Three Steps to Stunning Cut Flower Bouquets
Beautiful cut flower arrangements require just three elements.
As an example, we created the arrangement shown here, which consists of 'Piedmont Gold' hosta, 'Tropicana' rose, and 'Navigator' penstemon.
The instructions below explain how you can create an infinite variety of arrangements using three simple elements.
Start with several stems of filler. They not only fill in with color but hold blooms in place. Florists often use fern leaves and baby's breath to do this job. Here, large, smooth hosta leaves form both a base and a background.
Three Bouquets to Try
Fire It Up
Clear, vibrant colors come together in a dazzling posy of hot hues. Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) stems lay a foundation for the cheerful yellow Helianthus focal point. Miniature zinnia accents in brilliant vermillion provide the finishing touch.
Few flowers radiate instant charm like a sunflower (Helianthus annus). Smaller-bloomed varieties such as this 'Paul Bunyan' are excellent cut-flower focal points. Here, we've accented with complementary-colored deep purple butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight'). Finely textured white cleome (Cleome hassleriana) creates a striking contrast as a filler.
- Keep a variety of vases on hand to match the mood of your mix. The vase can be as ornate as heirloom crystal or as simple as a jelly jar. Pottery, porcelain, or even a hollowed-out gourd can create the perfect place to dunk your freshly cut stems. Whatever you choose, err on the side of understated beauty so the plants maintain the starring role.
- Repeat what you like. Use the same flowers in a variety of vases placed throughout your house for a constant reminder of what's blooming. Several smaller versions of the same posy can make diminutive decorations for a casual get-together. Or, for a more intimate affair, focus the attention on a single bouquet.
- Go beyond blooms. Flowers, of course, are the first things that come to mind for a bouquet. Use your discerning eye to complement the blooms with foliage, stems, berries, and buds that add interest with texture and color. For example, corkscrew willow adds structure with its wiry stems. Use sprigs of tiny, shiny boxwood leaves to create unique textural filler.