Garden tours like the just completed Historic Garden Week in Virginia provide loads of inspiration everywhere you turn. From shelter magazine-worthy interiors to inviting garden designs that provide serenity for the homeowners and substance for great floral design, you really need to carry a notepad when you visit to write down your favorite things. How many times have I heard fellow voyeurs wonder aloud at the elements used in one of the arrangements complementing the interiors of a tour home in hopes of later adding them to their own gardens?
The Historic Garden Week arrangements consist of virtually all local garden flowers. The garden club ladies transform loot gathered from friends’ and neighbors’ gardens into sometimes simple and sometimes spectacular designs meant to enhance the beauty of their settings. Usually, the garden clubs provide cards with a list of the elements in each arrangement, but if you missed the cards or didn’t have a notebook with you, maybe we can help.
The beautiful arrangements adorning this Hampton Gardens’ home were created by the Tuckahoe Garden Club and contain a representation of the flowers used throughout all of the homes on the Richmond tours. Grab a paper and pen and start making your wish list. I would love to have all of these in my own yard.
Virginia Fringe Tree, Spirea, Tulips, Azalea, Viburnum, Soloman’s Seal, Scotch Broom, Honeysuckle
Tulips, Solomon’s seal, Lenten Rose, Spirea, Scotch Broom
Burning Bush, Climbing Hydrangea, Tulips, Azalea, Viburnum (a/k/a Chinese snowball), Spirea, Deutzia, Coral Honeysuckle, Lenten Rose, Delphinium
Parrot Tulips, Lenten Rose, Viburnum, Azalea, Soloman’s Seal, Daffodil, Spirea, Hosta, Arum, Honeysuckle, Heuchera “Lime Rickie”
Snowball Viburnum, Tulips, Japanese Maple “Bloodgood”, Lady Banks rose, Climbing Hydrangea, Rose of Sharon
This homeowner also provided some houseplant inspiration of her own.
living succulent wreath at front door, available from Amazon
I know that I’ve missed some plant names. Please help us out if you know. We need to keep our wish list straight.