Through the years, we have become accustomed to a wide range of florals not only for specific holidays but for the seasons as well. There are wonderful flowers, containers, colors and symbols that definitely say “Winter” or “Christmas” or “Springtime” or “Easter.” But what about those few weeks that border the change of holidays, the temporal boundaries between fall and winter, winter and spring, spring and summer, and summer and fall?

Certainly we can, and should, enjoy flowers at these times as well. And there are some wonderful botanicals and materials that we can enjoy during these transitional periods. We call these kinds of floral designing, “Trans-Seasonal” floral art.

Here is a great example of a summer/fall trans-seasonal arrangement. The mixture of dahlias, stocks, sunflowers, and lilies is visually interesting and appealing. Red Maple foliage adds to the mixture of textures and visual interest. And yes, those are garlic scapes. Don’t they add a cool effect to this trans-seasonal floral design?

Trans-Seasonal Floral Design - Summer into Fall — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston

Now is a great time for textures. Notice the celosia, combined with sunflowers, dahlias, Mountain Ash berries, garlic and curly willow in this design. You could display this dramatic vase arrangement in your entry area, bay window or on a fireplace mantel.

Trans-Seasonal Floral Design - Summer into Fall — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston

Planning a party? Here is an arrangement that simulates a topiary. A tall glass cylinder vase is filled with acer and the ever popular hydrangea. Hops is featured surround the container.

Trans-Seasonal Floral Design - Summer into Fall — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston

Sunflowers and a few dahlias form the bulk of this design in a tall container. Contrast this with garlic and curly willow.

Trans-Seasonal Floral Design - Summer into Fall — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston

Looking for a fun decoration for your end of summer bash? In this design, a pink novelty flamingo container is filled with dahlias, celosia, roses, dendrobiums and a few tropicals.

Trans-Seasonal Floral Design - Summer into Fall — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston

What are your favorite flowers? Are you open to new varieties depending upon the time of the year? Sometimes a cluster of your favorite flowers in a vase will make a great trans-seasonal piece, like this one of hydrangeas.

Trans-Seasonal Floral Design - Summer into Fall — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston

Which of these trans-seasonal floral designs do you like best?

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