5 Tips to Turn Flowers from Your Garden into a Gorgeous Centerpiece

August is the time of year when the garden starts to look a little wild—and the inside of your house starts to feel a little stale from all that conditioned air. Freshen up your dining room with these tips to turn prunings from your yard into a lush centerpiece that only looks expensive.

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  • Choose a vessel. Use something wide and low to get volume without blocking anyone’s view at dinner—even a serving bowl could work.
  • Pick an odd number… Of big blooms, that is. Three, five or seven star flowers, like the oak hydrangea here, are all you need (unless your table’s in a ballroom).
  • Fill with green. Forget baby’s breath—leafy greens, shrub branches and even herbs like rosemary and mint are less expected fillers. Get a lot!
  • Use flower foam. Soak it first to keep you blooms alive, then anchor the biggest flowers in a random arrangement and fill the space between them with your greens.
  • Change your water often. Daily is optimal, but not super-realistic. Try for every other day to keep them fresh for longer (and avoid that decayed bouquet smell—yuck!).
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