Floral Spring Fashion 17

Ashley Swapp

Park Floral Designs


“Spring blossoms are the most magical – there is something about the first blooms after a snowy winter that just make your heart sing. Arrangements with spring blooms are always so fresh and unique since these flowers are usually only in bloom and at their peak for such a short period of time.”

“When arranging flowers for your home, let the flowers breathe and take their natural shape. The curve of a ranunculus stem is so beautiful and should be played up; let your flowers go a little wild and you will have a gorgeous, natural arrangement.”

Spring Floral DIY Centerpiece

Flowers: Bare Root Flora       Photography: Laura Murray Photography

Spring offers such an incredible bounty of beautiful flowers that we couldn’t resist the opportunity to gather together some of our favorites to create a lush spring centerpiece perfect for the many gatherings that happen at this time of year: showers, graduation parties, bridal teas and other special occasions.


•Your favorite opaque vessel

•A piece of chicken wire large enough to create a reasonably tight fit in your container

•Four to five types of your favorite flowers. Try to vary the shape a bit so that some are soft and fluffy, some have a longer line, some are larger, some are smaller, some are viney in nature. Variety makes the arrangement beautiful. We used peonies, lilacs, spray roses, tulips, clematis and apple blossom branches.

•One or two types of foliage. Feel free to forage from your garden for flowers and foliage. We used dusty miller and scented geranium.

•A floral knife or some clippers–no scissors! Scissors damage a flower’s stem, prohibiting it from drinking properly.



The first step to any gorgeous floral arrangement is to prepare your flowers. Make sure you clean off any foliage that will fall below the water line. Leaves in the water will encourage the growth of bacteria, which will shorten the life of your arrangement.


Next, prepare your container. Bend your chicken wire to fit snugly inside the container. The chicken wire acts as a grid to hold your flowers where you want them, giving your design the shape you want.

Step 3

Begin by gathering and placing some of your large, fluffy flowers in a group–here, peonies and spray roses. It gives the arrangement a beautiful focal point. Next, add in some of your longer-line flowers (in our piece we used the lilac and tulips). Use the long-line flowers to create a wild, garden-esque shape. Movement is key–let the flowers reach and swoop–it will give your piece so much life.


Turn your vessel around in slow circles as you design, continuing to place your larger, fluffier flowers a little lower, with your line flowers slightly taller. Begin to fill in with your foliages.


We finished our arrangement with blooming apple branches and clematis. The viney clematis is the perfect finishing touch. We let ours peek out above our other flowers to give the piece a very wild look.


The Perfect Petal


Stephanie Clark

Lale Florals


“This wedding was quintessential Colorado. With endless mountain vistas, this couple dreamed of a ceremony tucked away in the mountains. What this wedding did best was embraced the environment on all accounts, we very specifically foraged for local and seasonal foliage and blooms. It was very important to the couple that we design with the landscape and not against it. By harnessing local and seasonal floral elements you are promised a unique and authentic floral pallete. “