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How To Create A Wildflower Centerpiece

Delicate and relaxed, wildflowers evoke feelings of freedom and light heartedness. When placed in an unusual vessel these textural beauties offer an unexpected surprise. They are at the same time unruly and refined, elegant and free spirited. When sourcing flowers there is an entire world to be discovered beyond the boundaries of the garden. Roadside ditches, abandoned fields and overgrown city lots provide countless opportunities for foraging. Grasses, seed pods and interesting textures are just waiting to be collected and transformed into a magical display. 

What You Will Need

  • Bouquet Includes:

  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • Cosmos
  • Zinnias
  • Scabiosa
  • Garden Roses
  • Helianthus
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Crabapples
  • Oregano flowers
  • Dock

Method

  1. For this type of footed container, a piece of crumpled chicken wired should be pushed down inside the vase to help anchor your stems. 
  2. Start by placing any important focal elements front and center. These crabapples look beautiful spilling over the edge of the bouquet.
  3. Begin building your foliage framework. Goldenrod is a fantastic and sturdy filler.
  4. Keep adding different foliages to establish the overall shape. Here I am using airy lemon verbena, dock and oregano flower heads.
  5. Next, place in your umbel shaped ingredients like Queen Anne’s lace and yarrow throughout.
  6. Once the foliage base is firmly set, start placing your fancy focal blooms where they will have the most visual impact.  These gorgeous yellow garden roses are the stars of this particular arrangement.
  7. Now thread in your supporting characters, like these pure white cosmos.
  8. Next, it's time to bring in some color. Here I used helianthus and 'Persian Carpet' zinnias, placed evenly throughout the centerpiece for a cheerful end result.
  9. Be sure to keep elements low and horizontal opposed to vertically so those seated at the table can see each other.

May 16th 2014
Written by Erin Benzakein

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