Joseph De Sciose Styling: Ellen Ruoff Riley
Simple but stunning, these arrangements let you bring summer's warmth inside. We paired brilliant blooms with bright vegetable cans to showcase the season's bounty. Whether you pick stems from your garden or buy them from a farmers market, these cheerful bouquets will brighten any setting.
Using a colorful can is a great way to give an arrangement a rustic look. Choose cans in vibrant hues, and pair them with blooms in complementary colors. For a different approach, spray-paint an old coffee can in a fun, dynamic shade. Just be sure to avoid getting cut by any sharp edges on the can.
Here we chose salsa and tomato cans to mirror the warm palette of the black-eyed Susans, zinnias, sunflowers, and other blooms. For added effect, we slipped some cascading cherry tomatoes into the mix.
The beauty of this project lies not only in the appealing finished product but also in the ease of creating it. The materials you need--a tin can, chicken wire, wire cutters, and flowers--aren't hard to find. In no time, you can fashion a masterpiece. Whether you go big and brilliant or small and simple, these easy arrangements also make perfect last-minute gifts. Make one yourself, and bask in the glow of summer's lively harvest all season long.
Make It Last
Follow these pointers to keep your petals perky.
- Avoid using rusty cans, as they will reduce the longevity of the flowers.
- Place stems in warm water, up to the necks of blooms, after cutting.
- Remove all foliage below the waterline.
- Add floral preservative to keep blooms fresh. Tip: If you don't have any, add 1 tablespoon of lemon-lime soda to a quart of water.
Change water often, and recut the stems underwater each time
Striking Stems Summer's bounty is endless. Here are some great flowers you can include in your next arrangement. Look for them in your yard, or buy them at the grocery store.
- Black-eyed Susans
- Butterfly Bushes
- Ginger lilies
- Mexican Sunflowers (Tithonia rotundifolia)
- Red-hot Pokers (Helianthus sp.)
- Summer Phlox