Frances Boscawen of Moat Farm Flowers in Suffolk offers a few suggestions for summer foliage to upsize and elevate your floral creations.
Whilst flowers are what we all love to talk about, they would be a lesser thing without beautiful foliage to show them off and to give them a natural and wild look. The choice of foliage gradually changes with the seasons but oak, beech, hornbeam and birch are my summer favourites for large arrangements.
The impact of large installations is exciting and they are fun and challenging to make, from picking and conditioning the right foliage (and flowers!) to creating the final piece. I never think of it as ‘just foliage’ – big branches from a tree are a valuable resource and give a wonderful sense of natural bounty.
For finer work I love to use Osmanthus delavayii, jasmine foliage, scented geranium and pittosporum. Another mid-summer favourite are the long wands of Lonicera nidita.