How to Arrange Flowers

Arrange flowers into beautiful DIY floral centerpieces with these expert tips.

Wedding flower centerpiece


Classic beauty. The "rule of three" balances trios of short, medium and taller flowers. Photography by Carol Disalvo.

Autumn floral arrangement


Harvest hues. Light-green Bells of Ireland add a vertical component and complement red and yellow Rover mums in a design by Brandy Scheibner of Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Cabbage rose in arrangement


Simply smashing. Anne Sullivan of Louisville, Kentucky made a pastel cabbage rose the ruffled hub of a design that gains height from deep wine daisies and breadth from variegated leaves.

Assorted flowers in antique container


Bountiful bouquet. A glorious assortment of flowers and foliage mingle freely in this centerpiece by Malinda Helverson of Quakertown, Pennsylvania. She chose mini carnations, daisy chrysanthemums, ferns delphiniums, asters and more.

Purple hydrangeas in arrangement


Purple passion. Shades of grape are plum perfect in the showpiece fashioned by Julie Stolcals, Nova, Ohio. Purple hydrangeas and larkspur are accented by sedum and ornamental striped tiger grass.

Flowers arranged in a mixer


An interesting mix. Blooms and kitchen tools take the cake in Barb Kram's tasteful display. The Munich, North Dakota reader adorned a pink stand-up mixer with a Star Gazer lily, roses, carnations, daisies and fern leaves.

Flowers on a basket


Blooming basket. Bonnie Swan of Tomah, Wisconsin used a floral spray to trim wicker.

Violets in a cup


Cup of flower. Tiny violets crown a cute and kitschy cup in an arrangement by Grace Papaseraphim, Astoria, New York.

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Flower farmer and floral design expert Thea Folls says there’s no such thing as a bad bouquet. But you can use her simple “rule of three” to arrange flowers to make your centerpieces especially eye-catching.

• Place three shorter flowers, such as clipped hydrangeas, near the edge of the vase.

• Add three slightly taller, spiky flowers, like veronica.

• Tuck in three long-stemmed ball-shaped flowers, such as zinnias.

• Finish with one tall central flower, like a delphinium or snapdragon.

You can see a bunch of blooming beautiful ideas for flower designs to make at home in the photo gallery above. From the whimsical to the elegant, readers charmed us with their creative arrangements.


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