Forget the Flowers: A Foliage and Seed Head Display

It's not often that you see vase arrangements constructed almost entirely from foliage, but with the right shapes and textures they look fabulous. This lush display looks stunning in an airy, white sunroom or a hall, on a tall white table.

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Begin to Arrange the Hostas

Arrange the first three hosta leaves evenly in the vase to provide the base for the foliage.

Arrange Hosta Leaves in Vase for Foliage BaseEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Some Foliage

Add the garden viburnum to build up an all-round framework of stems. Then add the cultivated guelder rose stems.

Add Garden Viburnum for FrameworkEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Some Flowers

Add the poppy heads, spacing them evenly through the arrangement. They should sit a little higher than the viburnum heads so they rise above the other foliage.

Poppy and Foliage CenterpieceEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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