Floral Plant Displays As Art

Flowering plants are often considered to be a work of art in and of themselves. How much more so are the amazing topiaries people create using floral plant displays as art? The combination of the natural color and texture of flowers and wire frame forms can create amazing displays that entertain and challenge the imagination.


Outside Artwork

One of the best benefits of floral displays is that people can enjoy artwork in its natural element – outdoors. As a form of art Topiary forms have taken the world by storm, occupying amusement parks and municipal grounds. This is partly due to the fact that the flowers and plants continue to grow and flourish outdoors in the bright sun. They don’t fade in the sunlight, and maintain their shape when properly tended.

Ivies, coleus, and other leafy vines and plants create contrasts of color and texture just as they conform to the shape of the topiary form. Simple English ivy, with its green and white variegation, can wrap itself around and throughout a topiary form of, say, a dolphin, suddenly representing another natural work of art in a living animal.


Have you ever watched the Rose Parade? This is perhaps the most widely known floral display in the world, watched by millions every year. Some of the plants integrated into the floats of this amazing event are actually alive, included as part of the scenery. However, most of the artwork done on the floats is through the use of clippings and petals that are inserted and glued into forms. These forms are the characters on the float, representing historic figures, cartoon features, and architecture. The “paint” used is the coloured petals and foliage of the plants.

Parks have started using this technique as well, to add artistic displays to their grounds. Hong Kong is famous for some of their floral displays, in which cut flowers are placed into vials to prolong their lives. These vials are incorporated into the topiary forms representing different characters, entertaining those who visit the gardens.

Nature Complimenting Nature

Other floral plant displays involve the use of living, potted plants that are arranged to represent other aspects of nature usually referred to as live plant displays. Potted poinsettias can be placed in a framework that imitates the canopy of a tree, placed on top of a manmade “trunk”.

Succulent walls have been converted to “trees” in the amazing Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia. These natural trees reach into backlit, rectangular boxes that are filled with succulents hung in a wall of greenery. This creates a literal living wall in the shape of a canopy for the trees beneath. The branches and greenery of the trees are incorporated into the wall of greenery, creating truly living artwork.

Even the delicate orchid can be incorporated into this great art form. Orchid houses do more than display pots of pretty orchids. They incorporate the delicate plants into arches, columns, and living arrangements overhanging water features.

Using flowering plants as art continues to evolve and beautify our public and private spaces.



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