Long and Low Centerpiece

Spring has, well, SPRUNG! We have an ever-growing assortment of gorgeous blooms to select from - the options increase every week. In this Flower School How-To Video Leanne demonstrates a fabulous foam-free centerpiece that's long, low, and lush, full of beautiful blooms from Gardenrosesdirect.com. Enjoy!

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The long, low centerpiece foam free of course, on trend with amazing flowers. Let's look at how it's done.

You can see I have so many flowers to choose from. Kind of wonderful when we get ready for filming. My first choice though was garden roses. I got these from GardenRosesDirect.com. The variety is Bessie. And then I'll just mix it with so many other things. The base mechanics doing foam free. So, I took a long low container on trend with blue, filled it with floral netting, then water and flower food. Then to support all of my flowers, going to use blue hydrangea. Cut very, very, very short so it's going to be right at the base, dipping it into alum. Alum is the pickling spice. It keeps your flowers alive so much longer. And create a solid base that then will support all the other flowers.

Next is delicate materials to extend. Rather than using traditional foliage, maybe going with some jasmine vine, letting it drape out, going through the hydrangea so it's supported. Going back in. Some longer pieces, putting a trail out, keeping that long, low extension and pieris. Again, an alternative to traditional foliage. It does have leaves that are the greens that gives you a bit of foliage, but with the beautiful seedlets. Gives a little more up to date look and fills in for more texture at the base.

Now the favorites, the Bessie garden roses. Leaving them a little bit longer so that they'll go over the top, showing off their beauty. They add such nice fragrance as well. Pulling it through from the front through the middle, all the way to the back, which is actually another front because it's a centerpiece. So, it has to look beautiful from all directions. Keeping it low, but yet lifting it enough to show.

The last touch, the more delicate blooms. Sweet peas, so long and draping. A wonderful addition to add a little more length to the finished centerpiece. Just tucking it in. Grouping a couple, coming back out the opposite side. The ever-popular anemones with the black center. They're so delicate, but they're surprisingly long-lasting, long as you get them down into the water. Nerine lilies in the soft, soft pink. Letting them dance a little bit over the top being a delicate edition.

The recipe, I started with the GardenRosesDirect.com garden roses called Bessie. Used six of them along with six hydrangea, jasmine vine and pieris. That created my base. Then for light and delicate, I added three stems of the sweet pea, three of the anemone, and three of the nerine lily. And you can see it really makes a beautiful statement.

Nothing makes me happier when we finally get past the darkest days of winter, and we have so many great blooms to work with. You'll see more creative inspiration, more fabulous flowers on our website, Flower School .com. Now it's your turn. What are you going to create with all the great varieties that are available now? Gather your favorites, think long and low. Design a centerpiece, take a picture, post it on social media, and hashtag Floral Design Institute so we all can see what you do as you do something you love.

  • Crowning Glory Individual Pack 32 ounce spray bottle
    Crowning Glory Individual Pack 32 ounce spray bottle
  • Fresh Flower Food Individual Pack 10 ounce tub
    Fresh Flower Food Individual Pack 10 ounce tub
  • Quick Dip Individual Pack One Pint
    Quick Dip Individual Pack One Pint
  • Alum for Hydrangeas Individual Pack 3 ounce bottle
    Alum for Hydrangeas Individual Pack 3 ounce bottle