The foliage collar is elevated to a starring role in this updated approach to the classic round bouquet, reinforcing the symbol of eternal love. Shimmering, spiraling Leyland cypress surrounds a creamy collection of hybrid tea roses, garden roses and Lenten roses (Helleborus). The perfect complement for brides wearing a simple clean silhouette in their gowns, this technique also can be adapted to enhance tabletop or holiday décor. Designer Stacey Carlton, AIFD, of The Flora Culturist in Chicago, Ill., suggests experimenting with varied foliages and finishes. “Gold, rose gold and silver are my favorites, but there are so many color options,” she notes. “Or leave the foliage natural, and go for a more subtle approach.”
‘Golden Mustard’ hybrid tea roses and ‘Patience’ and ‘Princess Miyuki’ garden roses (Rosa spp.) from Alexandra Farms; Lenten roses (Helleborus orientalis) and Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii) from favorite suppliers; Oasis Bind Wire (Natural), Oasis Floral Mesh (Gold), Oasis Florist Wire and Floratape Stem Wrap from Smithers-Oasis North America; Design Master 24KT Pure Gold Premium Metals Metallic Finish from Design Master Color Tool; ribbon from favorite supplier.
Measure and cut decorative floral mesh. Here, a length of 30 inches is used.
Fold the mesh into thirds lengthwise, or to your desired width, and form into a circular structure.
Secure all necessary cross-sections of mesh with paper-covered wire, and trim any excess.
Tape five pieces of heavy-gauge florist wire together with stem wrap. Make six of these thick taped wires. Thread the taped wire through a bottom cross-section of the mesh, fold the wire over, and tape the ends with stem wrap. Repeat multiple times at equal distance.
Center and gather all of the taped wires to create a bouquet handle, and tape them together with stem wrap.
Thread Leyland cypress through the mesh, securing with paper-covered wire when necessary.
When the entire mesh ring is covered, spray the foliage with metallic paint. Arrange flowers into the center of gold foliage ring when the paint is dry, to create the bouquet.
Bind the bouquet stems together with paper-covered wire or stem wrap.
Add trimmed and painted Leyland cypress to the underside of the bouquet. Tape all stems together, and finish the bouquet handle as desired.