5 Easy Ways to Create a Fuller Floral Display for Your Table

You don't have to buy two dozen roses to make your table look like a million bucks.

You know those sweet little discount supermarket bouquets that always need a little something extra? Well, they can easily become the star of the show and your table with a few easy adjustments. Cameron Hardesty, director of products for UrbanStems, shares five items you can pull from around your home to create a fuller display just in time for Valentine's Day.

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Add Some Hearty Greens

Try your hand at a green garland to use as a runner for your table or to encircle a vase. Cut ivy, boxwood or other hearty greens from your garden, gather them organically and secure with twine or floral wire.

Play With Fruit

Place fresh, un-cut fruit — pomegranates and lemons make a great combination — in a clear glass vase and cover with water.

Re-Use Seasonal Decor

Re-open your Christmas decorations and pull out any silver or pure red garlands you find. Bunch that around your centerpiece or incorporate into your green garland runner.

Split Up Flowers

Split your flowers into multiple bud vases of varying heights instead of arranging all your flowers into one larger vase. You can bunch the bud vases together for a more organic look, or arrange them in a line or geometric shape.

Accent With Metallics

Use a silver julep cup instead of a glass vase for your floral centerpiece, and don't forget the candles — it's Valentine's Day, after all. If you're serving food nearby, make sure they're unscented so they don't interfere with the aromas of the meal. If you're more of a copper fan, you can place tea candles in Moscow mule mugs or a Turkish coffee pot, or simply float them in a votive filled with water.

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Splash of Citrus

Springtime doesn't have to be all about pastels. Take the less-expected approach to your centerpieces by sticking with citrus tones and creating a formal arrangement with a fresh mix of forsythia, parrot tulips, dianthus and roses.

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Freesia and Berzillia Berries

Berzillia berries and freesia work as excellent complements to classic springtime staples, like parrot tulips and white gerber daisies. Simply use the berries and freesia as filler to build out the arrangement. The greens and whites will help neutralize other boldly-colored species.

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Wildflowers

Although wildflowers are most often associated with summer, they can be a nice fit for a spring tablescape with the right color coordination. Choose wildflowers in purple and blue tones, and consider placing them in farmhouse- or country-style vessels, such as tinted Mason jars.

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White Hydrangea

As one of the most versatile flowers, white hydrangea works best when used in large bunches. Gather three to four bunches of white hydrangea and place them in a clear, low vessel. The texture and shape create a graphic look that can appear both casual or formal, depending on the decor of your space.

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Sweet William

Sweet William is a purple species of Dianthus with lots of springtime appeal. Known for having a slight discoloration among its leaves, Sweet William works best when arranged by itself. Place arrangements of Sweet William in solid white vessels, rather than clear glass, to keep the overall look from becoming too busy.

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Carnations

It's no secret that carnations are affordable and easy to find. The key to using carnations effectively is to stick with a single color. A solid-hued arrangement is more graphic and has more universal appeal than when different colors are mixed together.

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Pink and White Parrot Tulips

Looking for a traditional springtime arrangement with a bit of a twist? A mix of pink gerber daisies, parrot tulips, ranunculus and freesia will add texture, shape and tonality to your tablescape.

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Acid-Green Mums

Mums are one of the most textural and graphic springtime flowers. Put a high-energy spin on the super-saturated flowers by placing them inside simple vessels.

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Potted Orchids

Looking for a centerpiece that will last year round? Consider a grouping of potted orchids inside a decorative basket. The key to longevity with orchids is controlling how much water they
receive. Orchids don't require much water to survive, and many experts recommend simply adding a single ice cube to the orchid every three or four days.

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Gerber Daisies

Gerber daisies are one of the most versatile cut flowers available. Casual and playful, they're a perfect fit for spring entertaining and can be given a more polished look when arranged as a solid color and cut low into a ball shape.

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