This “planted flower garden” arrangement is perfect for the season—it’s fresh, bright, and easily adapts to your space. I chose to use plastic Oasis pans (you can purchase them at your local wholesaler or florist), because they are disposable and made to hold exactly one block of Oasis. If you have a long dining room table, sideboard, or console you may want to use three pans instead of just two. One is also fine if your space is small.
My cool blue and green color combo gives off the serenity of a pool or lake on a hot summer day. I added pale yellow in to pop out against the electric blue.
When choosing materials for this planted garden, I looked with the following ideas in mind:
- something to be tall and sturdy–agapanthus, gentiana (try red or yellow dogwood or snapdragons as well)
- flowers to “dance up”–ranunculus, anemones
- flowers to “grow”–hyacinths, tulips, muscari (daffodils work as well)
- something to fill in–hydrangea, Salal, trachelium, kermits (azalea or camellias would work nice also, although azalea doesn’t hold up well in Oasis for too long.)
Before you begin, soak your Oasis and clean off the greenery from your flowers, leaving some pretty leaves on the tulips and hyacinths. [See Tips for Cutting Tulips.]
FLOWER LIST: Agapanthus, Jade roses, Kermit mums, Gentiana, Ranunculus, Anemones, Tulips,
Hyacinths, Hydrangea, Jade trachelium, Muscari, Salal, Galax
How to Make the Flower Garden Arrangement
Use one bunch of galax leaves to make a “collar” covering the Oasis pans. Add the Salal to fill in and give you a nice green base. Because I have big hydrangeas to work with I did not put as much greenery in as usual. Also, I love to add hosta or scented geranium here.
It’s important to put the agapanthus in now because they need to go in the middle of the Oasis, before all the other flowers start to fill up the room. Put them in a line down the middle of the garden and vary the heights; don’t get them too low or you will not have enough room for the second tier of the garden to “grow.” Add a few gentiana here too in the same manner.
Next, add the hydrangea. These are bright New Zealand blue and you can use cut stems or plants. Just be sure, if you cut them out of your yard, to let your hydrangeas drink in a bucket of water before putting them in the Oasis. Cut the hydrangea into pieces to make them go farther.
Add the trachelium like the hydrangea, cutting off the lower shoots and spreading them. Pay attention to the bottom of the Oasis pan; be sure and add some smaller pieces of hydrangea and trachelium down there. Your arrangement should graze the surface on which it is placed. Leave no gaps between your table and the Oasis pans.
At this point, “Jade” roses are added in groups (don’t you love how they pop out against those hydrangeas? Can’t beat it!). As I’m adding the roses, I leave most of the area in the middle of the Oasis next to and in between the agapanthus and gentiana blank so I will have room for my flowers to “grow” and “dance” up above the hydrangea and roses.
I sporadically placed both muscari and anemones because I want it to look natural like a garden and not too planned or contrived. Instead, add your own accents to keep it interesting. How cute are the muscari, popping up here and there and off to the sides!
Please add to, substitute with, and most importantly, cut from your own garden for this arrangement. Hosta leaves, Solomon’s Seal, daisies, snapdragons, etc., from your yard give that special touch and allow you to enjoy the fruit of your hard work indoors as well as out.
By Mimi Brown | Photography by Jason Wallis