I love putting together holiday arrangements that don't scream "holiday arrangement". While I love poinsettia, amaryllis, and other traditionally "holiday" flowers during this season, it is also really easy not to use them if you don't want to. The white hellebore along with a couple of varieties of reddish ranunculus give a holiday feel, but without being overt. The addition of the clementines gives it a warmth without being too "sunny" and bright. Stepping outside the box and looking at new ways to give an eclectic twist to a traditional set of colors or flowers is a lot of fun, and I urge you to give it a try over the coming weeks!
Flowers: ranunculus, pokeweed, popcorn garden rose, hellebore, clementine, cocklebur
Begin with the pokeweed berries until the urn is well filled and the berries are hanging over the sides of the urn in a natural (asymmetric) manner.
Continue to fill the urn with the popcorn garden roses, keeping with a natural style.
You will have noticed by now that the beauty of this centerpiece is found in its asymmetry, while still maintaining shape and beauty from every direction. Continue this theme with the addition of the white hellebore.
Add your clementine branches so that they sit within the design without becoming lost amongst the other flowers. Small bunches in a couple of different spots will work best. Be mindful when trimming the branches so that they do not become too short, as the top heavy clementines will easily fall out.
Add in your reddish holiday colors with the ranunculus throughout the arrangement. I was able to find a beautiful variety with a green center, which really ties the holiday theme together.
Finally, for texture, add in the green cocklebur. Only a couple of branches were used within the design, and the purpose was to augment the asymmetry of the design with varying height. Any locally available spiny green pods may be substituted.
Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao