Now that we have our greened-up base, we can start to work in the flowers and add a pop of color!
One great way to start is to cut down some of the larger flowers, like hydrangea, trick dianthus or kale, centering them in our base so they give the bare green lomey some fullness and a kind of preliminary color canvas.
Here you can see one stem of purple kale and one white hydrangea beginning to fill up our base of greens to provide our color canvas.
Building on our simple canvas, we then add pops of different colors with the smaller flowers: in this example our roses, dusty miller, hypericum berries, fuji mums and baby’s breath.
There are a few ways to accomplish this, which is largely where each designer’s unique touch comes into play, so each piece has its own “signature” as it gets closer to completion:
Here Monica Barrie adds the final touch to another party—an explosion of hot blue dendrobium—to some simple green and white arrangements.
The next installment of the blog will focus on the different applications of each of the essential elements of floral design (Color, Texture and Shape), with a look at how different floral designers at Artquest, Ltd. employ these to create their own look. Stay tuned!