Late August welcomes lots of hearty floral in the garden. Ornamental kale, sunflowers and dahlia are in full bloom as we enter September in Michigan. These showstopping, overscale flowers provide the perfect amount of warmth in arrangements and truly welcome the beginning of fall. Our lead floral designer, Mallory, shows us how to build a transitional garden arrangement with a color palette of deep purples, muted greens, and pops of yellow—perfect for the changing seasons.
Prep Your Space, Gather Your Tools
After deciding on your color palette, pick a vessel that is big enough for your desired arrangement. We chose a fun glass vessel with an olive-colored accent to liven up the piece. Next, chose the greens that will be the base of your arrangement. For this specific piece, we decided on Cotinus or smoke bush. This uncommon accent green has bicolor ovular leaves that add a rich and glamorous contrast to arrangements. Cut your greens on an angle, and clean your stems so that the leaves don’t touch the water. Add them to your vessel in a cross pattern to create a nice base.