Bring a Cottage Garden Border Indoors

A garden border creates order and harmony from a variety of plant shapes, heights and colors. Bring the creative containment of nature's complexity inside by placing different blooms in thin, oblong troughs and angular glass containers.
Summer Fantasy Arrangement Echoes Country Garden

Summer Fantasy Arrangement Echoes Country Garden

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Flower Arranging

Color

Soft hues of blue, pink, mauve and purple recreate the pastel shades of a traditional summer border, while a splash of strong pink provides a lively focal point.

Soft Pastel Colors in Traditional Summer Border

Soft Pastel Colors in Traditional Summer Border

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Effect

This design, with its carefully planned, graduated structure and height is an exciting way of bringing a summer garden in full bloom indoors.

Summer Floral Arrangements with Country Charm

Summer Floral Arrangements with Country Charm

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Shape

Use spear- and globe-shaped flowers en masse to create an architectural look to the overall design. Flowers with the shortest stems sit at the front of the display.

Texture and Shape Give Architectural Floral Look

Texture and Shape Give Architectural Floral Look

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Next Up

Swoon Over Country Summer Wedding Arrangements

What better way to capture the romance of the countryside at midsummer than with a lightly scented, textural mix. Many of these ingredients, such as the herbs, lady's mantle and ivy trails, can be picked straight from the garden.

A Lush Arrangement of Summer's Best Blooms

Arranging hydrangeas, veronicas, roses and foxgloves punctuate forsythia foliage somewhat randomly demonstrates how a structured, traditional front-facing arrangement often looks better with an informal style.

Spread Out a Little With a Long and Low Arrangement

A long and low arrangement is not an everyday display, but this classic design has its place in a traditional setting or at a formal dinner party. It would also work well on a low coffee table or a boardroom table in an office.

Annual Flowers And Plants: What Are They?

Paint your yard with the living color of annuals. These short-lived beauties stage a season-long show without breaking the bank.

Make Your Own Fruit and Floral Centerpiece

Add a touch of spring to your table with a mix daffodils, dianthus and colorful fruit.

Ideas for Summer Beds and Borders

Say hello to sunny summer days with these colorful flowers and plants.

April Showers Bring May Centerpieces

These fresh, cheerful centerpieces were originally designed for a spring wedding. There's no reason not to make them for other occasions and everyday dining tables, as well.

Growing Satisfying Summer Flowers

The budget gardener's trick to growing satisfying summer flowers is to do it from seed.

Plants for Summer Color

Ignite some garden fireworks with plants that sparkle in summer.

Planting Flowers for Summer Perfume

Rich in scent and color, tobacco plant (Nicotiana) or cherry pie (Heliotropium) are good selections for warm-weather blooms.

Stories We're Following

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.