Seasonal centerpieces and elegant wedding bouquets from the garden
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Bright and sassy spring arrangement
A simple cluster of cheerful parrot tulips and kumquats celebrates the season’s offerings.
The tulips’ apricot-colored petals pair perfectly with the kumquats, still on the branch. The result is as fresh and joyous as spring itself.
Parrot tulips, with their jagged, lacy edges and petals that open like a butterfly’s wings, have much more interest and grace than the standard tulip shapes.
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Sunny and exhuberant summer centerpiece
These pale apricot ‘Evelyn’ and buttery ‘Golden Celebration’ roses need very little embellishment.
A few stems of ivy with their nearly black berries invite attention, while delicate wisps of clematis spill playfully out of a terra-cotta pot.
“Seek out interesting foliage,” advises floral designer Ariella Chezar. “The greenery can be just as beautiful as the flowers.”
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Bold and fiery fall centerpiece
This daring combination of magenta dahlias, fluffy orange calendulas, and plump, glossy viburnum berries speaks to the bounty of the fall harvest.
Their vivid shades mirror the glowing foliage worn by many trees this time of year. A rustic cast-iron vase props up bursting blooms while the berries tumble over the lip.
4 of 11Christina Schmidhofer
Clean and restful winter centerpiece
A dramatic grouping of amaryllis in pure white, blush pink, and soft green creates a wintry mood of tranquillity.
“Using one type of flower versus a mix is very effective, very striking,” says floral designer Ariella Chezar. “It allows you to appreciate your flower of choice in a way that mixes don’t.”
A square glass vase shows off chunky green stems without distracting from the enchanting flowers above.
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Flower-topped wedding cake
To put the finishing touch on your cake, choose any flowers that complement the style and colors of your wedding. We used tuberoses, lisianthus, and white roses. Try fresh-cut flowers from your garden or have a florist order blooms; be sure they are pesticide-free.