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Leaf Arrangements

Introduction

Late January and February is the time of year when the arrival of spring flowers such as hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips can be seen at flower shops, markets, and grocery stores. Pair these spring blooms with unusual leaves to make beautiful one-of-a-kind arrangements for your home.

When preparing to make an arrangement using flowers and leaves, be sure to clean off all leaves that will be under the water line; remove any damaged or unsightly leaves, and cut stems at a sharp 45-degree angle before placing them promptly in deep, cool water. To make your arrangement last, use commercial flower food, keep it out of direct sun and away from air vents, and refill with fresh water daily.

Leaves
Florist and event decorator Lewis Miller suggests these arrangement-worthy leaves. The leaves can be trimmed from houseplants and, in many cases, will root and later can be planted in soil to keep them alive.

Fancy Leaf Begonia
With various textures and variegation, these leaves add structure and sculpture to an arrangement.

Galax
This round, waxy leaf tends to look "wet," as if it just came from a pond.

Maidenhair Fern
This lacy, delicate, fresh green adds great flow and drape to arrangements.

Alocasia
These dark metallic leaves are large and very sculptural.

Helleborus
These chalky green leaves have jagged edges and a graphic look.

Philodendron
A common houseplant, philodendron comes in many varieties, including bright lemon yellow.

Cyclamen
An interesting leaf, this common houseplant has a metallic aspect to its look.

Elkhorn Fern
This gorgeous bright green plant produces a ruffly-edged fern leaf.

Ligularia
These large, green, round leaves resemble lily pads.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, January 2008

Reviews (7)

  • joyaustin 5 Feb, 2008

    THis was a wonderful segment. Most creative.

  • peaceandlight 2 Feb, 2008

    Martha mentioned the "glass cylinders" many of us have managed to collect over the years. I recently cleaned up my floral arrangement supply shelf and almost put them in the Goodwill box, when it occurred to me: Why not just pass them on to others with a bouquet gathered from garden and woodlands this spring? Say "happy springtime" to a neighbor, friend, or co-workers, or leave them where a lot of folks can enjoy them, like your library or local soup kitchen.

  • kellyjill25 30 Jan, 2008

    Lewis Miller's technique is totally amazing and inspirational! I love the fact that he is so down to earth.

  • LFGONMAIN 27 Jan, 2008

    Any idea of a source for the wonderful vases in this segment?

  • maggiemagoo 26 Jan, 2008

    The designs were beautiful - it is so nice to see him using such different foliages and his choices of color are lovely. I loved his prices though!! I would not mind getting an arrangement like that since I know it would be special. AK

  • rg1 25 Jan, 2008

    I'm trying to find out the name of this ivy as well. I've done some Google searches and it looks like it might be English Ivy, which is considered and "invasive" type plant. I have this ivy in my back yard and it is taking over! The articles I've read say it can cause extensive damage and if the ivy starts climbing trees it can kill the tree from lack of sun etc. My next step is to take a clipping to my local nursery and have them identify it. Hope this information helps.
    rg

  • mrizzi 24 Jan, 2008

    What was the name of the "bush ivy" with the berries on it that was used in the black container with the hyacinth?