Common foliages and filler flowers
These stalwarts are among the
workhorses of floral design.
by Amy Bauer
Even the biggest
stars benefit from solid accompaniment, and the same goes for
the standouts in the floral world. Filler flowers and foliages
add dimension and proportion to floral designs without taking
the focus from the featured flowers. At the same time, these
diverse botanical accents shouldn’t be overlooked for their own
distinctive attributes. Use them on their own, as stars in their
own right, or gathered with fellow fillers for some “wilder”
looks. Check out these editors’ picks of some of the most
abundantly produced fillers.
foliage care tips
• Store unopened boxes in a cooler at 34 F to 38
F until ready for use.
(Store tropicals at 50 F to 65 F.)
• For partially used boxes of unsleeved product, lightly mist
foliage if dry, then re-cover with the plastic box liner and
carefully close box flaps to prevent breakage and excessive
moisture loss. Store in cooler.
• Before designing, re-cut stems approximately 1 inch.
• While working with foliage, place re-cut stems in clean
containers with fresh water. Use of floral preservatives is not
recommended for conditioning foliage.
• Do not leave foliage unprotected, dry or in a location where
either hot or cold air is blowing directly on it.
• Return any unused foliage to the box, and store as described
Source: FernTrust, Inc.,
the fern fan™ foliage selection guide
FernTrust, Inc. has a handy, full-color laminated guide to cut
foliages, including pictures, descriptions, availability and
other information, which retails for $15. To order the fan,
visit the Florists’ Review Enterprises
Bookstore, or call (800) 355-8086.
Sources: FernTrust, Inc.; The Chain of Life Network,
www.chainoflifenetwork.org; Society of American Florists’ (SAF)
Flower & Plant Care manual; California Cut Flower Commission,
Flower Council of Holland
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