Today’s photos come from Pam Bosse. She sent in some really lovely photos of her garden, but what really caught my attention were the incredible flower arrangements she creates entirely from the plants in her garden. I asked her how she settles on the beautiful combinations of plants, and this is what she had to say:
I don’t know! When I buy an item for my garden, I can already visualize what it will look like in an arrangement. And more often than not, once it is finished it is better than my vision! For instance, I just bought three white gaura (Gaura lindheimeri, Zones 6–9) plants, and I know the starlike (or butterflylike) flowers will be perfect as a filler with my dark foliage and bright lilies, along with the blue from stokes asters (Stokesia laevis, Zones 5–9) and oranges and yellows and reds from various coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 4–9). Somehow, once I put it all together, the different colors work. You wouldn’t think some of these color combinations would work, but put the flowers, foliage, and fillers together, and it is magic!
I’ve been doing this for over 28 years, with a self-taught determination that can almost be described as an obsession. I just love it, and I strive to make beautiful things. From choosing, to planting, to caring for, and finally to cutting and arranging, it’s the whole package for me. It’s so pleasurable to gift someone with what I have nurtured and cared for. I find it completely rewarding.
So there is no magic here—just studying flowers, putting together what looks good, and then continuing to practice! One thing I’ll add: flower arranging is a great way to try out design ideas for the garden. Curious about how two plants would look next to each other? Stick them in a vase and see! If you like them together, you can recreate the combination out in the actual garden. Trying it in a vase first, though, is a whole lot less work.
A warm bouquet of mostly soft shades of orange, but accented here and there with white, green, and blue.
Isn’t the deep purple of the phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) beautiful against the pale yellow lily?
Here’s the same color combination—purple and pale yellow—in Pam’s garden, with phlox against a yellow-leaved hosta.
Deep, rich purples run through with white and touches of yellow.
Those same colors in a mixed container.
Purple and pink, with notes of white from variegated leaves and the yellowish green flowers of lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis, Zones 4–7).
Pink and purple working together in the garden, here accented by silver foliage and bright yellow.
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