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Easy monochromatic floral arrangement

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Easy monochromatic floral arrangement

Not all floral arrangements have to be a riotous explosion of colour.

In fact, one of my favourite arrangements of late was a simple monochromatic (single-colour) floral arrangement I designed for the April 2014 issue of Canadian Living.

Here's how I did it: 

 

Easy monochromatic flower arrangement

 Every floral arrangement begins with a vessel. Last summer, I spraypainted a few canning jars in Krylon's metallic gold, and they've become my go-to vases for virtually any style or arrangement—they're just so versatile! Fill the jar with water, and any floral food that came with your fresh-cut flowers. Photography by Ryan Brook.

 

 

 

Easy monochromatic flower arrangement

Alstroemeria have really risen in popularity in the last few years, and I'm among the recently converted. They're quite a humble flower, really, with the exception of the quite distinctive tiger-striping of the petals. What's more, they come in a huge range of colours, and are usually readily available at your grocery store's floral department. I used about a dozen heads of alstroemeria for this particular arrangement. Photography by Ryan Brook.

 

 

 

Easy monochromatic flower arrangement

Roses can be pricey, but that's the beauty of a monochromatic arrangement: an inexpensive flower like alstroemeria can be used in bulk, with just two colour-coordinated rose blooms making scene-stealing cameo appearances. These grocery-store roses had the most gorgeously coloured petals: soft peach on the interior, with a dazzling fuchsia exterior. Photography by Ryan Brook.

 

   

Easy monochromatic flower arrangement

Starting with the two rose stems, build the arrangement in your hand, adding alstroemeria around the central roses. Aim for an overall dome-shape for the arrangement, with the lower-most ring of alstroemeria concealing the lip of the canning jar under its fringe. (This is purely aesthetic, as I find this step just softens the transition from vessel to florals.) Using floral snips, trim stems with a diagonal cut to about double the height of the jar. Change the water every few days, and you should be able to enjoy your fresh-cut arrangement for another week! Photography by Ryan Brook.

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