5 Common Types of Filler Flowers and What They Symbolise

by Robert Canning on January 21, 2022

When you create a flower arrangement, you have to create balance. And this often means having a focal point and some filler flowers to complement the main attraction. 

But despite being often sidelined, it can be important to familiarise yourself with the different types of filler flowers. You may also be interested to know the symbolism behind each one.

1. Holly

If you want something that’s a bit different from the other traditional types of flowers and you want some foliage, holly is a perfect choice.

Holly is an evergreen shrub that’s loaded with glossy leaves and white berries. You can find fresh holly leaves in the winter at most florists as well.

The holly’s berries have a variety of uses, including decoration. The berries are often used in wreaths, door wreaths, and garlands.

Holly leaves and berries symbolise eternity, happiness, and the relationship between men and women.

2. Baby's Breath

Baby’s breath flowers are also known as Gypsophilia. They're fluffy-looking flowers with white and pinkish petals.

The baby’s breath flowers are often used in weddings as filler flowers or in bouquets. To add fullness to the arrangement, they’re often included in place of shredded or curled tissue paper.

The baby’s breath flowers are also used to make flower crowns. They symbolise innocence and purity.

3. Delphinium

Delphinium is one of the most traditional filler flowers and there’s a good reason why this has remained so popular over the years. These flowers are rich in colour. They’re also easy to maintain and sturdy enough to stand on their own.

Delphinium comes in blue, purple, or white. Delphinium flowers symbolise innocence and purity, good luck and wisdom, and faithfulness.

4. Bells of Ireland

The Bells of Ireland flowers are popular in fall and early winter. They’re often associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

These flowers look like shamrocks that have sprouted. As the plant grows, you’ll see a small bell at each leaf.

Naturally, they tend to be greenish-yellow in colour, although you can find them in a variety of other colours as well.

The Bells of Ireland symbolise love, loyalty, and faithfulness.

5. Heather

Heather is a perennial plant that grows wild in many parts of the world. It’s also an important filler flower in flower bouquets and arrangements.

Heather flowers are usually pinkish in colour. They have a long stalk and are pointed at the ends.

You’ll find heather in flower arrangements and bouquets that symbolise the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Heather flowers also symbolise love, friendship, and family unity.

Final Thoughts

When you’re putting together a flower arrangement or bouquet, it’s easy to forget about the filler flowers. But just as the focal flowers have a role to play in the arrangement, so do the filler flowers. The filler flowers can also have the same significance and symbolism in your arrangements as the focal flowers. In fact, they can play up the focal flowers’ meaning, or they can add their own meaning to the arrangement.

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