Floating Beauties

Chanticleer arrangement with Dahlias, Bougainvilla, and Elephant Ear leaves

Chanticleer arrangement with Dahlias, bougainvilla, and Elephant Ear leaves

Visiting Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, PA, I have always been entranced with their wonderful floating arrangements made out of fresh seasonal materials displayed in a generous proportioned bowl. Easy to put together, even for the flower arranging newbie, there are no mechanics involved, just an eye for what goes together.

I ventured into my garden on a Fall day in October when foliage was just starting to turn colors and the Dahlias were still going strong and picked out the best of the best. Lasting four or five days, these floating beauties can be changed out for what is perfect at the moment.

This arrangement can make a big statement on a patio

This arrangement can make a big statement on a patio

How To

  • Pick out the perfect wide bowl

Pick a low wide bowl, even though this bowl has a beautiful pattern, you won't see it when the flowers are floating

Pick a low wide bowl. A swirling pattern makes it interesting

  • Browse your garden, picking up a variety of foliage, berries, and flowers

  • Start arranging your foliage as the backdrop. Here I started with Japanese Maple and Dogwood that are showing fall color.

Start with foliage branches

Start with foliage branches

  • Add larger flowers. Here I added some hydrangea and aconitum for a true blue color. Nestle the flowers into the water so that they are drinking to keep them fresh.

Hydrangea and aconitum (monkshood) added

Hydrangea and aconitum (monkshood) added

  • Finish off with some berries and additional flowers. Viburnum berries look their best at this time of year and add a splash of color. Autumn Bride Coral Bells provides the spikey plumes.

I added berries and Autumn Bride Coral Bells on the right hand side

I added berries and Autumn Bride Coral Bells on the right hand side

  • I ran out one more time to my garden to pick up a Cafe Au Lait Dahlia for the finishing touch. I needed a focal point to make this arrangement sing.

Cafe au Lait Dahlia

Cafe au Lait Dahlia

 

Lasting for a couple of days, this floating garden sits on my dining room table to enjoy.

Chanticleer floating arrangement

Another Chanticleer arrangement for fall

 

Hellebore flowers are prefect for this in late winter when you are craving spring

Hellebore flowers are prefect for this in late winter when you are craving spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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8 Responses to Floating Beauties

  1. Marie Kramer says:

    Claire: I just loved this idea; beautiful and of course you would have thought of this easy floral decoration…

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  2. Very pretty. I love water gardens.

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  3. Linda T says:

    So beautiful. Thanks for this suggestion. My hellebores won’t be blooming until next March.
    But love this idea with whatever you have to use.

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  4. Brilliant idea. I have a lovely granite bowl which is gathering dust in our cellar. I shall dust it off next spring and get floating!

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