Photos by Hillary Ehlen
Before you break out your winter decor – you may want to embrace what is left of fall. Just because there’s snow on the ground, it doesn’t mean we have to cut the season short in our home decor! If you want to celebrate fall but don’t want your decorations to be overbearing or cliche, substitute faux autumn leaves for a fall foliage and floral arrangement with the help of Christy Tehven from Love Always Floral.
- Seeded eucalyptus
- Smoke bush
- Silver dollar eucalyptus
- Red hanging amaranthus
- Pampas grass
- Chocolate Queen Anne’s lace
- Blue thistle
- Peach ranunculus
- Blackberry scoops
- Purple ranunculus
- An ascot rose
- A tess garden rose
For the foliage, Tehven knew she wanted to use smoke bush, which is very dark in color. That is why she went with lighter green eucalyptus to keep the arrangement from feeling too heavy for the florals in this arrangement, Tehven stuck with mostly reds, burgundies and purples to achieve those dark, fall tones. For accent colors, she chose blue and peach to lighten things up a bit.
This arrangement could be used as a coffee table accent, on the middle of your kitchen island or at your dining table. “This arrangement is low, so you could place it on a dining room table and it shouldn’t cause too much obstruction. Really, flowers can go anywhere as long as they’re not blocking view of conversation. They’re there to add to the conversation, not take away from it,” Tehven explained.
Start with greens, cutting the stems according to how tall your vase is. Always give your stems a fresh cut before you put them in your vase!
Tip: Christy likes to line the stems up with the bottom of her vase and then cut at a sharp angle so they soak up as much water that they possibly can.
Layer in your greens piece by piece, starting with seeded eucalyptus, then adding in smoke bush and using silver dollar eucalyptus to fill in any gaps.
Tip: Save one stem of smoke bush for later.
Next, use sedum. These should sit around the rim of your vase.
Tip: Sedum can be grown in any garden around here. They are a wonderful fall flower that first blooms green, then blooms into a really pretty dark, burgundy-red.
Put your tess garden rose in the front and leave it hanging out a little bit so you can really see it pop. Then, fill in around the vase with ascot roses.
Tip: Put one ascot rose in the middle of your arrangement.
Add hanging amaranthus. Use three stems make more of a statement, but put all of the stems in the same place to make it look like one big hanging amaranthus instead of three small ones.
Tip: Hanging amaranthus is grown locally as well. It grows like a wildflower. If you have seeds, it’ll just grow. You can’t stop it!
Add pampas grass, chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, blue thistle, blackberry scoops and your ranunculuses. These can rise above and create different layers of dimension for our arrangement.
Tip: The pampas grass could easily be replaced with wheat grass.
Fill in any holes with remaining greens.
Tip: Use the last stem of smoke bush to complete your arrangement.
Love Always Floral