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Types of Filler Flowers

By Michelle Powell-Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017
A classic filler flower
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Filler flowers are those small, inexpensive flowers that provide color, volume and geometric shape to flower arrangements and container plantings. There are several types of filler flowers; however, they share some similarities. Filler flowers grow easily and in large amounts, and they are available in various colors and can bring something special to the overall flower arrangement while not detracting from your focal flowers.

Baby's Breath

Baby's breath, or Gypsophilia, is one of the most common filler flowers and is typically found in purchased arrangements. Baby's breath is most commonly white, with tiny flowers; however, pink varieties and some with slightly larger white flowers are also available. Baby's breath has a fine stem and is best used several stems at a time to prevent damage to the cut flowers. Baby's breath will quickly wilt out of water, so keep it well hydrated from cutting to display.

Hypericum Berries

Hypericum features lush and pretty foliage as well as small, colorful berries. Hypericum berries are commonly red, white or burgundy, but are also available in pink, peach, green and yellow. This is a sturdy filler flower that stands up to handling well and will look beautiful in both summer and fall arrangements. Remove any foliage below the water line and change the water regularly in your cut hypericum berry arrangements.

Statice

Statice is a papery filler flower commonly used in dried and fresh floral arrangements. It will last up to two weeks as a cut flower and dries nicely if hung up. It offers bolder color than many filler flowers, available in blue, purple, lavender, pink, yellow, peach or white. If you need a filler flower that can handle some amount of time without water, statice is a good choice.

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace is a common wildflower, but is also used as a filler flower. It has a delicate stem with large bunches of tiny white or pale green flowers. This is a very inexpensive choice as far as fillers go; however, it will only last a few days and should be kept away from direct sunlight. The masses of blooms on this flower may overwhelm delicate arrangements, so use it with restraint. It does dry moderately well and may be preserved for later display or used as filler in dried floral pieces.

 

About the Author

 

With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.