Rustic Watering Can Arrangements
Bring the act of gardening to the table by arranging white flowers in weathered watering cans (look at thrift stores and flea markets.) Tulips are a great choice, as they’re affordable and evoke a casual-yet-elegant feeling.
Combine early-blooming lavender, peonies and roses with wildflowers in a low, rustic container to brighten up a windowsill. Image courtesy of flickr user hello-julie.
Give inexpensive terra cotta pots a playful makeover with chalkboard paint; fill with blooming bulbs for a cheery pop of spring color.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
A tiered array of one hue is springy and sophisticated. Here, yellow fritillaria, tulips, freesias and daffodils tucked into a mixture of terra cotta pots and glass vases combine to make a stunning focal point for an Easter table or spring celebration.
Pretty in Pink
Spring tulips tucked into a handmade stoneware vase are perfect for a simple spring dinner party, indoors or out. Image courtesy of flickr user hello-julie.
Small But Mighty
Diminutive grape hyacinth, creamy double tulips and tiny fuchsia phlox pack a powerful punch when placed in a compact handmade urn. Image courtesy of flickr user hello-julie.
Wake up to a soothing bedside arrangement. Designer Lori Dennis used a glass vase filled with hyacinth and crocus to lend this restful space a touch of spring.
Arranging flowers needn't be intimidating or complicated. Simply choose three flowers in complementary colors and shapes. Cut stems so flowers sit about two inches above the top of container, remove all leaves that will fall below the water line, and bunch flowers together in a tight, mounded arrangement. To keep arrangements fresh, trim the ends and change the water every few days. Typically, most arrangements last about a week or two.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Celebrate Spring With a Vibrant Bouquet
The contrasting blues and oranges of this vibrant hand-tied bouquet make the blooms sing with intensity. This arrangement makes a gorgeous Mother's Day gift or, in an orange or black glass vase, a sensational centerpiece.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
A Visually Striking Springtime
This arrangement of daffodils and dogwood stems brings a fresh, vibrant optical illusion to any kitchen table, windowsill or even bathroom. Using a square glass vase makes this professional-looking display simple to create.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Bring Cherry Blossoms Indoors
Japanese painting is the inspiration for this stunning yet simple celebration of spring: an informal, front-facing vase arrangement that looks like a tree in bloom. This design suits a large, airy hall, living room, porch or lobby.
Add a Little Zest
Citrus halves add an unexpected bit of color to this vibrant, party-worthy arrangement. Add the cut lemons, limes or oranges to your bouquet just before guests arrive so they will look fresh. Adorn the base of each vase with mounded fresh citrus.
This whimsical centerpiece is perfect for spring-inspired dinner parties and is surprisingly simple to create. Towering manzanita branches in a tall vase juxtapose simple white hydrangeas in glass vessels. Design by Kate Riley of Centsational Girl
Bring the Garden In
Stagger small and large antique bottles inside an old wooden tool box and fill with your yard's most vibrant spring wildflowers.
Clean and Fresh
Ideal for the kitchen or bathroom, a silver vase filled with pastel-colored flowers can give a room a clean, fresh look.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Sweet Peas Keep it Simple
This small vase arrangement of a few loose sweet peas shows that sometimes, less really is more. Its intimate scale, delicate look, subtle hues and light fragrance provide an irresistable sensory delight.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Small arrangements can make a big impression. These loosely arranged tulips accent a dressing table, china hutch or shelf perfectly, or dress up individual place settings or a children's tea party.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
This impressive rose-and-lilac arrangement appears to have an abundance of flowers but much of the substance comes from carefully arranged, front-facing foliage. This display will look pretty in a foyer, minimalist living room or banquet table for a meal.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
This uncomplicated, freshly-picked arrangement captures the lush, natural abundance of the country. Lilacs are especially beautiful tucked into a simple pitcher, but use what you have in your garden.DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Spring Bursts Forth
This colorful, energetic arrangement features a unique three-dimentional pop of tone-spanning pinks, with fresh green and natural wood complements. Create it for an Easter or Mother's Day gift or centerpiece.
Harbinger of Spring
Grape hyacinths, in a handmade stoneware vase, add an exuberant spring touch to any space. Image courtesy of flickr user hello-julie.