4 Ways to Create the Perfect Floral Tablescape

Creating a fun mood for your party can be a huge planning process.  Fresh cut flowers help brighten a room and keep the atmosphere interesting.  Here are some bright ideas to enhance the ambiance at your next event.

Compliment the Colors of Your Dinnerware

Now, this doesn’t mean creating a completely matchy-matchy place setting.  In fact, colors pop more when they’re against complimenting or contrasting hues.  Sunny orange and yellow floral blooms appear more vibrant and playful when paired with blue or green dinnerware.  Moreover, try adding jewel toned flowers like dark purple stock or red roses against a plain white place setting to really make your china appear clean and pearlescent.  Additionally, if your table has a floral pattern on the napkins, dishes, or tablecloth, an all white arrangement of flowers will add to the tablescape instead of overpowering the floral pattern.

Adding in Aromas

A fun twist to a light meal such as a teatime or brunch is to place sprigs of either herbs or greens around the table to create a faint aroma that compliments the meal.  Lavender, rosemary, and citrus are all great examples of this, and are aesthetically pleasing for the look of the table as well.

Using Greens on the Table

Another fun use of greenery is taking large tropical leaves and using them underneath plates for an entertaining spin on a summer party.  Also, table runners made of large amounts of greenery can be a stunning way to complete a more affordable tablescape.  Even draping these greens completely off the table adds drama and class to an otherwise ordinary garland.

Think about the Season

In spring and summer, try using more vibrant hues, or even locally grown wildflowers for that “just picked” feeling.  You can even place a single stem on each guest’s plate to take home to make the tablescape even more personal.  Succulents are also a great way to bring feeling of sunny weather indoors.  In the fall, gourds and pumpkins strewn across a table creates the look of a bountiful harvest for a Thanksgiving meal.  During the winter holiday season, use wintergreens such as pine and cedar around the table for a seasonal scent as well as an elegant appearance.

We hope that this post inspires you to create your own tablescape with the help of Matlack Florist!

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Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Fresh-Cut Peony


Peonies have been called the “Queen of Spring”, and for good reason.  They’re big, beautiful, and come in a variety of pinks, reds, corals, and whites.  Peonies contain a fragrant aroma that can fill a room, get bigger and brighter with each day, and some even change color as they grow.  These blooms will beautify the day of any recipient, so here’s a few tips and tricks to make them as stunning as possible.

Don’t want your peonies to open right away?

One of the most unique features of the peony is its size.  It starts out as a small bud and keeps opening until the end of its lifespan.  However, if you’re looking to wait a few days until you want the blooms to open, here’s a few tips.  Wrap your peonies in paper loosely enough so they’re contained, but tight enough so that they won’t have much room to open.  Then, place them in the refrigerator in a dry spot.  The cold will delay the blooming process until you decide to take them out.  Don’t forget to keep any fruits and vegetables away from your flowers, as they contain a gas that will accelerate the wilting process in your peonies.

Need your peonies to open faster?

Cut your peonies at a slant at the end of the stems and place them in a vase of warm water.  Additionally, you can remove the foliage from the bottom to quicken the blooming process, as the leaves take more energy to bring the water up through the flower.

Finding ants in your peonies?

Peonies plucked straight from the garden often contain ants in the blooms.  A quick way to get rid of these insects is to place the bloom of the flower in a bowl of water for a few seconds.  If the ants persist, place a few drops of dish soap in the water and stir.  This will not harm the flower, but the ants should drop out.  Also, if you cut peonies when the buds are still tight, there is less of a chance for the ants to go inside of the flower, and the bud will still open in a vase.

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New Autumn Arrivals

Autumn is just around the corner, and at Matlack Florist, we like to celebrate a little early.  We have just received a beautiful array of fall outdoor plants in our nursery this week!

Hardy MumsOne of our most popular outdoor blooming plants in the fall is the hardy mum.  Right now, we are carrying varieties in bright autumn colors like maroon, crimson, and orange, as well as year-round hues such as bright yellow and white.  These plants will bloom late from now to late into autumn, and take in mostly sun.  Be sure to water mums regularly and never let them wilt, and they will add bright pops of color to your fall beds.

oriental peppersAnother plant to add to your autumn outdoor display is the ornamental pepper.  While not edible, these small tropical looking bushes add bursts of fiery color to any garden.  They require full sunlight and regular watering.  Right now, we are displaying the traditional red and purple variety, as well as a variegated leaf pepper and a smaller lime green shade.

The superbells we are carrying at the moment in the shade of “Lemon Slice” are a fun way to add in small blooms of bright color among your beds.  They will bloom into the fall and require full sun.  What a great way tsuperbellso transition your garden from bright and summery to the new fall hues.

Be sure to keep checking in for new varieties of outdoor plants arriving each week!

Clear the Air with Plants

Get a breath of fresh air without having to leave your home by placing air-cleansing plants around your house!  Indoor projects, such as painting, installing carpets or even simply cleaning, unfortunately often release toxins into the air in your home.  Three of the biggest offenders found in most homes include formaldehyde , benzene and trichloroethylene.

Luckily, nature has a way of cleaning up after us!!  The following plants are known to have air cleansing properties.  Displaying any of the these plants will not only bring a natural touch of beauty into your home, but will also lead to cleaner air and a healthier environment!

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy filters all three of the big offenders listed above!  An excellent climber, English Ivy is best potted with a stake that allows the vine to climb, or in a hanging basket that allows the vines to grow over the sides.  This plant thrives in small spaces with little sunlight, and it is very easy to care for!  Simply water as needed to keep the soil consistently moist!

Ivy Plants

English Ivy

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace lilies are one of the best plants when it comes to air filtration!  In addition to removing formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, this air purifier also combats toluene, xylene and ammonia!  A low light location is ideal for this plant and weekly watering will keep it in tip-top shape!  Be careful not to overwater your peace lily – this is the most common mistake made with regard to its care.  Your plant will let you know when it is thirsty as the leaves will begin to look droopy.  Give it a little drink and it will perk right back up!

Peace Lily

Peace Lily

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