March has been the month of Spring floral arrangements and tutorials at Happy Haute Home, so I am bringing you another how to guide..but this time we are using exotic flowers.
These stems are hard to pronounce, not typically seen in grocery stores and are quite expensive, some can run as much as $7 a stem. I used a wide variety to give you an idea of different types of florals and how to use them in an arrangement.
How to Make an Exotic Floral Centerpiece
To make this centerpiece, I used the following stems and floral accessories:
- Flat Container HERE
- Instant Floral Foam HERE
- Floral tape HERE
- Pruning Shears HERE
- Floral Pins HERE
- Arailia Iron Man
- Leucodendron Spray Jester “Safari Sunset”
- Allium Gladiator
- Pinchusion High Gold
- Variegated Aspidistra
- Helecho Holex
- Eryngium Green Jackpot
- Protea Empress
- Mood Moss
- Sphagnum Moss HERE
Sounds like a bunch of Super Heros are coming to save the day! I admit, this isn’t a typical floral centerpiece, it’s an unusual combination of exotic stems..it sort of looks like the jungle floor of Jurassic Park with the ferns, moss and leaves. I like trying different and unusual things.
As with many other arrangements I have made, I used instant floral foam, a flat container and tape to secure the foam after soaking it in water. I used 2/3 of a piece of foam.
Always starting with the biggest stem, I cut the Protea Empress and inserted it into the foam at an angle. The stem is thick and woodsy and will require good shears to cut through it.
Next, I used the Allium Gladiator flowers, which have very tall stems. I put them close together in the center of the foam.
Next, I used the Pinchusion High Gold (yellow stem) and placed at an angle towards one side of the foam. This is a very cool flower with a large vibrant yellow head.
Kale stems, I had 2, one went in front and one in the back of the foam.
This unusual stem, is called Eryngium Green Jackpot. It grows well in dry, sandy soil with a lot of sun. I used 2 of them in the centerpiece, one of each side at different heights.
Leucodendron Spray Jester “Safari Sunset” has rich variegated leaves and looks awesome in centerpieces. I did not cut the pieces, but left the 3 branches attached to the single stem.
I added 2 Variegated Aspidistra leaves to balance the centerpiece.
Arailia Iron Man is a plant with dark green and brown leaves and kinda looks like marijuana 😬…but don’t worry it’s not 😉
Separating some of the lower branches of the Arailia and using them as filler creates a nice balance. I used the large center piece and placed it in the middle of the foam.
Helecho Holex is a fern commonly used in wedding centerpieces. I used 2 pieces on the sides for added balance.
All the stems are in the centerpiece, now I have to cover the sides of the foam with moss. I used Mood Moss, which is lush and velvety looking. It is a clump moss that looks like it was picked from a mountain. I separated the large clumps and placed them on the sides of the foam, and used floral pins to secure the moss in place.
There were a couple areas in the middle that I covered using Spaghnum Moss. This is a decorative dry moss that looks nice hanging down the side of a centerpiece and is commonly used to cover empty space.
This is a very natural and woodsy feeling centerpiece. I like it, and I enjoyed learning about new flower varieties.
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Starting in April, we will return to home improvement projects as we begin work on our back patio and the One Room Challenge Returns on April 4! Stay Tuned!
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