Moody Centerpiece

by Deanna Williams

A centerpiece is one of my favorite things to design. It’s an easy flow for creativity when I find the perfect colors or textures out in the field and they can be arranged into so many different sizes and be used in so many different spaces. This beauty is perfect for a wedding or to let someone know you’re thinking of them.

When designing centerpieces, I usually stick to a similar sized vase and add a grid of clear tape to help hold the flowers in place (think a criss-cross like tic-tac-toe). Then I start by placing in the greenery or anything structural. And then I find some of my longer, more linear stems whether their flowers or greenery to help be shape the arrangement. I like to have stems and textures reaching out from the vase and having those in place early on helps make room to add the rest of the flowers. So in this case, I added the basil, honeywort, and eucalyptus first.

Then I start placing the focal flowers. So this would be my bundles of lisianthus and I also started adding the celosia at the same time so that I could start to see the colors begin to work together.

Finally, and my favorite part, I start bringing in the stems that are full of texture or bring movement to the piece. This is when I brought in the oregano, pincushion flower, strawflower, sea holly, and love-in-a-mist. The very last thing I added were the jewels of opal and chocolate lace flower. Below is a full list of flowers and varieties used.


Focal Flowers
  • Lisianthus – Voyage 2 Pink Improved
  • Lisianthus – Voyage 2 Champagne
Supporting Flowers
  • Celosia – Texas Plume Vintage Rose Mix
  • Pincushion Flower – Black Knight
  • Strawflower – Vintage White
  • Basil – Cinnamon
  • Basil – Dark Opal
  • Eucalyptus – Baby Blue Bouquet
  • Honeywort – Pride of Gibraltar
  • Greek Oregano
Texture & Airy Accents
  • Love-in-a-Mist – African Bride
  • Chocolate Lace Flower – Dara
  • Statice – Johnny’s Pastel Mix
  • Sea Holly – Blue Glitter (perennial)
  • Jewels of Opar


Johnny’s – Lisianthus, Basil, Eucalyptus, Greek Oregano, Chocolate Lace Flower, Statice, Sea Holly, Strawflower

Floret – Honeyort, Celosia, Love-in-a-Mist, Jewels of Opar

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