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Violet’s Favorite Winter Greens!

written by Marina Strong December 2, 2013

With our large selection of Greenery, we know it can be a bit overwhelming to decide which is best for you, so we are going to break it down into a series of blog posts, and today, we have our resident wedding flower planner, Violet, here to fill you in on her favorite Winter Greens!

We’ve been busy with all kinds of new and exciting products, but I wanted to take a minute to focus on some products that you may have overlooked, but are SO! much! fun! and will help create texture, interest and value in your florals. I’ve been happy that greenery and texture is BACK. Of course, all flowers have texture, but the increased mixing of greens is wonderful to see in weddings. Here are four of my current winter favorites, and some ideas on how you can use them:

 

Magnolia Greens

Magnolia Greenery Ideas

Magnolia Greenery Ideas

{Sources: Clockwise from Top Left: Bridal Bouquet, Magnolia Greens, Magnolia Chandelier, Leaf Place Cards, Magnolia Table Centerpiece, Magnolia Centerpiece, Magnolia Bouquet.}

Really, these are wonderful for most times of year; They can be used in a Southern wedding for that perfect touch of greenery in arrangements, hung from chandeliers or fixtures to create a Gothic or vintage look, flipped over to their naturally velvety brown undersides to add a cinnamon brown color, tucked into bouquets, used as very ‘green’ place-cards, or even ‘gilded’ for an upscale touch. They work well with all sorts of flowers, but hydrangeas, garden roses, amaryllis and lilies are some classics that come to mind.

 

Curly Pine

Curly Pine Ideas

Curly Pine Ideas

These pictures aren’t all curly pine, so just imagine a curled tip! {Sources: Clockwise from Top Left: Curly Pine, Winter Wedding Cake, Pine Bouquet, Winter Centerpiece, Green Pine and Candle Display.}

Different than regular pine (but with that same yummy scent that wraps up all the good things about winter together) due to its’ curly end fronds, this is a great way to add both texture and a little symbolism to your wedding or event; To many Native people, the pine tree is a symbol of wisdom and longevity as well as being the tree of peace. In Asian cultures, it is associated with longevity, virtue, and youth. They are also associated with masculinity and power. In Nordic countries, it is also a symbol for the season and is used in medicinal tinctures as well as decorations. I’m Norwegian, so I like the wedding tradition of planting two small evergreens outside your door on your wedding day – you could lay sprigs on each napkin and attach a place card, add these tall curly fronds to ceremony arrangements, a canopy or bend them gently into mini-wreaths and hang them from the chairs going down the aisle with a ribbon to match your look. Great for rustic or country weddings, but equally at home with a modern look, if done right, curly pine is a star! Plays well with: Snapdragons, cremon mums, sunflowers, waxflower, and stock.

 

Jester Leucadendron

Jester Leucadendron Ideas

Jester Leucadendron Ideas

{Sources: Clockwise from Top Left: Leucadendron Bouquet, Jester Leucadendron, Bridal Bouquet, Protea and Leucadendron ArrangementJester Leucadendron.}

Quite a mouthful to say, but this jester is ALL about fun! I would LOVE to see someone use the very tips en masse as a texturally fabulous bouquet along with succulents, pincushion protea, billy balls and clusters of chocolate mini cymbidiums, with perhaps a stems of few ranunculus or garden mini roses thrown in for texture. Not for the faint of heart, this bold statement green bridges the world between flowers and greenery admirably.

 

Cocculus

Cocculus Greenery Ideas

Cocculus Greenery Ideas

{Sources: Clockwise from Top Left: Purple Bouquet with Cocculus, Cocculus Greens, Wedding Bouquets, Boutonniere, Green Centerpiece, Red Roses with Cocculus, Cocculus Garland with Peonies.}

Everything that you’d want in a green; Shiny, dark, glossy leaves, hardy and full of life, these easy to work with lovelies would be equally at home with a riot of OTHER greens, dark plummy colors and reds, or soft pale peaches, pinks, light coral and blush. Try with: white blush peruvian lilies, queen annes lace, irises, and green goddess, white or blush callas. Pop behind a rose for a two minute bout, adorn a whole trellis with this for a slightly more wild /rustic look, or hang them from their stem ends from fishing line to create a ‘living hanging wall’ to draw attention to your ceremony or even frame guests as a backdrop for fun photos. 

 

I hope you enjoyed this first installment, showcasing some of our Gorgeous Greenery! Until Next Time! 🙂