It's common to give flowers as gifts, but it's rare to buy them for yourself. Make a ritual out of bringing flowers home every week or two. Over time, you'll notice something change. Flowers on a table might make you keep that surface clean, or a bud vase on the nightstand might remind you to relax before bed. It's easy to get hung up on the idea that weekly (or even monthly) flowers are too expensive, but with just a few dollars, you can create something simple and beautiful...
It's usually cheaper to choose just one type of flower or greenery. Bunches of eucalyptus cost just a few dollars. Herbs like thyme, rosemary, sage and mint smell and look great mixed into arrangements or used on their own in bud vases. Sculptural flowers like orchids only need a few stems to look substantial. For an instant arrangement, put wildflowers and "filler flowers" like lady's mantle, thistle and hypericum on their own in a clear glass cylinder vase.
Vase: Wide-Mouthed Rectangular Vase | Good Flower Choices: Hellabores, Dahlias, Prairie Smoke, Thistle, Wildflowers
This rectangular vase works well for a small bouquet, since the wide mouth displays the flowers in a row instead of a bunch. Use wild, wispy varieties like prairie smoke and thistle to contrast a simple, modern shape.
Vase: Tall, Clear Glass Cylinder Vase | Good Flower Choices: Eucalyptus, Orchids, Ranunculus, Roses or Branches Like Quince & Forsythia
A glass cylinder might look impressive, but it's the easiest vase you'll ever own. Buy a large one for easy arrangements made from big, showy blooms like roses, ranunculus or dahlias. These also work well for eucalyptus or flowering branches.
Vase: Flared or Julep Cup | Good Flower Choices: Peonies, Hydrangeas, Foliage or Herbs Like Sage & Thyme
Cut peonies, hydrangeas or roses close to the bloom and put a few in a silver julep cup. For a more modern arrangement, fill a metal or enamel flared cup with greens and herbs. I love the smell of eucalyptus, sage and thyme.
Vase: A Few Bottles or Bud Vases | Good Flower Choices: Stray Stems Like Sweet Peas or Snapdragons or Herbs Like Rosemary & Mint
Any small, narrow vessel can double as a bud vase: bottles, drinking glasses or jars all work. Buy a bouquet and deconstruct it, putting one or two blooms in each bud vase and grouping them together in an arrangement, or fill with herbs from your kitchen or garden.
Written & Photographed by Sarah Coffey