Everyone who reads my blog knows I love autumn. However, it is one of those seasons like late winter or early spring when there are certain days you have to enjoy it from inside the house.
So, in time for (Canadian) Thanksgiving guests, I decided to do exactly that, by clipping what I love from outdoors to warm up my foyer for autumn.
My home is in the country, so I like to emphasize this fact in choosing what to cut for indoors. This is an especially good idea if you happen to have your country house on the market, as one of the attractions a buyer may have to your house is the air of a country lifestyle, and this type of arrangement will emphasize this feature of your home.
I made this arrangement in a plain-Jane glass vase which had no character whatsoever, and sunk it into the large, rustic planter I keep in my foyer. In keeping with my “bringing in autumn” theme, I clipped the things outside that are beautiful now, avoiding the prim look of an ordinary bouquet and instead staying in character with autumn’s untidy glory.
Tips for this type of bouquet:
1. What looks great together outside will look great together in your bouquet.
2. Stick to a general, but not fastidious, colour scheme. I stuck to darker reds and burgundies, accented with purply Russian Sage. You could go with a lighter scheme–for example, white roses, pinky-cream hydrangea, paler versions of Sedum and so on.
3. Hide the gap between the vase and planter, if necessary, with something trailing or droopy like the Engleman Ivy in my arrangement above.
4. My foyer has a cool look, so I like to warm it up in fall and winter by picking up the deeper red tones from the dining room, beyond.
5. Don’t limit yourself to the usual flowers–you can use burning bush, its berries (which I have used in this bouquet), birch branches, maple branches or any other branches with changing leaves (the tall ones in back of my arrangement).
6. Combine plants with different shapes, textures, and heights. I used tree and shrub branches as a backdrop, branches with small, round berries, spiky Russian Sage, buttercup-shaped, nodding Japanese Anemone, and the horizontal, flat-topped froth of Sedum, Autumn Joy. As always, it is the contrast in textures and shapes that give tension and life to plant combinations whether indoors or out.
7. Let things sprawl a bit instead of keeping them in a neat and tidy form.
8. An antiqued, distressed-looking container with some patina looks good with autumn’s warm and weary beauty.
9. What I used: A small maple-type branch turning red on the property; Burning Bush berries only, no leaves; Perovskia Russian Sage; Sedum, “Autumn Joy” and Engleman Ivy–the long, dangling pieces hanging off the wall.
10. Edit: don’t use everything in the garden. I had a hard time stopping myself, but any more variety would have undermined the impact of the combination I had. If there’s more out there, you can always make another bouquet with a different combination.
11. Other things in season that would be beautiful: Pink Diamond Hydrangea (LOVE!!!), Burning Bush, Viburnum berries, other types of
Sedums, Heuchera leaves (in a smaller container), Japanese Maple, Rudbeckia, Black-Eyed Susan, roses, rose hips, ornamental cabbage and Artemisia, “Silver King”.
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