November 11, 2017

Planning your holiday table

Planning a holiday celebration? Whether an intimate dinner for two, or a big family or work gathering, now is the time to consider your flowers. Here's some info to get your planning started.

For arrangements you want to consider your desired size, shape, color and style.

Size and Shape: Where will your flowers be placed? Will it be seen from the front only, such as when used on a buffet or mantle? Or will it be seen from all sides such as a dinner table or entryway?

A small arrangement is perfect for a bistro or cafe sized table. A standard centerpiece works well for a round table seating 6-10 people. If your table is rectangular, a standard centerpiece works well along with other accents such as candles or if serving a family style dinner. Or if you have less table decor or prefer an elongated shape, a long and low design is a good alternative.

Color and Style: Next consider your color palette. Do you want a traditional fall or winter palette? Or will you match a theme or your decor? Determining a palette will help you with your flower choices.

Finally, what is your preferred style and how would you describe the look you want? (Is your style elegant, rustic, natural, fun, modern, vintage, etc) Do you have any specific flowers you would like used? Or perhaps you might prefer a "designer's choice" custom design created for you

Ready to order or need further help? You can stop by either location to speak to a designer and place your order. For events requiring specific needs or larger quantities, we recommend placing your order in advance, if possible, one to two weeks prior to event.

September 12, 2017

Wedding style: table greenery

A popular trend this year has been using cut table greenery and accents in lieu of or in addition to table centerpieces. Shown here are two examples of table greenery designed with light floral accents. Hardy greenery such as silver dollar eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus, and italian ruscus work well either alone or in combination with other mixed greens. Considering cut table greenery or garland for your event? Speak with one of our bridal consultants to learn more about your table options.

August 9, 2017

Dahlias for days

Crazy for dahlias? Summer dahlias are now available in abundance at both our Sammy's locations. Choose from a large selection of colors, shapes and sizes, with different varieties available each week. Dahlias look great en masse or as part of a summer floral mix.  Give us a call at either location and we can create a custom dahlia arrangement just for you!

June 2, 2017

Crazy for peonies

Arriving a little bit later this year, we’re finally in the height of peony season. Our store displays are filled with peony blooms in single, double, and bomb shapes. Current colors include whites, pinks, corals, reds, and deep burgundy. Beautiful en masse or enhancing a mix of florals, spring peonies are truly showstoppers not to be missed.

April 27, 2017

Textured Corsages

Whether celebrating a wedding, anniversary or prom, a beautiful corsage is an elegant way to mark the occasion. The examples shown above are designed with lots of textures and detail. Adding texture to a design often helps define the floral and add interest to the overall look. The examples above use a variety of textures from foliages, pods, berries, even succulents. To see more corsage examples click here.

March 25, 2017

Spring Bouquet

While the weather hasn’t changed much here in Portland, we’re all ready for springtime! So in honor of Spring, here’s an example of a recent spring inspired bouquet. Seasonal florals shown here include ranunculus and daffodils, along with beautiful garden roses, hydrangea, and pink andromeda.

February 28, 2017

Ready for Spring?

Spring is officially less than one month away, and we can't wait. After a unusually cold and icy winter here in Portland, the first signs of spring are a welcome diversion from the current dreary gray sky. Early spring favorites that have already arrived are: ranunculus, tulips, hyacinths, and anemones. Additionally, blooming branches such as forsythia, quince, cherry and prunus are available as well. We're saying thanks to all these lovelies, for brighting our day. Perhaps they can brighten yours as well...

February 7, 2017

Ready for Valentine’s Day?

We’re ready for our favorite holiday, are you? Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday February 14th, so now is the time to place your order for your special someone. We’re so very excited about Valentine’s Day and have created a very special collection of gorgeous Valentine’s flowers and gifts for you to chose from. You can place your order online, by calling either store location, or by stopping in store. We can’t wait and would love to create something beautiful for your Valentine!

January 23, 2017

Wedding style: soft and pretty

Soft and pretty blush color palettes continue to be a popular choice for brides. The bouquets shown above are mixed with ivory and accents of silver. Are you planning your 2017 wedding? Our bridal consultants can help guide you through the floral design process. To get answers to your questions or setup a personal consultation, you can reach them via email at

Interesting in seeing more bridal bouquets? Click here to see additional examples created at Sammy’s Flowers.