This wall arrangement is an ode to the old-world garden hedges of America's Golden Age. Monochromatic colors of snowy white, vanilla creme, and basil sage still leave a lasting impression of by-gone mansions and landscapes. To this piece I added wispy ferns, an ideal flower companion of the Victorian era, for a timeless appeal. Mock Orange flowers preserved in silica gel and air-dried Hydrangea florets are used to fill out this simple yet elegant floral wreath.
Old-fashioned Hydrangea and Mock Orange shrubbery surrounded early nineteenth-century homes and garden pathways. With Mock Orange blossoming in spring and flowering mop head Hydrangeas taking center stage in late summer, these plants provided backbone and architectural structure for English Garden Design. Skilled gardeners propagated new shrubs from original stock cuttings forming an impressive, yet inexpensive, hedge over time - which may be the reason for their popularity to this day.
Do you have old-fashion shrubs from the past blooming in your garden or landscape? I have found flowering shrubs to be the some of the hardiest plants to preserve. Hydrangea's hold up especially well to the drying process and remain perfectly colored once dried. It is likely that many shrubs and perennials started today will remain long after the gardener has moved on. There's nothing like walking along a path and discovering enchanting flowers pushing through the soil of a deserted property or garden. What legacy of plants are you leaving behind?
If only plants could tell us the stories they've encountered throughout their lifespan.