Match the personality of your flower to the personality of the vase. Here, a fistful of the old-time favorite peonies billows from an equally old-fashioned pitcher.
Combine different colors of the same flower for a striking bouquet. From yellow to orange to black, all sunflowers bring bright summer sun inside.
Seasonal chalkboard vases
Isn’t it fortuitous that spring, summer, autumn and winter all have six letters? Stay in season by relettering squares of chalkboard paint on ceramic vases. Keep them filled with blooms that suit the time of year. We painted our vases with Benjamin Moore 1348 Razzle Dazzle.
One of a kind
Because they're available year-round, you can count on roses when you need a quick and lovely arrangement. A mass of pink roses makes for drama.
Video: How to build a rose bouquet
In this casual country arrangement, we combine Patience and Juliet roses with fresh-cut lady’s mantle, hydrangea and coneflowers in a white enamel bucket. Let your garden inspire a similar nontraditional arrangement!
Unify three containers of three colors of flowers by including one that blends the other two shades. This scheme transitions from white to dark pink via the white-and-pink hydrangeas between.
Layer two shades of the same flower (here, calla lilies) to make for big impact.
Even a single flower can look dramatic, especially in the right container. A yellow tree peony takes center stage in this retro-style vase.
Put larger blossoms, such as the roses, anemone and white parrot tulips here, toward the bottom of your arrangement, and let smaller ones like the freesias soar above. A solid mass of blooms supports blossoms rising to airy heights.
Vary the height of your flowers. Just as the three vases stairstep down, so too do the blooms—from climbing clematis to velvety tulips.
Look to your china collection for captivating vase ideas. Here, lilies of the valley in sweet teacups provide sweet touches. Florist frogs hold stems steady.
Even the simplest of containers can make for a charming vase. Here, stems of herbs (try fennel or mustard seed) stuck in Mason jars communicate summertime ease.
Marching down a table
Line up a row of vases filled with the same flowers for continuous beauty.
Hide and seek
Grape hyacinths peek from the large petals of pink hydrangea. A hidden grid of floral or transparent tape across the top of the bowl supports the cloud of blooms.
Crush the stems of woody plants, such as lilacs (pictured) and viburnum, to promote water absorption. Poppies need to have their cut end cauterized to prevent sap from leaking. Other flowers need their stems snipped every few days to overcome their efforts to heal the ends.
Yes, fresh water in the container will help your bouquet last longer; however, never spray a bouquet with water, which encourages fungi to develop. Here, hosta leaves frame cosmos and oak leaf viburnum.