Delicate but bold in visual appeal, anemones will most certainly do the job if you’re looking for a statement-making bloom. The natural contrast between the center and the petals creates an enticing visual aesthetic, regardless of where you’re using them, whether it be centerpieces or bouquets.
“To me, the white anemone with a black center is the most modern-looking of the varieties,” says floral designer Maxine Owens. “The name anemone comes from the Greek word for windflower. According to Greek mythology, the anemone sprang from Aphrodite's tears as she mourned the death of Adonis. In the language of flowers, anemones symbolize forsaken or forgotten love and affection, as well as anticipation and excitement for something in the future.”
Meet the Expert
Maxine Owens is the owner and creative director behind Max Owens Design, a Dallas-based floral design company.
Generally available for most of the year, people are familiar with the basic varieties of anemones in shades of white, pink, purple, or even red and blue. Special varieties, such as the Japanese anemone, have reduced availability during that window. “Interestingly, there are also a number of bi-color varieties, where each petal has white blended on the colored petals,” Owens shares. "They are a smaller bloom, so it takes more of them to create a larger bouquet or centerpiece, therefore increasing the overall price."
Anemones can be featured in multiple styles, whether gathered together as a mono-floral arrangement for a classic bride or alongside other types of flowers for a whimsical treat. A bride with a penchant for a minimalist design might find anemones best suited for their bridal bouquet for a clean, modern look.
Read on for all the anemone bouquet inspiration you could possibly need.
Surround Them with Greenery
The natural playfulness of anemones makes them a perfect complement to more basic stems like various greenery or stock roses. Cluster anemones at the center of a bouquet and line the exterior edge with Italian Ruscus or even magnolia leaves for a charming design.
Add a Hint of Pink
No matter the style, the addition of a pop of pink brightens up any bouquet. Whether you’ve opted for pink anemones or not, adding pink roses is a great option for a spring color palette.
Choose Contrasting Textures
Planning a blue and white soiree? We love the combination of the softness of anemones with a sturdy stem-like sea holly; the contrast of the two shapes, like the bridesmaids' bouquets at this California wedding.
Front-Load the Design
Put those anemones out on display! Create a dynamic design by focusing the flowers on one spot within the bouquet; frontloading the design will draw guests' attention to the arrangement, and make for beautiful photographs!
Lean Into Lush
A lush, full bouquet is always a fan favorite. Choose a combination of blooms that take up tons of space: This bride carried a gorgeous bouquet of anemones, sweet peas, and garden roses with seeded eucalyptus and berries.
Embrace a Fall Color Palette
What’s a better color palette to play off of than the warm tones of autumn? Anemones amongst a backdrop of creamy neutrals, ranunculus, roses, eucalyptus, black dahlias, and hydrangea, in addition to magnolia leaves and Japanese maple leaves, create an exquisite design for this western-themed wedding.
Add silk or satin ribbon in similar shades to reinforce the color palette.
Opt for a Posy
Long live the posy! Create a delicate bouquet of just a handful of stems for a dainty bride or bridesmaid look.
Make It Colorful
The only color you need to consider when opting for a summer wedding? Fuschia. A bouquet in this hue composed of bougainvillea, coral charm peonies, Juliet roses, Yves Piaget roses, poppies, anemones, ranunculus, and phalaenopsis orchids, like the bride’s bouquet in this beachfront wedding, will absolutely make a statement.
Bring the Drama
Want to add a little drama? A bouquet design that incorporates budding branches with anemones, vines or even creates a cascading shape brings a dramatic flair.
“Mixing anemone in with lots of greenery and other bloom varieties can create an eclectic, garden feel,” suggests Owens. Whether you opt for large or small anemones, finish the whole look off by tying up the bouquet with ribbons, which will reinforce the organic style, and be a perfect complement to an array of gorgeous blooms.
We’ll always say yes to all-white. The combination of stark white peonies incorporated amongst white anemones with their dark blue centers might go well with a more classic, traditional bridal look.
Make It Freeform
When florist So Happi Together created the dreamy, ethereal bridal bouquet for this Southern California wedding, the inspiration was that ‘just-gone-flower-picking’ feeling. Choose anemones in combination with hellebores and freesia for an organic, free-form bouquet full of texture and dimension.
Known for their centers so dark blue they’re almost black, there’s no doubt that this is the part of the anemone that draws the most attention. To soften an otherwise stark contrast, consider adding in a stem or two of berries in a similar shade. It will create an overall cohesiveness and tie the bouquet together quite well, no matter what other blooms are included.
Make It Round
For the classic bride, a round bouquet is definitely the answer. Use flowers with an already naturally round shape such as anemones, ranunculus, garden roses, or hydrangea to emphasize your bouquet style. Perfect for a formal wedding, a tighter, fuller bouquet exudes timeless elegance.
Opt for a Bit of Whimsy
Nothing says whimsical quite like candy-colored pastels, as seen in this Detroit wedding at the Shinola Hotel. Use Japanese anemones (we love the blush with bright yellow centers) for a dreamy touch of floral inspiration for a spring wedding.
Make It Oversized
An oversized bouquet is something we can never pass up. Opt for a large arrangement of greenery with anemones, and even consider adding in an even larger bloom like a single king protea, like this design by Irises Designs, for an Old World wedding in California, for an added bit of tropical flair.
A more wild, untamed design is something to consider for a rustic, outdoor celebration or even a garden party. Highly texturized additional blooms such as dahlias and ranunculus will play well with an anemone’s natural look; add different types of greenery and ferns for an extra layer of intrigue.
Keep It Soft
“The white anemones are also available with green centers instead of black and are best used to create a softer, neutral look,” says Owens. A neutral color palette always has its place in wedding floral design when it comes to creating a lush, inviting bouquet or arrangement.
The key to creating a bouquet with a more organic vibe is all about the flower selection, of course. Let the anemones take center stage and build a breathtaking design from the center (literally) out: Add fluffy peonies, roses, and gardenia, along with spiraling vines and budding stems to round it out and keep it looking au natural.
Get Inspired by Ikebana
Have we mentioned how much we love Ikebana floral arrangements? Take a cue from the minimalist aesthetic and create an asymmetric bridal bouquet with anemones as part of the showstopping design.
Take a Cue From the Great Outdoors
Designed by Magnolia Ranch, this bridal bouquet is overflowing with a lush combination of anemones, garden roses, astilbe, ranunculus, lisianthus, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus. Mirror the colors of the natural landscape in which you’re tying the knot for the ultimate color play.
Use Them Sparingly
Statement-making in their own right, consider a design with just one or two anemones for a subtle touch of boldness. Choose other big blooms to go alongside it to really pack a punch.