With most of its materials sourced from the grocery store, this unique, punchy arrangement is not only super fresh, but is also a great low-cost alternative to a traditional fresh flower bouquet. Make your own from an assortment of Granny Smith apples, limes, ornamental kale, green hypericum, Bells of Ireland, Italian ruscus, Silver Dollar eucalyptus and lemon leaf greenery.
To make this bouquet you'll need a large glass beer stein, a Collins glass, thin wood craft dowels, floral leaf ribbon and a selection of fresh fruits, veggies and flowers (listed in previous slide). Place the Collins glass inside the beer stein and fill the space between glasses with thin lime slices. With remaining limes and apples, remove produce stickers and insert the sharp end of the wood dowels at an angle into the bottom of the fruit. Line the Collins glass with leaf ribbon, fill with fresh water and arrange flowers and produce as desired. Tip: Cut stems at an angle and place immediately into water for long-lasting results.
This dining table in the Northridge, California home of Jair and Tiffany Paz has been beautifully dressed by HGTV Star Season 8 contestants Abby Vasek, Anne Rue, and Brooks Atwood. The designers have wonderfully combined glass jars of lemons with yellow and red flowers and a pair of black candles.
This traditional kitchen showcases white cabinets, neutral floor tile and stainless steel appliances, with an infusion of color from blue pendant lights, paint trim and a pop of red from a fruit arrangement.
Adding varying heights and sizes to a bar cart is an easy way to decorate for your party. Feel free to use items such as pitchers, vases, and mixers to show off your beverage offerings. Place larger items on the outside and mix in the smaller pieces on the inner part of the tray. To finish the look, include a floral or fruit arrangement to double as decor for the drinks themselves.
For added interest, mix fall fruits and vegetables with traditional flowers for a florist-worthy centerpiece. Persimmons, pears, apples and grapes are fruits to consider; squash, artichokes, asparagus and winter cabbage are good vegetable choices. Skewered with picks, the produce should look fresh in the arrangement as long as the flowers — about a week.
HGTV fan Leanne Michael Interiors created a lush and colorful arrangement for the holidays. Hues of raspberry, gold and pale green combined with various fruits and candies deliver a burst of color to a formal off-white fireplace and mantel.
Think outside of the fruit bowl and tuck some edible goodness into flower bouquets as well. Black grapes look striking against hydrangeas and eucalyptus leaves. Pinecones and mini artichokes still look "floral," but add a different texture. Play around with combinations to see what looks interesting. Tip: The grapes were simply nestled into this flower arrangement, but larger fruit can be stuck on wooden skewers.
Modern apple orchards often resemble more of an espalier planting, with trees arranged along wires and fruit bearing branches formed horizontally along a narrow path. These types of plantings are known as spindle orchards and feature high density tree plantings with 1,000 trees per acre. The arrangement results in easier harvest and tree maintenance coupled with high yields.
Bring a touch of elegance to your autumnal spread with colorful floral, touches of fruit and warm wooden texture. This arrangement was made by placing ranunculus into glass votives set inside a reclaimed plank of oak, then filling the votives with pomegranate seeds for a rich fragrant effect.
This open plan kitchen features gorgeous exotic teak wood cabinets and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors paired with stainless steel appliances. Tall, exposed beam ceilings create a spacious look, while a fruit bowl and variety of arranged flowers add a tropical touch.
Just like fruit, vegetables make for amazing arrangement alternatives to flowers because of their color, shape and texture. Try a mix of cauliflower, artichokes, mushrooms and rosemary sprigs. To arrange them expertly, first add a floral foam brick inside of the vessel after soaking it in water. Then secure each vegetable in place by pressing it to the floral brick. Once they’re in place, fill the gaps between them with rosemary sprigs.
When arranging produce, alternate colors, textures and sizes to create a display that looks as delicious as it tastes. In this centerpiece, artichokes, grapes and plumcots are arranged around a large bosc pear. Try to find produce that is unique and seasonal, although it's OK to mix in some imported, out-of-season fruit as well!
The yellow flowers of tomatillo plants bear a striking resemblance to tomato blossoms. Tomatillo blooms must be cross pollinated to form fruit. This means you need two or more tomatillo plants. Arranging plants in a block in the garden makes it easy for bees to pollinate effectively and efficiently.