Alstroemeria is one of the most affordable and widely available flowers nationwide. For a more refined designer look, pick up alstroemeria bunches from the supermarket, then edit them down to a single color (red or white work best) and cut them low for use in a short, squatty vessel. Add another layer of visual interest with galax leaves placed around the vessel's edge.
Problem: Bumps on plant leaves and stems. Solution: Scale, insects with hard shells, often infest houseplants; a sooty, black mold can signal their presence. Try scraping them off with your fingernail or the edge of a butter knife. If your plant is badly infested, or the problem persists, try “spot-treating” by touching the scale with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. If that doesn’t work, step up to a product labeled for scale.
Hardy in zones 6-11, cast iron plants can be grown as houseplants or outdoors in shady garden areas. They tolerate heat and arid conditions and make a lush backdrop for smaller plants that also love shade.
Next, trim the first variety of accent flowers (we used alstroemeria) to around 4 inches and insert between the focal blooms. This flower should be inserted ½ an inch deeper than the first to create depth and dimension in the arrangement.
Give your centerpiece a true farm-to-table touch by adding a clear glass vessel inside of a wire basket, then surround it with fresh eggs. For a truly rustic look, stick with wildflowers like daisies or alstroemeria and local, organic eggs ranging in color.