Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

Rethinking Quince: Styling a Classic Spring Blossom


Rethinking Quince: Styling a Classic Spring Blossom

March 5, 2018

Quince is often the first sign of spring at the flower market. I breathe a deep sigh of relief upon the first sighting. You can’t go wrong with a large glass vase full of these architectural blossoms in any room. But I wanted to go beyond the obvious and play with quince as art, by using one stem at a time, pairing it with an unexpected curry-colored vase, and floating a mass of blossoms in a modern frosted bowl. Think wabi-sabi.

Photography and styling by Chelsea Fuss.

Above: For a large-scale floral arrangement, you can’t go wrong with quince branches.

The sheer scale of quince demands that these branches be the star of the show. Even one stem in a small vase will offer an unexpected play on scale, and a surprise to a corner of a room. Adding quince to a color-saturated, angular ceramic piece brings out the bright coral of the petals and lines of the branch.

Above: Just one branch can be an artful display when paired with the proper vase.

When bringing quince inside, trim the stems at an angle, and cut upwards into the stem to make sure the branch can absorb as much water as possible. You can remove the dying blossoms to encourage new ones to open, or enjoy their beautiful decay on the stem.

Above: Create a wabi-sabi display with textured vases of different shapes and sizes.

Use vases that have different shapes and sizes to create a display with visual interest. The colors here work together but each vase offers a contrast, even if ever so slightly, of texture, color, and shape.

Above The mustard-colored vase is from Henriette Arcelin, a Lisbon-based ceramist.

The branches offer interesting architectural lines and, when paired with a mass of blossoms, create a quintessential spring flower arrangement.

Above: An offbeat, organic-style vase by Sofia Albuquerque is the perfect match for two quince stems.

Make a grouping of vases, or use a large twig on its own for an artful, textured, display.

Above: A frosted bowl from The Golden Rabbit, a garden shop in Düsseldorf, Germany, holds quince blossoms.

A bowl of quince blossoms is a quick and easy flower arrangement that will bring spring indoors.

Above: The coral pink is visible through the frosted glass of the bowl.

A simple bowl of quince blossoms showcases the gorgeous pale pink and coral petals.

Above: Playing with the scale of the branches makes a surprising statement.

Pairing a tall branch with a smaller vase is an elegant surprise and enables you to appreciate the scale of the branches. It makes a statement here in a corner of my country cottage.

Above: A curry-colored vase is the perfect color contrast for the coral blossoms of quince branches.

Find out how to grow your own in our design guide to Flowering Quince 101 and see more of our favorite spring-flowering shrubs including Forsythia and Witch Hazel in our curated guide to Shrubs 101 .

See more of Chelsea’s arrangements in our Rethinking Flowers series:

(Visited 163 times, 1 visits today)
You need to login or register to view and manage your bookmarks.

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation