Arranging flowers can be intimidating so I am blogging about a simple method that I often use for an upright mixed bouquet. Proportionally my goal is to have the plant material above the vase approximately 1 and 1 / 2 times the height of the vase. For the example (photo above), I chose a vase that flares out a bit at the top because I wanted a rounded look to the arrangement. It also needed to be relatively short because the lupines that I was using were not very tall. I chose lupines to be the focal point of the arrangement and cut the other flowers and foliage to add contrasting colors and textures. I made a teepee of 3 stems (cut to the same length) in the vase, then another three stems etc. to build a support to hold up the larger flowers. In the example, I used 3 yarrows, the foliage of 3 red husker penstemons, and 3 meadow sages before poking the lupines into the base of stems that was formed. There was one tall lupine in the center and 3 evenly cut and spaced around the sides. I added some long stems of catmint and grasses to add some movement and height. Artemisia and vinca were tucked in around the bottom to add texture and soften the edge of the vase.
Bouquets can be simple or complex. I believe they are an artform. There really is no wrong way to make them, but with practice you learn what you like and what works well in the vases you have. Here are a few more pictures of different bouquets I have made from my flowers in the past few weeks.