This year I resisted the urge to deadhead my 'Coral Supreme' peonies and was rewarded with these fuzzy, interesting seed pods to use in fall arrangements.
I also left the seed pods on my 'Duchess of Edinburgh' clematis and they grew into these large, twirly spheres.
It's so much fun to mix classic flowers with unusual garden materials to make arrangements that merit a second look.
'Crocus Rose' English roses are included, as this shrub keeps sending out more flowers that last well in a vase. It's growing in an unobtrusive spot, so I don't mind cutting off all its blooms on a regular basis.
I added tiny white 'Francine Austin' roses and 'Autumn Bride' heuchera buds for a dainty touch.
Small sprays from my 'Limelight' hydrangea and sprigs of variegated pineapple mint (Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata') round out the arrangement.