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.
Combine different colors of the same flower for a striking bouquet. From yellow to orange to black, all sunflowers bring bright summer sun inside.
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.
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.
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.
Layer two shades of the same flower (here, calla lilies) to make for big impact.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.