After our elaborate ombré peony installation last month, we decided to go back to the basics to showcase summer’s floral bounty this month. August is always an odd time of year because it feels like peak summer, but with a hint of the cooler months to come. It’s been too hot here in Seattle to do anything over the top (does anyone else feel like it requires tons of extra effort to do stuff when it’s blazing hot out?), so we kept this DIY pretty simple and straightforward. Using a custom handmade Jill Rosenwald vase, we chose to compliment the bold, blue tones in this vase with whites, greens, and a touch of blush. The combination is a floral arrangement that’s easy to make and quite stunning!
An All-White Floral Centerpiece Inspired by Summer | DIY
- White Dahlias
- White Double Cosmos
- Bittersweet Vine
- White Snapdragon
- Trailing Amaranth
- Blushing Bride Phlox
- Green Nine-bark
- Flower Pruners (these are my go-to, holy grail floral shears!)
- Jill Rosenwald vase
I started the arrangement creating shape with some greenery. I really wanted to give this arrangement a bit of a wild look, so I used the trailing amaranth and the bittersweet vine to help achieve that. Next, I began placing the dahlias and snapdragons to create focal points within the arrangement. From there, I added in the cosmos and continued filling in the arrangement with additional greens and flowers until I had achieved a lush, full arrangement. I finished by tucking in a few stems of the blushing bride phlox for a soft touch of pink.
The lovely thing about a summer-inspired all white bouquet is that it’s relatively easy to recreate. Once you have an eye-catching vase on hand, simply gather different types of white flowers that speak to you. Most of the time, you can either cut flowers and greens from your own yard. Then supplement with blooms purchased at a local flower market.
The key to making your arrangement look intentional is creating shape with your greens and anchor points with your largest flowers. Our vase was a bit tall for most cut flowers, so we didn’t insert all the stems all the way to the bottom of the vase. This is totally fine to do. You just have to make sure to keep the water topped off so you don’t end up with flowers that are dying early since they can’t reach the water!
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entertaining post to see how Joanna styled her tablescape around this centerpiece!