Fall is one of my favorite seasons – it’s summer’s glorious resolution! And for a designer, it’s aesthetically rich. Think: abundance, plenty, harvest. And those beautiful autumn colors: shades of persimmon, paprika, gold, coral, burnt sienna, and more.
For all those reasons, it’s also a great season for flower arrangements! Here’s how to create a casual autumn arrangement – for a dinner party, or just to have around the home (this works indoors or out!):
1. Choose flowers. Many are available this time of year, in many vibrant colors, including: sunflowers, dahlias (yellow, pink, white, purple), cosmos (pink, white, orange, red), larkspur (electric blue, violet, pink), and daisies.
2. Choose plants and herbs. Herbs are at their peak in autumn, they smell terrific, and they add texture to your arrangement. Try bittersweet vines (gold and red), rose hips, lavender, pepperberry (deep red), Thai basil, rosemary, and Cuban oregano.
3. Choose a container. Remember, we’re keeping it casual, so go ahead and use what’s in your cupboards. Glass jars, old teacups and teapots, and creamers all work well. Different shapes and sizes are great. Don’t mix materials – use all porcelain containers, or all ceramic, all glass, etc – unless you’re going for a quirky, “found” look.
4. Put it all together! Place your flowers in the containers, along with complimentary herbs. You might want to try combining yellow dahlias, sunflowers and red cosmos with Tuscan rosemary and basil. Feel free to throw in some autumn leaves and grass from outside, too. Group your containers together, and consider placing some decorative fall fruits or vegetables at their bases to really amp up the seasonal theme: apples, Italian eggplants, small pumpkins. Candles in fall colors – red, gold, orange – are a nice touch. Finally, lay dried vines or small branches across the entire composition to tie it all together.