Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

With their strong branches and textural foliage, herbs gracefully lend themselves to the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging.

For this fall arrangement, the shin, soe, and hikae are branches of frost-kissed red raspberry. The shin and soe are to the left of the centerline, and the hikae moves to the right. The jushi are calendula blossoms in full bloom, representing the height of the season. The kensan is centered in the oval, shallow pottery bowl, a family heirloom. Hiding the kensan is golden oregano that blends well with the container. The effect recalls a clear fall day.