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It's okay to not mix flowers in an arrangement. In fact, you'll get more style mileage out of a group that's separated for contrast.
-- Form a small bouquet of sweet peas and sweet William. Place in vase.
-- Fill the opposite side of the vase with violet blue triteleia.
-- Cluster a few pink flowers beneath the triteleia.
Peonies, one of the lushest flowers in the garden, get a fresh spin in this casual, blush pink-and-white arrangement.
-- Large blossoms give you lots of impact and are easy to arrange. Just "stripe" the blossoms.
-- Anchor one side of the arrangement with flowered cabbage; place a large white hydrangea on the opposite side.
-- Line the middle with ruffly pink peonies, including a few buds for interest.
Flowers filled with personality, such as cheery sunflowers, make great one-color bouquets.
-- Cut flowers to different heights.
-- Place in a fun container, such as the antique white pitcher we used here.
-- Fill in any gaps with sunflower buds, if you have them.
The most successful one-color arrangement uses an assortment of shapes, sizes, and textures for interest.
-- We chose fuzzy bachelor's buttons, bell-shape Stachys macrantha 'Superba', pale pink stacked clusters of Phlomis tuberosa 'amazone', and wine-color Siberian iris for variety.
-- Arrange the flowers in your hand first, then transfer to a vase when you're satisfied with the way it looks.
-- Tweak the arrangement to evenly distribute the different types of flowers.
Here's a beautiful and unusual centerpiece that's low enough to enhance rather than impede sight lines between dinner guests.
-- Fill a boat-shape baking dish with enough water to supply cut gladiolus stems, which are simply laid in place, first one way and then the other.
-- Wrap jute garden twine around the dish at three points to secure the stems and add texture.
-- To take the arrangement one step further, float individual gladiolus florets in water-filled votives at each place setting.
Conventional flowers in unconventional colors make you look twice. Try it with this lime-green arrangement.
-- Start with the long, arching stems of yellow-green cymbidium orchids. Place two or three in a container, letting them fall to the side.
-- Add a few large clusters of bright green 'Annabelle' hydrangea clusters.
-- Nestle velvety-soft 'Limbo' roses in the center.
Energy-giving red creates the framework for this bouquet.
-- Anchor the far-reaching twigs with a pink-hue hydrangea and deep red roses.
Choose one color and run with it, arranging flowers in every shade.
-- Start by arranging the flowers in your hand, placing the larger flowers near the base of the group.
-- Pay attention to height and shape by arranging taller lilac stems near the top and back.
-- Lightly bind the stems with twine and place in a vase.
-- Fill in the gaps with sweet peas or other small blooms.
-- Insert a few leaves of greenery near the bottom to form a casual "rim" for the arrangement.
Long-stem flowers are great for large, full bouquets -- and it's hard to mess up when they're all from the same color family.
-- Choose a few shades of the same color to balance light and dark in the arrangement. We chose China asters and zinnias in all shades of pink.
-- Strip stems of any leaves that would otherwise be standing in water.
-- Cut the remaining stems to gather just over the lip of the vase and place in bunches at the bottom.
-- Fill in gaps with wild verbena.
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