In the spring and summer months and even into fall, a garden centerpiece can elevate your occasion from a nice gathering to a great event. The trick is deciding on what to include in your centerpiece and how to present it. There are so many options for your garden fresh centerpiece that you can have a new presentation every time you have guests to entertain.
Choosing Your Elements
With a garden plant tablescape, there are a few considerations that will dictate the way you arrange your table and which plants you include. Think about the shape of your table. Round and square tables need designs that pack a punch while a rectangular tables can include a multi-faceted centerpiece that mimics the rectangular design of the table.
Will use potted or freshly cut garden flowers and greenery? While cut flowers are often used for centerpieces, a great potted plant display can also provide a beautiful centerpiece for your table. Consider planted herbs, succulents, and small topiaries to make your centerpiece standout.
For a striking presentation, make sure your garden elements include varying heights or are all of a single height. The former style creates depth while the latter provides clean lines that are visually appealing. Think about how a space will be used to really get a feel for what you need out of your centerpiece. You want to create a visually stunning display that will work with the space, not against it.
Cut Flower Centerpieces
If your garden flowers are all in bloom, it’s the perfect time to create an easy centerpiece presentation. For large singular blooms that you want to highlight, try floating them in a clear vase. Add pebbles, and wrap the interior of the vase with an eye-catching leaf to really take the simplistic design to the next level.
Consider making a bouquet. Try your hand at a layered presentation by cutting some flowers to stand tall in a container while others fan out around it at lower levels. Perfect for tables against a wall or in a main area, these displays are striking and can highlight a number of different floral elements. Use florists foam or a crisscrossed pattern of tape on your container to keep your flowers where you place them.
Dress up your centerpiece by using glass vases and urns, or dress it down with mason jars, watering cans, and antique bottles to truly represent the feeling of the garden atmosphere. Hydrangeas, gardenias, peonies, daisies, tulips, and other garden flowers will all look great on display.
Consider adding a rustic flair by combining your garden flowers with elements from your vegetable garden. Corn stalks, lettuces, pepper plants, squash blossoms, and others can be a lovely complement to your floral display. Get creative with your centerpiece by pairing garden elements that don’t normally work together and see what happens. You may be surprised at how well end-of-season vegetable and fruit plants work with your cut flowers.
Planted Garden Centerpieces
Keep your centerpieces simple and garden-like by using potted containers as part of your display. Succulents, herbs, and other small potted plants can be just as eye-catching as fresh cut plants. Try using a small, rectangular herb garden as a centerpiece, or grab your potted violets and shamrocks. By layering tall and short potted plants in either contrasting or similar containers, you can create depth in your design while keeping your centerpiece completely sustainable. Grasses, moss, and seedlings can also add unique flair. Change up your containerization if you feel your plants need a little help to shine as part of your centerpiece.
Tips for Combining Elements
If you choose to use more than one arrangement for your centerpiece, create balance by using the rule of 3. The odd number of elements adds asymmetry that is eye-catching. Place a large, medium, and small plant or series of arrangements in a line or in a grouping with the largest near the back. If your display area is larger, consider creating a stepped look with a tall main piece and adding smaller elements as you move down the line. Similarly, you can create a sophisticated look by using 3 or 4 elements of the same height. Spaced evenly, this smart look is balanced and draws the eye to a much larger space, even if each individual element is rather simple.
Design rules are meant to be broken, so look on Pinterest for ideas and try something new. You may find a nontraditional element that really captures the atmosphere you are going for. Whether your centerpiece design is intricate or simple, it will surely add a finished touch to any occasion.