Gardening

How to make a living floral arrangement

By: Brett Walther

Photography by Paige Green/The Plant Recipe Book (Artisan Books) Author: Canadian Living Credits: Photography by Paige Green/The Plant Recipe Book (Artisan Books)

Gardening

How to make a living floral arrangement

By: Brett Walther
If a full-size pot is out of the question, press a mixing bowl into service as a makeshift planter. As the container for a living centrepiece arrangement, it's perfectly scaled for the tabletop and a longer-lasting alternative to a vase with cut flowers.

What you'll need:
- Seven 4-inch hyacinths: three Hyacinthus orientalis and four grape hyacinths (Muscari)
- Two 4-inch tulips (Tulipa)
- Two 4-inch rosy maidenhair ferns (Adiantum hispidulum)
- One 6-inch fern (Polystichum is easy to find)
- Ceramic bowl, 8 inches in diameter
- Five cups of potting mix

How to do it:
- Add enough potting mix to the bowl to allow for the plants' crowns to sit level with the rim of the bowl.
- Unpot all the plants.
- Begin with the Hyacinthus orientalis in the centre. Mound the potting mixbelow them, if necessary, to give them more height. Plant the tulips to the right of the hyacinths so that the lean slightly over the edge of the bowl, creating a sense of movement.
- Plant the ferns and grape hyacinth in the front and left of the bowl, filling in the spaces. This will add fluff and texture.
- Water evenly until moist.
- After the blooms fade, repot and keep the ferns.

Check out these five ways to decorate your home with plants.

This story was originally part of "Grow Anywhere" in the May 2015 issue.
           
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