The gorgeous peach flowers of this bouquet at Kamilla’s Florist, Millerton NY caught my eye last spring. Fast forward to a pave design of peach roses and overlapped dusty miller leaves by a British florist, a quest to design in this scheme was born.
Interestingly, in “Friendship and Flowers” (see Archives, June 2014) a simple design featured this lovely color scheme. Lady S’s exquisite tree peonies were slipped into a constructed container (how-to, see “Barking up the … vase” Archives, Jan 2014).
A silver metallic tray (www.jamaligarden.com) contains a line design of peach dahlias, gray eucalyptus and dusty miller, set in a bed of pearly gray stone.
This handsome gray ceramic container from Japan is a favorite. It has personality without overwhelming. Peach roses and dusty miller create a kind of random line/mass design. Dusty miller once was known botanically as Senecio cineraria but is now Jacobea maritima. I don’t know how the hard working horticuture judges keep up with all the name changes!
This faux-birch container was found at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Worcester MA several years ago. The Tower Hill shop often has charming containers for sale. A more cut-leaf, shorter stem version of dusty miller is one of three kinds of plant material in this modern mass design. Between it and the roses are peach Alstromeria.
A strikingly useful ceramic container made to look like stone is perfect for this horizontal layered design. Peach roses are the focal point of an assemblage of fresh and dried silver foliage, berries and leaves: Brunia (berries), Eucalyptus, Mitsumata branches (painted silver) dusty miller, dried Calathea leaves (also painted.
This pair of attractively textured containers have been waiting for almost 3 years to be used in a design. Only about 3” in diameter, they lend themselves to a synergistic type of connected design – sometimes called a Bridge Design for obvious reasons. Silver aluminum wires (www.jamaligarden.com) connect two similar designs of peach roses and Alstromeria. I think this peach and gray scheme makes elegant early autumn designs — not yet screaming pumpkin! What schemes are you dreaming of?