Flowers: Branch Cut

Local designers illustrate why leaves, grasses, and greenery are making up the prettiest trend in floral décor





Sculpture Garden

Architectural fern curls and structural Lycopodium stems play off fuzzy moss and soft sprigs of lamb’s ears in this modern design by Jean Louise Paquin Allen of JUNIPER FLOWERS. Grouped in the center of the arrangement are the floral elements: feminine white freesia and barely open ranunculus. 206-285-2700;


Beyond Blooms

1) Succulents add structure and weight.  2) Fern fronds  show off shades of green, orange, and yellow; their effect is delicate yet earthy.  3) Miniature lamb’s ear contributes a velvety, textural charm.  4) Variagated leaves, like this Rex begonia, lend layers of intensity.  5) Evergreen sprigs feel everlasting.  6) Silver Dusty Miller leaves are soft and downy.  7) Though they’re actually flowers, tubular kangaroo paws impart an architectural punch.


Organic Chemistry

Garden-variety succulents, commonly called hens and chickens, provide an earthy balance for intricate hybrid orchids and tubular cobra lilies in this summery, sunset-hued bouquet by Alexa Johnson of FIORE BLOSSOMS. Similarly, sweet berzillia berries play off vibrant volcano ranunculus. 425-870-5632;


Red Letter Day


With glossy purple passion vine, variegated Rex begonia leaves, and photinia in a shade reminiscent of Red Delicious apples, Anne Bradfield of FLORESSENCE created a rich palette of ruby, auburn, and wine. The tiny bright green baby’s tears blooms and furry kangaroo paws add accent and interest. 206-286-7850;



Forever Evergreen

Imagining a late fall or winter wedding, Martha Harris of MARTHA E HARRIS FLOWERS AND GIFTS gathered sprigs of white pine, noble fir, princess pine, Western red cedar, and silver fir trees for this fragrant and festive bouquet. Spidery yellow and pink Gloriosa lilies and Aranda orchids lend an elegant flair. 206-568-0347


Bearing Fruit

Inspired by local and native plants, Anne Fordham of FLOWERS BY ANNE FORDHAM combined delicate maidenhair ferns and orange-tinged autumn ferns with Himalayan blackberries, deep blue Oregon grapes, and arum berries in a bouquet that suggests woodland romance and early autumn elegance. 206-972-9926;