Your supermarket stocks fresh-cut flowers that cost a fraction of what the florist charges, but the bouquets lack grace and style. If you take apart those banal bunches of blooms, however, and remember a few quick lessons, you’ll be able to transform the most common supermarket flowers into charming centerpieces.
Divide and conquer.
This mixed bouquet — carnations, chrysanthemums, Oriental lilies, roses, golden solidagos, and a few stems of greenery — is typical of those sold in supermarkets. It’s a confused mishmash of colors, textures, and sizes.
Red roses and red carnations seem more vibrant when accented with a few sprigs of bright yellow solidago.
Lesson: Never mix more than two contrasting colors in the same vase.