Variety is key when choosing tomatoes for the arrangement. We love 'Cherokee Purple' 'Green Zebra' and 'Lemon Boy' for their wonderful colors and cherry and pear tomatoes for their voluptuous shapes.
Thomas J. Story
1. Start with the greenery. Here we wound a vine called love-in-a-puff (Cardiospermum halicacabum) around the sides of the container to create a halo that frames the fruit. (Other greens like passion vine and nasturtium also work well.) Poke the ends in small water tubes to keep the greens fresh.
2. Gather tomatoes in a variety of sizes and colors from your local produce stand, a farmers' market, or your garden, and tuck them among the greenery. The weight of the tomatoes will secure the water tubes and anchor the vine.
3. Finish with a few more twirls of the greens. If desired, add small flowers ― we used nasturtium blooms, but other good choices are daisies, garden roses, and calendula.
Love-in-a-puff seeds are available from Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany, Oregon www.nicholsgardennursery.com or 541/928-9280).