Summertime, and the living is easy—so why not the flower arranging? Capture the spirit of the season with bright colors, casual containers, and an easy, breezy attitude.
Step 1: Choose container Choose a casual container that fits the feel of summer in your location— an earthenware pitcher, colorful jar, painted bucket, wicker basket—anything that conveys a lighthearted and laid-back summer vibe.
TIP: If the container you choose won't hold water, place a smaller plastic container—like a yogurt or cottage cheese container—inside it.
Step 2: Fill with water Fill the container halfway with cool water.
Step 3: Add flower food Add some flower food to the water and set the container aside. If you don't have flower food, add a few drops of bleach and 1 teaspoon of sugar per quart of water. This will provide nutrients for the flowers and rid the water of any bacteria.
Step 4: Trim stems Place the shortest greens and flowers in your container first, trimming their stems one at a time to create a range of heights. They shouldn't be a uniform length—a summer arrangement should mimic the unpredictability of flowers growing wild.
TIP: For the best summer wildflower effect, use flowers picked from nearby fields and meadows.
Step 5: Fill arrangement Fill in your arrangement with gradually taller flowers and branches, trimming them to various heights, until you've created a wild, abundant, overgrown effect.
Step 6: Change water daily Change the water daily to keep your arrangement fresh.
FACT: Xeriscaping is a method of landscaping with native wildflowers that conserves water, reduces the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and costs less than traditional lawn and garden maintenance.