Updated: May 28, 2020
Today we are going to be sharing last weeks greens in arrangements. I love seeing things in use, because it helps me see the possibilities. Some greens I would never consider on their own, but when paired with the right flowers in an artistic way...it works!
I think that leather leaf is often known as a "low budget" green, but it looks very dressed up in this bouquet.
These big folded aspidistra leaves add textural interest to this tropical bouquet.
You just barely see the whisps of bear grass here, but they add movement and visual interest. Bear grass is also sometimes looped through arrangements and bouquets.
This boxwood garland gives a classic look to this wedding. Boxwood stays green for a long time, and does well out of water.
Mostly used around the winter holidays, cedar is fragrant and pleasing to the eye. It can range from dark green to light green.
This large tropical leaf adds body and visual interest to a bouquet. It is sometimes used with more traditional flowers as well, and can even be found in grocery store bundles.
These seeds add texture to any bouquet or arrangement. They range in color depending on the time of year but can be light green, red, brown, or a combination.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
Silver Dollar are the big broad leaves with the light green/grey tone. They can add movement and whimsy to your flowers.
This traditional spiral eucalyptus is quite woody and stiff, but is light on the eye. It does not take the focus from the flowers in this arrangement but adds texture and interest.
I love the way this flat fern is tucked into a more traditional arrangement. It is not my go to green, but has such a detailed and playful shape.
Galax leaves are quite broad and can be used to build and create structures in an arrangement. Here they cradle and present the delicate ranunculus.
Gravillea is a favorite of mine because of the color variation from redish brown to different shades of green. I love how long the branches are, and the individual leaves are so detailed. I love this green in bouts and corsages for the same reason.
Huckleberry (Green and Red)
Huckleberry has a sweet little leaf that can be delicate, but also add a lot of body to an arrangement, garland, or centerpiece.
Israeli ruscus is a go to green for me. It works hard for a long time, and if I have extra stems in the studio, I often put them in a simple vase next to my bed to add some life to my bedroom. (And they last for weeks!) Here they add body and structure to the bouquet.
Another hard working green that is especially helpful in creating cascading looks. These greens grow in long pieces that can add the cascade or drooping effect.
Another less known green here that adds a lot of texture with its almost needle like leaves. The vibrant green color is also very nice, and not very common in greens.
Myrtle grows in long pieces with fairly small leaves. This is a very versatile and hard working green.
Willow Euc also has that drooping willow like feel. This can also be used to make a slight cascading feel. Its delicate leaves add a lot of texture and movement.
Gunni Eucalyptus looks similar to spiral Eucalyptus in shape, but it is a softer green color, and the stems are more flexible. It also tends to be a bit more delicate and I love to use it in flower crowns, bouts, and corsages.
This etherial green always makes me feel like my eyes are blurring at the edges. I love the way it softens the feel of a static bouquet. It also has the ability to cascade and create a very playful asymmetrical look.
Safari Sunset Leucodendron
I often treat Safari Sunset more like a flower than a green because of its vibrant color. I love how the gradated red can help to bridge bold saturated colors to more muted and soft tones.
Salal has the kind of leaves that I drew on trees as a child. Nice big shade giving green leaves. They are sturdy and long lasting, but also pliable and easy to work with. They are great at adding a lot of body to any arrangement.
This "green" is a nice dark burgundy that great for creating moody bouquets. It is a great contrast to other greens in a bouquet and can add color and interest without a lot of extra flowers.
Tree Fern gives me that same feeling as plumosa, but without the cascading pieces. It is delicate and easy to add to many vase and hand tied arrangements. It adds that same blurring around the edges feeling.
I love variegated Pittosporum. It is not often we see multi colored leaves, and I think it adds a pop to the green that we often don't think about. It is traditional in shape, but also playful.
Lilly grass is a little thicker and bolder than bear grass. It feels a little more tropical to me, but still adds the visual interest and movement to an arrangement.
Horsetail is a fun and playful statement that can be the star of the show, as seen here, or can be a supporting actor. It is more of a textural element to me, but I am always happy to add more of those to any arrangement.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing these greens in action. I love the way that greens frame, give structure, and sometimes determine the shape of a bouquet or arrangement. Perhaps you will be a little more in the know when planning your next big event. I hope you start seeing greens everywhere you go.
Thanks for reading flower friend!