When it comes to flower arranging, it’s not always the actual flowers that make up the whole look, but also small sprigs of greenery that add the perfect touch to finish it off. In this instance, it’s the Fern, and although there are a ton of Fern varieties, I’m going to focus on the Maidenhair and the Umbrella today, since they are favorites of ours when it comes to our floral designs. Though they’re similar, one offers a more romantic look while the other is more angular and modern. Can you guess which one is which? The Maidenhair Fern is a favorite in the wedding world, as evidenced by the hundreds of adorable pictures I found while trolling the internet. It’s soft and fluffy and is the perfect addition to a romantic or vintage centerpiece. It’s vibrant green color makes it mesh well with about every color in the rainbow and looks perfect peeking out of a flower grouping or all by itself in a pot. I LOVE it.
Adding it to your bouquet adds visual interest and an organic essence.
And then there’s the Umbrella Fern, which is similar in color, shape and foliage but is just a tab bit more rigid and angular, making it the more modern of the two. It, too, goes with a huge array of florals but it’s longer leaves span further out of the arrangement giving it more presence than the Maidenhair and giving it the ability to stand alone.
Small sprigs of either of these are perfect backers on a bout, too. Interestingly enough, these examples are paired with another variety of fern, the Fiddlehead, which we’ll revisit later on. The looks you can achieve with a fern are all over the spectrum, which is why they’re so great! That and they add super personality to your florals.