Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Autumn brings a rich array of diverse floral materials. Here are just a few.
Pumpkins are synonymous with fall. Both large and minis are suitable. For an entrance, stack three pumpkins one on top of another. Stagger them in size so that the one on the bottom is the largest. Use pumpkin craft paints to decorate them with fall motifs, such as fall foliage.
Use both mini pumpkins and gourds freely on mantles, shelves, and tables. For best results, use an assortment of different kinds. Combine these with some richly colored autumn leaves down the center of a dining table.
All sorts of fruits and berries are especially suitable for fall. Hypericum berries come in all sorts of shades from scarlet to deep red. The same is true for rose hips.
Make full use of freshly harvested apples. The Lady apple is a favorite in floral design because it is particularly dainty.
For a touch of reddish-orange, you can’t go wrong with Chinese lanterns. These intricately shaped fruits look very similar to husk tomatoes. But, they’re much more colorful.
Nature brings all kinds of interesting stems for fall. The cat tail is a perfect example. Though the color is a milk chocolate brown, the unique shape of cat tails makes them a great accent stem for fall.
All types of seed pods and nuts can be gathered for use in fall floral designs. They can include everything from sweetgum balls to acorns and edible nuts.
Ornamental grasses are also a great floral choice for fall. The flowering heads have interesting shapes. Some are highly colored with the Purple Majesty millet being an example.
Fall brings some unique flowers as used. The ornamental kales and cabbages are beautifully colored. The exquisitely shaped leaves deserve much more attention. Because they are so large, you won’t need very many.
Autumn Joy sedum has long been a favorite cut flower for fall. This late flowering perennial has tall, sturdy stems. These can be cut at any stage once the blooms begin to open. When they initially emerge, they’re whitish to pale pink. Over time, they eventually become dark pink or cranberry red.
Don’t forget to include fall foliage in your floral designs. Oaks, maples, and ginkgo leaves are especially attractive.