At first glance you might ask why anyone would want to include herbs in a flower arrangement, but Catherine Duncan who lives in Peebles in the Scottish Borders has the explanation. Catherine grows flowers to sell to local customers and for weddings and is a member of Flowers from the Farm, a network of British flower growers. Catherine describes the best herbs for flower arranging in her article which I found on the gardening Know How website.
Fresh herbs straight from the garden can really lift a dish when cooking. I have also found the same to be true in flower arrangements. Herbs add a natural element to bouquets, amazing scent and different textures. Herbs were once very commonly used in flower arrangements. For example rosemary was used in bridal wreaths. It was thought of as a symbol of love and also remembrance.
Mint is scented, provides texture and grows easily. However it can be prone to wilting, prevented by conditioning it well. Cutting in the evening or early morning and giving it a good drink of water for a few hours or overnight before arranging helps. There are so many varieties of mint to choose from. I have used apple mint and spearmint in the past and this year I am trying chocolate, orange and lemon mint. This is a herb that can spread rapidly throughout the garden so I grow them in pots to help contain them.
Lemon balm has a lovely fragrance and It features in my jam jar posies of flowers throughout the growing season. Again it is fairly fragile and needs conditioning well.
Go to the next page to seen more herbs that can be used in flower arrangements.