Friday, May 31, 2024

Designing with King Protea

King Protea are awe-inspiring flowers, bursting with texture and perfect for designing. From stunning hand-tied bouquets to elaborate centerpieces and displays, these amazing blooms add a regal twist to designs. California King season peaks from April through June, during which time these blooms are at their showiest and most spectacular.

It makes sense, then, that few things say spring like Kings, and I thoroughly enjoy designing with them when the occasion arises. The key is to create an arrangement that highlights the character of the King you are using. This particular design features an array of seasonal proteas that complement the beauty and majestic form of the King. The Flame Giants + Brandi dela Cruz along with some Ashbyi, Pink Duke, Linifolia and Ivanhoe add vibrant color and texture, while the Rotundifolia and eucalyptus provide a welcome contrast. And, for a spirited touch, I added a little spiky Eryngium or Sea Holly. The main thing is to pay attention to the King’s shape, color, and natural tendencies—and work from there to create an arrangement that fully complements the character and beauty of the flower.


  • Leucospermum ‘pincushion’ Flame Giant and Brandi dela Cruz 
  • Banksia Ashbyi
  • Protea Pink Duke 
  • Leucadendron Linifolia 
  • Grevillea Ivanhoe 
  • Lepto Rotunifolia or Blue Lepto 
  • Eucalyptus Parvifolia 
  • Eryngium or Sea Holly Big Blue
  • Round ceramic container 
  • Floral Foam or poultry netting 
  • Clippers


  1. Place the floral form or poultry netting in your container and secure with floral tape.
  2. Begin designing your arrangement by creating a base of Grevillea Ivanhoe and eucalyptus Parvifolia.
  3. Place the King Protea off center in the container. 
  4. Continue to build around the King with the Leucospermum, Leucadendron, Protea and Banksia. 
  5. Once you have a nice base and shape, insert the Blue Lepto. Make sure to cut the stems at an angle to allow maximum water absorption. 
  6. For the final touch, use a stem of Sea Holly to bridge the color palette of the arrangement.

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