Choose a casual container that fits the feel of summer in your location—
an earthenware pitcher, colorful jar, painted bucket, wicker basket—anything
that conveys a lighthearted and laid-back summer vibe.
If the container you choose won’t hold
water, place a smaller plastic container—like a yogurt or
cottage cheese container—inside it.
Fill the container halfway with cool water.
Add some flower food to the water and set the container aside. If you
don’t have flower food, add a few drops of bleach and 1 teaspoon of
sugar per quart of water. This will provide nutrients for the flowers
and rid the water of any bacteria.
Place the shortest greens and flowers in your container first, trimming
their stems one at a time to create a range of heights. They shouldn’t
be a uniform length—a summer arrangement should mimic the unpredictability
of flowers growing wild.
For the best summer wildflower effect, use
flowers picked from nearby fields and meadows.
Fill in your arrangement with gradually taller flowers and branches,
trimming them to various heights, until you’ve created a wild, abundant,
Change the water daily to keep your arrangement fresh.