Fall flowers shine with these
creative treatments in clear glass.
Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD
Often for autumn
designs, we automatically reach for baskets or other rustic
containers, but as the designs on the following pages show, clear
glass is another great option. Available in a wealth of forms, it
lets the floral ingredients shine. But it can be challenging to work
with clear glass, which doesn’t hide any design flaws. Try some of
these techniques to ensure your arrangements in glass always look
professional and clever.
by the sea
may at first seem a solely summer accent, but examine the
brown and golden hues in their intricately patterned whorls,
and you realize they are a perfect fit for fall. Here, they
accent the rich caramel of the wood tray and support a
profusion of colorful blooms arranged into a base of verdant
‘Circus’, ‘Indian Femma’ and ‘Sunset’ roses, ‘Mambo’ spray
roses, Hydrangeas, Asclepias (butterfly weed), Echinacea
(coneflower), Celosia (cockscomb) and Berzelia from
Transflora; Square Vase from Syndicate Sales; Acacia Square
Tray from Eighteen Karat International Product Sourcing.
Chrysanthemums are dressed up for fall in this formal
gathering that incorporates premium roses and Gloriosas in a
tightly manicured nosegay. Several faux pheasant feathers
collar the design. Their wired spines easily hold the
circular shape, and the ends are simply tucked into the
design. The wood pedestal enhances the upscale look.
‘Indian Femma’ roses, ‘Chippendale’ spray roses, Gloriosas,
chrysanthemums and Hypericum from Transflora; permanent
feathers from Sullivans; Gathering Vase from Syndicate
Sales; wood base from Oriental Trading Co.
touch of tuscany
Gold-leaf vases are
in high demand, and one way to get the look at a fraction of the
cost is to paint faux leafing onto a clear glass vase. Sponge gold
paint on first—a natural sea sponge gives the best results—then add
a few violet accents. This treatment beautifully accommodates a
gardeny gathering of blooms encircled by a vine of painted salal
roses, Hydrangeas, miniature Gerberas, Amaranthus, Celosia
(cockscomb), Grevillea, Hypericum, mint and Sedum from Transflora;
Wisteria vine and salal leaves from favorite supplier; vase from
Sullivans; Violet Colortool® Spray and 24KT Pure Gold from Design
Master Color Tool.
ingredient stands out in this bouquet of tightly grouped
sections. Mesh ribbon creates a pretty ruffled collar. Fold
the ribbon in half lengthwise, and accordion-fold it from
end to end. Sew a thin wire through the folded edge, and tie
the wire to form a mesh circle. Position the ruffles evenly
around the circle, and place it into the vase before
dropping in the bouquet.
‘Estelle’ roses, Ageratum, Anigozanthos (kangaroo paw),
Berzelia and mint from Transflora; Trapez vase from Jamali
Garden Supplies; ArtMesh® from ArtMesh/Earth-Deco, Inc.
grasses in motion
A whorl of
Wisteria vines inside the vase conceals the flower stems and
complements the architectural curves of the lily grass tufts
that emerge in triangular formation. Hydrangea blossoms
serve as a floral armature in this design, and the
pink-tinged blooms are accented with lines of florals in
deeper berry hues.
Hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, chocolate Cosmos and Hypericum
from Transflora; lily grass and Wisteria vines from favorite
supplier; Diosphere Vase from Eighteen Karat International
screenlike arrangement of the fruits of fall is created in
what appears to be a trio of clear glass vases but, in fact,
is one interconnected vessel. Dense clusters of bear grass
are cut to equal lengths and placed into the three openings
to create the foliage screen and serve as the mechanic to
hold the other materials in place.
Gerberas, Amaranthus, Echinacea (coneflower) and Sandersonia
(Chinese lantern lily) from Transflora; black-bearded wheat
from LoveJoy Farms; bear grass from favorite supplier; Trio
Vase from burton + BURTON.