There’s an effortless feel to jam jars for flowers, more relaxed than blooms standing stiffly to order in traditional vases. However, just because you’re going country casual, it doesn’t mean you can dispose of elegance altogether. If jam jars are a bit too basic you can always glam them up with a pretty paper and lace wrap and the assortment of sizes and shapes available adds great flexibility to your arrangements. These displays are all easily achievable with home grown flowers.
Pink and blue flowers in jars
This classic colour combination works for any occasion, even bridal. Mix pink and blue hydrangeas with buddleia, roses and jasmine for a butterfly friendly, delicately scented and very feminine display.
Mix a combination of pure whites with plenty of foliage for a fresh, elegant feel. White roses always make an excellent focal point and are well complemented with white and green hydrangeas, jasmine, white astilbe and that useful standby, gypsophilia.
Mix sweet peas with peonies, hydrangeas, stocks and delphiniums, punctuated with some veronica, for a romantic, cottage country garden combination, as fragrant as it is pretty.
Posies of flowers in jars
This informal display makes the most of wild flowers for a just picked look, loosely tied together with twine to maintain the shape. Try roses with salvia, pinks, marguerites, mint and geraniums as novel flowers in jars.
You can’t go wrong with a bunch of single blooms in a bold shape and colour – try California bluebells, good old hydrangeas – again! – delicate clarkia or larkspur. These simple arrangements look particularly chic with decorated jam jars for flowers.
Hints and tips
When arranging flowers, try to avoid touching petals, as even a delicate hand can bruise them and result in brown patches.
Use foliage – it’s not all about the blooms. Foliage adds structure and life to displays that could otherwise seem blowzy. Try pittosporum, ivy and sprigs of mint.
Remove thorns and any leaves that will sit below the waterline, as they will only rot.
Cut stems on the diagonal and get them into water as soon as possible. Change the water and re-cut stems every few days to prolong the life of flowers.
Cut in the morning while the air is still cool and damp and stick to freshly opened blooms for the longest, freshest displays.
If you’re going for a combination, aim for a mix of thrillers, fillers and spillers – some attention grabbing centrepieces, useful space fillers such as foliage and some pretty edging material.