Three Kinds of Blue

Delphiniums and hydrangeas merge in this striking arrangement, whose visual impact is increased by its similarly-colored vase. This front-facing display is best for a hall table, a minimalist living room or another airy, spacious site.

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Dramatic Front Facing Floral ArrangementEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited Visual Contrasts Fluttery sprays of tall green grasses with trailing leaves help to break up the intense blue of the flowers.

Materials

Flowers and Foliage
10 ‘Blue Bee’ delphiniums
15 ‘Panicum’ fountain grasses
10 ‘Double Blue’ delphiniums
10 blue hydrangeas

Possible Substitutions
larkspur or monkshood (for delphinium)
large-headed chrysanthemums (for hydrangea)
spear grass (for fountain grass)

Other Material
blue flared glass vase (16 inches)
florist's scissors

Delphinium and Hydrangea Make Visual ImpactEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Arrange

Fill two-thirds of the vase with water. Trim the delphinium stems so they are all the same length. Arrange them in the vase so that they flare out naturally to the sides and their mixed colors are evenly distributed.

Tuck the hydrangea stems just inside the front rim of the vase; wedge them in slightly so that they stay in place.

Rearrange the delphiniums if necessary until you are happy with their overall shape and balance. Trim the grass stems so that they are a little shorter than the delphiniums and insert them in between the delphiniums and hydrangeas to link the different blooms together.

This arrangement should last at least a week if you keep the flowers in good condition. Because the hydrangea stems are much shorter than the grasses and delphiniums, make sure that the water is always topped off.

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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