Vase Variety, photo by Pia Ulin. 3Low bowl: Float hibiscus or insert foam to build low arrangement. 4Glass cylinder: framing flowers w/ clean-looking stems (tulips/amaryllis). 5Narrow-neck sphere: a few poppy stems to create modern look. 6Tall, narrow-neck flute: blooms with long stems. 7Classic florist’s vase: flared neck is kind to the novice. 8Bud vase: leftovers. 9Horizontal box: dramatic centerpiec with a linear grid of flowers inside.
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LONG-LASTING FLOWERS AND GREENS 1 Philodendron Waxy and tough, these leaves stay fresh for ages if you change the water regularly. 2 Calla lily Place several stems, cut to the same length, in a vase to create a clean, modern arrangement. 3 White Gerber daisy An alternative to the standard daisy, it bends playfully in different directions. 4 White chrysanthemum To avoid rot, remove all leaves that sit below the surface of the water. This applies to all flowers. 5 Anthurium Leave stems long and arrange in a tall, narrow vase. 6 Protea A single stem works well in a tall bottle or cut short in a bud vase. 7 Cymbidium orchid Float flowers in a low bowl, or mix whole stems with assorted leaves. 8 Button chrysanthemum Use these blooms to add an informal wildflower note to arrangements. 9 Star of Bethlehem Arrange a few stems in a tall, narrow-neck vase. Cut fleshy stems regularly to keep flowers fresh. 10 Carnation Trim short and use to cover a mound of floral foam set in a low bowl. 11 Sea holly Its intense texture and blue color can offer a great contrast to more delicate blooms. 12 Waxflower Kept tall and loose, it adds a pretty, organic touch to a mixed arrangement. 13 Baby’s breath The parsley of flower arrangements, this often discarded floral garnish is very dramatic when massed in a black urn.