20 Beautiful Flower Arrangements
We included a few surprises in this display of field flowers. Bursts of complementary orange and salmon break up the golden monochrome, and formal, old-school gladiolas add a disparate structural element. Guests at a dining table would view this arrangement from the sides rather than from above, so be sure to check all the angles as you design a display.
Plants in this arrangement:
Coreopsis ‘Pumpkin Pie’
Dwarf marigold, yellow
Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Fire’
Hosta, green variegated
An unexpected strand of tomato vine adds shape and character to a casual display that will evolve as the fruit ripens.
What we used in this arrangement:
Coneflower 'Cheyenne Spirit'
Queen Anne's lace
A horizontal display is an inventive variation on the traditional bouquet and plays beautifully on a dining table. In our display, we grouped blooms by hue and framed them with feathery ferns. To use a wooden vessel, wrap floral foam tightly in several layers of plastic wrap, leaving the top exposed. Then place a sheet of foil beneath the plastic.
Plants in our arrangement:
Sweet pea, blue
Cosmos ‘Sonata’, dark pink
Dahlia, light pink
Sweet pea, pink
Cosmos ‘Snow Sonata’
For a full, textured display, start with a foundation of subtle greenery (or our brushy pink astilbe). Add soft tendrils that drape over the brim. Place a large, eye-catching flower (or three, if you don’t have any giant ones) in a central spot. Tuck in accent blooms or foliage to fill and balance the arrangement. A crumpled ball of chicken wire secures these cuttings.
Flowers in this arrangement:
Astilbe ‘Younique Silvery Pink’
Sweet pea, pink
A simple-yet-chic arrangement proves that, yes, less can be more. Oversize foliage and one focal bloom create a stylish (and super-easy) display.
Plants in this arrangement:
Three in a row
It takes no more than a few flowering stems to create a pleasing arrangement in a small vase. But grouping several similar arrangements results in considerably more impact.
Plants in these arrangements:
Celosia spicata, magenta
Globe amaranth, purple (Gomphrena globosa)
Mix it up
Add variety to your bouquet by mixing herbs with flowers. Fresh snipped herbs top off a sweet collection of dianthus, spirea, purple pansies, pink rose geranium and purple violas.
Combine different colors of the same flower for a striking bouquet. From yellow to orange to black, all sunflowers bring bright summer sun inside.
Marigolds and roses
Mix an elegant flower like roses with the humble marigold for a striking mix. Here, a stoneware pitcher holds 'Yves Piaget' roses, 'Durango Red' and 'Red Gem' marigolds, and a few Persian carpet zinnias (Zinia haageana) that are marigoldlike in appearance.
Peony blossoms on short stems fill old cream bottles in this antique wire carrier. Even when the stems are cut short, the blooms still look extravagant and smell heavenly.
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!
A dozen magenta peony buds and snippets of soft yellow honeysuckle in a stoneware teapot make a charming bouquet.
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.
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.
Even a single flower can look dramatic, especially in the right container. A yellow tree peony takes center stage in this retro-style vase.
Tufts of chestnut flowers peek out of a peony bouquet in this cobalt sap bucket. The bouquet is actually in a mason jar inside the bucket—the jar helps stabilize the bucket.
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.
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.