51 Easy Spring Flower Arrangements You Can Totally Pull Off

The Collected Arrangement
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

When making the prettiest (and easiest) spring arrangements, don't stop after adding flowers. Centerpieces can use everything from tulips and roses to asparagus, carrots, and cabbage. There is one commonality between all arrangements, which is that anyone can achieve this look.

Even if your floral prowess ends at dropping store-bought bouquets in a vase, these easy DIY flower arrangements are entirely achievable. This list is a how-to guide to creating envy-inducing bouquets that are a snap to pull together. Florals are beautiful in every type of display, whether mimicking nonchalant wildflowers or arranging a tightly positioned elegant bouquet. Take a look and try your hand at one of these simple spring floral arrangements.

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A New Wreath

Front Door Basket Container with White and Green Flowers
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Kathleen Varner

Start with a door basket, then nestle in your favorite florals. A small pot of angelonia (the spiky white bloom), 'Snow Princess' sweet alyssum (the white lacy flowers), 'Variegata' greater periwinkle (the greenery that's trailing in front), dusty miller (the velvety blue-green leaves), and asparagus fern (the feathery foliage peeking out the back) make a nice mix. These should last two to three weeks with regular waterings. Just before your company arrives, insert clippings of fresh tulips and orchids.

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Follow Nature’s Lead

Iris Table Display

Alison Gootee Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Rather than making one large centerpiece, New Orleans textile designer Beetle Hillery Antonatos opted to display small clusters of irises in an assortment of mismatched glass vessels. These little arrangements are not just easier to pull together; they’re also a nod to the blooms’ natural surrounds. “I wanted them to look like they do in the bayou. Louisiana irises are swamp flowers,” she explains.

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Pretty Little Things


HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; Styling by Kathleen Varner

For an eye-catching design that doesn’t require any technical know-how, set small vases in coordinating colors down the length of the table. Trim daffodil stems at varying heights, and then place a few blooms in each vessel. These bitty bouquets can also double as favors for guests.

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Blush and Bashful

Pink and white tulip floral arrangement
Robbie Caponetto; Produced: Kathleen Varner

You can use a grocery store tulips bouquet (we used three varieties: French, variegated, and standard single) as an unexpected display by popping their petals to create a showstopping focal point. Start with a third of the blooms, selecting ones that have just begun to open. Use your thumb to gently push the base of each petal until it snaps outward. This technique will reduce the life of the arrangement slightly, but it should still last four to five days.

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Floating Flowers

The Floating Flower Arrangement
Laurey W. Glenn

This flower arrangement might be one of the easiest. Start with a clear glass centerpiece-worthy bowl filled with water. You can mix in some flower food, be sure it fully dissolves so you don't have grains swimming around in the bottom of the bowl. Clip a few miniature rose buds off your plant. If you don't have a miniature rose plant, other petite flowering varieties will also work. Gently spread the petals out to make a flatter base that will help them float on the water's surface. Place your buds in the bowl, keeping them to one side. There's no perfect equation here—use as many or as few as you like. We thought four flowers worked well with the size of our bowl.

Next, take your tulips and gently curve them around the opposite side of the bowl. Stagger them so the blooms are at varying heights—tuck in a branch or two for a rustic finishing touch. This arrangement should last a few days if you swap out the water daily.

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Top-Shelf Styling

Shelf daffodils

HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; Styling by Kathleen Varner

These tiny bunches of blooms are a foolproof way to add bursts of color in small spaces. Place clusters of spring flowers (we used daffodils) into bud vases in an array of shapes and sizes. Position them atop short stacks of books, or nestle them in among other treasures on shelving.

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Grouped in Silver

Peony, Foxglove, and Snapdragons arranged in silver containers
Robbie Caponetto; Produced: Kathleen Varner

Create a display featuring silver-plated vessels in a variety of heights and shapes. Stick to the formula height, plus cluster, and add hero. Foxgloves and snapdragons give the display a peak, working well together due to their similar sizes and structures. Group three peonies in a julep vase to balance out the real star, a wide-open peony bloom sitting directly on the mouth of its vessel.

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In The Pink

Spring growing arrangement with pink flowers, moss, and branch formed like basket handle
Robbie Caponetto; Produced: Buffy Hargett Miller

Cover a container in preserved moss and dried flowers (you can look for one at a garden center or crafts store) to start this earthy arrangement. Set a plastic liner in the basket to fill with potting soil. Add a pink kalanchoe, succulent, and a creeping Jenny as the spiller trails off the edge. Use nerve plants as fillers and mini caladiums or gomphrenas as focal points. Bend a silverberry branch to form the handle.

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A Fan-tastic Arrangement

Centerpiece with peonies and palm

HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; Styled by Kathleen Varner

Mix in palms as a fresh summer greenery to elevate the simplest of bouquets. Start by positioning three palm fans in florist foam, switching the direction so one is facing forward, another is standing tall but a little bit off-center, and a third is slightly angled. Next layer in midsize flowers: chocolate Queen Anne’s lace and pink and white peonies. The most delicate elements such as tulips, hellebores, and ranunculus step in as the final flourishes, filling open spots and creating movement. For even more interest, you can then reflex the petals on a few of the tulips by placing your thumb at the base of each petal and gently pushing until it pops backward.

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Little Vases With Big Variety

Catalina Gonzalez Jorba Easter Table Setting


If you’re wary of large centerpieces, you should have no fear in using smaller vases to make flower arrangements that will wow. Get several vases that are similar in size and height, choose a simple color palette for your flowers and table setting and allow your imagination to take over. Adding in smaller features like these sweet eggs painted with lily of the valley from Dondolo, help to further round out the story of this flower arrangement.

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Floral Fresh Centerpiece

White Flower Centerpiece
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Kathleen Varner

Place a block of well-soaked florist foam inside the vase. Begin with your statement flowers—three white peonies with stems cut to slightly different lengths—and insert them around the foam in a triangular shape, putting the largest blossom at the front.

From there, place five or six ranunculus blooms with remaining stems in the foam and around the peonies to create a random pattern. Use short clippings of white hydrangea to cover the foam. Add in a few sprigs of spray roses for texture near the base. Last, work in tall flowerless stems of camellia greenery for height and shine mixed with some soft-looking variegated pittosporum (both commonly found in yards).

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Collected Arrangement

The Collected Arrangement
Laurey W. Glenn

This idea is perfect if you have always wondered what to do with those little glass jars you've gathered over the years. The key to this arrangement is grouping the tiny vessels onto a tray. Displaying your florals this way will give order to your collection and ensure it doesn't look haphazard.

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Homegrown Greens

Easter basket with live wheat grass and dyed Easter eggs
Robbie Caponetto; Produced: Buffy Hargett Miller

Ditch the faux grass filler, and plant the real thing in an Easter basket this year. Add a plastic liner to the container, and fill with potting soil. Ten days to two weeks before Easter, sprinkle wheatgrass seeds (available at garden centers) on top. Set in a sunny spot and water well. Nestle naturally dyed eggs in the grass. A festive bow finishes the look.

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Beautiful Branch Display

White Dogwood and Queen Anne's Lace Flower Arrangements
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Kathleen Varner

Blooming trees signal the arrival of spring. Bring flourishing buds inside with a few cut branches of dogwood mixed with long clippings of airy Queen Anne's lace and loose spirea. The branches will last a long while, but add droopy tulips to dress up the look. Choose a cylindrical container, so the vase's neck is not too wide. If the stems need more structure, use florist tape to make a grid across the top to help everything stay upright.

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Hello, Yellow!

Hanging basket on front door with daffodils, violas, and succulents
Robbie Caponetto; Produced: Buffy Hargett Miller

Boost curb appeal with a blooming front door display. Find a similar hanging basket with a sturdy handle at a crafts store, and fill it with potting soil. Add color by layering plants of various heights and textures like petunias, daffodils, violas, and succulents. Lemons can provide a pop of color, and a ribbon helps add cohesiveness to the bouquet. The daffodils can be short-lived, so replace them with a small fern after blooming.

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No-Arranging Arrangement

The No-Arranging Iris Arrangement
Laurey W. Glenn

There is no arranging in this arrangement. Place potted iris bulbs within a basket and cover with moss—it's as simple as that. Sound too easy to be true? We bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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A Charming Trio

White Flower Display Using China and Floral Frogs
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Kathleen Varner

Don't let a single flower go to waste. Create a grouping of individual arrangements with leftover blooms and your favorite teacups or bowls. The trick to keeping these wonky flowers standing tall? Rest the stems in flower frogs, a tool used to hold flowers in place, at the bottom of the containers.

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Orange Crush

Herb and Orange filled Arrangement styled like a basket
Robbie Caponetto; Produced: Buffy Hargett Miller

For the kitchen, pick an arrangement that's equal parts attractive and practical. This plant has fragrant ingredients ready to be clipped for cooking. Fill a ceramic container (add a hole in the bottom for drainage) with potting soil. Then plant parsley, thyme, Swiss chard, and violas. Incorporate some tangerines on top for extra punch. Form a "handle" out of fresh rosemary. Water regularly, and keep in a sunny spot on the counter.

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Floral Swag

Peony and tulip door swag flower arrangement
Robbie Caponetto; Produced: Kathleen Varner

Tie a florist foam, soaked in water, to a cage with the center of a wooden stick. Use camellia greenery (the glossy green foliage) to cover the materials and give the wreath shape. Then tuck spiky sword ferns behind Queen Anne's lace (the clusters of small ivory flowers) with hellebores sprouting from the greenery. A peony with a halo of variegated leaves acts as a focal point but uses single blooms to fill the empty spaces. Tie a ribbon to either side of the stick to serve as a hanger. These hardy flowers and foliage selections will last a week. Swap out tired blooms to keep the swag fresh.

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Daffodil Door Prize

Door prize daffodils

HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; Styling by Kathleen Varner

A wicker basket that’s overflowing with blooms is this season’s delicate answer to winter’s sturdy wreath. Line a flat-backed hanging version with a plastic bag. Then add flowering daffodils (including the soil) and small, complementary plants (like English ivy, maidenhair fern, and grape hyacinth) to the container. For a fuller look, layer in cut daffodils, placing stems in florist water picks.

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Asparagus Arrangement

The Asparagus Arrangement
Laurey W. Glenn

Don't worry—you can eat the asparagus too! Just sit the arrangement in a shallow water dish so the stems stay fresh. We also recommend spritzing the bouquet with water twice daily.

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Natural Elegance

Oakleaf Hydrangea and peony centerpiece on dining room table
Robbie Caponetto; Produced: Kathleen Varner

Place a ball of chicken wire in a shallow vase with a wide opening and fill it with water. Fan out variegated pittosporum (the leaves with white edges) and oakleaf hydrangea branches (the cone-shaped flowers) on either side of the arrangement. Add a cluster of peonies toward the bottom midsection to give it weight before tucking in oakleaf hydrangea leaves toward the bottom right.

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Flower Basket Arrangement

The Easter Basket Flower Pot
Laurey W. Glenn

You're going to love this Easter basket. Customize it to work with your decor and available bouquets from your local florist or grocery store. We love the look of this rustic pot, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

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Group Pretty Bud Vases

Clear and White Bud Vase Grouping with White Flowers and Greenery
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Kathleen Varner

A cluster of elegant vessels can be just as impactful as a single centerpiece. Select a few simple vases (we suggest three to five) that vary slightly in height and shape. Fill each with water, and add one to three stems. Line them up along a windowsill, spread them out on a credenza, or accent a bedside table.

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Cabbage Container

The Cabbage Centerpiece
Laurey W.Glenn

A sturdy head of cabbage makes an unlikely vase in this quirky arrangement. We love the combination of green leaves and bright pink flowers (we used tulips, hyacinth, and spray roses). Add a tray or decorative plate below the cabbage base to collect water drainage or petals.

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Purple Reigns

Potted purple hyacinths and violas for Easter growing centerpiece
Robbie Caponetto; Produced: Buffy Hargett Miller

To create this centerpiece, start with a ceramic flowerpot and add a corresponding saucer to catch any drainage. Fill it with potting soil, and plant a collar of violas around the rim. Place blooming hyacinth bulbs in the center, and add a few stately salvias for height. We fashioned a "handle" out of thin wooden branches. Fill the saucer with decorative sheet moss, and finish the look with faux eggs and birds' nests.

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Carrot Centerpiece

Carrots and Flowers Centerpiece in Vase
Laurey W. Glenn

Mix up traditional floral arrangements with a bouquet of bright carrots at the heart of this more subtle Easter-inspired piece. The trailing vines and pops of colors make this a standout of any dining table. Fasten the carrot tops together to create a unified base.

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Hyacinths In Bloom

Hyacinths In Bloom
Photo: Tom McWilliam

Cruise the aisles of your favorite garden center to find a variety of bulbs ready to display. Blooming weeks before their in-ground counterparts, these much-anticipated blossoms lift our spirits and brighten our homes. Repurpose a holiday punch bowl with a plastic container insert to pack a dozen pre-planted hyacinths in soil. Lightly water, and top with moss.

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Pretty In Purple

Pretty In Purple
Photo: Iain Bagwell

For this festive spring centerpiece, we grouped blue hybrid delphiniums and purple anemones against white stocks and tulips. Touches of silvery dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus provide contrast and texture, and succulents from a garden center give an unexpected twist. We added simple twigs from the yard for a bit of height—without blocking the view.

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Backyard Blooms

Backyard Blooms
Photo: Ralph Anderson

As the soil warms, begin sowing flower seeds to ensure bucket-loads of color in June, July, and August. With scissors in hand, you'll be able to create simple arrangements from flower cuttings grown in your backyard. Using flowers from your garden adds a homegrown feel to your arrangements and provides a nice cohesiveness to your exterior and interior decor.

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Embrace The Blues

Embrace the Blues!
Photo: Ralph Anderson

Cool off your table with a soothing swath of florals. To create this arrangement, we used billowy hydrangeas, plumbagos, cornflowers, and scabiosa for visual heft. We then filled in with salvias, cineraria, and 'techno heat' lobelias to add texture. The result? A casual centerpiece with a vibrant blue palette for a tranquil focal point.

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Sunny Bouquets

Sunny Bouquets
Ralph Anderson

These fiery blooms stand up to the Southern regional temperatures. We snipped dahlia and dahlia buds, lantana, and zinnia to form a loose cluster for this display. Yellow Billy buttons and calendula from a local florist round out the mix. Bonus: Including yet-to-bloom buds ensures an arrangement with staying power.

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3-Step Arrangement

Southern Living Farm Fresh Flower Arrangement
Leslee Mitchell

Mattie Bush from Nashville's Amelia's Flower Truck shared this simple but beautiful arrangement that anyone can put together. Put foliage or greenery in the vase to set the stage for the arrangement's shape. Strip leaves from the bottom of the stem, so leaves don't sit in water. Add filler flowers, ones that have multiple blooms per stem, or a variety of wildflowers. Last, add statement flowers like tulips to create a focal point. It's always good to remember the natural direction flowers lean. Carnations give this one more texture and depth.

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Potted Bulbs

Potted Bulbs
Laurey W. Glenn

Dress up store-bought potted tulips with moss and a container upgrade. Keep the pot close to a window so it can bask in the sunlight, but be sure to rotate it daily to avoid droopy flowers. Using one flower variety is an excellent way to keep arrangements looking clean and sophisticated.

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Staggered Vessels

Purple Hyacinth and White Tulip Centerpiece
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

"I always work in odd numbers," says florist Buffy Hargett Miller, who created this centerpiece. She emphasized a mix-and-match theme by staggering five vessels of different sizes along with the table runner. Fill the vases with white tulips and purple hyacinths, and then weave in a makeshift garland of tree clippings and allium blooms among the vases toward opposite corners of the table.

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Submerged Tulips

Tulip Water Arrangement
Laurey W. Glenn

You need zero arranging experience to submerge some freshly cut tulips from the grocery store into any glass vessels you have around the house. Fill three small vases in various sizes with water. Place a tulip stem in each. We placed one upright, the other facing downward, and the third floating on top of a broader vessel. Float a small votive candle in at least two of your vases. The candlelight will flicker off the water and provide a stunning ambiance.

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Ray of Light

Bring Spring Indoors
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Pair an assortment of colorful bulbs with a rustic galvanized metal container. Make sure to buy healthy, firm bulbs with tightly closed buds. When planting, pack the bulbs closely to intensify their fragrance and beauty. Top off your living arrangement with lush, green moss. To assemble, line your container with plastic to prevent rust and fill it halfway with soil, adding a layer of gravel to improve drainage and keep the bulbs upright. Nestle the bulbs into the gravel, planting from left to right and tallest to shortest. Finish with a top layer of soil to cover bulbs. Water lightly and frequently so flowers and moss stay fresh.

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Tiny Trifecta

Tiny Trifecta
Laurey W. Glenn

Three petite bouquets create one stunning arrangement. If you don't have a linear vase like this one, a cluster of single tube vases will also work. Working with a single color and flower variety can strengthen its impact as an accent piece.

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Azalea Arrangement

Azalea Flower Spring Party Centerpiece
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Harget Miller

"Azaleas are easy to work with and fairly long-lasting in water," says florist Buffy Hargett Miller. For this centerpiece, start with a water-soaked block of florist foam. Next, place it in a large, decorative dish or bowl. Choose a lush filler, like the green viburnums used here, and insert them into the foam. Then fill out the arrangement with garden roses and azalea sprigs (also tucked into the foam), letting the blooms spill out.

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Sweet Show-Offs


HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; Styling by Kathleen Varner

Make the most of seasonal daffodils’ many dazzling varieties by weaving a few of them into one arrangement. (Any kind you have growing in your yard will do.) Anchor the flowers in a shallow, watertight vessel using chicken wire; then fill in bare spots with tulips, Queen Anne’s lace, and chamomile. The trick to making it feel especially dynamic? Leave some stems extra long so they seem to float above the rest of the bouquet.

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Low Floating Flowers

Kentucky Derby Floating Flower Centerpiece
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

This colorful centerpiece adds elegance to your table without hurting your wallet. Fill a glass globe-shaped bowl halfway with water. Swirl a grouping of tulips inside the bowl and float additional blooms (with half-inch stems) on the water.

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Mason Jar Bud Vase

Mason Jar Arrangement
Laurey W. Glenn

You might think there is another flower variety in this tiny arrangement at first glance. The open flowers are indeed tulips. Delicately spread the petals of each bud to create the look and be amazed at this classic spring flower's transformation.

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Easter Egg Carton Planter

Easter Egg Carton Planter
Laurey W. Glenn

Even the kids can get in on this adorable spring flower project. Set them out as Easter place cards and let guests take them as favors after the meal. Supplement the sweet arrangements with spring decor or fruit to add interest.

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Ombré Peonies

Pink Peony and Pops of Orange Tablescape for Easter
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

An ombré arrangement is easy to create. Place a dampened block of florist foam into a vessel. Then, working in three groups, insert white garden roses into one side of the florist foam. Next, place light pink roses and ranunculus in the center. On the remaining side, add deep pink peonies. Fill in any gaps with greenery.

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Classic Tulip Bouquet

Classic Bouquet
Laurey W. Glenn

Opt for two or three small bouquets to achieve this look. Cut all the stems to the same height and place them in a wide-rimmed vase. Spin the stems just a bit to create a circular effect, as shown here. If leaves are hanging over the vase's side, twirl them around a pencil to make a corkscrew.

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Wooden Bowl Container

Wooden Bowl Container Garden with white scaevolas, blue plumbagos, ‘Lucita’ echeverias, and flapjack plants
Container Design by Mark Thompson; Photo: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Since you can replant this easy-to-make arrangement in the yard, it is the gift that keeps giving. We started with a washable wooden bread bowl lined inside with reusable plastic. We filled it with white fan flowers, blue plumbagos, 'Lucita' echeverias, and flapjack plants.

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Tulip and Boxwood Containers

Tulip and Boxwood Spring Container Garden
Container Design by Mark Thompson; Photo: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Velvety moss adds extra charm and character to plain terra-cotta vessels. Speed up the growth by applying a moss-and-buttermilk mixture on new clay pots and spraying them weekly with water. Plants like dwarf English boxwoods, 'Icy Blue' violas, and tulips are great for filling out these containers. To help blooms last, surround the boxwoods with violas and add potted tulips purchased from a garden center. (Or plan and plant some tulip bulbs next year in December or January for early-spring blooms.) At the end of spring, replace the violas and tulips with summer annuals.

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Basket of Buds

Tulip Basket Centerpiece
Laurey W. Glenn

This stunning centerpiece might take a bit more skill than others. We used roses and some filler in addition to the tulips, but you can certainly stick to one flower variety if you choose. Floral foam is the secret ingredient here. You also might need to insert some floral wire in some of the taller tulip stems to keep them from drooping.

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Budding Branches

Stem display
The stems make a wonderful display even after the flowers have run their course.

photographs by ROBBIE CAPONETTO; Styling by Buffy Hargett Miller

Get a head start on spring arrangements by taking advantage of late-winter/earl-spring buds. Trim off non-essential branches, placing them in a deep, slim-mouthed vase with water and, and you've got a premature display that will steal. the show.

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Box Of Tricks


HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; Styling by Kathleen Varner

Flowering window containers give instant curb appeal to your home’s exterior (or even to a child’s playhouse). Plant bulbs in the fall for a brilliant reveal come spring. If you’re short on time, add already blooming daffodils for color on the spot. Tuck in variegated English ivy to create a whimsical base.

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Let The Lettuce Ware Do The Talking


ALISON GOOTEE; Styling by Dakota Willimon

Make even the most simple of arrangements a winner by giving them a stellar container. A lettuce or cabbage motif vase, like this pitcher from Tory Burch will do just the trick. It screams springtime and does the heavy lifting for any arrangement you put in it.

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