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30 Simple Flower Arrangements

You don't need a flower shop full of blooms to create an elegant floral design. We've gathered a collection of simple flower arrangements (none of them uses more than three types of flowers) to reassure and inspire budding designers
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 with more than three ingredients) to reassure and inspire budding designers.

Simple Flower Arrangements

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A purple floral arrangement by Kirk Whitfield of K & Co Flowers in a room painted royal blue. The arrangement, which includes sweet peas, hydrangea, and clematis, fills a large bowl set on a dark wood sideboard. An abstract painting, also featuring blue tones, hangs in the background

FLOWER LIST: variegated sweet peas; hydrangea, clematis
Kirk Whitfield of K & Co Flowers in Atlanta creates a riot of amethyst and green with variegated sweet peas tucked into clusters of hydrangea along with bell-shaped clematis blossoms in a footed wooden bowl. Photo by Laurey Glenn.
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Vase of pink peonies and lime hydrangeas.
FLOWER LIST:  peonies, hydrangeas
Renny & Reed created an arrangement of lime colored hydrangeas with two shades of pink peonies for our photo shoot at Pineapples, Palms, Etc. in Jupiter, Florida. Photo by Carmel Brantley.
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clematis mantel, Ariella Chezar
FLOWER LIST: clematis vines
In this arrangement from her book, Seasonal Flower Arranging, Ariella Chezar shows off the power of just one ingredient. The entire display consists of four clematis vines. The red of the 'Madame Julia Correvon' variety makes a strong statement, especially when placed against a wall and mantel in a beautiful shade of blue. The arrangement also shows that floral beauty does not need to be complicated. Simply trim the vines and place them to flow to the right and left, with at least one straight up. For added drama, Chezar wove some vines around and through the candlesticks.
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Peony and pittosporum arrangements
FLOWER LIST: 'Coral Charm' peonies, variegated pittosporum, lily grass
For wedding chair markers, Sayles Livingston Design filled vintage, aqua Mason jars with 'Coral Charm' peonies and variegated pittosporum, along with seashells from the couple's hometown beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and the Caspian Sea.
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white delphiniums and purple allium on dining table
FLOWER LIST: white delphinium, alliums
Interior stylist and design writer Mieke ten Have arranged white delphinium with puffs of purple allium in a green glass vase for a Matthew Patrick Smyth designed room. Photo by John Gruen for Smyth’s book, Through a Designer’s Eye
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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
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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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arrangement of camellias floating in bowl
FLOWER LIST: camellias
At a celebration honoring his late great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother, James Farmer floated 'Betty by George' camellias in a classic Croghan camellia bowl. Photo by Emily Followill
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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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Floral designer Kirk Whitfield placed a peach-color floral arrangement, featuring hyacinth, ranunculus, and hellebores, in a woven tray beside a pair of crystal decanters. The room beyond, which boasts a tall window, is painted a soft pale green.

FLOWER LIST: hyacinths, ranunculus, hellebores
Atlanta-based floral designer Kirk Whitfield of K & Co Flowers combines peachy hyacinths and ranunculus, with hellebores for a celebration of color and texture. Photo by Laurey Glenn. 
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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: tulips
How low can you go? Mimi Brown shows that a single variety of tulips can create a wow! Opening and reflexing the flowers dramatically changes their look.
Get Tips for Arranging Grocery Store Flowers
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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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pampas grass arrangement
FLOWER LIST: pampas grass, sanguisorba
Kim Starr Wise filled a classical-style stamnos jar by sculptor Rosario Muni of Sicily with pampas grass and sanguisorba at Richard Dragisic's Magazine Street shop, Sud. Photo by Sara Essex Bradley
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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 arrangements, three flower arrangement
FLOWER LIST: sweet peas, garden roses, cordyline leaves
Demure little wallflowers? Not a chance! DeJuan Stroud's flirtatious pink arrangement is sitting pretty on an antique chair. Photo by Monica Buck
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simple peony clematis arrangement
FLOWER LIST: roses, 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 roses and sprightly clematis flowers.
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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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FLOWER LIST: Mock orange
Designer Ariella Chezar says, "Branch arrangements are the easiest way to fill a room with flowers. If set against a white wall, the arching branches need no augmentation. The drama is in the placement of the branches, which should arch as if still on the bush." Here, she proves her point with a vase of Philadelphus coronarius (Sweet mock orange). Photo by Erin Kunkel
See Ariella's Tips for Branch Arrangements
FLOWER LIST: amaryllis, 'Freedom' roses, scarlet spray roses
Massing deep-red flowers in this heart-shaped silver vase adds a dramatic exclamation point to this neutral corner. Ray Jordan and Janet Jackson of Birmingham’s FlowerBuds created this and five more arrangements to complement and celebrate the colors of winter.
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monstera, protea, viburnum
FLOWER LIST: viburnum, protea, monstera
Renny & Reed filled a white, ceramic vessel with a crown of viburnum and protea over monstera leaves at Pineapples, Palms, Etc. in Jupiter, Florida. Photo by by Carmel Brantley
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FLOWER LIST: cosmos, carnations, love in a mist 
Mieke ten Have placed a silver cup of white carnations, white cosmos, and blue love in a mist (Nigella damascena) on a bedside table in a Matthew Patrick Smyth designed room. Photo by John Gruen for Smyth’s book, Through a Designer’s Eye
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supermarket flower arrangements
FLOWER LIST: tulips, roses, spray roses
Mimi Brown combined blossoms from the supermarket to create this simple beauty in a clear drinking glass.
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Jane Packer green arrangement
FLOWER LIST: viburnum, bells of Ireland
Jane Packer's informal lime-green flowers of viburnum and bells of Ireland are arranged in layers to bring freshness and vitality to the dressing area. Photo courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small
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orange tulips in pink lusterware by Butter Wakefield. Photographed by Clive Nichols
FLOWER LIST: tulips
Celebrated garden designer Butter Wakefield filled a pink lusterware jar with 'Orange Princess' tulips for a festive holiday gathering. Photographed by Clive Nichols.
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By Jason Burnett