Forget the Flowers: A Foliage and Seed Head Display
It's not often that you see vase arrangements constructed almost entirely from foliage, but with the right shapes and textures they look fabulous. This lush display looks stunning in an airy, white sunroom or a hall, on a tall white table.
- Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
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15 fresh poppy seed heads
10 lady's mantle
3 cultivated guelder rose stems
1 bunch lily grass
1 bunch bear grass
5 large 'Blue Moon' hosta leaves
6 branched garden viburnum stems
1 bunch spear grass
3 smaller variegated hosta leaves
2 monstera leaves
With so many different ingredients in this arrangement, it won’t make much difference to the overall design if you can't find one or two of them.
For a darker colored display use: red robin (for viburnum); copper beech (for guelder rose); leucadendron (for poppy seed heads); St. John's wort (hypericum) (for lady's mantle); black ti leaves (for hosta leaves)
tall clear column vase (16 inches)
Prepare the Vase
Trim the stalks from the two monstera leaves and use them to line the sides of the vase. Scrunch up a large square or two of cellophane and press it down toward the base of the vase. The cellophane helps to hold the leaves in place and give extra height to the foliage; if the foliage stems are long, pack the cellophane down hard.
Prepare the Grasses
Fill two-thirds of the vase with water. Divide the different grasses into bunches of 5 to 6 blades, tie them with small rubber bands and trim the ends.
Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
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