Simple Vase of Garden Roses

Garden roses make ANY design better, taking a simple vase to "simply fabulous"! Their full and lush faces with the multiple layers of petals add a richness to any arrangement. In this Flower School How-To Video Leanne uses two on-trend garden rose varieties -- "Quicksand" and "Sahara Sensation" from -- along with an assortment of foliages from Enjoy!

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Long lasting and fabulous. Garden roses make a simple vase, fabulous. The roses, Quicksand and Sahara Sensation two fabulous long lasters from When you look at their website, you can see a picture of all the different varieties, plus details about how long it takes to open, how long they're going to last, the petal count. It's amazing all the information you can find there. Then I added the foliage, a whole lot of different varieties. The vase, just a favorite that I found on my shelf. 

For maximum interest, I like to use at least three different foliages. If you've been to flower school, you know that. Removing the lower leaves, anything that's going to be in the water, and then spiraling it around so it has a radial placement, weaving through the center, little bit of ruscus, little bit of eucalyptus. Giving it a cut, and again, removing the sides. If three foliages are good, four could even be better. In addition to the silver dollar eucalyptus, tucking in another variety, feather eucalyptus gives it a lacy look, little bit different texture. Then for the fourth foliage, Green Mountain pittosporum. This is from It's a very unique foliage with the dark green top and then the silver underside, which is fabulous with the eucalyptus, giving it a cut and setting it in. You can see, before I even add flowers, it starts looking fabulous. 

Easiest way to balance it out is to think in threes, so place three roses around the outer edges. Then repeat, three more around the outer edges, varying their length and height just a bit, so it's more interesting. Then again, three more. This time, a little more towards the center. Filling in and varying their heights so that they don't all end up exactly the same, so it gives a more contemporary look. 

For a fun alternative to your traditional baby's breath or caspia, small spray chrysanthemums, just tucked down in to give it an autumn vibe and a more contemporary look. As you're working, you want to spin it around. Make sure that it's beautiful from all sides, and that you balance out the colors evenly. 

The recipe? Simple, 12 roses, all from Six were Quicksand, six were Sahara Sensation. Then the foliage, silver dollar eucalyptus, feather eucalyptus, the Green Mountain pittosporum, and Israeli ruscus. Altogether pretty fabulous. The last touch, eight stems of the spray mums. 

A simple vase of flowers is way more than simple when the flowers are amazing. Garden roses up the game, make it so grand. You'll find more creative inspiration with vases and with roses on the website, Flower School .com. If you have questions, you can reach us through there. Now it's your turn. Find your favorite garden roses. Create a simple vase, take a picture, post it on social media and hashtag Floral Design Institute. That way we all can see what you do as you do something you love.

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