Reliable Flowers for Foam-Free Installations
Foam-free floral design installations are all the rage in the floral industry, and there are countless resources that give advice for the mechanics of these designs. But what about the flowers and greens? What if you’re unable to give them a water source?
Susan McLeary saw this need and put together a reliable list of flowers and greens that last out of water and are excellent for large-scale designs without a water source. Each of these items have been tested for the length of an event (7+ hours) by Susan and her team and have fared well. She has graciously shared this list with us here at Team Flower, so we hope it is helpful to you in your designs!
We also have a list of the top flowers that last out of water, written by a Team Flower member, Martha White.
Foliages and Branches (in alphabetical order)
Acacia (Knifeblade, Pearl, and Feather)
Elaeagnus (all varieties)
Eucalyptus (all varieties)
Evergreens (all varieties)
Fig on the branch
Pomegranate on the branch
Ruscus (all varieties)
Salal Lemon Leaf
Tropicals (most varieties)
Flowers (in alphabetical order)
Note: Some have soft or fleshy stems that may sag with time, but the blooms will hold well. Take this into consideration and choose your placements accordingly.
Allium (all varieites)
Amaranthus (upright and hanging)
Bouvardia (limited testing)
Celosia (feather and brain)
Chrysanthemum (the firm, plump varieties)
Cypripedium Orchids (lady slipper)
Ornithogalum (Arabicum, Dubium, and Thyrsoides)
Protea (all varieties)
Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise)
Sterling Range (really pretty en masse)
Dahlia (firm ball varieties—locally sourced)
Garden Rose (firm, South American—especially Juliet and Campenella)
Gerrondo Gerbera Daisy
Hellebore (after seed head forms)
Hybrid Tea Rose (too many varieties to name)
Hydrangea (late season antique)
Sue is a floral designer, artist and instructor who creates unusual, boundary-pushing floral art, including elaborate headpieces, floral wearables, and her signature succulent jewelry. As a passionate teacher, Susan offers private design instruction for new and professional florists in her studio and through destination workshops. Susan’s work has been featured on the cover of Fusion Flowers Magazine twice, and in leading industry publications and websites including Martha Stewart Weddings, Florists Review, My Modern Met, Refinery 29, SELF, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Belle Armoire, Modern Wedding Flowers, and Grace Ormond Wedding Style. Susan is a member of Chapel Designers and Slow Flowers. Her first book, The Art of Wearable Flowers, will debut spring 2020. Follow her on Instagram @passionflowersue and visit her website to learn more!