Minimalist Grandeur: Amaryllis in an Urn

The secret of this stunning front-facing vase design is that it is incredibly simple. At five feet tall, its grand scale and beauty mask its minimalism. Place it somewhere where it will get noticed, like an entrance hall or a buffet table.

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Floral Arrangement with Contrasting Colors and TexturesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials

Flowers and Foliage
8 amaryllis
3 bunches natural birch twigs

Other Materials
large urn (18 inches high)

If you can't find amaryllis, use hydrangeas or lilies. Birch twigs sprayed silver or white offer a good alternative to natural birch twigs.

The amaryllis will last without water for an evening if you use a non-watertight urn, but will last for two weeks if you re-cut the stems and refresh the water in a watertight urn.

Flowers and Foliage Needed for Amaryllis in UrnEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Amaryllis Buds

Choose amaryllis with some buds already open and some still closed to give shape and interest to this design.

Amaryllis with Buds Open and Closed Add InterestEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Arrange

Put the urn in position and arrange the birch twigs in a natural splay, with the shorter twigs around the outside and the taller twigs in the middle. Keep the look as informal and as natural as possible. The twigs can be as tall as you like for dramatic effect, but keep them in proportion to the size of the urn. Keep any birch twig off-cuts and add them to the sides of the design if needed.

Tuck the amaryllis stems inside the front edge of the urn so that the flower heads rest just above the neck of the container. Arrange a single layer of flowers around the rim. Then, build up a second tier of blooms in between them so that you create a double layer of flower heads.

If you have used a watertight container, fill it with water; amaryllis displace so much water due to their hollow stems that it is best to save this step til last.

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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