In August, gardens on Cape Cod don't have the variety of color that you find in spring and early summer. The color palette includes warm colors, like yellows and oranges, rather than the June-bride pinks of earlier months. Your wedding date plays a role as well. Flowers that start blooming in July are often still in season in early August. Toward the end of the month, you will have fewer flowers to select from, but you will still find a variety of choices. Tie your bridal bouquet of in-season flowers with a wide ribbon.
'Becky' Shasta daisies--Leucanthemum superbum 'Becky'--are in flower in early August. The white flowers fit many wedding color schemes and the sturdy stems hold up well in arrangements and bouquets. Although this type blooms for an extended time, 'Becky' Shasta daisies might be gone by late August. Choose the Montauk daisy, Nipponanthemum, instead. The flower size and appearance is comparable and the flowers hold up well in a bouquet.
The floral industry regularly uses the hydrangea in bridal bouquets. Cape Cod is known for its hydrangeas, especially the blue varieties in mophead and lacecap forms. These traditional varieties begin to fade in August, but the new re-blooming types, such as the trademarked "Endless Summer," will be an option. "Endless Summer" flowers start out green and turn to white then to blue. All of these colors are appropriate for bridal bouquets. The Pee Gee hydrangea has a white cone-shaped flower. Hydrate hydrangeas used in your bridal bouquet.
Butterfly bushes, Buddleia, are at their peak in August. The flowers come in purple, white, pink, burgundy and even yellow, and several grow on a stem. You will find these bushes offer a variety of choices and the flowers hold up well in bouquets.
June and July are peak months for roses. However, the ever-blooming roses will still have blossoms in August. Pink 'Fairy' roses and climbing roses are the most common types found on Cape Cod and come in a wide range of colors. You might find it easier to work with the hybrid tea roses, but don't overlook these traditional Cape Cod roses due to their small stems.
Coneflowers, echinacea, are still in flower in August. Traditional coneflower colors include pink, burgundy and white. New varieties come in orange and yellow. In addition to the single daisy types, coneflowers come in a pink double form. The stems are sturdy and the flowers hold up well in bouquets.
Perennials in Orange and Yellow
Black-eyed Susans, or Rudbeckia, are still in bloom in August and provide autumn tones to a bridal bouquet. False sunflowers--Helenium--and perennial sunflowers--Helianthus--flower in August and provide a rustic wildflower look to a bridal bouquet.
Kathy LaLiberte of the Gardeners Supply Company recommends several annuals for cutting, all in flower in August. Zinnias and dahlias come into their own when the weather is warm. You will find them in colors from red and orange to pink. LaLiberte recommends a Queen Anne's Lace type of flower called Ammi majus as a great filler flower. Dr. Leonard Perry of the University of Vermont recommends cosmos. Look for roadside stands that sell flowers from cutting gardens.
Ornamental grasses, such as feather reed grass, switch grass and fountain grass, all flower in August. They accent the more colorful plants in a bridal bouquet.