Everyone always thinks flowers, but did you know that greenery is just as important, especially when making a wreath or floral arrangement? When I first starting making wreaths, greenery was my weak point. I never really knew much about greenery except for the leaves that were on the flowers. Today I am going to tell you some of my favorite greeneries I use and the purposes they serve. I will also include pictures on the bottom to show you what they look like!
Boston Fern:This type of Boston Fern is perfect for whimsical, full, wildflower types of wreaths. This fern kind of goes with the flow and you can position it in a wild way to give your wreath a fuller effect.
Boston Fern:This type of Boston Fern gives your wreaths and arrangements a dramatic look. Often, the leaves are quite dark, long, and bold.
Eucalyptus Bush: This is a smaller, more condensed eucalyptus. I use this when I am making a full wreath.
Long Leaf Eucalyptus: This style of eucalyptus has a longer, thin leaf that not only gives a full effect, but also can extend beyond the grapevine to make your wreath even longer.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus: This eucalyptus is flat and rounded. I usually use this as an accent with other greenery.
Bucklers Fern: This fern usually comes in three narrow pieces per stem. I love using it as an accent to give a wreath a whispy, wild look.
Salal Leaves: These to me are my fancy leaves. They are a bit on the expensive side. They also do not really cover a lot of ground like the first Boston Fern does, but I use them as a greenery statement piece for the greenery as they stand out and have a unique look to them.
Shikabu Leaves: These leaves are one of my favorite to use in my floral arrangements. They are full, but not too full and can be used as a great filler in your arrangement to separate the flowers.
River Fern: These leaves are similar to bucklers fern. But they are a darker green and thinner.
Leather Leaf: This is feathery type of greenery if that makes sense. I often use it as a filler to cover the grapevine in addition to using it for layers that hang outside of the wreath to give it a more whimsical, garden look.
Lamb's Ear: Everyone's favorite greenery. Lamb's ear is a light greenish grey that is soooo soft to touch. It also creates a very soft look. Usually I will create a wreath using all lamb's ears.
Dusty Miller: This is a similar color to lamb's ear. I like to use dusty miller as an accent to my pieces, especially floral arrangements.
Begonia Leaves: This is a bolder, less versatile greenery due to its' busier design and bold purple color. I use begonia leaves in both wreaths and arrangements as accents.
Variegated Leaves: There are so many types of variegated leaves. Usually they are light green and white, dark green and white, or pink, green, and white. I love using these leaves as an accent for pieces that are of a garden type, whimsical style.
Below are different pictures of arrangements and wreaths using many of the greenery listed above.