Flower Arranging 101 or “Trust Me, It’s Really Easy”

It’s spring in the northwest and my garden is bursting forth with color, color, and color. Many of the shrubs and plants I grow are chosen specifically for arrangements. I focus heavily on texture and foliage color so even in January colorful arrangements, sans flowers, can be put together. I post photos here of some recent arrangements made for friends’ birthdays and “pick-me-up” bouquets. Today I assembled two in under 10 minutes. Gathering and cutting the stems took longer than putting them together.

Cellophane, stretchy cord, cups

I usually use plastic drinking glasses or glass jars that I recycle. To give them a pretty face, I use squares of cellophane, purchased at the dollar store. That way I have lots of colors to choose from. Using a square fits the jar better and looks tidier than a rectangular sheet. Be sure to use very sharp scissors to cut the cello. Don’t even try to use dull ones-trust me! The cello is then held together with stretchy cords. The extra amount at the top forms a pretty gathered collar and helps support any weak stems.

Foliage Used in Arrangement

Flowers Used in Arrangement

The bouquet is quickly put-together placing taller stems in the center with rounder ones on the outside. Large foliage forms a collar around the bouquet. Something I’ve learned is that if there is only a small amount of flowers to work with, augment it with foliage and group the floral stems together. One skinny stem scattered hither and yon gets lost in the mix so  put the stems all together to make one stronger look. These bouquets were put together with just a stem or two . Don’t ever think there isn’t much to work with; try it and you will be delightfully surprised on how much there really is. There is no need to have volumes of stems and many different blooming plants. Use what you have and it will work.

Some of the foliage used in the arrangements are: huckleberry, lonicera, hosta, senecio, euphorbia, cypress, pieris japonica, hardy geranium. Much of my garden palette is burgundy, gray, chartruese and I find those colors work well in arrangements.

Flowers shown in the bouquets are: choisya,lamium, scilla, linaria, crabapple, tulip, geum, columbine, poppy, wild bleeding hearts, and hardy geranium.

Some other arrangements I have made are seen on my website,http://tigerlilysattic.com/gilded-lily/.

Just like having confidence pulling together a tablescape using what you have on-the-fly, it is possible to put together a happy, spontaneous floral arrangement with whatever your garden is showing at the moment.

Another Arrangement

Finished Piece

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