Let's start off on the right foot, shall we? According to designer Carolyne Roehm, the optimal vase is mid-sized with a slightly flared opening, so the bouquet balances the container itself.
Our favorite color combination looks just as pretty in floral form. Bring on the delphinium and bluestar, please.
Look to Mother Nature for another rainbow palette that's pleasing to the eye. Pink, red, and orange tulips evoke a fiery sunset when mixed together.
Far-flung adventures aren't required, of course. The owner of a Florida beach house arranges garden flowers in glasses from the local antique markets.
Spring means gardens full of lilacs and tulips — so pair them indoors, too. Round it out with any nearby greenery, Roehm advises.
Pro tip: Hide stems and cloudy water with an opaque vase. It's also the perfect cover for the foam or flower frog that holds blossoming branches in place.
Cramped quarters still deserve big blooms. A petite end table holds a lush flower arrangement in a tiny New York apartment.
Keep things fresh with a monochromatic centerpiece. Interior designer Marshall Watson says, "I love those voluptuous peonies and roses mixed with the fragile viburnums. I just gathered them from the garden and stuck them in that creamware footbath. Doing flowers like these doesn't take much time, and it gives the room a sense that it's alive."
For a splashy accent, think of the color wheel and choose complementary colors for the container and blooms. For example, peach roses make a statement when placed in a bright blue vase.
Pick rich colors for a fairy-tale touch, like in this New York apartment. An arrangement of anemones and decorative eggs add to home's fuchsia-and-turquoise color scheme.
Decorate an empty windowsill with freshly-cut flowers for an even prettier view. In Heidi Bianco's New York City apartment, a brass vase filled with purple hyacinth takes center stage.
Although they're in the same family as garlic and onions, globe flowers shouldn't stay in the kitchen. Placed in a clear glass vase, alliums accentuate the blue in this Robert Couturier-designed living room.
Don't default to an integrated approach — split a bouquet down the middle and distinctly feature two floral varieties. An asymmetrical arrangement of tulips and pear blossoms appoint the mantle in the living room of a Park Avenue apartment.
A large, sculptural blossom doesn't need any other adornments — just float one in a low bowl. This magnolia, from designer Annie Brahler's backyard, enriches her creamy living room palette.
It'll take a little dedication, but training wisteria vines around a cottage door is a worthy long-term gardening project.
Filler greenery doesn't need to be boring — blend flowering spring branches into an arrangement. Florist Ariel Dearie's gathering of Japanese ranunculus, hellebores and magnolia branches is a great example.
"Instead of trying to shove a million blooms into a vase, use a few varieties that will help you create a sense of movement," says Taylor Patterson of Fox Fodder Farm. "By giving the flowers room to breathe and thus allowing the blooms to stand out on their own, you can create a beautiful sense of depth and volume that is light and airy, yet still feels lush and full."
For garden parties and Mother's Day brunches, think beyond the tabletop. Bronwen G.P. Smith, owner and lead designer at B Floral recommends trimming your entire space with floral flair, chair backs included.
The addition of an arbor will instantly transform your garden into a romantic escape, not to mention it's a beautiful place to showcase climbing flowers and vines.
Go for wispy pastels or bolder hues, but either way you can't miss with these butterfly flowers. For a fuller bouquet, add magenta sweet pea to bright pink hyacinths and lisianthus.
"Bring the outdoors in," says Denis Porcaro of Flower Girl NYC. "Simple wheatgrass adds a bright green accent — they can be cut and put in vessels and mixed with pastel spring blooms."
Gather floral inspiration from an unlikely source. Darroch Putnam of Putnam & Putnam says more florists are looking to historic art for 'new' color palettes.
Even though clematis is known for long, flowing vines (which makes sense, considering that name means "vine" in ancient Greek) — contain the plant in a pot for a more polished look, like nursery Taylors Clematis did here.