Nothing says "Welcome home" quite like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. Flower arrangements are one of the many benefits of keeping a diverse perennial garden. First rule of flower arranging: Anything goes. Play with complementary colors, textures and shapes. There are tips and tricks to making award-winning arrangements, but if you like it, that's what matters. Here are a few recipes to try.
Big and BeautifulHosta and Hydrangeas. Pair big blooms with big leaves for an impressive look. Or, snip some branches from a purplish Ninebark and tuck them in with big, beautiful hydrangea blooms, and a few lacy spires of Russian Sage for an interesting arrangement.
Wild and FreeStart with Grasses and Daisies, add Black-eyed Susan’s, Coneflowers, and add color and keep this arrangement playful, giving it a rustic, country wildflower feel.
Simple and ElegantAny type of flower can look lovely on it’s own, but some are particularly well suited to an arrangement containing only one or two varieties. Try lilies, roses, or sunflowers for simple yet stunning arrangements. An arrangement can be as simple as a cut rose delicately floating in a small glass, or a single large flower offset with some grasses.
- Use sharp pruning shears. Scissors or other cutting tools that aren't made for plants could crush the stems rather than cleanly cut them.
- Cut stems diagonally. This ensures the stems can still draw water when they're touching the bottom of the container.
- Strip leaves off stems that sit below the water line. Leaves below the water line can cause mold, discoloration and bad smells, and will shorten the life of your arrangement.
Finishing touchesJust like planting a container, cut flower arrangements can benefit from a variety of added elements:
- Vines (for trailing or tangling)
- Berries (think pagoda dogwood, viburnum, etc.)
- Aluminum wire (not steel, which can rust)