Cut into your gardens

By Amy Chaffins

flowersYou have permission to cut into your gardens! Take that hard work and put it on display on your desk, table or anywhere you can enjoy it.
The idea of taking scissors to your blooming lilies can be stressful, but go ahead! Do it. Pick daisies, pluck bee balm and snip coneflowers and arrange them all for display.
Find a unique vessel, fill it with water and start plunking in all-things-floral. Glass containers work best to balance what you put into them – like Ball jars, vintage pitchers, pickle jars (with or without the label), old coffee mugs, fish bowls, homemade pottery, etc.
Once you tuck the flowers into a jar or vase, expand into other areas of your yard. Cut stems of ornamental grasses or shrubbery and tuck them into your arrangement.
The Tiger Eye bush features tropical-like, serrated-looking leafs. In mid-summer they sprout a poofy cluster of tiny white flowers. They’re so soft they beg to be touched. A branch of Tiger Eye bush is a good choice for filling in around other blooming beauties in your arrangement.
Barberry bushes are common landscape features in the Midwest. Their striking, deep red leaves are highlighted with a dusting of olive green around the edges. Be careful when cutting – there are spiky little teeth that will poke you! Tuck a branch in the center of your arrangement for height and texture.

OTHER FILLER IDEAS:
Snow on the Mountain can be placed around the bottom of the arrangement and draped over the edge of your vessel.
Hosta leaves can make a dramatic backdrop as a single statement piece or use several tucked in around the bottom.
Japanese Pearl feature small white flowers in clusters and are a sweet filler addition.
Geranium leaves can add some ruffle and offer another shade of green.

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