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

Pink-and-Gold Arrangement

12 deep-pink cabbage rosettes

10 burgundy mini calla lilies

8 ruby astrantia

20 golden winterberry branches

Pink-and-Green Arrangement

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.


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