After the flowers have faded, jewel-hued rose hips—the fruit of a rose plant—carry the beauty of the garden into fall. The hips ripen after the flowers’ petals fall off; like leaves on trees, rose hips start out green and turn vivid shades of red and orange, and the colder the weather gets, the more dramatic their hues become.
Avoid deadheading your rose bushes for a full and colorful variety of hips as autumn sets in. When you cut them, just place them in water (no conditioning needed) and they’ll stay vibrant and plump for about a week. Dried rose hips also make beautiful displays.
This rose hip arrangement is mixed with eucalyptus fruit and leaves in pewter vessels, creating a vibrant scene.
You Will Need:
- Pewter or silver vases
- Protective plastic liner
- Rose hips
- Eucalyptus leaves and fruit
- Fit vase with a protective liner if needed. Fill halfway with water.
- Cut eucalyptus branches to length and insert evenly around the vase in a loose formation.
- Fill in the gaps with the rose hips, letting some drape around the edges of the vase.