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 / tulipina.com

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 / tulipina.com

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 / tulipina.com

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

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

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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 / tulipina.com

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 / tulipina.com

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

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Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Autumn Color Series: Red

I have to admit it, I am really enjoying doing this color series! The amazing colors that I have been finding at the market are really inspiring. Dahlia season is winding down, but when I saw this gorgeous red bunch the other day, I knew that I had to include them in the color series. The velvety texture and vibrant color of the dahlias combined with the extraordinary shade of the calla lilies and the ranunculus is so lovely. I have had this copper vase that my mother brought back from Iran for some time, and I thought it would be a perfect vessel for this combination of flowers and colors.

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Flowers: dahlia, ranunculus, astilbe, calla lily, tropical greens Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin by placing the greens in a triangular shape in the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the astilbe. To me astilbe is like lace - it is always such a delicate addition to any bouquet or arrangement. This shade beautifully compliments the calla lily! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I'm not normally a huge calla lily fan, but these are out of this world! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue with the calla lily. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now, add the dahlias - placing them throughout the arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, add the ranunculus to give the arrangement a bit more height and even structure. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood