|Clematis look wonderful tumbling gracefully out of a pretty vase.|
This is Clematis jackmanii 'Superba', a vigorous climber to about 15'.
Try growing it through tall roses in the garden and picking both for indoors.
|'Magnus' coneflower with 'whirling butterflies'|
are a perfect duo in the garden and vase.
|Sea holly 'Sapphire blue' (Eryngium)adds a metallic blue|
accent with its spiky bracts.It loves hot sun and
|Heuchera 'Peach flambe'; my favorite |
for foliage color also boasts delicate
sprays of white flowers in May and June
- Shasta daisies – they smell terrible!
- Flowers from bleeding hearts; they turn very pale and instead of continuing to display their beautiful arc they seem to turn inwards and look very strange
- Euphorbias - the sap is a skin irritant
- Daylilies – they only last for a day...
|'Mardi gras' Helen's flower (Helenium)|
stands out in front of dark foliage such
as this ninebark 'Diablo' (Physocarpus).
These bloom for months in the
garden and last many days in a vase.
- Remember to change the water daily in vases.
- I like to add decorative glass pebbles to the base of vases to help stabilize stems.
- Those who are more adept at flower arranging then I am may like to weave a network of flexible willow stems to form a mesh through which other stems can be anchored. (Mine end up looking more like a 'cats cradle' gone wrong)
|Hosta 'Sagae' unfurls its dramatic leaves|
- Use large leaves such as hosta to ‘hide’ stems in a glass vessel. Place the leaf actually into the water and press it against the wall of the vase. Now you’ll see the attractive foliage rather than the cross-cross of stalks and stems.
- When using woody stems, cut up the length of the stem about 1” to improve water uptake.