What’s your favorite foliage?

Recently I sent out a twitter request & email to our mailing list, asking for input on seven different questions. Thank you to everyone who sent in their replies!!

Here’s Question #3:

What is your favorite foliage to use in your floral designs? Why?

Recently, Jennie Love, of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers got me hooked on babtisia foliage. The tips add a nice shot of chartreuse to a design and the leaves are heavy enough visually to make a statement. My other favorite, without a doubt is Elaeagnus. It has the most beautiful drape, pretty little fruit and slightly silver backed leaves.
Sue of White Magnolia Designs, Maryland

Elaeagnus Foliage (Bouquet by White Magnolia Designs)

Elaeagnus Foliage
(Bouquet by White Magnolia Designs)

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Rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii)- easy to grow and even easier to work with. Grows in long trailing vines with beautiful heart shaped leaves. It is an evergreen succulent and lasts for days (weeks) out of water but can also be placed in water.
Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design, British Columbia

String of Hearts, Rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii)

String of Hearts, Rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii)

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My personal favorite foliage lately has been variegated pitt. I like the fresh looking color and the plush shape rather than flat greenery.
Jennifer of Mancuso’s Florist, Michigan

green and white leaf

Variegated Pittosporum

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I’m guilty of using a lot of dusty miller but I’m having a torrid summer affair with snow mountain euphorbia these days. Even though I have to wear gloves to work with it to avoid the bad skin rash and my freelancers refuse to work with it… but I love it so bring on the rash.
Alexandra of Exquisite Designs, Illinois

green and white leaf

Euphorbia marginata, or Snow-On-The-Mountain

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My favorite foliage is nandina. It just makes all of my arrangements feel fresh out of the garden.
Sheri of Blumen Meisters, Texas

fall foliage

Nandina

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Today my favorite foliage is….lambs ear. I can walk out into the gardens and select it. I use it in bouquets, boutonnieres and anything else that leaves the s studio.
Kris of KRISanthemums, Oregon

grey leaf

Lamb’s Ear

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Salal. It’s the best non-tropical foliage that reminds people of a temperate climate. It looks like a basic leaf.
Gerry & Rebecca of Petal’s Edge Floral Design, LLP, Virginia

green leaf for flower arrangements

Salal, Lemon Leaf

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Seeded eucalyptus. Its fine enough where it does not compete or overpower the blooms but gives a nice accent. Long lasting, fun texture and love how it drapes down.
Lora of Sophisticated Floral Designs, Oregon

seeded berry greenery

Seeded Eucalyptus

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I love to use real plants. My hope is that folks (along with my provided instructions) will go that extra step and repot and enjoy some green at home!
Tara of The Blissful Bloom, New York

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Thank you to everyone that participated! Loved hearing which foliage is your favorite to design with!!

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