Making a bouquet at home? Yes, the task may sound daunting, but we promise that once achieved, it is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world. Don’t even know where to start? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
Maybe you’re gifting these flowers for a special someone on Valentine’s Day, maybe you’re treating yourself. The person you love (who may just be you) deserves the best, even if you’re just arranging these stems to brighten up your kitchen. Read below for the best flowers to use in a bouquet and ten tips for arranging them. They’re bound to impress, we guarantee it…
- Buy a few large wide-stemmed flowers. We like hydrangeas in the summertime, peonies in the spring, mums for the fall and dahlias in winter. They’re striking all by themselves in a tall, colored-glass vase.
- Think about heigh, depth & texture. You want varying heights, the flowers to pop against the vase – creating depth, and different textures to create visual interest.
- Repurpose some vessels around the house – like mugs with funky handles, old teapots, or get really creative and trim stems down so the flowers fit in shot glasses.
- Pick four or five flower varietals in the same color hue; monochromatic looks are popular, even in florals!
- Branches can make a big impact. A few branches can make a large impression in your home. Placing tall vases with spring branches can brighten up a space, especially when paired with shorter stemmed flowers.
- Use what you have. From your backyard to your china cabinet, there are design elements everywhere.
- Take advantage of what is in season. There are so many great flowers available in at your local flower or farmers markets; ask around and get some inspiration!
- Stick with a palette of 1-2 colors, or different hues of the same color, for a simpler sweeter look.
- Having flowers in a variety of sizes and shapes gives your arrangement some personality – especially if you throw in some textured greens. We like purple cabbages in winter, paired with thistles.
- Don’t underestimate the power of ribbons, sprays, and finishing touches. Sprays keep your flowers looking fresher longer; ribbons and ties will keep your flowers in place.