MidwestLiving.com/Videos//How To: Build a Rose Bouquet

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!

Fri, 24 May 2013|

In this casual country arrangement, we combine Patience and Juliet roses with fresh-cut lady’s mantle, hydrangea and coneflowers in a widemouthed white enamel bucket. You can create a similar nontraditional arrangement that’s inspired by your own garden. First, set a vase into a bucket with a wide opening. Fill both vessels with water to make two arranging rings, which will hold stems in place without a frog or florist’s foam and help create a loose, airy arrangement. When choosing flowers, pick colors that work well with each other and the container, paying special attention to scale and texture. Patience and Juliet roses are wide and dense with petals. Hydrangea and lady’s mantle are ideal companions because of their big heads that fill space and provide a nice textural contrast. Once you’ve found the right flowers for your arrangement, loosely fill the rings with stems of hosta and lady’s mantle until you have an airy but full base of greens evenly distributed in the bucket. There should be just enough greens to allow the roses and other flowers with stiffer stems to stand up when you add them. Now it’s time to add the roses. Cut each of 12 rose stems to a different length just as you are ready to place them. Position roses evenly, putting shorter ones in the outer ring and taller ones toward the center. Feel free to accent your design with green hydrangea and white coneflowers. If the bucket looks full with the flowers lightly touching, take a step back and admire your beautiful new rose bouquet.