A Touch of Green: Large Leaf Arrangements

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It's hardly the end of the growing season, but I'm already dreaming about what luscious green leaves will grace my cutting garden next spring. For neutral interiors, there is nothing like a fresh flash of green to bring a room to life and to connect it to the outside world. And, it's a quick, affordable way to make a room-in-progress feel established.

There is a reason why designers and decorators hardly leave home without them, but the concept of incorporating branches and leaves into my first home didn't often cross my mind. Instead, I bought flowers and placed them in the usual vase centered on the dining room table — pretty for sure, but very little impact. However, in our current home where most of our main living areas are dominated by neutrals I've come to rely on them as focal points and embellishments. All the above have been my inspiration.

Most any long-stemmed leaf will do the trick, but Split Leaf Philodendrons, Elephant Ears, and Cala Lily leaves are among my favorites for large leaf arrangements. I also love using cut hosta leaves, which are extremely easy to grow and require little maintenance. Moss and wheat grass are also easy maintenance, and make great embellishments for the dining room, coffee table, and window sills. What are your favorite greens to incorporate into your decor?

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