Flowers: Near and Dear

Floral designers illustrate how to go green gracefully by utilizing Northwest blooms and regional foliage



Using the evergreen sheen of magnolia leaves as a key element, Marianne Graham of THE ARTFUL POSY gathered regional dahlias, begonia, geranium, and garden roses in vibrant shades of an Indian summer sunset. 206-829-9752;



wild at heart

Gorgeous single-blossom peonies make a striking statement in this cascading bouquet by Jennifer Robbins of J. ROBBINS FLORIST. Graceful lady’s slipper orchids add structure and form; sweet peas and bleeding hearts enrich the natural decadence. Hinoki cypress sprigs and an akebia vine from Robbins’s garden in Tacoma tie it all together. 253-537-4337;


natural beauty

Jodi Macko and Arianna Kruger of WOODLAND FLOWERS designed this stylish springtime arrangement of butter yellow tulips, ranunculus, narcissus, Oregon grape blossoms, lilacs, euphorbia, and fern fronds. Together these Northwest beauties suggest earthy abundance and the joy of new beginnings. 206-310-8477;


cold comfort

Even in chilly late fall and winter months, the strong survive—like the lovely, bright Nandina and Hypericum berries in this birch bark-wrapped arrangement by Daniel Lewis of DANIEL FLORAL DESIGNS. Dusty miller, another attractive survivor, complements the rich baby roses and adds a soft, soothing texture.


pretty in pink

Daniela Fagét of BELLA SIGNATURE DESIGN plucked the pinky-green hellebores, lime green lambs’ ear, sturdy succulents, and refreshing mint of this bouquet from her Bainbridge Island garden. Peonies, garden roses, hydrangea, curly moss, and a delicate jasmine vine lend soft fragrance and a sweet, summery charm. 206-352-6628;