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Leaf Arrangements

Martha Stewart
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Late January and February is the time of year when spring flowers such as hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips can be seen arriving at flower shops, markets, and grocery stores. Pair these spring blooms with unusual leaves to make beautiful one-of-a-kind arrangements for your home.

When preparing to make an arrangement using flowers and leaves, be sure to remove all leaves that will be under the water line; remove any damaged or unsightly leaves, and cut stems at a sharp 45-degree angle before placing them promptly in deep, cool water. To make your arrangement last, use commercial flower food, keep it out of direct sun and away from air vents, and refill with fresh water daily.

A leaf arrangement.Arrangement-worthy Leaves:

The leaves can be trimmed from houseplants and, in many cases, will root and later can be planted in soil to keep them alive.

Fancy Leaf Begonia

With various textures and variegation, these leaves add structure and sculpture to an arrangement.


This round, waxy leaf tends to look “wet,” as if it just came from a pond.

Maidenhair Fern

A lacy, delicate, fresh green, it adds great flow and drape to arrangements.


Its dark metallic leaves are large and very sculptural.


These chalky green leaves have jagged edges and a graphic look.


A common houseplant, philodendron comes in many varieties, including bright lemon yellow.


An interesting leaf, this common houseplant has a metallic aspect.

Elkhorn Fern

This gorgeous bright green plant produces a ruffly-edged fern leaf.


Its large, green, round leaves resemble lily pads.

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