8 On-Trend Bouquets That Don't Require Flowers

All greenery, all the time. If you love plants but hate girly florals, check out these gorgeous centerpieces with herbs, ferns and trendy patterned plants.

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Don't Say Filler

Traditionally, greenery has had a supporting role in bouquets. Florists lumped most foliage into one category: fillers. But today, greens are becoming increasingly popular as the main feature in floral arrangements. “We don’t call it filler. It’s foliage,” says Jeni Nelson at The London Plane. The Seattle flower shop creates dynamic arrangements with unique greens from local growers.

New Foliage

Nelson says she loves working with greens just as much as flowers because there are fun textures to play with. “Greenery creates that just-pulled-fresh-from-the-garden look,” she says. “And growers are producing more interesting greens now, too.” Nelson created the boho arrangement above with Japanese pieris, banksia and ivy.

Patterned Plants

Flowers get a lot of hype for beautiful design but there are tons of plant varieties where the leaves are the showstopper with patterns such as stripes, speckles and swirls. Aptly named, peacock plant leaves look like a watercolor come to life. Crotons and painted nettles have a vibrant tie-dyed look, and snake plants have an eye-catching ombre.

Fuzzy Greens

If you love HGTV's Fixer Upper style and wooly lamb’s ears, try its hip cousin dusty miller. For a monochromatic look, pair different varieties such as the larger 'Cirrus' with dainty 'Silver Lace'.

Succulents

Succulents are still enjoying their time in the spotlight and it’s easy to see why. They come in a range of shapes, textures and colors. Plus, they’re so easy to care for. It’s not as practical but you can add these guys to bouquets and arrangements. Just cut the top off and attach it to two or three sturdy stems with lots of floral tape, thereby creating a succulent "flower" to stick anywhere you want.

Thistles

This is cheating since thistles are technically flowers, but these prickly greens get tossed into the “novelty filler” section at floral shops, and they deserve a chance to shine. Blue thistles are a great choice for weddings with navy in the color palette. And the deep blue flowers retain color even when dried and preserved.

Ferns

Ferns are the new palms for houseplants, and the trend is catching on in the bridal world with sword ferns popping up in tons of arrangements. While the cuttings are lovely and timeless, you can have fun with more than just the leaves. The coils of young ferns add whimsy to arrangements.

Olive Branches

If you need to keep the peace with in-laws or other guests, extend an olive branch in your floral arrangements. Olive leaves create lovely bunches by themselves or paired with other small bunches such as 'Baby Blue' eucalyptus.

Poppy Pods

Poppies are dainty and beautiful, but the flower’s pods are just as cool. After the poppy flowers bloom and the petals fall away, the poppy pods appear in a range of silvery blues and greens. The pods are great for spring and summer weddings and are fairly large, creating lots of drama.

Kitchen Herbs

You don’t have to get crazy with rare greens; just forage your pantry! Herbs such as sage and dill have great color and texture for arrangements. If you’re a foodie and a bride, consider an herbal bouquet. It will showcase your personality and smell amazing.

Eucalyptus

The Australian foliage was one of the first fillers to become en vogue and remains in high demand for centerpieces. There are several varieties to play with, from the tiny 'Baby Blue' to the large 'Silver Dollar' leaves.

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