Look no further than your garden or a quick excursion to your favorite grocery or wholesale club’s floral department to create long-lasting arrangements to bring beauty to your home this summer.
My business partner, Vicki Harris, purchased these magnificent French tulips at Sam’s a few months ago for around $15.00. She arranged them artfully in glass cylinders on a sideboard in her foyer. What a simple, yet elegant statement!
On quick run to Winn-Dixie, I perused the floral department as I usually do. The porcelain-like blooms of these amazing peonies don’t need anything but a simple vase to showcase their splendor.
Fresh magnolia and oak leaf hydrangea in a cream-colored urn created a simple white arrangement at a summer tea.
And speaking of hydrangeas! My favorite variety, Limelight, are still as gorgeous as ever, and will bloom in our area until October. I love to gather them just as the blooms dry a bit and turn to sage green. Once they are to that point, they will continue to dry beautifully. A bonus of procuring them at this stage is that they can be incorporated into arrangements all year long. My friend, Christy Keyton, is so generous to let me cut her blooms as much as I’d like!
Christy used Endless Summer hydrangeas from her garden in this stunning arrangement on her breakfast room table.
Hydrangeas and zinnias pair beautifully together. Joe Steever’s arranged these from his own lovely garden.
Black-eyed Susans from the garden of Michelle Plagenhoef and Zinnias from the Garden of Debbie Hundley are the perfect addition to a hydrangea arrangement I did in my favorite McCarty pottery bowl.
Use the blooms in your summer garden (or a friend’s) or pick up some flowers on your next trip to the grocery store to create summer beauty in your home.
” . . . it is good to live, and all the more good to live in a garden.” Gertrude Jekyll, British garden designer