What to Consider When Choosing Plants for a Memorial Day Gathering

Posted on May 25, 2023 by Flower Works LLC

Initially called, “Decoration Day,” because early traditions included the decorating of the graves of those who died in service to our country, Memorial Day was first proclaimed a national holiday in the U.S. in 1971, though its origins date back to the Civil War.


Today, Memorial Day is a celebration of our freedom and the men and women who died protecting it. If you’re hosting a Memorial Day gathering this year or just enjoying a small family lunch, below are some tips for setting the tone for your event with tastefully appointed Memorial Day gathering plants and arrangements.


Color Inspiration


Most people opt for the red, white, and blue theme for Memorial Day flower arrangements and planters. However, you might consider selecting one of the three to make a more profound statement — for instance, all-white lilies in red planters or centerpiece arrangements of red gladiolas in white vases. Also, yellow roses represent an appreciation of the military, so they can make a powerful image juxtaposed against an American flag backdrop.


You might also consider picking two colored flowers for your bouquets such as a striking mix of delicate white edelweiss and sturdy red carnations in plain white planters. The variegated red and white striped dahlia hybrid is a beautiful and literal symbol of the American flag stripes. Red roses would also make a strong tribute, and if you love the thought of the three-colored assortment, red roses look graceful with a simple collection of baby’s breath and classic blue hydrangeas. Alternatively, red geranium, white alyssum, and blue Ageratum are the traditional floral representation of the red, white, and blue trio. These can be in planters or pre-planted in the ground for patriotic accents.


Make a Memorial Day Entrance Path


The placement of oversized planters along the pathway your guests will walk on can set the tone for your event. For a statement look, use galvanized tubs in whatever size is relative to the size of your driveway, front walk, or patio edge, and fill them with flourishing red, white, and blue flowers. Some recommendations for these types of planters include:


  • Red verbena, fuchsia, or red firecracker plant for red
  • Bordeaux Lily of the Valley, Waterhyssop, or Queen Anne’s lace to represent white
  • Siberian squill, baby blue forget-me-nots, or rosemary to represent the blue


You can be bold or subtle with your choice of plant combination. Finish off your planters with golden Lysimachia or Silver Falls dichondra, which will blend well with the metal tub and spill out over the sides. If you want, you can add an American flag to your planters or stencil white accents stars on the tubs.


Centerpiece Tribute

A classy, celebratory centerpiece at a Memorial Day gathering can also make a statement and pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for the freedom of all U.S. citizens. A dramatic arrangement placed at the center of the family table will help remind everyone what the day is truly about. As an alternative, you can arrange a wreath for your exterior doors to commemorate the Memorial Day wreaths placed on soldier graves throughout the country.

Selecting the perfect plants for your home on Memorial Day can be a meaningful and symbolic gesture. Visit the Flower Works greenhouse in Marquette, MI to start planning and picking out a unique array of flowers and plants for your Memorial Day gathering. For ideas or to learn more about our greenhouse and products, contact us today.

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The Perfect Flowers for the Moms in Your Life This Mother's Day

Posted on May 06, 2023 by Flower Works LLC

Mother’s themselves exemplify resilience, confidence, and love. Without the mothers in our lives, none of us would be here, literally. This Mother’s Day, let your mother and all the women in your life know how appreciated, loved, and respected they are for all the ways they have touched your life. Adding flowers to your gift this year is like sending a hug that will not only warm her heart but serve as a symbol for the ways she has impacted your life. Contact Flower Works today and let us help you honor Mom.

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Flowers to Showcase Your Strongest Attribute on Professional Admin Day

Posted on April 22, 2023 by Flower Works LLC

Gifts are intended to be personal and thought out. Imagine a bright bouquet of flowers, hand selected because they represent the person, and accompanied by a card signed by everyone in the office.


When it’s time to purchase your Admin Day gifts, stop by our flower shop in Marquette, MI, Flower Works or contact us. We can help make your gift something special.


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How to Care for Indoor Ferns: Ultimate Guide

Posted on April 16, 2023 by Flower Works LLC

If you're looking for a plant that's both easy to care for and stylish, look no further than the fern. Ferns are a great option for indoor plants, as they thrive in shady, humid conditions. Plus, they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you're sure to find one that fits your space. In this ultimate guide, we'll show you everything you need to know about how to care for your indoor fern. We'll cover topics like watering, fertilizing, and re-potting, as well as how to deal with common problems like pests and brown leaves. So, whether you're a fern newbie or a seasoned pro, this guide has everything you need to keep your plant healthy and happy.


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The Perfect Flowers for Each Zodiac Sign

Posted on April 10, 2023 by Flower Works LLC

If you know anything about star signs, you know that they’re frequently associated with specific personality traits. Each zodiac sign also has floral associations to showcase and complement its well-known characteristics.

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The Best Easter Arrangements for Your Loved Ones

Posted on April 02, 2023 by Flower Works LLC


With a little color, a hint of fragrance, and a touch of personalization, you can let someone special in your life know you are thinking about them and wish them renewed energy this Easter holiday. No matter what combination of flowers you choose, you will send a message of love, hope, and rejuvenation, all the right ingredients for this time of year. With an Easter bouquet from Flower Works, you can help melt away the winter and warm up the hearts of those you love.

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How to Use Plants and Flowers for Self-care

Posted on March 27, 2023 by Flower Works LLC

Managing the stresses of everyday life can feel impossible at times. Family, work, relationships, and social obligations all place significant demands on your time and can drive your stress level through the roof. Incorporating activities into your daily life that help you to be happier and healthier is a great way to manage that stress. If you want flowers and plants to be a part of your self-care strategy, contact Flower Works today to find exactly what you need!


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