The only good thing about summer ending is the beautiful bounty of vegetables and flowers that come into season. We say goodbye to beloved peonies and say hello to gorgeous dahlias.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create your own late summer vase arrangement. Here is what you will need:

  • a clean container filled with cool water
  • 5 stems of lemon geranium leaves
  • 5 stems of antique hydrangeas
  • 2 stems of light pink spray roses
  • 3 stems of dahlias
  • 3 stems of hot pink celosia
  • 5 stems of eucalyptus
  • 5 stems of sword fern


Start with a base of lemon geranium leaves to create a grid to place your hydrangeas in. You can cross your stems and balance them on the lip of the vase. Once you have more flowers in your vase, the geranium leaves won’t have to balance as much.

Next, give your hydrangeas a fresh cut and place four around the base and one in the centre.

Here I placed 2 stems of blush pink spray roses. The colour is a nice transition to the brighter pinks of the dahlias.

Add the pink dahlias in a triangle shape, making sure not to place them on the same height beside each other, or the dahlias will look like eyeballs. It’s nice to use the buds of the dahlias as well to add to the texture.

Adding in the stems of hot pink celosia, breaking up the green of the hydrangeas and spreading the deeper pink around the arrangement. Make sure to not place two stems at the same height beside each other or it will look like antenna or rabbit ears. Cut some shorter and place lower around the base as well as through the top.

Lastly, I added in the eucalyptus throughout the arrangement. I then placed three stems of sword fern to one side of the arrangement up higher and two stems on the opposite side lower side.

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