Since the flower market is currently bursting with blooming branches, Natalie and I wanted to create an arrangement to include one of our favorites – Dogwood. We used them at my wedding. We also decided to create an arrangement that includes three vases. Both of us thought it would be fun to showcase how to use multiple vases on one a console, table or alcove in your house. I have to say – we had a lot of fun designing this month’s feature together. Read on to see how we put it together and to get tips from Natalie.
When I cluster vases I like to select vases that are different heights but the same material. All glass or all ceramic help the grouping look more consistent and purposeful.
What types of flowers should you mix together when putting together a multi-vase arrangement?
When making a multi-vase arrangement I like to keep the color palate cohesive and add some interest through textural changes.
Dogwood, daffodils, geranium leaf, tweedia, lilac, and ranunculus.
Flowers with woody stems, such as Lilac, need a lot of water. The best way to make sure they get plenty of water is to hammer the ends of the stems to fray the ends to allow for maximum water availability.
April is a special time of year full of select Springtime blooms. Many April flowers do not grow at other times of year and are not available for import, which makes their short season that much more special. April brings us the end of flowering fruit and nut trees but does bring us incredible dogwood and lilac. We also start to see muscari, fritilaria, the continuing of tulips and hyacinth. We have also been getting the most wonderful varieties of ranunculus this year, which has been a treat.
Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs // Photos by Caitlin Flemming