Branches make wonderful architectual shapes. Sloe berries (blackthorn) with hydrangea.
Spring bulbs: 'Saffier', 'Artist', 'Cupido' 'White Magic' interspersed with Helleborus niger
Pitchers make great vases! Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' with tulips ('Queensland', 'Huis ten Bosch')
Groups of flowers: petal-less sunflowers, rudbeckia, dahlias, Japanese anemones, Verbena bonariensis and fountain grass.
If you find yourself in the middle of a garden or at a flower market, you most likely choose flora by the prettiest bloom or a favorite color as most of us do. Consider Everyday Flowers by Paula Pryke (Rizzoli, New York 2012), a floral designer, who offers tips on how to decorate your home with flowers during all four seasons. Her tips are refreshing, since she not only guides you on how to pull the longest-lasting arrangements from your own garden but how to choose, coordinate and style from the flower supermarket shop. My fave tip from Paula? You must have a good selection of vases. Even the most star-spangled flowers will fall flat in a poorly designed vase.
Photography by Rachel Whiting