might be hankering after without knowing exactly what they are called or how to arrange them. Here are Floom's seven floral picks for August.
If there’s one thing that the age of Instagram has made us more aware of, it's that there are very few things more appealing than a well-captured flower. What’s frustrating is when you spot a perfectly petaled plant you immediately want to fill your garden and vases with, only to realize that you have no idea what it's called—but that's totally understandable. After all, there are an estimated 30,000 or so species of plants out there, all with innumerable subspecies.
Our advice? Take the blooms month by month. Every month provides a new set of vibrant options to wrap into the perfect arrangement. Here’s our personal guide to some of our favorite flowers that you might stumble across at this time of year, complete with a little extra info to impress your friends with. See what blooms made our August list and start building the perfect summer bouquet.
Bursting out of its native African grasslands with possibly the coolest name we've ever heard, it’s the crocosmia! Their flowering is amazing: vivid inflorescences standing proud on branched stems, often in shades of bold red and orange. The red ones are commonly referred to as "Lucifers." (Bet you never knew botany could sound this sinister…) Hummingbirds also love them, and it's one of the few flowers that can match the transfixing beauty of its pretty little pollinator.
The dahlia is a striking emblem of its homeland’s desert beauty, and in 1963 it was named the national emblem of Mexico. Given the invasive impact of European conquistadors upon the lands of central Mexico, it’s perhaps fitting that the dahlia is said to symbolize grace under pressure. With relatives that include the sunflower, daisy, and chrysanthemum, the dahlia is distinct in its own right. Wavy petals flare out in a manner akin to a lion's mane, often featuring gradient colors for that trés cool dip-dye effect.
Dill is the unsung flowering hero of the Apiaceae family—far better known as the distinctive ingredients that go into those love-them-or-hate-them burger pickles. You may be surprised to learn that dill—yellow dill in particular—flower in a particularly lovely manner. Sure, those tiny clusters of petals are delicate and understated, but sometimes it's nice to focus on the little guys. These are the unsung heroes of a summer bouquet. After all, a preening dahlia will never offer the tonal complexities that a yellow dill stem can.
There is a wonderfully water-like quality to the nigella, also known as "Love in a Mist." Its flowers are surrounded by a collar of oh so delicately threaded pinnate leaves to create a dreamlike, misty haze about this garden favorite. Nigella is said to represent intrigue, which only compounds the allure of its physical characteristics.
When you think of salvia, your train of thought might automatically leap to the psychoactive effects associated with ingesting salvia. However, we’re not here to talk about queasy flashbacks to your freshman dorm, we’re here to talk about the lovely flowers that can beautifully dot your garden's landscape. The petals soar up in densely packed formations, sitting atop a bed of aromatic leaves in a burst of brilliant violet. This little bloom can brighten up any summer bouquet.
The scabiosa takes its slightly unappealing name from the Latin word scabere, meaning to scratch. We prefer to focus on the fact that it is one of the finest examples from the honeysuckle family of flowering plants. Known for its rich abundance of sweet nectar and lengthy flowering season, scabiosa has long been a favorite in the classic country garden. Its colorful plumage and long, needle-like pistils are ripe for attracting all manner of bees, butterflies, and other good-natured souls. If you’re lucky enough to inhabit a part of the world that features hummingbirds, the nosy flutterers are particularly fond of the scabiosa.
The sweet pea as we know it today exists only thanks to Victorian superstar horticulturist Henry Eckford. Eckford, known as the “Prince of Specialists,” devoted the latter part of his career to what was until then a rather unassuming flower originally found in Sicily and southern Italy. In 1988, just seven years before his death, Eckford "perfected" his breed of sweet peas, and their impressive blooms led pretty much directly to those we covet today.
Regardless of any of that, though, how about that scent? When you’re constantly surrounded by amazing bouquets, as we’re lucky enough to be at Floom HQ, it's easy to get (dare we say it?) a little blasé about things. Anything with a great smell instantly triggers our instinctive love for florals all over again, and sweet peas are among the greatest in this respect.
Which of these bright summer blooms is your top pick for August?