Using Colorful Autumn Leaves in Your Floral Arrangements

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, and being able to arrange with colorful fall leaves and branches is one of the reasons why. If you’ve followed my floral arranging business, you’ll know that I’ve used autumn leaves in some spectacularly beautiful fall weddings. Seriously. It’s just so much fun to play off of the gorgeous scenery and create a textural, stunning piece of fall for a bride to hold. 

I know everyone is loving the changing fall foliage right now, and if you’re like me, you want to bring a bit of the colorful fun inside. What feels more like fall than a vase full of autumn leaves?  

In our Flora Fun Autumn 2020 Box, I demonstrated how to make a beautiful autumn floral arrangement in a shallow vase (which you can see in the pic up above). One of the techniques I covered in the tutorial was how to care for and place branches that are thicker than your typical flower.  

To help those branches and leaves...

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5 Amazing Autumn Flowers for Arranging

It's nearly fall, and that means it's time to talk about some amazing autumn flowers that you can arrange with right now.

I love welcoming a new season, and fall is no exception. Here in the Pacific Northwest the days are getting shorter, a lovely mist sits low on the streets in the mornings, and gardens are giving up the last of their summer produce. I'm dusting off my pumpkin recipes and airing out my sweaters. This time of year is just so fresh and cool, and plays with all of your senses!

Being a florist, you may think spring would be my favorite season, but you’d be wrong. Don't get me wrong: I love anemones and quince, and you can check out more of my favorite spring blooms here. But I will always choose autumn flowers over spring ones. There are just so many awesome autumnal flowers for floral arranging! Quite a few in fact! So if you’re looking to put something together that plays with the seasonality of autumn, here are my...

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Trending! Dried Flower Creations

Do you cringe a little when you think of dried flowers? Can't imagine how dried florals could possibly look modern and trendy? I had similar thoughts for a long time. Let's backup, way up.

When I was little, before even kindergarten, my mom would take me with her about once a month to visit with some of the older widows in our neighborhood. In retrospect, I'm very glad that my mother was able to foster these relationships, and I'm glad that I got to know these women I might not have interacted with much otherwise. But as a kid, sometimes it was tough. Many of you probably have similar experiences from a grandma's house or great-aunt Dottie's: adults talking while you tried to entertain yourself without bumping into tables full of breakables or snagging a doily. 

And, of course, dried flowers.

They seemed to be everywhere, in vases in the living room or little wreaths above the toilet. I only saw dried florals in these older women's homes, and my little...

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5 Favorite Summer Flowers for Floral Arrangements

Summer is in full bloom right now, and it's the perfect time to talk about some of my favorite flowers of the season for floral arrangements. When you think summer flowers, many people’s thoughts turn to hydrangeas, roses, or sunflowers. But while I do love those classic blooms, my favorites for arrangements might just surprise you.

Before we dive in, you might want to check out our recent blog post about tips for cutting flowers out of your garden. I know everyone's yards in my neighborhood are bursting with color and run right now, so you've probably got something pretty right in your own garden that you can use for arranging.

Now back to business! Here are my top five that made the cut: 

Dahlias: the showstopper  

I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, where dahlias are a bit fussy to grow. It’s possible, but you have to treat them as an annual or dig them up at the end of the season and store the tubers over winter, without letting them dry out....

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