Caramel & Cream Flowers

Sometimes it's fun to go a little wild with your floral designs, tempering the wild a bit with blossoms in hues of taupe, cream, coffee, and caramel. In this Flower School How-To Video Leanne uses the bounty of the season including fritillaria, Japanese spirea, butterfly ranunculus, and two of her current rose favorites -- "Toffee" and "Moab" -- as she lets her design run wild. We sourced all these beautiful blooms from Enjoy!

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Designing on the wild side with spring branches, summer flowers, so much fun. Let me show you how it's done.

The flowers, everything from our friends at, two of my favorite roses, Toffee and Moab, so grand. Then fun materials, some butterfly ranunculus, so graceful and drapey, and Fritillaria, fabulous. To add a rustic look, Japanese spirea, draping and wonderful. The container, a basket weighted, lined, and then filled with floral netting. All they need to do is add water pre-mixed with flower food.

To begin, adding in a bit of huckleberry gives it a nice gardening effect, placing it down, weaving it through, making sure it's into the water well. Then also the spirea. It's a woody branch, so it actually does best if you break it and give it a very jagged edge, and then let it come outward, extending, repeating, striving for wild and carefree, not too organized.

You can see the studio became very small and I'm lost in the forest, but what's important are the flowers. So let's go ahead with the Fritillaria. The beautiful curvature, giving it a nice cut, and then setting it down. The beauty of using floral netting, it'll be right nicely into the water source, letting it drape, adjusting, repeating. Then to get the cream to go with our caramel, a little bit of the Delphinium Belladonna, adding it to brighten, pulling the white from the spirea in towards the center of the design. And then more caramel, the Toffee roses and the Moab roses tucked in.

A final touch, to help break the line of the container, a bit more of the spirea coming out the front, and then dancing over all the other blooms, the butterfly ranunculus, leaving them a little longer so that they drape and accent, adding dynamic movement.

The recipe, everything from our friends at I started with a base of half a bunch of spirea and two stems of Huckleberry. Then my favorite roses, the five Moab and seven Toffee, two of the beautiful Fritillaria, 10 of the Delphinium Belladonna, then one bunch of the butterfly ranunculus, all for a summer casual bouquet.

When flowers are in season, it's fun to design with a little bit wilder style. You'll find more like this and more classic on the website, If you've got questions, you can reach us through there. But now it's your turn. Find your favorite branches, favorite flowers, create a design on the wild side. Take a picture, post it on social media, and #FloralDesignInstitute. That way we all can see what you do as you do something you love.

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