Photographs by Melissa O’Hearn
Backed by grand Aralia leaves, locally grown ruffled-edge celosia and delicate miniature calla lilies mingle with tropical orchids and unusual pincushion protea in this warm-weather design by Christopher Smith of Christopher Flowers. The deep, saturated shades of orange, red, and yellow suggest exotic locales and plenty of sunshine on the horizon. 206-619-5337; christopherflowers.biz
Summery boutonnieres play off the look and feel of their corresponding bouquets. 1 by Miki’s Flowers highlights Lisianthus buds and fuzzy lamb’s ears; 2 and 4 by Herban Floral combine chic succulents and just-picked garden herbs; 3 and 5 by Poppies Floral make good use of structural calla lilies and spiderlike Gloriosas; 6 by Christopher Flowers puts Mokara and Aranda orchids in the spotlight.
Jennifer Banks of Poppies Floral likes to mix together different shades of a single color together, then pop in a contrasting hue for added interest. Here, late-summer Seattle-grown garden roses, ranunculus, Hypericum berries, and calla lilies in varying degrees of peach play off the hot-pink surprise of imported yellow-tipped Gloriosa lilies. 206-402-6153; poppiesfloral.com
Spring’s showers and sun open the lilacs, hellebores, and hyacinths in this backyard bouquet by Miki Maxey of Miki’s Flowers; summer’s heat coaxes hydrangeas, lamb’s ear, Lisianthus, and fragrant rosemary to bloom. Together, the soft, voluminous shapes and very en vogue pale mauves and lavenders evoke a stylish simplicity. 206-669-8820; mikisflowers.com
The lush white peony blossoms of early summer play the lead role in this simple yet striking local and organic arrangement by Herban Floral’s Ellen Ohashi. Chocolate-brown succulents, eucalyptus, and poppy pods add structure, form, and charm to the rotund blooms, while mint and lamb’s ear lend fragrance and texture. 206-372-1244; herbanfloral.com