As the season transitions to autumn, we all start spending a little more time indoors. That means it’s time to warm the house with flowers. Outside, the gardens are still exploding with glorious color, which translates to a plethora of seasonal flowers to bring inside. There are so many blooms, grains, grasses, berries and pods to choose from. Where to begin with so many choices? Personally, I take my cue from the autumn skies.

Firey Sky  — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore. sky 2 (1)

Sitting in my chair at the end of the day, I look out at the fiery oranges and reds of a blazing sunset. The colors can be “arranged” with nandina berries, sunflowers, lilies, roses and dill. Of course, one arrangement is not enough.  You’ll want one for every room of the house.

Sunset Sky — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.
The moody blues and purples (and sometimes pinks) of a stormy sky are intense and filled with emotions. The flowers, accented with candlelight are a fabulous interpretation of the colorful sky. Cardoon puffs (related to the artichoke), sedum, roses, kale (related to the cabbage) and spiky eryngium create the perfect centerpiece for the table.

Moody Sky — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

 The beauty of a neutral grey sky just before the rain falls provides a restful palette that nurtures the soul.  Vendela white roses, colorful autumn leaves, curly willow and candlelight represent the barren sky. Restful and sophisticated, this is perfect for the bedroom.

Neutral Sky —  Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Each season brings new treasures and unique floral beauty ready for arranging.  Inviting pastels for spring, vibrant hues for summer and stark contrasts for winter.  My favorite (for now) are the changing hues of autumn. Pick a palette, choose your favorite blooms and warm your home for the season. Need ideas and an expert hand? Call your local florist.

What are your favorite autumn flowers?