Nontraditional “dish gardens” include a variety of cut and
Container gardens, or
dish gardens as they are often referred to, have been successful offerings in
floral departments for years, combining green and blooming plants to create
sophisticated yet natural designs. But why not change things up a bit by adding
or designing entirely with cut blooms for that extra bit of pizazz?
Our first design highlights the natural landscape manner in which hybrid
Delphiniums, Persian buttercups (Ranunculus) and snowballs (Viburnum) are
arranged, putting a new spin on the classic plant arrangement. A terrace of
Galax leaves, interrupted by a path made from pebbles, lends further interest to
the base of the design.
Trim wet floral foam evenly with the top of the container, and place pieces
of damp moss on the foam. Create a pathway of pebbles
between the moss-covered areas, and arrange fresh cut
flowers in the moss-covered areas.
MATERIALS: hybrid Delphiniums from Fresca Farms;
Ranunculi and Viburnums from Florabundance; Galax leaves,
sheet moss, gravel and plastic saucer from favorite
This design again incorporates both cut botanicals and those
with roots, but the composition is arranged into an OASIS®
Design Ring. Paperwhites (Narcissi), still attached to their
bulbs, are set into hollowed spaces created in the foam and
anchored with greening pins or wooden picks through the
roots or bulbs. The design is ideal for a long-lasting
centerpiece because the innovative foam Design Ring is based
with a tray that creates a water reservoir in the center of
the ring. The water spreads to the foam, and plants can take
root and live in the foam.
Cut small craters into wet floral foam, and place Narcissi
bulbs atop them. Secure the bulbs with greening pins or
wooden picks. Also secure bare-root Dieffenbachia and jade
plants with greening pins. Next, arrange cut Ficus and
Anemones into the foam. Finally, arrange reindeer moss
around the outer edge of the ring.
MATERIALS: 13-inch OASIS® Design Ring from Smithers-Oasis;
Anemones and Narcissi from Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Center; reindeer moss from Knud Nielsen Co.;
wooden picks from W.J. Cowee; jade, Dieffenbachia, and
variegated Ficus from favorite suppliers.
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