Using Flowers from the Garden

You might have some guests over and then realised you did not get any flowers for the house. Why not have a look around your garden and pick some flowers from the garden for an arrangement or two?

Using flowers from the garden can be a lovely option to decorate your space when you have guests over or have forgotten to get some from the shops. Roses and hydrangeas are often popular choices but there are also other flowers you could consider such as camellias, gardenias and strelitzia.
 
Have a look around your garden. You might be surprised at what you can use. To give you a little inspiration, read on.

CAMELLIA ARRANGEMENT

Using flowers from the garden
Using Camellias from the Garden

For this arrangement, I asked my neighbour for some of her pretty and sweet-scented camellia which she kindly gave.

Applying a bit of colour theory, I intentionally selected a green vase as I knew the green would complement the pink colour of the camellias well. 

To better showcase the flowers, I did a couple of things. Firstly I placed a couple of camellia stems apart. Secondly I removed some of the leaves from the stems. As a result, the arrangement looked more expansive even with minimal floral materials.

After that, I placed a couple of fully opened blooms and a few short stems with flower buds near the mouth of the vase. This helped to create a focal point for the arrangement.

CHOICE OF CONTAINERS

To make things a little more fun, you may like to use something a little different as your choice of container. For example instead of using a regular vase, empty jars, tin cans, pretty glasses, cups or even teapots, can add a nice touch. Just cut the flower stems shorter if you have a smaller or shorter container. As a guide, the proportion of florals to container is usually 2:1 or 1:2.

Tall arrangements

Alternatively, if you have a tall vase like this one from IKEA, you can use long branches. For example, strelitzia have rather long stems and will be suitable for a tall vase.
 
Do remember whenever you are placing a heavy branch in a tall vase that the vase is weighted enough so it won’t topple. 

green arrangement

On the other hand, if you don’t have flowers you can also make use of any greenery you have. Having foliage of different textures can make an interesting arrangement. Or even or a couple stems of the monstera leaf in a glass vase can look great!

The resulting look of arrangements using only greenery is often great for a more modern or contemporary look.

Using Flowers From the Garden
Using Foliage from the Garden
So, next time if you need to quickly pretty up your place with some flowers, don’t forget to use flowers from the garden. Not only will you have something fresh, your guests might be impressed with how resourceful you are. 
 
For more ideas, you might like to check out my other post on creatively arranging agapanthus here.

Leave a Reply