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Fall’s Rustic Textures, Starring Mums, Protea & More

Fall is just around the corner, and with it come florals in rustic colors and textures that will carry us through the season. This is a busy time for fundraisers, galas, school festivals and other events where seasonal florals like sunflowers and mums really set the tone. Cascade Floral Wholesale is giving planners, florists and anyone who wants to get their hands on some harvest-hued flowers a peek at what’s on offer. 

Mum’s The Word

We can’t imagine fall without glorious, vibrant mums, which come in several varieties and colors. Beautiful on their own or in a mix, a spiky, layered spider mum in Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, provides an enticing pop of color. 

Spray mums in that signature gold palette are buildable (can you have too many?). This is an approachable flower that offers that autumnal feel and yet never looks overdone. 

Spider Mums
Spray Mums

A Major Statement Flower

Protea, a South African bloom, has been blossoming from bridal bouquets for the last couple of years. A single bold protea, with its arresting center and exotic appeal, lends a lot of interest to a floral design. A king protea helps create an arrangement of unusual beauty and dimension, bringing life to a tablescape or entryway piece. Combined with grasses, greens and equally dynamic natural elements, this flower delivers tons of texture.


Teensy But Textured

No less impactful than a king protea, the scabiosa pod is one of those flowers that will make you lean in to get a closer view. These are also known as pincushion flowers, which makes sense, given their tight little knot of striking, delicate blooms (or seed pods). At their center, a dark star expands, while green leaves wick around the base. We love the neutral counterpoint scabiosa make to a design of richly-colored flowers, as well as their graceful height.


Fall is the perfect occasion to design with texture in mind, and the layering possibilities seem endless. Tuck in some curly willow for a spare, haunting look or stack large-stem sunflowers in rustic buckets for an Indian summer feel. The season’s florals and other natural elements are all about enchanting the eye and setting the mood.