Going Solo

 Here are 4 easy and imaginative ways flower fanciers have interpreted the fashionable one-bloom-per-container idea.

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CREATIVE SOLUTIONS | When it comes to indoor arrangements, of course we love the look of an armful of random cottage garden flowers tumbling loosely out of a vase. But we also love the opposite: a single flower displayed creatively on its own.

HOW TO SHOWCASE YOUR ONE AND ONLY

Use the whole stem: Do you remember that trend a few years back where florists were stuffing fruits and vegetables into clear glass vases before they added the flowers? While that gimmick got old pretty quickly, immersing the attractive leaves of a single stem always adds a justifiable level visual interest.

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Double down on texture:
The paper slipcover vases pictured here will transform even pedestrian water glasses into highly textured containers, perfect for displaying the single stems of equally busy looking bloomers.

dreamstime_l_24704020 1Shoot for high contrast: Yes, a single gerbera plopped in a vase is a bit clichéd, but it doesn’t have to be. The duo can pack a wallop when the flower and its container are on opposite sides of the colour wheel. If you don’t own a vase that will clash with your flower, use a clear glass vase and food colouring in the water.

1 downy_1_0Go multiple on many levels: Start with multiple stems of a single genus in diverse varieties and harmonious colours. Couple each of these individual flowers with a container that belongs to an array of similar container types, in this case, narrow-mouthed commercial glass beverage bottles collected in a variety of colours, shapes and heights. Display your creations separately or as part of a tabletop grouping—they’ll look gorgeous either way. —eds

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