Readers often tell us how much they appreciate the listing of materials, the “flower list,” that accompanies many arrangements featured in Flower magazine. Arrangement how-tos include the list and sometimes feature a materials photo: a table loaded with vases, buckets, and heaps of stems, greenery, and blossoms. Browsing through the lists and pictures, you might assume that a gorgeous design requires a flower-shop full of posies. Not so! Many of the most popular designers featured in the magazine accomplish an elegant look with only two or three materials. We’ve gathered a collection of simple flower arrangements (none of them uses more than three ingredients) to reassure and inspire budding designers.

Simple Flower Arrangements

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Christina Springfield, simple flower arrangements
FLOWER LIST: anemones, muscari
Lounging by the pool, two types of purple blossoms arranged by Christina Springfield of Nouveau Events and Flowers can take the heat. Photo by Paul Johnson Photography
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Tom Mathieu, tropical style, simple flower arrangements
FLOWER LIST: Dutch parrot tulips, ‘Ad Rem’ tulips
With two varieties of orange tulips, Palm Beach floral designer Tom Mathieu created a lush, blazing arrangement. Photo by Jessica Glynn
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FLOWER LIST: 'Crème de la Crème' roses, hydrangeas, peonies
New Orleans floral designer Stephen Sonnier of Dunn & Sonnier Antiques and Flowers gives timeless treasures a fresh, new look. This elegant but simple flower arrangement in all-white balances the ornate gilding and carving on this Venetian starburst-topped mirror. Photo by Eugenia Uhl
simple flower arrangements, alliums
FLOWER LIST: alliums (two types), agapanthus
Centerpieces for a Fourth of July barbecue hosted by Martha Stewart are filled with two varieties of allium from her garden and agapanthus from her greenhouse. Photo by Hugh Stewart, courtesy of Martha Stewart Living, ©2006
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pink dahlia arrangement, simple flower arrangements
FLOWER LIST: ‘Café au Lait’ dahlias, ‘Seaton’s J’dore’ chrysanthemums
Washington D.C. chef and floral designer Sidra Forman says, "Flower arranging for me is a lot like cooking. I assess what I have to work with and select the best available ingredients, very much like I would put together a meal." Sometimes two ingredients in the right proportions to create something delish! Photo by Erik Kvalsik
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FLOWER LIST: Japanese spirea, kochia, white muscari
Designer Mimi Brown shows how to make an ethereal blue, silver and white flower arrangement with only three materials. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner
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FLOWER LIST: ‘Nikko Blue’ hydrangeas, trumpet vines, and evergreen clematis foliage
Atlanta designer Bonnie Garrison of Pollen says, "I remember the huge hydrangea hedge we had when I was a little girl, and cutting armloads to bring inside. Today they're still my go-to flower, but I've since discovered so many different varieties. I love the saturated color and weight they bring to an arrangement." Photo by Sarah Dorio
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FLOWER LIST: peonies, viburnum, wild wheat
Torryne Choate of Birch in San Francisco fashions arrangements with dramatic flair, even when only using three elements. Photo by Eric Wolfinger
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FLOWER LIST: ranunculus, sweet peas
Brooklyn-based designer Ingrid Carozzi designed this pink effusion of blossoms with only two types of flowers. She reveals secrets of the trade and step-by-step instructions on how to achieve her organic, lush look in her book, Handpicked. Photo by Paul Brissman
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FLOWER LIST: 'Rilona’ amaryllis, kiwi vine, citrus
Palm Beach floral designer Tom Mathieu ties a bunch of peachy amaryllis and anchors them in a bowl of citrus to create a chic, simple arrangement. Photo by Jessica Glynn
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kim starr wise, simple flower arrangements
FLOWER LIST: clematis, moss
New Orleans floral designer Kim Starr Wise made a wow moment using moss and two varieties of clematis (and a unique vessel). Photo by Eugenia Uhl
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FLOWER LIST: fritillaria, ginestra
Designer Mimi Brown shows how striking a simple arrangement can be using only slender stems of ginestra and lily-like fritillaria. She says, "I think flowers can be intimidating. A lot of people just stick their flowers in water as is, and really all you need are a few steps to make them a little more exciting."
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simple peony clematis arrangement
FLOWER LIST: peonies, clematis
Whether she’s at home in Los Angeles or Manhattan, decorating rooms for beloved clients, or spending time in the garden, Suzanne Rheinstein is always informed—and inspired—by the botanical world. Here she fills an engraved silver cup with creamy peonies and sprightly clematis flowers.
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