20 Beautiful Flower Arrangements | Midwest Living

20 Beautiful Flower Arrangements

Garden blooms take on fresh looks in these displays. See how to show off your flowers in gorgeous displays.
  • Blooming artistry

    Flower arrangements complete rooms of any style: country, cottage, classic, traditional. An arrangement can consist of a single blossom in a simple jar on up to a blousy affair in a crystal vase. Create one that suits your personality.

    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.

  • Sunny side

    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

    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.

  • Dairy Fresh

    Dairy-fresh blossoms

    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. 

  • 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!

  • Teatime


    A dozen magenta peony buds and snippets of soft yellow honeysuckle in a stoneware teapot make a charming bouquet. 

  • Color guard

    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.

  • Two tones

    Layer two shades of the same flower (here, calla lilies) to make for big impact.

  • Traditional favorites

    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.

  • Singular sensation

    Even a single flower can look dramatic, especially in the right container. A yellow tree peony takes center stage in this retro-style vase.

  • Well anchored

    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.

  • Stairstep

    Vary the height of your flowers. Just as the three vases stairstep down, so too do the blooms—from climbing clematis to velvety tulips.

  • Sweet tea

    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.

  • Old-Fashioned

    Old-fashioned display

    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. 

  • 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.

  • Casual ease

    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.

  • Clearly beautiful

    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.

  • Framework

    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.

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