Autumn Color Series: Black

Sunflowers don't usually come to mind when one imagines a dark-colored flower, but when I saw these lovely ones, I decided that I wanted to do a 'black' Color Series post with them. It certainly didn't hurt that there were an array of different flowers also available in the same color. Black is not a color that one would normally pick for a flower arrangement, but I think it is quite elegant. Note: There are very few (if any) truly black flowers. These are some of the ones that come close, and show just how varied some of the color ranges are for certain varieties (e.g. sunflower, calla lily, dahlia).

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Flowers: calla lily, amaryllis, pepper, banksia, dahlia, sunflower, agonis Kiana Underwood /

Begin with the agonis. The way you place this inside your vase will determine the shape of your arrangement. I love the wispy look of these leaves, and they lends a strong fall look and feel to the arrangement. Kiana Underwood /

Add the calla lily. I concentrated mine to one side, and I think that they can make a better statement close (rather than spread apart) to each other in the vase. Kiana Underwood /

Arrange the dahlia - they are so velvety and rich! Kiana Underwood /

Now add the sunflower - I think of these as the star of my arrangement. Kiana Underwood /

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The peppers are really black and they add great texture. I bunched them together in the front center of the arrangement where I had saved some room. Kiana Underwood /

Now add the banksia. When I saw this at the market, I had no idea it was banksia as it looks nothing like the big colorful flowers I am familiar with. I learned that this is what it looks like at the end of its cycle, and I thought it was quite funky and so just had to use it. Kiana Underwood /

Finally add the amaryllis - these are such a beautiful shade - I just love them! Kiana Underwood /

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Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood