Viva Magenta Hand-Tied Bouquet

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2023 is Viva Magenta! It's described as being 'brave and fearless', and the many tints, tones, and shades of this rich hue are wonderful - it is SUCH a flower-friendly color! In this Flower School How-To Video Leanne uses the spiral technique as she creates a fabulous hand-tied bouquet using roses from, plus protea, pepper berry, alstroemeria, nandina, and much more from -- all highlighting Viva Magenta. Enjoy!

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The Pantone color of the year, Viva Magenta, is described as being brave and fearless. That means, you can do anything you want creatively with a variety of different flowers using that Pantone, Viva Magenta. Think tints, tones, shades. Think about exotic shapes and luxurious roses. They all pair well in this arrangement.

The flowers, everything from our friends at, with so much fun, I just went through the site, looking through reds and greens, because they're complimentary colors. Found garden roses, spray roses, leucadendron, protea, grevillea, pepper berry. Now it's more of an orangey red, but it will blend so well. And a little bit of nandina, just to add a muted touch that also blends with that Viva Magenta.

I'm going to start with my heaviest things, the protea. One shadow behind the other. Because I want to keep it centered, so that the bulk of the design carries right through there. Then adding in the grevillea, to get a little bit of substance spreading outward, turning it, spiraling. Then coming in with a bit of the leucadendron, another one that's heavy and turning. As I work with the spiral, keeping track of where the protea are, I don't want them to shift out of the center. Coming back with the pepper berry, letting it extend, so it's a little bit leggier. More grevillea. And lastly, tucking in the nandina, letting it spread out and balance the pepper berry.

Once the base is solid, I can go back and weave in flowers, beautiful garden roses, and give it a twist. A spray rose. You can see how the colors complement each other, from the red red to a bluer red. A little bit of alstroemeria. Maybe a second one, tucking it in at the same time, and then turning. Looking at the colors, balancing them. I've got red over here. Bringing some of the red over to this side. Giving the protea a little tug, so it's not too low. Another spray rose. Feeding it in and giving it a turn. I add one more spray rose over here, getting a little more fullness, and the alstroemeria, and then turning again. Then I find it helpful, to stop and look in a mirror, to see if you like the placement. Make sure you're balanced, and that you have flowers everywhere you want them.

As you finish, tuck in your last stem, making sure you still spiral around. Give it a little bit more looseness. Decide if you need another pepper berry. Maybe having another one come out to the side. A little bit more grevillea, then tie it off with bind wire and cut it to fit your base.

The recipe, everything from our friends at All looking like that beautiful Viva Magenta, tints, tones and shades, variations on the hue. Used five garden roses, five spray roses, five leucadendron, and five alstroemeria. Yes, I was consistent. Then, two protea, and two pepper berry, with just a bit of grevillea, and nandina for the base.

The Pantone color of the year, Viva Magenta, is a favorite. There are so many flowers to work with. You'll find more creative inspiration, and yes, more color of the year videos, on the website, Flower School .com. If you have questions, you can read us through there.

For now, it's your turn. Find all your most favorite Viva Magenta flowers. Create a bouquet, then be sure to take a picture, post it on social media, and hashtag Floral Design Institute. That way, we all can see what you do, as you do something you love.

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