5 Easy Flower Arrangements + How to Keep Them Alive

Bring your favorite blooms inside for Water a Flower Day.

Americans have a celebratory spirit, and we like to create a holiday for just about anything. Like, did you know there is a Hug a Newsman Day? Well, May 30 is pretty sweet because it's Water a Flower Day. What better way to welcome summer than with a fresh, colorful arrangement? See our top flower picks — and how to care for them — to help your indoor space blossom.

Summertime Succulents 

Splendid Succulents

Splendid Succulents

Stunning red succulent stands out among white genista and white alstroemeria in a Mason jar arrangement by The Bouqs .

Photo by: Photo courtesy of TheBouqs.com

Photo courtesy of TheBouqs.com

Succulents aren't just for planters. Pair red echeveria with low-maintenance white alstroemeria, and place in a colorful vase for a fresh look that's budget-friendly.

Trend-Setting Blooms

Orange Ranunculas in Rectangular Glass Vase

Orange Ranunculas in Rectangular Glass Vase

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

The yellow-orange hues of ranunculus are the perfect nod to summertime. To enjoy indoors, remove the leaves from stems, and cut the ends at a diagonal. Keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight, and change the water every other day. For a longer life, add sugar to the water.

Rustic + Dainty

Lilac Pitcher Captures Country Kitchen Charm

Lilac Pitcher Captures Country Kitchen Charm

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging , 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

For a laid-back look, place lilacs with green foliage in an antique pitcher or tin can. Lilacs are easy to grow, durable and easy to maintain. Change the water every few days to keep them at their best.

A Sunny Disposition



Photo by: Altell


It's no secret that a vase full of sunflowers can instantly cheer you up. On top of that, they require minimal attention and can go days without fresh water.

Citrus + Cockscomb

Fruit Cube Arrangement Produces Unusual Effect

Fruit Cube Arrangement Produces Unusual Effect

Slices of limes add a twist to this bold grouping of cockscomb flowers. If yellow is one of your wedding colors, try this arrangement with sunflowers and lemons instead.

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging ©2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cockscomb is drought-tolerant and comes in a variety of shapes and colors. Add slices of lime or lemon for an extra-refreshing centerpiece. To get the look, place a vase inside another vase that's approximately 2 inches bigger. Cut limes or lemons into slices, and place between the two vases, working your way up. Fill the smaller vase with sugar water, and place an arrangement of cockscomb inside.

Flower Centerpieces for Warm Weather

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Pretty and Pink

Dual-toned ranunculus placed in a bud vase lend a cheery pop of pink. A gold stripe on the vase picks up the gilded flatware and ties the tablescape together.

Added Vitamin C

Fresh fruit can make a summery centerpiece even zestier. And like the flowers, citrus has a pleasant aromatic quality.

Watering Can Charmer

White tulips are an elegant, affordable flower and when placed in a weathered watering can, seem freshly plucked from a garden.

No Flowers Necessary

If you're worried about wilting flowers, succulents make an excellent alternative. Forget to water the arrangement? No worries! Succulents hold moisture in their stems, roots or leaves. Image courtesy of Viceroy Miami

Here Comes the Sun(flowers)

It doesn't get much sunnier than sunflowers. Because they're so big, you won't need many to make an impact. The happy yellow is a fantastic contrast to the blue in the cushions and outdoor rug. Image courtesy of Laurie Bell

Spiky Stunners

Quill-like petals of flowers such as Cactus Dahlias add a wild beauty to any summertime table. The bold colors amp up the drama, too.

Taking the Heat

Cut flowers don't always hold up well in the summer heat. Outdoor centerpieces of potted plants are a much smarter option.

My Little Buttercup

A springtime celebration calls for small bunches of bright-yellow flowers.

Sea Glass

A beach-themed table with a simple collection of shells as the centerpiece is a great idea for an oceanside retreat or country cottage.

Sweet Sunshine

Daffodils have always lent themselves to Easter, but they can hold their own as centerpieces throughout the spring and summer.

Asian Allure

This vibrant Asian-inspired table is perfect for easy summer meals. A centerpiece of purple irises complements the bright colors of the plates.


A few long-lasting calla lilies on a bright table are a perfect warm-weather centerpeice.

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