Trade in traditional Easter lilies and pastel cut flower arrangements for contemporary spring and Easter arrangements using small potted plants and accessories in soft soothing colors. Nature provides the inspiration for these arrangements from floradania.dk a Danish company that markets Danish pot plants and provides new ideas for their home use.
The nine arrangements presented here use monochromatic containers influenced by patterns from nature, feathers, eggs and twigs to enhance the simplicity of potted plants. Floridania.dk publicity describes these arrangements as “calm, harmonious and feminine.”
Allow yourself plenty of time to find components if you want to faithfully construct these arrangements. Of course, the arrangements shown here may always be used as suggestions for self-expression. Searching for components may be time-consuming, but can be viewed as a scavenger hunt.
Small living plants in two- to four-inch pots may be found at local florists shops, Lowe’s or Home Depot, or online at Logees Greenhouse or Terrarium & Fairy Garden Plants at Amazon. Of course, quality small silk plants may be substituted for living plants. These are found at locale wholesale florists supply or craft stores.
Find unusual containers at garage sales, second-hand stores or craft shows. Try searching local craft stores like A.C. Moore, Joann, and Michaels for accessories like twigs, branches, feathers and eggs, and containers. Another shopping solution is to try online sources like Curious Country Creations, Flora Trims or Country Cottage Primitives.
Double-petaled Cream-colored Roses set into a Natural-looking Basket Makes a Welcoming Centerpiece
The lightest yellow shades of Rosa hybrid, miniature rose, petals on a small plant sunk into a rustic off-white basket that mimics tree bark makes a small centerpiece that brings a breath of spring to a dining table. Highlight the roses with fluffy white feathers and pieces of birch bark placed around the rim of the basket.
Striped Coprosma Arranged as a Nest Holds Colored Hens’ Eggs
Coprosma kirkii ‘Variegata’, striped coprosma, sunk into a celadon green porcelain pot and arranged in wreath form makes a perfect contrast for a mound of white and light green hens’ eggs. Accent wreath with fluffy brown-speckled feathers.
Viola Pansies and Feathers in Ceramic Planter
Small pots of white-colored Viola cornuta topped with white feathers seated in an off-white, purse-shaped, hand-pressed pot make memorable casual or Easter table decorations.
White Forget-me-not and Miniature Wire Vine Combine with Excelsior and Feathers for an Unusual Arrangement
White Myosotis sylvatica (forget-me-not) and Muehlenbeckia axillaris (miniature wire vine) team up in a light blue ceramic vase for a refined spring welcome. Fine wood shavings of excelsior, broken pieces of bleached mitsumata branches and half-inch decorative bird eggs, white with brown speckles, compliment the living plants.
Double-petaled Cream-colored Primroses Set into a Cachepot Makes a Rustic Centerpie
Pale yellow petals of a double Primula vulgaris ‘Belarina’ sunk into a light-grey rustic cachepot bring a natural effect to a small table. Fluffy brown-speckled feathers placed around the edge of the pot highlight the Primula blossoms.
Brown Hens’ Eggs, Twigs and Persian Violets Add Subtle Color to Spring Arrangement
Light-brown hens’ eggs, fine birch twigs and Exacum affine, also called Persian violet, add subtle shades of brown and deep blue to Easter and spring decoration. Exacum affine also sweetens surroundings with a subtle fragrance.
Common Bronze Sedge Twisted into a Tree Form Topped with Feathers and Eggs Makes a Sophisticated Arrangement
Twist and tie with loose leaves the floppy leaves of bronze Carex comans, common brown sedge, into a tree form. Top with miniature white feathers, small half-inch brown-speckled white, and place arrangement into an aged long clay pot, mulched with bits of lichen, for a maximum effect.
Brown Hens’ Eggs, Twigs and Grape Ivy Highlight Color of Aged Container
Fill a linear aged clay pot with Cissus rhombifolia, grape ivy, and top with a loose wreath of birch twigs, hens’ eggs and small decorative brown-speckled eggs for a nature-inspired arrangement.
Small Pots of Rosary Vine, Topped with White Feathers and Brown-speckled Eggs Make Welcoming Arrangements
Fill small smooth white ceramic pots with mini-containers of Ceropegia linearis woodii, rosary vine, and twine around edges. Top vines with small white fluffy feathers and half-inch brown-speckled white eggs to make a trio or any other odd number of welcoming nature-inspired arrangments.