October 29, 2012 0

Fall Flowers: English Garden and Landscape Arrangements

By in Arrangements by Flower, Bells of Ireland, By Season, Celosia (Cockscomb), Fall Flowers, Mums, Photography, Step-by-Step

While I still have power before Sandy’s full force hits NYC, I wanted to bring you this important floral design information. Ignore at your own risk! Or just wait to read this until the storm has passed and you’ve gotten your power back. That might be the better call.

So: here are two different styles of arrangements I made in the second of my New York Botanical Garden classes this fall — English garden and landscape. The English garden style, which appears loosely arranged and slightly wild-looking, is popular right now, and I’ve jumped on board that bandwagon. The landscape, which is asymmetrical and meant to echo an actual landscape, isn’t as much my style. However, we did learn some cool tricks, especially with bells of Ireland, which I’ll get into below.

A glimpse of both finished products in the park:

English Garden

The important points:

  • Uses a variety of pieces
  • Looks organic, as if the flowers were just gathered from a garden (an English garden)
  • Includes lots of greens
  • Arranged in a basic triangular shape, but loosely

The flowers used:

  • Sunflower
  • Celosia (also known as cockscomb and looks kind of like a brain… in a pretty way)
  • Amaranth (white globes)
  • Sedum
  • Leather leaf
  • Asparagus fern

A few shots of the process and the finished arrangement:


The important points:

  • Naturalistic design aimed at capturing the essence of a landscape
  • Material depends on the type of landscape
  • Arranged in an asymmetrical triangle, tall at one end and long and low at the other end
  • Hidden container

The flowers used:

  • Eucalyptus (dyed red and yellow for a fall look)
  • Pom poms (green)
  • Daisies (yellow)
  • Solidaster
  • Bells of Ireland (used both in their long original shape and cut down to individual blooms to look like moss at the base of the arrangement. I loved this trick.)
  • Tree fern

A few shots of the process and finished arrangement:

Hope anyone in Sandy’s path is safe and not without power for too long!

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