Spring Floating Beauties

This is an updated post on fall floating gardens, Floating Beauties, with spring arrangements.


Visiting Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, PA, I have always been entranced with their wonderful floating arrangements made out of fresh seasonal materials displayed in a generous proportioned bowl. Easy to put together, even for the flower arranging challenged, there are no mechanics involved, just an eye for what goes together.


Ferns, Peonies, Blue Bachelor Buttons, Geum, Japanese Maple

After flower arranging you often have bits and pieces left over which you hate to throw away. An opportunity to use these pieces in a stunning arrangement is easy to do with a large waterproof bowl. Lasting four or five days, these floating beauties can be changed out for what is perfect at the moment.

This arrangement can make a big statement on a patio

This arrangement can make a big statement on a patio


Grouped containers at Chanticleer

How To

  • Pick out the perfect wide bowl; fill 3/4 up with fresh water

Pick a low wide bowl, even though this bowl has a beautiful pattern, you won't see it when the flowers are floating

Pick a low wide bowl. A swirling pattern makes it interesting

  • Browse your garden, picking up a variety of foliage, berries, and flowers-or just use left over flowers from arranging

  • Start arranging your foliage as the backdrop. Add your larger statement flowers at the end.


    Bleeding Heart motif in a cobalt rimmed bowl pops

Cafe au Lait Dahlia

Fall arrangement with Cafe au Lait Dahlia, Japanese maple, Hydrangea, Viburnum berries fall foliage

A perfect centerpiece for a party or for you alone to enjoy, this type of arrangement takes minutes to make, for you to enjoy for at least a week.


Yellow Mums, Green Button Mums,, Alstromeria

Gerber, Rhododendron, Asparagus Fern, with glass balls

Gerber, Rhododendron, Asparagus Fern, with glass balls










About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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3 Responses to Spring Floating Beauties

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Claire, these are such lovely arrangements. Can’t wait to try this. susie

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Julie Kemp says:

    So pretty, but will it ever stop raining so we can go outside and be creative and entertain?!
    Rain, rain go away
    You’ve mucked up another gardening day!


  3. Linda T says:

    I believe even I can do this! Love the information and instructions.
    Can’t wait to try it!


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