We asked our in-house stylist Meghan Guthrie for tips on how to create a simple arrangement that’s sure to be vibrant all year round. Scroll through to learn how to make a bouquet that’s perfect for the change of season.
“Let’s face it, early fall is a pretty tough time for flowers,” says Meghan Guthrie. “The summer blooms aren’t as vibrant anymore, and fall-harvest flowers haven’t fully kicked in. I love that succulents are so resilient and long-lasting. Succulents also come in a surprising range of colors. Once the less sturdy blooms in the bouquet wilt, just pull out the succulents and put them in a pot to keep growing.”
What You’ll Need
- Succulents (in varying sizes), scabiosa plants and pods (for their globular shape and long stems), saracenias (for some extra texture), and purple basil (for extra color)
- Flower frog
- Floral scissors
- Bamboo skewers
- Round vessel (or any other container of your choice)
1. The key to this arrangement is prepping the succulents. “Since the succulents don’t come with stems, stick a skewer into the bottom of each flower,” Meghan says. Trim each skewer to a desired length, just as you would any flower stem.
2. Add a flower frog to the bottom of the vessel. “I like a bowl vessel because it’s round and works with the succulents’ lotus-like shape,” she says.
3. Work with odd numbers of plants, adding the succulents first, then the accent blooms. “I started with three succulents and then filled in the arrangement with greens and herbs, turning the vessel around as I added them,” Meghan explains. “Keep this arrangement low and round to let the succulents have their moment.”
4. Once the bouquet expires, pull out the succulents and replant them to keep growing.
Pro Tip: “If you’re replanting the succulents, make sure to pull out the skewers and place them in a terracotta pot with fresh, sandy soil and a drainage hole,” Meghan says. “Keep them out of midday sun, and give the soil a good soak when it’s dry—about once a week.”