Cascade Bridal Bouquet

Greening with Pittosporum

Interesting greenery adds just as much beauty to your bouquet as flowers can.  If you wish to make a monochromatic bouquet (all one color), it is important to pay attention to the different textures incorporated into the design.

Variegated pittosporum is a favorite with florists.  It comes in both variegated (mixing whitish shades on the leaves) to a solid green.  It has beautiful leaves that are well suited for matching corsage and boutonniere work and can easily be cut into lengths for bouquet designs. 

Cut between the leaves, choosing a point on the stem where no laterals are coming off.  Cut an angle so the bottom inserts easily into the wet foam.

The glossy leaves cluster in a 4 to 6 leaf circle around the stem.

Tuck it down deep into the foam so that it pushes the leaves upward and helps conceal the cut edge of the stem.

These leaf clusters are bigger than the ruscus, so don't overdo.  Just tuck a few pieces in here or there at random.

See how the different shaped green and a little variety in color adds more interest.

Tuck a few clusters in the side.

By now the cascade is well defined and the greening is almost done.  Wait, though . . . we're going to add one more interesting foliage

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