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

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

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