Make This No-Fail, DIY Garden Flower Arrangement

Summer = abundance. Long days, bowls filled with fresh fruit, and gardens overflowing with vines, plants, and flowers. If you've got a bumper crop of the latter — or a neighbor who doesn't mind sharing — here's how to create an arrangement that will add color and fragrance to your home.

Ingredients for a stunning summer flower arrangement

  • I used raspberries, Jupiters' beard, Japanese anemone, rugosa roses and a "Gertrude Jekyll" garden rose
  • You could add herbs like sage or rosemary, use other berries like blueberries or blackberries, and other large focal flowers instead of roses, like dahlia, ranunculus, calendula, or poppy.
  • Look for a few showy blossoms, some greenery, filler flowers that take up space and other stems that have a light, wispy feel to help create that wildflower look.
  • This arrangement is housed in a vintage pewter cup, but you can use any container you have around your home from an old coffee canister to a proper glass vase.

Building your arrangement

Step 1

Harvest your flowers early in the morning or late in the evening when they are most hydrated. If you harvest under the blaring sun, they won't last very long as cut flowers.

Step 2

Re-cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and remove all leaves from the bottom of the stem, then immediately put them in water. Let them sit in water for a few hours to get fully hydrated.

Step 3

Start by placing your filler flowers in the vessel (I used Jupiter's beard and raspberries), which will create shape and structure, and then add in the focal elements. I went with a wild, curvy shape which works with the range of blooms used.

Step 4

Add in focal flowers. Your arrangement doesn't have to match on all sides, it just needs to be balanced. For mine, I've balanced out the anemone on one side with a fluffy garden rose on the other.

Step 5

Add in lighter, wispier pieces last.

Help it last longer

  • Place the arrangement away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Check the water daily and add fresh water by sitting the vase under a faucet and letting the water run through until the vase is filled with fresh water and the old water has flushed out.
  • Remove old flowers as they fade.
July 13, 2014
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