21 best plants for DIY bouquets
Create beautifully untamed bouquets using finds from the wild or your own backyard
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“Wow power” foliage and flowers. In Gill’s dynamic silhouettes, clematis (pictured) spills, fruit-heavy branches arch, and hellebores nod. He also loves black chervil (for its fernlike silhouette), as well as blueberry flowers and true geraniums.
Maintenance. Giving stem ends a sharp cut before placing them in clean water and displaying bouquets out of direct sunlight helps them last longer.
Arizona | Atelier de LaFleur. At this shop in Tucson’s historic train depot, owner Colleen LaFleur specializes in desert-adapted plants like cactus and native tree seedlings. lafleurplantscapes.com
California | Louesa. Trained in fine art, Louesa Roebuck finds beauty in the wild places around the Bay Area. At her mini shop tucked into San Francisco’s H.D. Buttercup, she sells local and foraged vines, branches, and blooms. louesaroebuck.com
Colorado | Field Florals. In Paonia, Ashley Krest cultivates some materials in her fields, while foraging others—such as chokecherries, goldenrod, and wild sweet pea—from her property. fieldflorals.com
Oregon | By the Bunch. Owner Rachel Galloway stocks her Portland shop with locally grown and foraged finds, which in early summer may include Equisetum, garlic scapes, and maidenhair ferns. bythebunchpdx.com
Washington | Seattle Wholesale Growers Market Cooperative (pictured). During public shopping hours on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this alliance of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska farmers sells high-quality seasonal cuts. Buy a $5 day pass, and bring buckets for taking your picks home. seattlewholesalegrowersmarket.com