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Elevate a handful of single variety flowers, such as these ruffly poppies, with a proper collar of hosta leaves.
--Cut the hosta stems long so you can play with the width of the collar depending on the size of the flowers.
--Arrange hostas along the rim of the arrangement.
--Twist a small palm frond or banana leaf into a tall cylinder vase as a backdrop for a delicate white orchid branch.
--Float a single blossom at the bottom of the vase and display.
This lush and romantic bouquet might look tough to make, but it's really quite simple.
--Choose a trumpet-shape vase so the stems casually fall at graceful angles.
--Start with a few geranium leaves to create a base to hold the flowers.
--Cut large-scale blossoms, such as peonies or roses, at various heights -- from the vase lip up to about 4 inches taller than the vase.
--Accent with a few wisps of trailing vine.
Lavender's scent is well known for its relaxing powers, making this the perfect arrangement for a bedside table or guest room.
--Fill a vase with ruffled scented geranium leaves.
--Slip stems of sweet-smelling lavender in between the leaves.
--Cut the stems of textured flowers, leaving an inch or so attached to the head of the flower.
--Add an inch of water to a large cylinder vase (or a large trifle bowl from your kitchen) and build up a mound of stones in the vase.
--Cover it with the flowers, nestling the stems in between the stones.
With its big blossom heads, hydrangea is a flower arranger's dream -- lots of bang for the stem. They're pretty all on their own, but try these color combos, too.
--Add bachelor buttons to enhance purple blooms. --Put a blush on white hydrangeas with pink spray roses.
Hit the mark with this exuberant display of zinnias.
--Gather blooms of one color in your hand to form a pleasing mound; add a single contrasting color bloom to the center.
--Secure with a rubber band and place in a vase.
--Feed in blooms of another color to form an outer ring and fill the vase.
--Place a bit of greenery, such as bleeding heart foliage, around the outer edge for added contrast.
--Start with a ready-made mixed bunch of flowers and a wide cylinder vase or glass bowl.
--Choose one or two stems to stand tall but not taller than the vase.
--Cut the rest of the stems short and float the blooms in a small amount of water in the bottom of the vase.
There's virtually no arranging to do when you clip a few stems from the yard and place them in a collection of bottles or glasses.
--To create a pleasing skyline, vary container height and stem length.
--Here, a small coleus leaf in a tiny bottle is the lowest element in the arrangement, which builds in height with fuchsia, helleborus leaf, bleeding heart foliage, Queen Anne's lace, and tall fern.
Pump up the impact of a mixed bouquet purchased at the grocery store.
--Cut the stems really short and arrange them in a low, medium-wide vase.
--Group flowers of the same color into clusters, rather than evenly distributing all the different varieties, to create little focal points where the eye can rest.
Create this high-style display almost instantly with a pretty glass and a single bloom.
--An ice cream dish, a champagne bowl, or a martini glass all make attractive vessels for floating a showy dahlia.
--A bit of fiveleaf akebia vine gives the display an organic quality.
--Try any handy (nonpoisonous!) garden vine, such as wisteria or trumpet vine.
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