5 DIY Floral Arrangements for Mom

Still stuck on what to get for Mom? Well it's no secret that we love our botanicals- so it only seems fitting that we spread our enthusiasm just in time for Mother's Day. Consider a DIY permanent floral arrangement- a personalized gift put together by you will bring Mom back to the good ole days when you brought home a crafty wreath from school. Bonus, our botanicals won't be obsolete in a week. An arrangement is basically a canvas that can be changed for future moods and seasons, so you're giving mom a reason to indulge in her creative side. Today, we chose 5 of our absolute favorite arrangements that take on personalities of their own.


1- The Romantic

We paired Allium clusters with dusty seagrass and greenery and layered in Queen Anne's lace for added height. The hand blown melting hurricane glass adds an organic feel to the romantic aesthetic. Can't quite treat Mom to a trip to Paris? Then bring the romance to her.


2- The Classic Beauty

Strings of White orchids and contrasting red dogwood branches create a timeless look.  A simple hand blown glass bubble vase creates the foundation for a stylistically versatile arrangement year round that goes perfectly on a contemporary shelf against a dark wall.


3- The Californian

These desert-dwellers make a perfectly understated accent for any room. Remember to work in odd numbers, using pieces of varying texture and layer in moss! We chose a rectangular concrete vessel so as not to detract from these statement makers.


 4- The Dreamer

Utilizing an earthy clay pot for an understated neutral base, we added bunches of hydrangeas in different sizes and shades complimented by ferns and seed spray to create an ethereal arrangement that's perfect for Mom's bedside table.


5- The Minimalist

And our last arrangement is for the Mom that taught you how to organize and minimize your clutter. We opted for simplicity with a touch of whimsy by adding a singular ivory bud branch to a matte white bottle vase with an arbitrary handle. Add it to a concrete accent table for an instant statement.

And remember, our design team is always on hand to help out and make suggestions!


Orchid Demo

In case you missed our Orchid Design demo, here's a look into what went on at our Encinitas location. Follow along for tips on creating your own arrangement, whether you choose to use real plants or our permanent botanicals, these tips create the same outcome: a unique, gorgeous conversation piece. So grab your floral design tools at your favorite hobby store and join us!

It was a sunny day, and we had the perfect spot to hold the demo, right in the corner by our botanical bar on our kitchen island/work table. Lili, our fearless leader and owner, led the demonstration, orchids being one of her favorite projects. And to add to the entertainment, our visual merchandiser extraordinaire TJ brings some wit and charm to the table. To start, make sure you have foam, floral tape, wire cutters, sticks, twine or raffia, moss, interesting pots and of course florals and foliage.

When working with permanent botanicals, we like to throw rules out the window. Mix and match as you please, combine succulents and more to bring life to your work. The only guidelines we suggest following when it comes to orchids specifically are:

1- pay attention to the scale. Make sure your pot works with the height of your arrangement. It's generally safe to say if you're using a tall pot, the arrangement should be 1 to 1.5 times the height of the container.

2- Make sure to naturalize the florals. Bend and open up the petals, adding a realistic element, but also creating the desired movement in your arrangement.

3- Always center your featured flower in the middle of the pot.

For Lili's first arrangement, we started with an oversize cement pot. She placed a foam piece inside the pot and topped it with our reindeer moss, a vibrant moss with a spring green color. As you can see, the rule of height applied to this arrangement due to the orientation of the tall pot. After adding the usual base foliage to the tall orchids, she added a succulent to hang down the side and create an organic, soft look.  The addition of a chunky bamboo stick tied loosely with twine or raffia adds a realistic element.

For the second arrangement, Lili started with a wider pot and our mood moss, which has a more earthy coloring to it. She chose a shorter orchid, placed in the center of the container and added ferns and grass at the base. TJ brought in a subtle pop of color with a purple hued succulent and Lili finished it off with a piece of coral. Feel free to get creative on the finishing touch with pieces you might find around your home or at the beach!


Lili's final arrangements were small, but impactful. Here, she shows us how the use of an unconventional item for a pot can be the perfect touch for a dinner party or gathering. Some unique 'pots' shown here include a birds nest or our Vietri Lastra bowl. You can also use giant oyster shells or anything else you have floating around your home.

And since we held our workshop at both locations, here's a peek at what went down in Newport Beach. The Gardenology team got interactive with our workshop attendees and everyone contributed to this group arrangement, featuring multiple orchid stems accented with tropical succulents.

Stay tuned for an invite to our next demonstration, we hope you will join us in person!

One Flower, 3 Ways

With our upcoming workshop on orchid design, we got inspired to start some Spring arrangements early. Inspiration comes from a huge range of resources, for these arrangements, we used nature itself. Take a look at how we translated the orchid into 3 unique looks.

For a traditional take on the orchid, a concrete pot adds an outdoor aesthetic. We started with a baby arrangement, perfect for the nightstand or a small space like a bathroom. On the right, adding more orchids called for a larger pot that works as a table centerpiece.

The multiple heights and buds on the stems draw the eye to several points of interest and the combination of vivid greens keep this arrangement simple yet modern.

For a more unconventional design, we started with an earthy birch tree pot. The bamboo stick tied with twine adds a realistic, still-life element and gives height to the arrangement.

We kept the mossy base neutral and realistic looking, maintaining the earthy aesthetic. The addition of a spiky succulent adds a contemporary touch.

For our final design, a deep, oversize vessel with pops of color makes an elegant yet bold statement in any room.

The interaction between the different florals creates an eclectic base while the height and ambiguity in the taller flowers creates movement in the design.

Join us for our FREE orchid design demonstration on January 28th, and receive a discount on supplies to create your very own! RSVP Here

Succulent Care Guide

It’s a heated conversation among the team at Gardenology: what’s better- real or permanent botanicals? Whatever your preference, we’re sharing a quick care guide on how to keep your succulents healthy and beautiful, whether they are faux or real. You take the pick based on your lifestyle.


REAL-  Drainage is an important part of planting your succulents. In addition to a well draining soil, make sure you choose a pot that has a hole in the bottom to release excess water.

FAUX - Since the fauxplants don't require a specific type of soil, you can get creative with pot choices. If you spy a vessel that doesn't have a hole in the bottom but has room in the top for some buds, go for it!



REAL - Make sure to place your succulents in a well lit part of the home, whether it be outside or inside.

FAUX - It is best to keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight to avoid any possible color fade, so think of spots in those rooms that don't get good sunlight but need a pop. If you would like to bring them outside, we recommend you keep them under a covered area to avoid any outdoor elements.


REAL - This ultimately depends on where you live and what season it is dependent upon the natural elements. But the general consensus is to water, but sparingly.

FAUX-   Water or sprays are not necessary to clean the botanicals. To avoid doing any damage to the color or texture of the leaves, dust your arrangement once a month with a blow dryer on a cool setting or a feather duster.


REAL - It is recommended that you repot once a year to examine the roots and soil to keep your plant healthy and happy.

FAUX - With the change in seasons and holidays, we always find ourselves shifting around the succulents - and perhaps adding seasonal botanicals to change the mood, which can also be placed in a wide array of places and vessels.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Mania

Fiddle Leaf Fig mania has taken the interior design world by storm in recent years. We‘ve been stocking the tree for years, but it still maintains its title as the ‘it’ houseplant in 2016. The tropical tree, known for its gestural leaves and grand presence acts as an additional piece of furniture in any room. Loved for their large glossy, leathery leaves, it‘s the perfect way to bring the forest indoors, and our permanent tree gives you a worry free offering. Standing 7ft tall, the tree is ideal for any room and can transition with any style. We're sharing some of our favorite rooms below.


On the left, Justina Blakeney, inspired by color, travel, creative use and thrifting, loves adding plants to her eclectic rooms. Here, the tree maintains a large presence in the corner, adding yet another pop of color and life to the room. On the right, we see the tree surrounded by ethnic textiles and a woven basket to ground it in the room.


Rolled arms and subtle curves define elegant traditionalism, adding 2 shaped fiddle leaf trees on either side of the fireplace adds an unorthodox symmetry. In the family room on the right, a fiddle leaf tree in the corner adds understated charm to an otherwise cozy room tying it all together.


To keep the furnishings from weighing down the space, the fiddle leaf tree adds an open-air presence. On the left side, the tree adds a sophisticated natural element that compliments a dynamic seating arrangement and an array of textures.