Using Fatsia Japonica Leaves for a Tabletop Display

This time of year I’m always looking for something to cheer up my home, make it fresh and … well, I wish I could say “summery.”

I love Spring and Summer, so if something bright and cheery catches my eye in the grocery store, and I’m looking for a fresh burst of color to liven my living or dining space, I’ll usually buy it.

IF, that is, it’s affordable.

I was in the grocery store last week and bought a handful of Fatsia Japonica Leaves – 6 to be exact.

I was charged $1.50. Yup, 25 cents a leaf, but what you can do with these leaves is really fun!

One way to use them was to line the center of our dining table, with candles and leaves, for the football party last weekend.

Another favorite is to line a vase on all 4 sides with the leaves. Then fill the vase with water.

Add beautiful yellow tulips ($6.99 a bunch at Safeway).


For around $8 I created a beautiful bouquet of flowers at a very reasonable price, which lasted for weeks.

What is Fatsia Japonica Plant?
Fatsia Japonica is a tender perennial shrub often grown as a houseplant. It has flat leaves shaped like outstretched hands with individual fingers. They are prolific growers and will eventually outgrow their homes.

This leaf always catches my eye!

My parents had a Fatsia Japonica plant in their outdoor entry of my childhood home. So pretty and classy!

And now, our table is graced with beauty and elegance.

What are some favorite leaves you add to arrangements or tabletop displays? Do you think to ask your florist or grocery store florist for help?

How to Prune a Fatsia Japonica plant? Read more, here.

   

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6 Responses to “Using Fatsia Japonica Leaves for a Tabletop Display”

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    Kim in MD — January 28, 2013 @ 6:06 am

    I have never seen these leaves, but they are beautiful! I often use hydrangea leaves from my hydrangeas in the summer. I like to line my cheese boards with lemon leaves from the florist, if I can find them.

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    Darla — January 28, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    The leaves in the vase? Super idea. I know just where to get the leaves. We have large plant in a pot under our covered patio area. Thanks for the inspiration Sandy.

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    Shari Kelley — January 28, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    I love Safeway flowers, too. They are usually reasonably priced. Thanks for the idea of lining the vases with leaves.

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    Debbie @thehiphostess — January 28, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    I’ve never heard of Fatsia Japonica Leaves, but boy do I love this look! I think adding any kind of natural elements to the table is so impressive, not to mention easy to attain. Very nice, Sandy.

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    Kristin — January 30, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    I love these leaves! We recently used them for a presentation of appetizers that I have been meaning to blog about – now you have inspired me to get on that!

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