Flowers and Foliage

Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 34 2005

Dramatic greenery adds richness and texture to classic bridal blooms. A profusion of green variegated leaves makes a bouquet look more natural, as if just gathered from the garden, while sculptural or brightly colored varieties blur the line between flower and foliage, creating adventurous arrangements perfectly suited to the start of a marriage.

A soft touch
A halo of silver-and-green foliage surrounds billowy garden roses and just-blossoming scilla. Velvety lambs' ears and dusty miller comingle with the plumes of two kinds of grasses and ethereal skeleton leaves that flutter with every step. The bouquet is accented with a vintage metallic ribbon (from Tinsel Trading).


Island Romance
Sunny chartreuse and fiery red evoke the tropics in this exotic display of vivid philodendron and croton leaves, ruby peonies, tightly clustered euphorbias, and winding passionflower vine. All-green ranunculus and red-flushed maple seed pods continue the pleasant confusion between flowers and foliage. A bow is loosely tied with layered ribbons (from Mokuba).


Sweet Succulents
Succulents that resemble flowers make charming mates for spotted phalaenopsis orchids. The assortment is wired and tucked amid columbine, white-and-pink ranunculus, and plum-colored tulips. Hand-dyed cotton yarn (by Colinette Yarns) contributes its own unique texture to the casual, subtly shaped bouquet that would be right at home in a Southwestern garden wedding.


Glorious Greens
In this surprising mix, bell-like fritillaria and wide-mouthed Green Goddess' calla lily blooms masquerade as foliage among yellow-edged hosta, Solomon's seal, and spotted calla lily leaves. Delicately petaled tree peonies seem to float on top. An olive-colored satin band (from Masterstroke Canada) and crimped satin streamers (from Mokuba) compliment the stems.


Blushing Beauties
Blousy pale tree peonies, Dutch garden roses, and charmlike bleeding hearts are made all the more vivid by the contrast of burgundy Japanese maple leaves. Tied with a silvery-brown silk ribbon (from Midori), this sweet-smelling cascade exudes romance.


Woodland Treasures
A lush medley of ferns forms a canvas for columbines, ixia stalks, white- and dark-throated calla lilies, and fuzzy clematis pods. Brown fiddleheads, the curled stems of young ferns, signify new beginnings and provide a unique contrast. Two-tone satin ribbon (from Hyman Hendler & Sons) echos the bouquet's colors.

The Loveliest of Leaves 
A sampling of widely available foliage.

1. Elegant and delicate fern forms include coiled fiddleheads and rabbit's foot.

2. In an arm bouquet, a wide leaf of elephant's ear (Alocasia) would provide a dramatic drape on which to nestle smaller, contrasting leaves and blooms.

3. The twirling tendrils of a passion-flower vine.

4. Tall, sword-shaped New Zealand flax, often striped or saturated red, offers architectural accents.

5. The soft silver foliage of lambs' ear.

6. Refined Japanese maple.

7. A rosette is just one of many forms assumed by versatile succulents (echeveria is shown here).

8. Heart-shaped Anthurium clarinervum are especially fitting for a wedding.

9. The golden edges of this hosta leaf appear brush-stroked.

10. A color-rich philodendron leaf.

11. Begonia's dark markings appear to reflect interesting shadows in leaf-heavy bouquets.



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