Use this photo guide to create a simple three-flower orange and blue arrangement for fall gatherings or a colorful Thanksgiving table.
Choosing Flowers for an Orange and Blue Arrangement
This orange and blue arrangement only has three flowers, hydrangeas, tulips, and berries, making it easy to assemble. Although blue flowers can be scarce during the fall months, blue hydrangeas are usually available at flower markets and grocery stores. Fortunately, orange flowers are readily available during the fall, but tulips are not always available. I was lucky to find them and the orange winterberry (Ilex verticillata) stems that were pretty with the hydrangeas.
Click here to see the table that inspired these flower arrangements.
Flowers with large bloom heads will help fill an arrangement faster than small blooms. Substitute orange roses, mums, dahlias, or ranunculus for the tulips. A good winterberry substitution is orange Nandina berries. Just be aware that they will spill downward instead of having an upright posture.
Vase for an Orange and Blue Arrangement
The vase you use should match your table. For example, if you create a glamorous modern table, you would not use a rustic farmhouse container for the flowers. However, if you don’t think you have a container that goes with the table, use a clear glass container. It will be neutral and let the flowers shine. Hydrangeas take up a lot of room, so make sure the opening is wide. The vase I used is 6 x 6 x 6 inches, giving the hydrangeas plenty of room.
Fill the container halfway with water and use a flower watering container to fill it all the way after you place it in the location where it will sit. A container half full is easier to move than a full one.
Consider Using Bleach in the Pink and Orange Arrangement
Add water to your vase, and then consider adding a splash of bleach because it will kill bacteria in your arrangement, keeping the flowers fresh longer. Although the best practice is to pour off the water and add new each day, bleach can be an easier way to help keep the water fresh. Add it after you fill the container with water so it doesn’t foam.
Trim the Flower Stems
Trim all the flower stems before placing them into the arrangement, even if they are the length you want. Trimming freshens the stems and lets the flowers absorb more water. Cut the stems at an angle to create a larger surface for water absorption.
Soak the Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas are notorious for wilting in arrangements. However, you can ensure that yours stays fresh by soaking them in a sink full of water. Submerge them because the flower heads will also absorb water. Let them soak for about 20-30 minutes; then remove them from the water and gently shake the heads to remove excess water.
Add Stems to the Orange and Blue Arrangement
Remove excess greenery from the hydrangeas and start adding them to the vase. Follow these steps to create the arrangement.
Store Your Arrangement in a Cool Location
Your orange and blue arrangement will last several days if you use fresh flowers, change the water daily, and use a little bleach (in the water) to kill bacteria. However, there is another thing you can do to prolong the freshness of your flower arrangement–store it in a chilly location. Florists keep arrangements in coolers to lengthen the life of cut flowers as heat causes the flower heads to open and speeds up the decaying process. You can store flowers in the refrigerator, a cool garage, or a basement.
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