The flowers of spring and early summer burst onto the scene with brilliant colors and heady fragrances. If you cultivate a cutting garden, take a stroll to pluck a few of your favorites, or carry blossoms home by the armful from a farmers' market or florist's shop.
No matter where you get your flowers, arranging them is as simple as the blooms are beautiful. Choose one or several kinds of flowers, cut the stems, then put them immediately into lukewarm water.
Enjoy these fragile beauties while they last, then replace the bouquet with another. Their fragrance will linger in your memory long after the blooms have faded.
Browse our six fresh flower arrangements and choose your favorite!
Ruffly flowers in a clean-lined vase present a beautiful study in contrast. Pink peonies and orange tulips harmonize softly with green hosta leaves, and the whole arrangement whispers coolness and serenity. Gently folding back the outer petals of the tulips shows off their inner petals, giving them an exotic look.
Tulips shine with their own personality, and because they continue to grow after cutting, they'll even rearrange themselves in a vase. Here, the stems have been cut short to gather the flowers tightly into a mass of colorful ruffles.
Not all garden colors are bold and brilliant. A green-and-white scheme is easy on the eye and soothing to the spirit. After cutting viburnum, crush the ends of the woody stems to help them better absorb water.
An abundance of fragrant blooms fills a pair of shapely vases. The exuberance of the large bouquet comes from the way its brilliant colors splash against one another, just as they might in the garden. For longer life, cut lilacs from the bush just as the flowers begin to open. Sweet peas make an impact on their own.
Pink hydrangeas and grape hyacinths clustered in a crystal compote make for a supremely simple arrangement. A hidden grid of floral or transparent tape across the top of the bowl supports the cloud of blooms.
A bouquet composed using a single type of flower can make a strong statement. Poppies, one of the most joyful of flowers, beg to be smiled at. It's amazing to watch the dark, hairy pods become bright orange, red, and yellow flowers. This tall, slender vase gathers the stems tightly, allowing the blooms to burst into fireworks above. Cauterize freshly cut poppy stems in a flame to seal in their milky sap; these most fragile of cut flowers last only a couple of days.
Here's when you can expect to see the flowers we used in our arrangements blooming naturally. If one of them isn't in season, have a florist order it for you.
French Tulips Spring
Grape Hyacinths Early to mid spring
Hostas Spring, summer, and fall
Lilacs Spring to early summer
Parrot Tulips Early spring
Peonies Spring to early summer
Roses Summer to fall
Siberian Iris Spring to early summer
Sweet Peas Early summer
Tulips Early spring
Viburnum Mid to late summer