A centuries-old flower of love has claimed its place in high-end floral shops and wedding bouquets.
“Consumers now understand that this flower has a great vase life and comes in many different colors. In addition, the available varieties have seen some big improvements in the last years.” — Floral Daily, October 2021
In the language of flowers, ranunculus (aka buttercup) is a symbol of seduction, charm, and attractiveness. It was particularly popular for bouquets in the Victorian era and has made a strong comeback as a bloom for modern-day wedding bouquets. It is the flower of the moment, as gardeners, florists, and alpine enthusiasts all over the world embrace the possibilities of this plant once more. From the wild plants of the high mountains to species that thrive in pond margins or flourish in fast-flowing streams; from the familiar golden flower of lawn and meadow to the most popular cultivated forms, buttercups are variable. And though some seem impossibly delicate, many are excellent garden plants.
This guide delves into a genus that is widespread and intriguing. Florists’ ranunculus, with their sumptuous, layered, tissue-paper petals and myriad colors are prized as an early season alternative to roses and peonies.
Naomi Slade is a well-known journalist and photographer specializing in gardening, environment, and lifestyle. A biologist by training, naturalist by inclination, and with a lifelong love of plants, she contributes regularly to a range of British publications including The English Garden and House and Garden. She is the author of Hydrangeas, Dahlias, Lilies, and Lilacs. She lives in the UK.
Georgianna Lane is a floral, garden and travel photographer whose work is sought for books, calendars, and more. Her work has been featured in Country Living, House Beautiful, Flower, Romantic Homes, and Victoria. She is the photographer of the complete Beautiful Varieties for the Home and Garden series. She lives in Paris.