Flowers: Le Jardin

I have this poster of veggies (Le Jardin) that I picked up from a book store in the Mission for 5 bucks; I just love everything about it. Last week I used it as an inspiration for my color palette for the arrangements bellow. I was quite happy with how they turned out. The flowers, and especially the roses and the Japanese anemones are out of this world and add such depth to the designs. Flowers: rose, hydrangea, japanese anemone, longan (the brown tropical fruit on the left ), coleus, maidenhair, foxglove, coral bells Flowers by Kiana Underwood / | Photography: Nathan Underwood /

Flowers by Kiana Underwood / | Photography: Nathan Underwood /

Flowers by Kiana Underwood /


Styling, photography, and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood

Autumn Color Series: Yellow

Yellow, while not the only color in this arrangement, is the star. I simply adore this fall combination, as what's not to love about the combination of bittersweet, viburnum, garden rose, and more for an autumn colored treat? Kiana Underwood /

Bittersweet is lovely, but poisonous. The yellow husks give way to a lovely orange-red fruit. Kiana Underwood /

Flowers: bittersweet, milkweed, euphorbia, branches from maidenhair tree, persimmon, garden rose, viburnum Kiana Underwood /

Begin with the bittersweet. I created a structure for the arrangement by placing the thin branches in my vase and then used it as a base to secure the rest of the flowers.

I try to avoid floral foam as much as possible, and instead try to use the stronger-stemmed varieties to build an interlocking base (almost like a basket frog) in which to secure the other flowers. Yes, it is much easier to put large and asymmetric arrangements together with the foam, but I have found ways to make do without and try to avoid it as much as I possibly can due to the environmental concern. Kiana Underwood /

Place the maidenhair branches. The color and shape of the leaves are really pretty, and I thought they would be an unexpected and unique element. Kiana Underwood /

Now add the viburnum - the glossy look of these berries is so so pretty! Kiana Underwood /

Continue by placing the yellow milkweed (butterfly weed) throughout the vase. Kiana Underwood /

Add the garden rose, making sure that they are visible and that they do not get lost within the arrangement. They are too beautiful to hide! Kiana Underwood /

Add the euphorbia. I used these to add a wild touch to my centerpiece. Kiana Underwood /

The persimmons are added last. Place them where they won't crush the rest of the flowers. Kiana Underwood /


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood