Start with garden roses. There’s about eight or nine in here. I tried to pull roses from one side of the color wheel because I wanted them to be vaguely monochromatic (so I wound up with some peach, some orange, some coral). The nice thing about garden roses is that they are so broad-blossomed that when you group them, they just kind of nestle happily together and form a gentle, mounded shape. Inside the vase, their stems form an amazing infrastructure that keeps the arrangement from slipping and losing its shape. A happy little side-effect, indeed.
The roses are the main focus of this arrangement (as well as most of my arrangements), but I can’t not tuck a little bit of accent in there. Here, I’ve used about a dozen sprigs of blue salvia, and about three small sprigs of green viburnum and viburnum leaves. I always like a little asymmetry with the accents; if that salvia was evenly dispersed through the whole arrangement, it would wind up looking like I was trying (and failing!) to make a pattern. Flowers do not lend themselves well to uniformity. Especially garden flowers. So cluster the accent flowers at odd intervals and let the whole thing look wild and undone. I almost always like a pop of green, it helps ground the natural feel of this design. With this one, just three sprigs of viburnum went into it. Again, they are totally off-center and uneven and perfectly imperfect.
Such a delicious mix of tart colors. Kind of makes my eyes water. Love it!