“The Flower Arranger’s Garden”

July 24, 2009

Leather-leaf Viburnum

Leather-leaf Viburnum

My plan for the fall is to take a strip of land on the west side of our property which also has southern exposure and plant greens to use in flower arranging.  How happy I was to read Chapter 21 in Amalie Adler Ascher’s book, “The Complete Flower Arranger, A comprehensive guide to the Pleasures of Floral Design” published by Simon and Schuster in 1974. This chapter, “The Flower Arranger’s Garden”  gives the gardener/flower arranger the following advice:

Plants of interest     Cedrus atlantica glauca for its blue foliage, good with red carnations for holiday        y

C. japonica ‘Dacrydioides’, spiny branches

Japanese crytomeria

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Corralliformis’, twisting shape, golden-green hue

Junipers for their bluish hue – chinensis, ‘Meyeri’, ‘Sargentii’, J. tamariscifolia and


Broadleaved evergreens – three varieties of mahonia – M. aquifolium, bealii and pinnata

Nandina for Japanese arrangements

Cherry and mountain laurel

Leather-leaf Vibernum


Russian Olive


Cotoneaster saliifolia floccosa

Hollies – Ilex altaclarensis-hodginsi, nobilis and shepherdi, I. pernyi ‘East Palatka’

Brownell special


Stranvaisea davidiana

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, fantail and corkscrew willow

One of the neighborhood nurseries, Watson’s,  is having a half-price sale on Saturday which opens at 7:00 a.m..  I’ll go scout this afternoon and then rise and shine at 5:00 to be there by 5:30.  What fun!


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