Spring is synonymous with flowers. Putting together a bouquet of blooms is one of the best ways to celebrate the season and all the fresh beginnings that come with it.
This spring, freshen up your home and maybe even find a new hobby by arranging a fresh bouquet of all your favorite flowers. Here’s how!
Choose a vessel
Flower arrangements don’t have to live in a classic crystal vase. In fact, some of the most beautiful, eye-catching arrangements involve a more non-traditional vessel, like a galvanized bucket, a wicker basket, a mercury glass bowl or even a vintage coffee can. The contrast between the vessel and the blooms often makes for the best bouquets.
For table arrangements, use a low bowl or even a pretty pitcher to keep a low profile and make table conversations easier. For an entryway statement piece, a tall, brightly colored vase or even milk glass vase creates a dramatic look.
Choose a theme
Going with all whites and neutrals? Or perhaps you’re more of a pink person. Succulents and lots of deep greens and purples are another option. No matter your preference, there are plenty of ways to highlight your favorite florals. For low-profile bowls, go with a mix of small and medium blooms, like sweet peas and short-cut roses.
For medium and tall vessels, arrange tall blooms in the back and move forward according to height. The pros recommend grouping two or three of the tallest and largest blooms in your hand and arranging other larger blooms around it, moving in circles to vary the height. Next, arrange the smaller, tighter blooms, like roses and ranunculus, in clusters toward the front. Fill in any gaps with greenery from your very own yard — deep green ivy or hosta can help offset some of the brightest blooms.
Other arrangement tips
Got thin stems? Bunch them together with twine to prevent collapsing or tilting picks. Filling in gaps with hearty greenery and delicate blooms like peonies also helps provide a little structure to help everything stand up straight.
Need some serious space filled? Use thick, waxy plants and even vegetables to fill in big spaces. Cabbage and kale are great options — both are hearty and come in various shades of deep violets and greens. Work in halves to create some variation in height and offset the deep, dramatic tones of veggies by using bright, feminine flowers like geraniums and hydrangeas.
Once you’re done, make sure to give your gorgeous bouquet plenty of natural sunlight, clean water and flower food. Happy spring!