How to Arrange Spring Flowers
Create your own elegant arrangement by using these easy-to-follow expert tips. By Tom Borgese
Expert advice to smooth the way, from San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres and New York City wallpaper master Al Hoxha.
Bouquet of Roses
For stiff-stemmed flowers, like roses, irises, and mums, a low cube guarantees a graceful grouping. Remove all but the top
leaves, which add color while they frame and differentiate blooms. Work in loose layers, weaving stems together to form a
mound (get the how-to secrets here). Dense arrangements are forgiving: Even if you snip too short, it’s easy to fix the overall shape, because the blooms support
one another. Push and pull so that the final product looks natural—slightly imperfect. Set on a coffee table; the best view
is from above.
To buy: Cement cube vase (5½ inches square), $8, jamaligarden.com.