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love garden

A foliage heart makes a charming Valentine accent for a potted arrangement of gardeny botanicals.

Design by Bill J. Harper, AIFD fellow, AAF, FAM

    A heart created from oregonia adds a sweet touch to a classic clay pot featuring a mix of peachy garden and hybrid tea roses complemented by chartreuse button spray chrysanthemums and rosy Hypericum berries. Although the flowers would be captivating on their own, their presence is enhanced with fresh green honeysuckle vine wrapped loosely around the design as well as ivy that creates a visual line diagonally opposite the foliage heart accent.
    The oregonia heart, which is secured to the pot with a hairpin-shaped wire, is long lasting and can be made up to two weeks in advance to ease last-minute production for Valentine’s Day. Simply store each heart in a plastic bag in your floral cooler. And because oregonia dries nicely, the foliage embellishment can serve as a treasured keepsake after the flowers have expired.

“love garden”



• 3 ‘Peach Avalanche’ roses
• 2 ‘Caramel Antike’ roses
• 1 stem button spray chrysanthemums
• 1 stem Hypericum
• 1 stem oregonia
• 2 stems honeysuckle
• 3 stems ivy
• clay pot
• 1⁄2 brick floral foam
• wire
• stem wrap


MATERIALS:: ‘Peach Avalanche’ and ‘Caramel Antike’ roses from Green Valley Floral; button spray chrysanthemums, Hypericum, oregonia (Buxus), honeysuckle, ivy, floral foam and wire from favorite suppliers; clay pot from Jackson Pottery; Floratape Stem Wrap from Alcan Packaging.

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Show your love with this heartfelt arrangement.


This gorgeous mix of peach roses accented with a delightful assortment of other botanicals is sure to brighten a loved one's Valentine's Day. A foliage heart enhances the charming composition and will dry perfectly for a lasting memento of your special gift.

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Wrap a heavy-gauge wire with stem wrap.
  HOW TO 2:
Bind the wrapped wire to stems of oregonia to create a wreath.
  HOW TO 3:
Bend the oregonia wreath into a heart shape.

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