Keep it Sweet and Simple With an Iris Bowl

The intensely colored heads of purple irises flare out dramatically over their tall, fresh green stems in a striking, delightful design. This uncomplicated display will liven up any coffee table or circular dining table.
Purple Iris Fishbowl

Purple Iris Fishbowl

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited


Flowers and Foliage
3 bunches long-stemmed irises
up to 10 green dogwood stems

Consider substituting gerbera daisies or paper white narcissus (paperwhites) for irises, and yellow weeping willow stems for dogwood stems.

Other Materials
fishbowl (10 inches high)
florist’s scissors
sterilizing tablet or flower food
thick green aluminum wire

Green Dogwood Stems and Iris in Contemporary Look

Green Dogwood Stems and Iris in Contemporary Look

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Arrange

Trim any offshoots from the dogwood stems.

Fill the fishbowl with 2–2 1/2 inches of water and add a sterilizing tablet.

Choose fresh dogwood that is sprouting, as the stems will be more malleable. Place the end of a stem in the water and curl the length of the stem up to the widest part of the bowl. Turn the bowl around slightly and arrange another stem, echoing the same curve as the first stem to give definition to the bowl's curved contours. Keep turning the bowl in the same direction and massage and add the rest of the stems in a linear pattern so that they look tidy and deliberate.

Arrange the irises in a hand-tied spiral bouquet with a low binding point. Hold an iris in your hand and add another iris at an angle. Add more stems to create a spiral effect and keep turning the bouquet around in the same direction as you work. Arrange the last flowers a little lower around the edges to create a slightly domed effect.

Tie the bunch with a length of thick green aluminum wire. As the binding point is so low and the bunch is top-heavy, wrap the wire several times around the stems to hold them securely in place (image). Place the bunch in the center of the bowl so that it stands upright; the neck of the bowl should support the stems.

This all-around arrangement should last for a week.

Bind Stems of Floral Bouquet

Bind Stems of Floral Bouquet

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

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Keep Reading

Next Up

5 Easy Flower Arrangements + How to Keep Them Alive

Bring your favorite blooms inside with long-lasting arrangements for Water a Flower Day.

Sweet Peas Keep it Simple

This small vase arrangement of a few loose sweet peas shows that less really is more sometimes. Its intimate scale, delicate look, subtle hues and light fragrance provide an irresistable sensory delight.

Organic Appeal: Flag Irises and Horse Chestnuts

Young flag irises bloom beneath a canopy of horse chestnut leaves in a unique arrangement that highlights nature's different scales and unusual shapes. Position this display on a shelf or mantelpiece in a light, airy room.

Encircling Color: Arranging Tulips in a Bowl

Colorful tulips and some bear grass arranged in a clear fishbowl make a stylish, soft-looking display that just begs to be viewed from all angles. This display will sit pretty in a bathroom or contemporary dining area.

Sweeten Up Your Table With a Floral Cupcake Centerpiece

This confection-inspired design is reminiscent of a wedding cake. It makes a delightful table centerpiece for a bridal shower, baby shower, tea party or christening. The color and variety of flowers can be changed to match the event.

Make a Simple Floral Mother's Day Centerpiece

Highlight spring's best blooms in this simple centerpiece featuring a vibrant wheatgrass base. Use flowers from your yard to make the project as affordable as it is beautiful.

Make Your Own Fruit and Floral Centerpiece

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

Build a Tower of Liatris

Liatris buds open from the tip down, so their bright lilac color appears to stream down the length of their stems to give this dramatic design an atmospheric effect. Make several arrangements, of the same or different sizes, for variety.

Pretty Fluffy: A Hydrangea Ball

Hydrangeas, with their impressive size, dense shape and multiple petals, are ideal for creating maximum impact with minimal ingredients. They are also one of the few flowers whose petals are coarse enough to tolerate sitting in water.

Brighten up the Day With a Sunflower Vase

The strong, textural look of these loosely arranged sunflowers give a sense of organic growth, as if they are still growing in a field.


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.