Textured Fall Flowers


Fall is officially here! I love all things characteristically fall: cooler weather, saturated colors, pumpkin and spice scents. Fall fashion is all about layering and texture. Let’s look past chrysanthemums and cabbages to explore the textured flowers of fall. There are many floral varieties perfect for this time of year. 

Celosia is one of my favorite flowers. It comes in a variety of vibrant colors perfect for fall. The two main shapes are very distinct. Can you believe that Plumed Celosia or “Woolflower” (below left) and Crested Celosia or “Cockscomb” (below right) are the same flower? Amazing!


Bunny tail is an unexpected charmer. Technically an ornamental grass, bunny tails produce creamy white or pink flower heads that are soft to the touch. They complement pale, monochromatic arrangements beautifully. Bunny tails pair particularly well with white and cream roses and silvery lamb’s ear foliage.  


Skimmia Berries, are small, smooth berries that grow in clusters. Skimmia berries are typically red or white and can add interest to bouquets and arrangements. Use as a substitute for hypericum or use the two together for a subtle variation.


Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena) has an attractive pom pom shape. This flower comes in a variety of colors including white, purple, red, and pink. They can be used to add texture and interest to arrangements. Globe Amaranths can be dried very successfully and look great on wreaths.


Green Ball Dianthus (Trick Carnation) is another fall bloomer with amazing texture. These flowers look great in green and white arrangements. Use them with green or white hydrangeas, green parrot tulips and bells of Ireland.


Of course there are many more textured flowers available for fall arrangements. What are your favorite flowers for fall? What types of arrangements do you make with textured flowers?

Image Credits:

  1.  http://picketfencegreenhouse.dianemumm.com/2010/01/22/bunny-tails-lagurus-ovatus
  2. http://www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/plants-of-the-month/Skimmia-japonica-subsp-reevesiana/DH
  3. http://calpolyhcs.wordpress.com/category/donations/

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