Allie Tempelis, owner of Lexington Flowers shared her tips and tricks on how to make a flower bouquet from your own garden.
- Choose your vase, and then use a flexible branch or vine to create a “ball” to insert into the vase as a “grid” to place the flowers into.
- Stems or vines you can use include: Curly Willow, Honeysuckle, Grapevine, Dogwood, or any other thin flexible branch
- Make sure the stem is bare with no greenery attached
- Place larger branches, or fuller draping stems towards the outside of your vase.
- Larger foliage can include: Willow, Ninebark, Raspberry Leaves- any interesting foliage from bushes or trees you find in your yard!
- Place larger blooming branches towards the outside with the draping greenery, then cut fuller blooming branches short to begin to fill out the center of the bouquet.
- Blooming branches include Lilac, Viburnum, Bleeding Hearts, Honeysuckle, or even branches with berries.
- Place shorter, broader greenery around the edges and towards the middle/ back to begin to fill out the arrangement.
- The best foliage for this is Hosta Leaves! Get creative and make a loop with your Hosta leaf, stapling it at the base of the leaf where it meets the stem.
- Choose a focal flower for the center of your arrangement; this should be a larger flower. Use 3-5 blooms, depending on the size of the blooms.
- Focal perennials can include: Peonies, Iris, Day Lilies, Roses, Coneflower, Black Eyed Susans, Allium; any larger colorful bloom can be the focal flower
- As an optional finishing touch, add smaller accent flowers around your bouquet!
Use the code TCL10 for 10% off any floral arrangement at Lexington Floral through Labor Day (2019).