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The French Potager’s Ode to Spring Flowers

For the Gulf Coast designer, springtime is the right time for lush arrangements that evoke energy and inspire renewal

floral designer Martha Whitney Butler at her shop The French Potager

Inspiration

“I wanted to capture the celebration of the spring garden in these arrangements. This season brings to life many things that have been dormant for so long, including our urge to garden and fill our homes with color and fragrance. For me, experiencing the sense of renewal that comes from going out into my yard and seeing that my dreams have awakened and begun to flower is transformational.” — Martha Whitney Butler of The French Potager

The French Potager Arranges Spring Flowers

Floral design by The French Potager featuring spring flowers in a concrete cast bust

See Martha’s step-by-step instructions for this arrangement.

Materials List

  • Dusty miller
  • Ornamental kale rosette
  • ‘Jacorma’ peony
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • ‘Princess Hitomi’ garden rose
  • Gentiana
  • Helleborus ‘Winter Bells’
  • Muscari
  • Tulips
  • Scabiosa
  • ‘Apollo’ iris
  • Astrantia
  • Feather-leaf acacia
  • ‘Mini Green’ hydrangea

Spring floral arrangement for a dining table by The French Potager

Materials List

  • ‘Rosa Loves Me (Just a Little Bit More)’ rose
  • Double tulip
  • ‘Mini Green’ hydrangea
  • Dusty miller
  • Gentiana
  • Helleborus ‘Winter Bells’
  • ‘Apollo’ iris
  • Kale rosette
  • Muscari
  • ‘Jacorma’ peony
  • ‘Lisa’ scabiosa
  • Silver dollar eucalyptus

Spring floral arrangement for an entry table by The French Potager

Materials List

  • Orange ranunculus
  • ‘Apollo’ iris
  • ‘Lisa’ scabiosa
  • Gentiana
  • Dusty miller
  • Muscari

Sources

Produced by Margaret Zainey Roux | Photography by Sara Essex Bradley

This story originally appeared in Flower magazine’s March/April 2021 issue. Find Flower in a store near you or subscribe.

cover for Flower magazine March/April 2021