Unexpected flowers as a trend

I visited Old Westbury Gardens today and was reminded of the incredible variety of flowers beyond the flower market.  Make a statement with unexpected and off the beaten path options for your centerpieces. 

Cap Lace Hydrangea makes a great alternative to traditional hydrangea.

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Iris comes in wonderous varieties.  I love this dusty coral color.

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and this variagated petal below…

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Look at how only a few purple iris in a sea of green make a huge impact. I also thought the idea of this 4″ wide grass border down either side of an aisle was very effective.

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These tree peonies are far from ordinary…

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I am inspired by the simplicity of this photo below – clumps of purple heather combined with green climbing  vine, sand colored rocks and splashes of yellow daylilly buds.  I could see this concept working beautifully on long banquet tables.

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And of course, these playful purple allium heads can stand alone in single bud vases or grouped together for effect. Just remember that they’re a member of the onion family so too many may give off an unpleasant odor at the dinner tables.

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A forgotten gem in the folliage world, weeping beech is by far my favorite tree for setting a romantic stage.  I am designing a Chuppah using only weeping beech.

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I think ferns will also make a comeback to the centerpiece scene…I love how soft and full they appear.   And because ferns come in such an assortment, I think they will be the new trend, enhancing and updating the succulent story for alternative arrangements.

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Here’s a bouquet accented with Ferns which Matthew Robbins of Artfool did for one of our weddings last November.



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