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Beach-Inspired Flowers

We look back at an all-time favorite from FLOWER’s Summer 2012 issue, when Christina Springfield created five arrangements for a day by the water in Alys Beach, Florida

Can flowers evoke an escape to the coast? These designs by Christina Springfield of Nouveau Events and Flowers bring home the summery vibe of the surf, pools, and vistas.

Venus Emerges

‘Carolina Sapphire’ cypress foliage, cymbidium orchids, muscari, and sweet peas fill a shell on the shore’s edge, recalling the famous Botticelli painting of the goddess of love.

large half shell filled with flowers set on the shore with waves and blue sky in the background

Poolside Pair

A simple arrangement of anemones and muscari can take the heat.

purple flower arrangement set on a woven side table beside a row of chaise lounges shaded by green umbrellas by the pool
purple flower arrangements set on a blue-green tile mosaic

Windswept Style

A statuesque pedestal dons an asymmetrical crown of Cymbidium orchids, echeveria succulents, flaxleaves, hellebores, hydrangeas, and pieris.

hydrangea flower arrangement

Lush and Luxe

As if the bride will be right back to claim her bouquet, an arrangement of beachy blooms gets a splash of refreshing water from the fountain. Materials include ‘Carolina Sapphire’ cypress foliage, cattleya orchids, echeveria succulents, fringed ‘Aladdin’ tulips, hydrangeas, and phalaenopsis orchids.

white orchid and succulent bouquet set on the side of a white stucco fountain trough. Behind it, water flows from three wall-mounted spigots

Ocean Blues

A symphony of clematis, echeveria succulents, grape vine root, hydrangeas, pieris, and yucca poles set the mood in a bower of palms and breezy white linen.

succulent floral arrangement in a large pottery compote vase with a blue-green glaze. In the background is an allee of palm trees and a walkway covered in gauzy white fabric blowing in the wind

Photography by Paul Johnson Photography