Working with color is one of the most delightful aspects of floral design. We all react to colors very differently. One person’s favorite can be an anathema to another. Take the pink/purple of liatris………..please! Or phlox that has reverted to magenta. Definitely not my favorite.
Designs using a rainbow of colors are hard to pull off with success. But in the hands of a master, like the willow from a past Philadelphia Flower Show, everything works so well. In this instance, the meticulous tiny branches allow the colors to blend and meld gracefully.
In “Mixed Bouquets, Mixed Results” (www.flowerflinging.blogspot.com/2012/08/mixed-bouquets-mixed-results.htmlsee), mixing colors may lead to confusion, and disharmony often reigns. Maybe that is only in my eye?
Created by a pro, this polychrome Philadelphia winner on a pedestal is enhanced by the unifying sheltering of the branches. Like the tiny willow branches, they break up the colors rather in a Pointillist manner.
These mixed table arrangements (for how to, see “Christmas Collared”, December Archive) could be considered as a green arrangement with accent colors as the foliage and stems predominate and blend all the colors as in a garden. At least that was the general idea!