Fancy Foliage

Sure, flowers are amazing, but a good bouquet is made up of so much more than focal flowers. Foliages create a base for our designs and can make or break a design so easily - but it is often overlooked or disregarded completely in ‘traditional’ floristry.

Its refreshing to see a resurgence of cool leaves in modern styles of floristry, and the options are endless - no camellia in sight! 

Copper Beech.  

The dark chocolatey-black leaves of copper beech are absolutely stunning, and their prominent veins create unique textures within an arrangement.  

The Copper Beech tree is native to Europe and can grow to more than 50m in height. 

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Smokebush.  

My #1 favourite foliage of all time! Not only are the burgandy-purple leaves the most perfect colour but the fluffy flower panicles that grow on it are eye-catching and take any arrangement to the next level.

The trees give a long-lasting, smokey haze to branch tips. Their smooth, rounded leaves come in all shades of clear pinkish-bronze, yellow, deep purple, and green. 

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 Bouquet by  @ash_macedo on instagram 

Bouquet by  @ash_macedo on instagram 

Spinning Gum.

A popular foliage that is widely used in both everyday floristry & wedding work. Long stalks full of symmetrical, rounded, sticky leaves are so attractive and not only look fab but smell delicious too! 

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 Bouquet by Flowers by Rhi

Bouquet by Flowers by Rhi

Little Gem Magnolia.

Another popular foliage due to it’s longevity & beautiful deep green leaves with a dusty brown underside.

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 Arrangement by @onerundlerading on instagram 

Arrangement by @onerundlerading on instagram 

Peppercorn.  

I absolutely love the form & texture of peppercorn foliage and use it a lot in whimsical wedding designs. The dark green leaves have a natural cascading effect and when it starts to flower it creates similar fluffy tufts as the smokebush. In summer it produces lovely red pepper berries which add an extra fun element. Whats not to love?  

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Rhi x