Notes on Autumn
We build a base for the wreath using birch branches, bog myrtle and willow. For our second layer we add in using berries - hypericum and ilex from Holland - and bind them together with string or wire. Next, we’ll add some dried flower elements such as ammi, scabiosa seed heads, wheatgrass, achillea, eryngium, and miscanthus grass.
Our hand-tied bouquets include some rich foliages; eucalyptus, birch and dried elements: ammi, scabiosa, crocosmia seed heads, achillea, eryngium, and miscanthus grass. A finishing touch is given with softer florals. Think memory lane roses, amaranthus trailing and lisianthus, along with berries such as ilex and hypericum.
At The Garden, we design our palette at this time of year to suit both autumn and winter tones, leaning towards softer muted autumnal tones like rust, reds, oranges and yellow. We bring these colours into the floral and plantscaping work we do, along with our bridal bouquets and boutonnieres. We particularly love the use of bracken, just as it's turning and going from a deep green to yellow into a rusty brown colour.
When it comes to indoor plants, begonia maculata has polka dot leaves and flowers at this time of year. The soft blush tone of its striking flowers gives it an almost old fashioned look. Another striking one is begonia autumn ember. It has beautiful orange leaves that emerge with a blast of colour. With good light they will maintain this colour as they mature. They have light pink flowers in Winter which sing beautifully above the foliage.
Lastly, Winter flowering cyclamen can be a nice potted plant on a kitchen window sill or table with some moss around it as decoration. Visit us in-store to see our full range of indoor house plants and pots.
For full Autumnal immersion, visit The Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin. Their grass displays and the ever-changing overhead trees are quite beautiful at the moment. And don't forget The Iveagh Gardens - the trees there really come into their own at this time of year too.
To bring some Autumn indoors, you can use a large vase and tall branches to create a simple display at home. Place moss around the base and pick up some gourds and pumpkins of various sizes. For something unexpected, add a big red onion or a turnip and phyllis chinese lanterns. No need for any water! Spanish moss is another great option for a Halloween display as is beech or birch as their colours are particularly Autumnal right now.
Happy Autumn styling,