Ornamental cabbages and kales, colorful pinch hitters in cool-season gardens, lend an unexpected grace to indoor displays. Here, peony-like clusters and lacy, pink-tinged leaves are interspersed with seeded eucalyptus and arranged in a weathered urn.
Strip cabbages' outer leaves as needed for prettier rosettes, and cut stems at an angle with floral shears. The cabbages, kales, and seeded eucalyptus branches can last up to two weeks. The flowers will fade sooner but can be replaced as needed.
Tools and Materials
12 deep-pink cabbage rosettes
10 burgundy mini calla lilies
8 ruby astrantia
20 golden winterberry branches
12 cabbage rosettes in pink and white
6 kale stems in pink and green
12 seeded eucalyptus branches
Pink, Green, and Gold Arrangements How-To
1. Fit vessel with a protective liner if needed (we used one for the urn). Place a spiked flower frog inside; secure with floral adhesive. Fill halfway (or more if vessel is shallow) with water.
2. Insert cabbage (and kale if using); vary placement according to color and texture. Form a loose mound as you work; fill in gaps with branches or blooms. Change water every 3 days or as needed.