Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR DESIGN SIGNATURES? Classical architecture and a respect for a center axis, proportion, and balance. However, much about successful land- scape design is being mindful of the nonsexy things, such as drainage pipes or where the power or gas lines run, because they can sabotage a beautiful design. I'm very careful about antici- pating the root ball size, or the spread of the canopy of a palm, or the mature height of a specimen to a precise degree in my plans. HOW DOES YOUR BACKGROUND IN INTERIOR DESIGN INFLUENCE YOUR APPROACH? I'll always look at the colors and tex- tures that the designer has developed for the inside of the house and use that for the vegetation as well because the landscape is the backdrop for the fabrics, furniture, and palette. From a practical point, I appreciate how interior designers create storyboards with images when presenting to a client. Incidentally, I didn't speak English when I first arrived, so I needed to find a means for the homeowner and me to understand each other, and photo- graphs became the translator. WHAT ROLES DO FLOWERING PLANTS PLAY IN YOUR AESTHETIC? If I were dressing a lady, the flowers would be the jewels. I'm obviously very fond of green—it's a soothing color for me—with white flowers. But if there are different sensibilities and preferences at play, we can always find flowers and colors that complement LEFT: Urns designed by Wong and planted with plumbago line the drive of a Palm Beach property. ABOVE: In beds near the house, he layered textures of foliage with accents of purple. BELOW: For an outdoor space at a past Kips Bay showhouse in West Palm Beach, Wong chose Brown Jordan furniture designed by Michael S. Smith. The salmon-hued custom umbrellas are by Santa Barbara Designs.

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