GYPSOPHLIA IS BACK!
Gypsophlia, or Baby’s Breath as it is sometimes called, is back in fashion and can be used in many ways for your special day.
It has long been very popular as a “filler flower,” used in designs to fill the space between large blooms, such as roses and carnations. This blast from the past with its dainty, tiny blooms can look really elegant … and very, very feminine.
There seem to be two main trends on the bouquet front : either the bride opts for a hand-tied bouquet purely of Gypsophila, or she’ll have a bouquet of assorted flowers and foliage, with her bridesmaids or flowergirls carrying Gypsophlia bouquets.
I’m very fond of the growing trend of using hanging jars to decorate wedding venues, and Gypsophlia looks perfect hung in jam jars from beams, on the backs of chairs, or on shepherd’s hooks.
Personally, I prefer to use it on its own as it offers a more contemporary and dramatic look.
When many of the stems are massed together, they create a lush, yet airy look that can only be described as delicate. Even though Gypsophlia is thought of as a more affordable option for event flowers, keep in mind that with any type flower that is “massed” together, it can get expensive because you’ll need to purchase more to create the full look.
Gypsophila or Baby’s Breath is a genus of about one hundred species of flowering plants native to Europe, Asia and North Africa. The name was inspired by its love of calcium-rich soils, including gypsum. It is also heat, drought and soil tolerant. It’s not called Baby’s Breath because of its delicate form, but more because of its odour.
During Victorian times, it was revered because it symbolised purity and everlasting love in the language of flowers. During that time, Americans admired Victorian gardens that featured these as border plants. Now considered an invasive plant in parts of the United States, this flower is a staple in most floral shops across the country.
We have been using it as the starring flower a lot lately. So what do you think? Are you changing your thoughts on gypsophlia, like I have?