With the winter holidays well behind us, I find myself longing for pops of color and greenery. Luckily, spring is in the air and with it, the promise of gorgeous flowers.
No matter the season, flowers can transform your house into a home. Floral arrangements add warmth and life to any room. There’s something that feels luxurious about entering a home with an arrangement on the table or buying yourself a nice bouquet of flowers. Even the task of arranging delicate blooms in a pretty vase is a treat.
Floral trends for 2019 are reminiscent of the ‘70s era – think succulents, lots of foliage, texture, and flowers with a long vase life. Vases this year will be filled with eucalyptus, orchids, and thistles… oh my! Before you get lost in visions of bold forest greens and retro yellows, know that these trends can also lead to some ethereal, bright, and even minimalistic arrangements. It’s all a matter of personal taste.
To get started, select your flowers. In-season blooms will be less expensive. You can choose flowers in complementary colors and varieties or choose one shade of just one variety. To arrange them, add the largest ones to your vase first. Work in a circle, turning the vase as you go to make sure the arrangement is symmetrical. Another budget-friendly floral tip from Joanna Gaines (of Magnolia Home and co-star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper) is to add fresh herbs such as sprigs of basil, rosemary, mint, or thyme. Not only can adding herbs create more fullness in your arrangement, but it enhances its wonderful aroma as well. You can also finish your display with grasses, berries, or other greenery.
No vases? No problem! Use a few recycled glass bottles of various sizes to fill an empty windowsill or shelf. You can easily break up a market bouquet to spread a little bit of color around the house in a way that’s friendly to both your eyes and your wallet.
A few tips for making the most of your arrangements: Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight. Most local, seasonal blooms aren’t hearty enough to survive higher temperatures. Keep blooms in a cool space, but not directly in front of cold air. Always cut your stems on an angle to make sure they’re porous, and trim any leaves below the water line to minimize bacteria growth.
Here’s to hoping the coming season finds you with time to not only stop and smell the roses, but to buy a few and head home to arrange them.
Mallory Moser is a freelance writer