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“Seeing Green”

Lots of associations are thought of when we hear the month of March. For some it is all about basketball and March Madness. For others it is the time of seasonal change when March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb (or vise versa). Often, Easter appears in March. But one constant is St. Patrick’s Day and the wearing of the green!

Green is one of those colors that more often than not appear in most floral stylings. It can be a harmonizing color that unites other colors together or it can be the color that gives contrast and impact to other surrounding colors. How can it do both you ask? The answer lies in the color of green that is chosen.

Dark rich greens such as Magnolia, Monstera, Equisetum and Camellia have a deep dark green color that provide a neutral background to showcase the colors of the flowers or other foliages that are combined. Tree fern also has a darker green color, but because it is more open and airy, it tends to read lighter to the eye.

Mid-range greens such as Salal, Leather Leaf, Myrtle, Aspidistra and Lily Grass give us a fairly neutral background, but still provide a visual interest whether used as a background for other materials or used as a feature component within the composition.

Gray-greens include materials such as Eucalyptus, Berzillia, Rosemary and Bear Grass to name a few. These gray-green foliages act as a harmonizing agent within the arrangement and often meld colors together that may be having a hard time working together. Gray (think Dusty Miller) is one of several colors that unite other colors together.

Chartreuse green is the impact green that pops other colors that may appear recessive or tend to disappear in a composition. Bells of Ireland, Roses, Carnations, Cymbidium Orchids, Anthurium and Callas are just a few examples of this vibrant apple green color. It has been in vogue for quite some time and will continue to be present for years to come.

Using the color green in your floral presentations opens the door for many impactful design opportunities. Contact your Account Representative today for the latest selection.

By Tom Bowling AIFD PFCI exclusively for Florabundance, Inc.