Autumn Roses — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonThe seasons are changing … the hot and dry days of summer are cooling. Mother Nature has her paintbrush at work adding vibrant color to the woodlands. Florists, too, are embracing the changing seasons. The traditional favorites, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, berries and late harvest garden roses are abundant. Add to this the new and fabulous floral treasures of thornless blackberries, textural celosia, autumn-hued orchids and exotic pincushion protea, and you have found the delights of the season. Colors for autumn 2015 are rich and lustrous. Fire hues of red, orange and yellow are updated with sophisticated touches of metallic copper, gold and silver. 

Chrysanthemums bloom in fabulous autumn hues. Creative design pairs the traditional bloom with trendy metallics. These are certainly not your mother’s chrysanthemums.

Garden Mum Cage — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

You can embrace the rich, fullness of fall with addition of the Pantone Color of the Year Marsala.  Announced last December, Marsala has waited patiently to set the standard for autumn color trends. Deep wine-hued garden roses paired with berries and orchids in a gold enhanced box are a sophisticated, on-trend design. The whimsical addition of fern curls adds personal style to this autumn arrangement.

Marsala Autumn — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

When considering seasonal trends, Mother Nature always knows best. Take a walk and look at what Mother Nature has provided. If you are trapped at a desk, you may need to take a virtual walk … close your eyes and dream. You might be visualizing a gorgeous collection of floral materials gathered from an overgrown summer garden. Thornless blackberries (yes, your florist  has them), celosia, autumn leaves and wild grasses in a metallic copper bowl are a grand salute to the season.

Autumn — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

If autumn is not your favorite season, think bright and happy —still on trend with the fire hues and enhanced with the surprising addition of bright chartreuse green. Using tropical foliage and bright orange tulips and roses, this design says happy autumn with a big sunny smile.

Bright Autumn — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Metallics enhance the fire palette or stand-alone for a dramatic statement. A scary Halloween tree laden with metallic enhanced baby pumpkins is perfect for a seasonal table setting. This long-lasting design is the beginning … then, just add flowers and you are ready for a party!

Halloween Pumpkin Tree — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Want to know what’s key to being on-trend for Fall 2015? Look for fabulous textures and as many different fire-hued blooms as you can find. Add metallic accents and a bit of creative flair from your florist and you are ready for Autumn 2015.

 

Chinese Garden Mum Nest — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon