Color Full

Photo: Pamela Einarsen

After spending many years working with flowers in her gardens, Karen Legan established her own floral design business and dubbed it the merry name Lemon Dahlia. Based in Wilton, she uses flowers as language in surprising combinations that lift the spirit, especially at the far end of a long winter.

“I love to encourage my clients to trust me and be open-minded to bringing a progression of color into their homes or events,” she says, explaining that she might add a touch of color at an entryway and then go with something dramatic and exuberant in the middle of a room. Much like the many sizes and colors of dahlias (it has forty-two species), Legan designs flowers in surprising and perfectly delightful combinations. “Truly believing nature is beautiful, in all ways, I wanted to share how it can translate into floral design—flowers grow in front of trees, with grass and herbs peeping through,” she notes. “It is all a blend—what grows and is found outside, in all seasons, is unique and special.” Honing her skills at FlowerSchool New York, she now creates bouquets, arrangements, boutonnieres and many kinds of floral expression year-round. Lemon Dahlia, Wilton; 203-260-7886;

Photo: Caroline O’kane

“My home is a sea of blue. Blue is a neutral and natural companion to green. I love the way green foliage and brightly colored flowers pop out of a blue-and-white vase.”

“Don’t be afraid of color. Forget trends and surround yourself with colors that speak to your heart. Be true to yourself. A colorful home filled with plants and flowers is always a happy place.”

“It’s a party in my garden every day. I am happiest tending to the flowers I have planted and marveling in the beauty of the life cycle of all types of flora. Bees and hummingbirds are always invited.”



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