feature designs

permanent persuasion

The latest botanicals from a dozen top suppliers provide exciting possibilities for permanent, preserved and dried designs.

Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD

    When the busy Mother’s Day rush is upon your shop, the last thing you need is labor-intensive techniques that hinder production. These bright, cheerful arrangements for modern moms offer fast, simple techniques for adding special touches, several of which can be done weeks ahead of the holiday.

garden individuality
     A sleek, white ceramic tulipiere displays permanent Ranunculi of contrasting hues in a gardeny fashion. Rather than simple, clean insertions, the stems are entwined for a more interesting and natural look.

Materials: Belgian Ranunculi and tulipiere from Allstate Floral & Craft.


testing nature
A distinctive woodland branch vase, with test tubes placed at random angles throughout, offers an unexpected way to present Cattleya orchids, which typically are thought to be more refined flowers. Preserved lamb’s-ears foliage, backed with wire stems and gently manipulated, fills out the overall design.

Materials: permanent Cattleya stems and Glass Tubes Branch Vase from Autograph Foliages; preserved lamb’s-ears foliage from Verdissimo USA; Oasis™ Bind Wire from Smithers-Oasis; Floratape® Stem Wrap from Alcan Packaging; Tack 2000 spray adhesive from Design Master Color Tool.

ocean inspiration
    Featuring permanent succulents as well as starfish and seashells, this arrangement imparts a beachlike ambience to any setting, regardless of climate. The sand-toned terra-cotta container and bleached moss enhance the overall theme.

Materials: permanent Echeveva, Kalanchoe ‘Rendle’ Leaves, Succulent Leaves, Water Lilium Leaves, Tillandsia Leaves, Aloe Spray, Aloe Spray Leaf, Aloe Spray Shoots; dried Protea Flats (Susannae) and Reindeer Moss; and Mexican Flats Shells and Starfish Shells from Schusters of Texas; clay container from favorite supplier.

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