The Chinese Lantern Flower

Looking for a flower that will be eye catching and exotic for your arrangement or bridal bouquet?  Look no further than the Chinese Lantern Flower. These unique flowers have an almost papery texture to them and resemble the traditional Chinese lanterns. They come in colors of fiery reds and oranges. Nestled inside of the husk is a small berry.

Once it becomes ripe, the berry is edible. It has a refreshing and mild taste to it. The berries are often turned into sweets, jams and even dipped in chocolate. Chinese Lantern flowers are used in a lot of arts and crafts because they dry out very well. Some are even turned in amazing jewelry pieces.

The Chinese Lantern Flower offers the symbol of protection – the husk protects the tiny delicate berry inside. The colors of red and orange represents passion for life. Add a little flair to arrangements and bouquets these fun, unique blooms.

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Our favorite fall flowers

Fall weddings can be very romantic with the warm color leaves sprinkling down from the trees in shades of burgundy, orange, yellow and rich red.  This makes the perfect backdrop for such an event.  There are very beautiful flowers that grow in the Fall.

Here are 5 of our favorite seasonal Fall blooms:

  1. Sunflowers

Sunflowers grow locally here in late Summer and Fall making them a budget friendly option.  Their bright sunny blooms bring a lovely accent to the deep rich red and orange Fall tones.

  1. Dahlias

These unique blooms are a favorite of many brides.  Their blooms range from small and delicate to a large dinner plate size bloom.  They come in a wide range of colors to compliment any wedding color.

  1. Mums

Mums are a great way to bring Fall into your wedding.  Using mum plants as altar arrangements adds a beautiful Fall touch to any wedding.  These blooms are available as both plants and fresh cut blooms.  They are available in a variety of bold and beautiful colors such as purple, burgundy, orange, copper and yellow.

  1. Celosia

Celosia comes in a light and airy “feathered” variety or “coxcomb” variety which resembles coral in the ocean.  Popular celosia colors are its dark burgundy, red, orange and fuchsia.

  1. Bi-colored rose

These roses are grown all year round, but really got the spot light during the fall. Popular fall roses are high and magic, or circus rose.  Its bright yellow and orange petals make them a true show stopper. They look amazing in all aspects of the wedding from centerpieces, bouquets, cake flowers and other décor.

Pantone Color Report For Fall 2016


The top 10 fall colors of 2016, give you a feeling of relaxation, deep warmth, and make a vibrant statement.  The cool tones: Riverside, Airey Blue, and Shark Skin; give the feel of relaxation, constancy, and serenity. The earthy tones of Potter’s Clay, Dusty Cedar, and Warm Taupe have a radiating warmth that’s sure to keep you toasty on those chilly, fall days. Lastly, the pops of exotic colors: Aurora Red, Spicy Mustard, Bodacious, and Lush Meadow will have heads turning. We can’t wait to see what color Pantone picks for 2017!

Brain Flower

Celosia is one of nature’s most unusual and unique flowers. This beautiful flower has several nicknames. It’s most frequent is Cock’s Comb. Cock’s Comb has 3 different growing varieties. The first is the brain celosia. It is called this because it looks just like miniature brains, or reef coral. It is very soft and velvety to the touch. The second is Spiked Celosia, which has a tiny spike at the top of the flower head. This is why the word “Celosia” is derived from the Ancient Greek word “kelos,” meaning “burning,” and refers to the flame-like flower heads. The third is feather celosia, which is a cluster of spiked celosia on one stem, giving it a feathery appearance.

Cock’s Comb is actually edible. In Africa, they take the leaves and put them in cereal, and stews. Other botanists have also said, that the leaves may have a medicinal use as well. It comes in a variety of colors, and sizes. Most popular colors are red, orange, yellow, violet, white, and pink. Some are even bicolored. The size of the Celosia plant ranges from 0.5 to 3 feet. Celosia is in bloom from mid-summer to mid-fall. Caring for growing cock’s comb is easy. They require full sun, or partial shade. They require a well-draining soil and need consistent moisture. Keep soil moist but not soggy. These unique blooms are sure to bring attention to any flower arrangement or garden bed.


Dahlias, one of nature’s truly unique flowers.

Nicked named “Tubers”, they are the national flower to Mexico. These fabulous blooms originated in South America and Mexico, in their mountain regions. One of the more hardy flowers to grow, as long as they are protected from wind, making the mountain range perfect protection. Now, mostly grown in North America in the Pacific North West, by farmers, these beauties make one hardy crop. They grow in between mid-summer to first frost, and take about 8 weeks to grow once planted. They need full sunlight, at least 6-8 hours.

The Dahlias bloom in a variation of sizes, from a 10”-12” dinner plate to a small 2” Lolli pop size. Their wide range of colors include red, pink, white, orange, yellow, purple, and many more. Some of the species may have bi-colored stripes, while others may have a variation of color just on the tips of the petals. Contrary to popular belief, there are no black dahlias, they are actually a deep burgundy color.

Florist use dahlias for almost every kind of celebration, while they are in season. The flower meaning of Dahlias is it that they are a symbol of an everlasting union, which make them great choices for engagements, weddings, and anniversary.

Visit our website HERE for fresh seasonal arrangements available for delivery.

Or view our wedding flower portfolio to see our weddings featuring dahlias.

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Fall Weddings

Last week, The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ had a bridal show. The Leigh Florist table was visited by many brides of different personalities and wedding visions. There were, however, many similarities between each of the brides we spoke to. Most of the brides are getting married next October or November which we expected from this group since it is advised that wedding preparations begin about a year in advance. (Don’t worry about picking flowers until seven or eight months before the wedding. Get big things out of the way such as the venue, guest list, and bridal gown/bridesmaid dresses first. Having the venue and dresses picked will help determine flowers and arrangements that will coordinate.)

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The most popular colors were pink and purple followed by deep red/wine and orange. The colors, especially the red and orange, reflect on the autumn season. Some brides wanted to really emphasize the fall theme. One way to incorporate this idea is to use dried leaves as accents in their bouquets. Pumpkins can be hollowed out to be used as vases for floral center pieces and leaves, berries, gourds, apples, acorns and pumpkins can be used to decorate tables. For outdoor weddings, I’ve seen leaves used to distinguish the sides of the aisle leading up to the altar.


However, brides shouldn’t feel forced to use Autumn decorations or colors just because their wedding falls at this time. If they want to have a fall-inspired wedding that just hints at the season instead of using the obvious decorations, this can still be accomplished through other elements. Vickie’s Vintage blog offers color palettes (shown below) other than the usual red, gold, and orange that still have the Autumn feel. Lanterns with candles provide the warm, cozy ambiance that’s associated with fall and decorating with accents of twine, berries, branches and curly willow also gives a subtle fall feel.


Many of brides at the show asked us what flowers would be available for fall weddings. They seemed to be concerned that there wouldn’t be a huge selection now that we are approaching colder and harsher weather. However, this is certainly not the case. There are many flowers that blossom in the fall and choosing in-season flowers will help cut the cost of arrangements. Fall flowers include mums, lilies, roses, ranunculus, hydrangea, gerbera daisies, and orchids. These flowers come in many different  shades particularly white, yellow, orange, and red which will really emphasize a fall-inspired wedding. Also, brides can feel free to punctuate bouquets and boutonnieres with berries and dried leaves if they so choose.


If you decide to get married in the fall and none of this floats your boat, that’s okay. Just come to your floral consultation prepared with a color scheme, fabric swatches if possible, and your imagination and we’ll help you design the wedding that’s perfect for you.

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-Lacey Bouchard


Wonderful Dahlias!



                As Fall approaches us our favorite summer flowers culminate, leaving some florists feeling blue. No need to be melancholy! The trusty Dalhia blooms April through November, outlasting all of our favorite Spring and Summer Blooms.  The Dalhia’s Multi-layered blooms and vibrant colors are quite impressive. They range in size from small “pom-poms” to huge “saucer” sized flowers. Dalhias are available in almost every color except blue. Native to Mexico, Central America, and Columbia this tubular eye-catching flower is closely related to sunflowers, mums, zinnias, and even gerbera daisys.

The Dahlia (‘Doll-yuh’ or ‘Dah-lee-uh’) is named in honor of Swedish botanist Dr. Anders Dahl. This is interesting, beings that Dahlias are native to Central America and the first specimens of Dahlias arrived in Europe two years after the Swedish botanist’s death.  None-the-less Dahlia’s have become a world-wide favorite. These breathtaking flowers are typically used as focal flowers in Bridal Bouquets and Wedding centerpieces. No wonder the designers here at Leigh Florist love them so; they are breath taking sources of inspiration all throughout Spring, Summer, and most of Fall. So, Dahlia, thank you for being our go-to focal flower as fall sets in and our favorite Summer blooms are nearing their end!