Wedding Ideas

Go Wild With Wildflowers

Posted on November 04, 2021 by New Jersey Bride


When you think of wildflowers, you probably think of those weedy tufts growing by the side of the road, but there are so many wildflowers that are stunningly beautiful—like milkweed or meadow rue—and very inexpensive.

One of the top budget-savers for weddings is ordering flowers that are locally grown, which makes New Jersey brides among the luckiest in the country. We have some absolutely fantastic local flowers growing all over the state. And wildflowers are fantastic options for a rustic wedding, or as floating blooms (think Water Lilies) or as fillers for more formal bouquets and centerpieces.

Yes, you can mix and match; your floral designer is a master at it. So do some research on the following wildflowers native to New Jersey, and ask your floral designer to show you what can be created using them. Or truly go the DIY route, and order from Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Shop-Rite or Acme. They all have great floral departments that will work with you and place a bulk order for your wedding.

Here are some of the top New Jersey-grown wildflowers:

  • Bergamot Black-eyed Susan
  • Blue False Indigo
  • Blue Flag Iris
  • Blue Vervain
  • Branched Coneflower
  • Butterfly weed
  • Canada Milk Vetch [You have to check out the ‘vetch.’ It’s a beautiful flower with a name that’s surprising]
  • Canada Tick Trefoil
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Chicory
  • Common Milkweed
  • Coneflower
  • Culver’s Root
  • Dogwood
  • Dotted Mint
  • Elderberry
  • Evening Primrose
  • False Foxglove
  • Fawn Lily
  • Geranium
  • Golden Alexanders
  • Great Blue Lobelia
  • Green-headed Coneflower
  • Hedge Parsley
  • Helen’s Flower
  • Ironweed
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Joe Pye Weed
  • Lobelia
  • Marsh Marigold
  • Meadow Rose
  • Milkwood
  • Morning Glory
  • Mountain Mint
  • New England Aster
  • New Jersey Tea
  • New York Ironweed
  • Ox-eye Sunflower
  • Phlox
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Rattlesnake Master
  • Red Clover
  • Red Milkweed
  • Rhododendron
  • Showy Goldenrod
  • Smooth Aster
  • Spiderwort
  • Stiff Goldenrod
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Autumn Clematis
  • Sweet Joe Pye Weed
  • Viburnum
  • Waterlily
  • Wild Columbine
  • Wild Iris
  • Wild Lupine
  • Wild Petunia
  • Wild Senna

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