Local Blooms Inspire Exotic Floral Designs
by Alexis contant
In the meantime, the gentlemen at New Leaf Flores have been creating some drama of their own, making huge monochromatic arrangements with different shades of one hue—their take on fashion’s ombre effect. Taylor and Lopez-Ospina say, “We’re not hunting for the next new hybridized flower,” but they do admit they “love using tropical leaves, xanadu, a kind of philodendron leaf, and elephant ears.” They’re enjoying the showy beauty of the summer’s hottest new local variety—butterfly snapdragons, which open up more than the typical snapdragon and have a stronger, sweet scent.
photography by cheryl richards (portrait, white flowers); courtesy of new leaf flores (celosia)
photography by eric levin (silva); cheryl richards (narcissus bulbs); courtesy of new leaf flores